Circo Romano Toledo

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    • Day 185


      March 25, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Diese Stadt ist genau unser Geschmack. Keine Autoschlangen, Parkplätze ohne Ende und die Stadt einfach per Rolltreppe betreten. Es gibt zwar auch Treppen, aber die schenkten wir uns in Anbetracht dessen, dass wir danach ohnehin noch etwa acht Kilometer (kam mir viel kürzer vor) gelaufen sind.
      Besonders angenehm fanden wir, von niemanden in ein Restaurant, Geschäft etc. "genötigt" zu werden. Auch die Preise fanden wir moderat. Zwei Cappucchino und zwei Portionen Churros für 9,- Euro fanden wir extrem ok. Und das in einem Cafe neben der Kathedrale.
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    • Day 26

      Toledo Day Trip

      May 17, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Chilly start to the day - out of our apartment at 0630 hrs before the sun came up. Early morning train from Atocha to Toledo then a short bus ride to the centre of town at the Zocodover Square. Very impressive town on a hill. Rather cold and not much activity going on yet as most tourist things open at 10 am; found a cafe and warmed up with a coffee and then enjoyed the narrow streets; wondering what the burgundy banners were in celebration of. Very different feel from Cordoba where the stone roads are made of rocks placed in a pattern to give the impression of a woven rug. Here, it is cobbled and for the first time we see concrete poured over them in places. No more palm trees; much more of a northern feel to things. Noticeable also are many stores selling knives and metal armory.

      Toledo is a very historically significant city. With over 2000 years of history, historians have often referred to it as the City of Three Cultures; a label which refers to the Islamic, Christian and Jewish cultures that united and intermingled within its borders, with each group adding their own stamp on the city’s history and traditions. The origins of Toledo can officially be traced back to Roman times when it was an important Celtiberian city and urban center. Evidence of the city’s existence in this era includes the ruins of an enormous circus, the remains of a water supply system within the dam wall, and the ruins of the aqueduct across the Tagus River. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, Toledo was conquered first by Northern European barbarians in the 5th century AD, and later by the Visigoths in the 6th century, who moved their court to the city.

      Following the city’s conversion to Catholicism (from Arianism), which occurred in the latter part of the 6th century under the Visigoth king, Recaredo, Toledo became the religious and political capital of Hispania. It was during this era that the Councils of Toledo took place—assemblies with political, legislative and religious functions. In the year 712 AD, the same year in which the Jewish presence in the city became known, Toledo was conquered by the Moors. A Muslim group of people, they would dominate the city for only 373 years, but their influence on Toledo’s architecture was monumental and is still palpable today. In the year 1085, Toledo was retaken, without bloodshed, by the Christians under Alfonso VI. Many of the Muslim inhabitants decided to stay with the Christians and Jews, however, the latter having prospered during the Muslim period. This convergence and relative harmony between the three cultures, which continued until the 15th century, helped shape Toledo’s identity—an identity that is still evident today. In 1492, under the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, the Jews were expelled from Toledo, a decision that deeply affected the social structure of Toledo. When Charles V was crowned in 1519, Toledo became the most important city in the world, known as the Imperial Capital. The period of political decline that followed this era was severe; so severe that in 1561 King Philip II decided to move the court permanently to Madrid. This was devastating to the city from an economical perspective, but fortunately it had very little effect on the city’s religious, cultural and artistic aspects. It was in this period, in fact, that the famed painter, El Greco, Toledo’s most famous resident, decide to settle here.

      Toledo was named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, due largely to its concentration and wide variety of historical monuments, most of which are religious in nature and demonstrate the city’s diversity over the centuries.
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    • Day 6

      La Piscine :-D

      June 29, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Finally found it! All by myself and without wifi! Only 2 small groups of people here. One is eating and the other family is playing in the grass. Nobody's swimming so....I'll just listen to an audiobook and soak up some sun :)
      My group came about 30 minutes after me. I swam and sunbathed for a while but there were too many flying bugs landing on my skin, I couldn't enjoy myself any longer.
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    • Day 3

      Afternoon in Toledo, Spain

      May 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      After moving our luggage in, we went to Toledo for the late afternoon light that is so beautiful there. The streets are very hilly and wind all over, so it’s common to get lost. We made it to the cathedral at the top of the hill, and back down again, but ended up a ways from the bridge we needed to cross to get back to the car. We met a wonderful Irishman who, instead of giving us directions, gave us a ride! He has lived in Toledo for 10 years, and buys apartments to rehab and resell. Dinner that evening included paella, the national dish of Spain, including rice, seafood, chicken, and vegetables, seasoned with saffron. Mmm!Read more

    • Day 233

      Two days in Toledo

      August 21, 2015 in Spain ⋅ 35 °C

      Tomorrow I go back to Madrid after spending two days in Toledo. A UNESCO listed city, the town was the centre point of Spain until the royal places moved to Madrid in 15xx.

      I arrived yesterday on the bus from Madrid. It takes 75mins and costs €5 one way. My hostel is located in the centre of the town, which is up a giant hill. It's a strenuous 20 minute walk. The whole time I was hoping my wheels wouldn't give way haha.

      After arriving I laid down for a nap. I had a headache and was tired. I woke late in the afternoon and went on a little walk around the town to find a grocery store.

      With supplies in tow I went back to the hostel. The kitchen and lounge room area is on the top of the hostel and opens out into a rooftop terrace. It has spectacular views over Toledo! And the sunset was beyond words.

      For a moment I couldn't quite believe where I was. Standing on top of this old city, watching the pinks and oranges of the sun set over the rooftops below. It was lovely. It was quiet and I could see the outskirts of town very easily.

      It apparently takes around 45 mins to walk across town. The little cobbled streets, ancient buildings and lack of tourists at night make it feel like your stepping back in time.

      This morning I was up early - for Spanish time, thanks to a truck snorer in my room. I sat upstairs and watched the sun rise over the sky whilst having breakfast and fixing my iPad.

      As I'd missed the free walking tour yesterday - they happen mon to thurs at 5pm, I went on my own tour of the town today. I walked to a main square to find a pastry shop which makes the local sweet of marzipan.

      Now I'm told this is a difference recipe to the famous one. This is made of typical almond sweets. And has a lovely filling. The little dumpling and fish I had were great. Not too sweet.

      I walked down along the river passing ... And up to the cathedral. I sat in the square here for a little while wishing for someone to talk to, then the heavens opened. So I stood up a roof whilst the tour groups scuttled for shelter.

      After the rain has stopped I went back to the hostel for lunch, before venturing off later in the afternoon to do some more walking around. A storm looked like it was approaching, so I stopped for a gin tonic, as they call them here.

      This evening I explored the Jewish district, a bridge with rope ride, some old cathedrals and in general the old medieval town without the tourists.

      You get to see the locals. Who remind me of Tully. I was even lucky enough to see a wedding party exit the church and pose for photos outside the church. There was confetti and rice everywhere.

      Tonight my hostel host has recommended a bar where his mate is playing a gig at. It looks fancy, up high over looking the city. So that's where I'm off to now. Enjoy!

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