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  • Day6

    We needed to rent a car at the airport, and just like that, we entered the “what could wrong???” Portion of the trip.

    In the great game of rental car lottery, we went from a Peugeot (which of course Europcar never had) to a bigger (but let’s face it...still not big) Audi A4. ‘Twas the third slap in the face for Martin at home...first Maria ate fried sardines without him (which has happened again since then😬), then we went to a perfect, and cheap symphony performance without him, and then...we get an Audi. Our luggage barely fits (thank goodness for the Tetris training from college). And it’s a manual transmission. All this bragging from Melinda about her ability to drive tractors and yet she’s “nervous” to get back behind the wheel of a stick shift. So Maria drove. Used to an underpowered Subaru, Maria almost gave the group whiplash entering the autopista. A small prayer for no speeding tickets and nobody to steal the Audi as we didn’t buy the extra insurance. Really, a small prayer for Melinda...Maria is driving and it’s on Melinda’s credit card😂😂😂

    Another small bruise to Martin’s ego...Ian says Maria drives more smoothly than he remembers Martin driving. Poor Martin has to drive a Kia and then get Russian judged for it😂

    We drove to Toledo and its a-million-degree weather, so after checking in to the apartment, we headed out for a the molinas (windmills) of Don Quixote fame. They are in a small town south of Toledo called Consuegra. We drove up the hill, visited the windmills and then began to talk about, what Maria now calls, “Things I half know.” Because it’s been years since either Melinda or Maria were at the site, it’s changed a we were convinced there were another three windmills. There are another two in a small town called Tembleque. Armed with a cursory internet search and unlimited miles, we drove on...There are two things to note: 1) Every small town around here seems to have an “Exit here!” Sign. We now think that is directed at us. And 2) If something tourist-like is hard to find on the likely is a figment of your imagination.

    Here’s how it went:

    We drove into town and see two windmills on the right, but town is left, so we go there. Mass is just out, so there are many stares as we drive into town. (Now obvious as to why. The church is the only attraction in town and it just closed😂.) We circle around. Take nice pictures. Decide to drive to the windmills (which, by the way, are NOTHING like Maria remembers them, but who would give up now???) On the way out, Ian sees storks nesting on the spire of an abandoned palace. We stop to take pictures.

    And then:

    Melinda: “Hey. Look over there. I’ll tell you what. I bet you can get a good, cheap meal there. And those old ladies...they could tell you everything about this town.”
    Me: “Wanna go?”
    Melinda: “Yeah, but I’m not hungry.”
    Melinda again: “Oh let’s go check it out...we can at least get a cheese plate.”
    We drive up and on the right are a group of elderly women and men sitting under a sign that read: “Residencia Municipal de Mayores Tembleque” (Municipal Nursing Home Tembleque)

    I. Couldn’t. Breathe. Or see. I was cry laughing so hard that I couldn’t drive. Very few know of Cervantes’ follow up novel about the crazy American ladies looking for non existent windmills and finding where they really belong😂😂 Twenty Four hours later and I’m cry laughing and gasping trying to write this. Amelie doesn’t know if she should resuscitate me or commit me right now.

    And, by the way, we STILL didn’t give up! Laughing and crying and doing a few U-turns, we tried for those dang windmills...clearly located on private land and clearly not named “Quixote” or “Sancho”.

    It was now 10 pm, and we returned to the real windmills to see them lit at night. (We finally reached the wrong ones as the sun disappeared (as did they.) Melinda spent 20 minutes losing the light trying to attach the zoom to her iPhone while we were parked in an industrial yard and while Ian was holding my digital Olympus with zoom attached. I can only hope this place has security cameras and we make the guards’ day a little brighter as they review the weekend footage.)

    On the way home, at 11 pm, we tried to find some food for dinner a la Spanish time. Consuegra seemed like a ghost town. No life in any street. Nothing near the main plaza or cathedral...and then, we turned one corner next to the river and there they were. THE ENTIRE town in pop up cafes by the river. We took the last table in the last cafe and ate bocadillos (baguette sandwiches) and papas (potatoes) until we were stuffed.

    Next up: Bed by 3 am. Sightseeing by 9 am. Taking Spain by Siesta.
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  • Day7

    Sweating at 10 {PM}

    June 25 in Spain

    Ian named the blog tonight. There is nothing like siesta in air conditioning and venturing out at 10 pm for the evening activities, only to find the temperature hovering at 99 degrees...we aren’t glistening...rivers are running down us.

    After returning home at 2 am last night and getting to bed at 3, we woke at 7:30am to take on Toledo without tourists and without the heat. Toledo is a day trip for most, and starting at 10 am the huge tour groups arrive. Before 10, it’s magic. The temperature is finally human (the low temp is reached at 7 am in the summer), the streets are silent (minus a local in a hurry in a car), and the light is low so the streets are shadowed.

