Circo Romano Toledo

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  • Day3

    Afternoon in Toledo, Spain

    May 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    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

  • Day6

    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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  • Day5

    Toledo, Spain

    June 3, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    I'm really loving Spain. The people here celebrate the 2 most important things in life…food and drink. No measuring spirit quantities here…… pour until it looks enough. Jo asked for a mini gin and lemon which was actually a tumbler of gin, some lemon and ice/ It cost ten euro and kept her amused for 3 hours.  Best investment ever made.

    We have a mixed lot of travel companions in our tour group. Americans, Hondurans, Dominican Republicans, Sri Lankans, Australian, Queenslanders, New Zealanders and the list goes on. As always, some are great and others not. We are still working out who is who.

    There is a quota of moths (Jo and Vic code word for bogans as in bogong moths) from all countries. Some who need to turn their volume down, some who are down right painful but there are some very lovely people too. Believe it not they are the ones we are gravitating towards.

    This morning we travelled to the city of Toledo which was the capital of Spain up until the rule of Charles I. His rule commenced in the 15th century. Charles wanted to separate church politics from his political rule so moved the capital to Madrid. There is a very strong Moor influence in the architecture in Toledo due to their having ruled for 3 centuries. It is a truly beautiful city set in beautiful scenery. I didn't  take any photos of it on this device, only the camera so you'll need to wait till I'm home to see them.

    We visited a metal works manufacturing business where jewellery is hand made from threaded gold, silver or both. Such craftsmanship and so intricate and very stunning. They also make replica swords of historical interest and guess what??? John Snow and Ned Stark’s replica swords were there. I so wanted to buy them but knew I wouldn't be able to smuggle them past Australian Border Force. A photo is a very poor second cousin to to the real thing.

    We stopped at Puerto Lapice for lunch. Nothing special there except that it is the setting for Don Quixote. It was here that I found out about the penalties for theft (pick pocketing). If you are under 14 nothing happens to you but if you are over 14 all you get is 2 hours in the cell providing the value of the theft is under 300 euro. You can get caught everyday and the penalty doesn't change. If the value is over 300 you front the Judge. So what does that mean? It means adults send out children to do all the thieving with no recourse if they get caught.

    Iberian ham looks very much like prosciutto but has a very different flavour due to the breed of the pig and its diet. For the last 3 months of its life it is fed only acorns. This gives it its unique flavour. When we buy prosciutto it is sliced wafer thin by a machine. In some restaurants here it is very skilfully sliced by hand to the exactness of a machine. Great to watch. The remainder of our afternoon is spent travelling to our next port of call, Grenada.

    Until tomorrow……..adios amigos
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  • Day233

    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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