    We walked, took pictures, had some breakfast, visited a synagogue and the most famous work by El Greco...and the heat rose and the streets were crowded and we had had enough...we were of course on the opposite side of town from our apartment. There was some grumpiness...maybe even some whining...but we made it back for drinks, and then lunch (suggested by locals), and Siesta! Oh, hail, siesta. A two hour nap can cure the worst of anything...but of course it’s 1:30 am now and I’m still awake😂

    This evening we spent sunset at the view overlooking the city, got a bite to eat, and came home to luxuriate in the air conditioning. Tomorrow we will do something similar as today. Sorry, no goose chases or fake restaurants today. Melinda almost killed herself tripping over a chain tonight near the plaza...a reminder that the border between hilarity and tragedy is a very fine line. Luckily, we are hopefully still tiptoeing on the former.
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  • Day8

    The 8th Day: In which...

    June 26 in Spain

    Melinda falls out of a convent. Maria is no theological scholar and nowhere near a mystic, but if you fall out of a convent, Maria thinks someone, somewhere is sending you a sign. We visited the cathedral first thing in the morning (It is enormous. It took hours to tour), and then we stopped at the convent to purchase sweets. We even waited to purchase the sweets from the nuns instead of buying them in the confectionary the day prior. You ring a doorbell, wait for a nun to buzz you in, ask her for some marzipan, and she hands it to you through the bars of the cloister. As we were leaving, Maria doesn’t know what happened but she “almost” fell down the steps. Just as she let out a sigh of relief for saving herself, she heard a thunk, looked over to see Melinda’s legs above her head, and Maria’s broken fan in Ian’s hands. Apparently, Maria’s fan partially, and insufficiently, broke Melinda’s fall.

    We got limpy to lunch and then siesta. After siesta we did some shopping for Toledo gold, and then found a cold bar for a cold drink in the 100 degree heat. Melinda spilled half her beer onto the table. Let’s just say: Toledo-2, Melinda-0. Melinda had the same nail biting day as España in the World Cup. Luckily, both Survived to compete another day.

    Tomorrow we are off to Trujillo. Still hot but will be a nice reprieve from tourists. Toledo has been lovely, but it’s crowded and we are all a little tired. Let’s all say a little prayer that the Audi is still safe in the municipal parking garage...
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  • Day3

    A stop in Guadamur

    May 4 in Spain

    Before leaving Madrid, we spent a good part of the morning looking for a shopping center where we could exchange money, buy a SIM card, and get diesel for the car. Then we said good bye to our host, who told us we were his personal heroes! We decided by that remark, we must be a little crazy!

    We drove around with the GPS lady having to recalculate over and over until we got our errands done. Finally left Madrid and drove to a town named Guadamur, an arts community near Toledo. We were impressed with how all the buildings are being rehabbed. We checked in with our host, a French photographer who lives in a very nice condo with a view of a castle from the front door (see photo). He showed us some of his photos, particularly one of Machu Pichu that he photo-shopped to remove all the people that are usually there, then printed it on a large canvas for his living room. It was impressive. So far, both of our Airbnb hosts have been very nice to visit with.Read more

  • Day3

    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

  • Day13


    April 7, 2017 in Spain

    I decided to do a day trip from Madrid and leave the city to see two historical places. The first was Toledo which was the original capital of Spain and was only just over an hour by bus from Madrid. It is an old Medieval walled city perched on top of a hill to make it more defensible back in troubled times. The bus stopped at a photo opportunity and we could see we were in for a treat. The beautiful old city is surrounded on three sides by a river like a natural moat.

    We hopped off the bus at one of the bridges and spent the next hour wandering through with out guide pointing out the many Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments. The streets were very narrow and delivery vans zipped around taking all the width there was making walking a dangerous sport! There was a lovey Catholic Cathedral of Saint Mary that was built in a gothic style and many other sights along the way. We stopped for a quick bite to eat and I met a lovely Welsh couple on the tour to share it with. It was a brilliant way to spend a morning and we left around lunchtime to head for Segovia.
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  • Day60

    Day 60: South to Toledo

    April 16, 2017 in Spain

    Time to move on again after seeing a bit of Madrid! And of course, it was time for another UNESCO site. Our destination for the day was Toledo, an old capital city and important town for a lot of Spanish history, about an hour to the south of Madrid. It existed in pre-Roman times, and was one of the most important Visigoth towns in Spain, but after the Moorish conquest it declined in importance as the royal court moved to Cordoba. It was reconquered by the Christians in 1085 and was one of their most important cities until the seat of power moved to Madrid in the 16th century.

    So a pretty interesting place, with a lot of history to check out. The drive was only an hour or so which passed uneventfully, and we arrived at a lookout over the town for an early look around midday, as we couldn't check in to our apartment until 1pm. Nice view from up here, plenty of the walls left as well as the tall spires of the cathedral and the alcazar (royal palace) sticking up.

    Drove down into the city to find our apartment, but discovered fairly quickly that google maps was going to be pretty useless. Many streets were one-way, pedestrian only or far too narrow for the car, so we dropped it in a parking station and walked the last few hundred metres.

    It was quite nice, with a tiny balcony overlooking the alleyway below, only a minute or so's walk from the back of the cathedral. Bathroom was quite old (fixtures were all peach-coloured porcelain!), but the rest of it was nice. Dropped our bags and headed out into the city to explore.

    Lots to see here, with the big cathedral, alleyways, a very pretty and well-preserved old town, towers, convents, mosques and even a synagogue. We had some lunch (typical three-course menu of the day) then did quite a bit of wandering before heading back to the apartment around 6pm. We didn't go inside any of the buildings as Schnitzel was with us, but figured since we had two nights here we'd save them for tomorrow. Only did a small amount of filming as well.

    Rested up for a couple of hours (Shandos had a nap and I watched Man United vs Chelsea), before heading back out in the evening for some dinner. Managed to find quite a good tapas restaurant with decent prices, where we had a few different dishes including a quail breast topped with dried rice noodles, a poached egg and sweet chilli sauce. The place was called La Cave and we were sitting on a glass floor about 10 metres above the wine cellar, a little unnerving but fun!

    Headed back to the apartment around 10pm, by which time it was finally dark and everything was lit up. Very few people around now which was quite nice! Toledo's densely packed attractions, picturesque outlook and proximity to Madrid means it's a very common daytrip for most visitors to Madrid, and during the day it swarms with tourists. It's probably the most densely touristed place we've been to so far, but after dark it was very pleasant - still tourists around, but the selfie stick hordes had departed back to Madrid.

    Looking forward to more exploring tomorrow!
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  • Day76


    January 27 in Spain

    Toledo what an adventure , through windy streets and narrow walkways. When we finally arrived in Toledo after missing the bus.

    We decided to explore the town. As the awesome foursome do when we arrive anywhere on our travels. We go on a walking tour to try and avoid getting lost. The walking tour took us through the Jewish Quarter of Toledo, which is a district of the city of Toledo where the Jews lived in the Middle Ages. It is my favourite part of the city. It has gorgeous souvenir shops and very yummy mazapan shops.

    We only had 3 nights in Toledo so I would like to put it in one post. 4 of us got a tourist bracelet which gave us access to 7 of the mains sights of Toledo. Well worth getting it if you visit Toledo. It gives you access to different churches and a mosque which was a lot smaller then I thought.

    My highlight of Toledo was the zip line . Adrenaline, excitement and scary . It’s the biggest zip line in Europe what an adrenaline rush. Over the river in toldeo beautiful day with blue skies.

    Mum and Dudo treated us with an amazing lunch at a Michelin star restaurant at El Carmen De Montesion. It was a three course meal not just a three course meal 5 entrees and 3 main courses with two deserts with amazing flavours and different sorts of food from meats to seafood . They even were nice enough to change one of the dishes from Pork to venison because we don’t usually have venison at home.

    After the small city of Toledo . We are on our way to Madrid for our last 5 nights before we head home.
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  • Day61

    Day 61: Exploring Toledo

    April 17, 2017 in Spain

    Second day in Toledo and time for more exploring and filming. Headed out fairly early to avoid some of the crowds, making the nearby cathedral our first destination. The sign clearly said no photos or videos, but there were so many selfie sticks getting waved around it was ridiculous, so I decided to ignore the signs as well.

    We spent a couple of hours in here following the audioguide which was actually really well done. A lot of them tend to be overly-focused on detailed and missing in the larger picture, but this one was great. The order of stops was really clear and obvious, and made sense in context (explaining the main players behind the building of the cathedral, later modifications, particularly venerated relics and tombs etc). Fascinating building too, very wide for a cathedral (as it's on the site of a prior mosque) but still smaller in volume than both Seville and Burgos cathedrals.

    After we'd finished in the cathedral we headed for a very late breakfast (12:30pm) of bocadillos in the main square. Next we explored a few other sites in the city, particularly the oldest remaining mosque which had distinctive red and white archways just like the grand mosque in Cordoba (remembering that Cordoba was the capital of the caliphate). The most interesting facet of the building though was that after the Christian Reconquest, an apse had been added to the back of the building, turning it into a church. Very beautiful.

    Last main stop for the day was the Santa Maria Synagogue, which, well you might ask which there's a Jewish synagogue for St Mary! Great question - it's because after the reconquest, the Jewish community in the city wanted a new synagogue to worship in. Their petition was granted, and a community of Muslim architects and builders designed and constructed the synagogue. It's considered a great example of all three faiths harmoniously co-existing during the Middle Ages - at least until the Jews were expelled from Toledo in the 16th century after a rabble rousing sermon by a Dominican priest.

    With no more Jews around, the Catholics occupied the synagogue for worship, and still control the building. Apparently the local Jewish community have asked a few times to use it for their worship again, but haven't received a response - sad.

    By now it was mid-afternoon and we were feeling a bit fatigued, so we headed back for the apartment and relaxed for a while. Evening came and went and around 8pm we went out again for dinner - we'd had such a great meal last night, we decided to head back to La Cave again. More great dishes again, and back home by 9:30.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Province of Toledo, Provinz Toledo, Toledo, Province de Tolède, トレド

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