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Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo

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    • Day232

      Toledo

      February 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      We drive from Granja towards Toledo, passing through the outskirts of Madrid. When I see the Spanish capital from this perspective I realise how enormous it is . There are lots of skyscrapers, none of which we saw when we were there a few days ago.
      An hour later we see the city of Toledo, perched on hill overlooking the river Tagus, the same river Tagus flows out into the Atlantic from Lisbon. We park at the foot of the hill by the bus station and taxi the rest of the way to our accommodation in centre. The taxi beeps the pedestrians out of the way and speeds up and down narrow streets following a complicated one way system. I’m so glad I’m not driving.

      We climb the spiral stairs and take a moment to settle into the apartment. Though tired, we summon the last shard of energy and go back out to get a feel for the town. We join the crowds in the streets below and hear music and it is coming our way. We have accidentally arrived at the right place and at the right time because here comes a parade full of music, dancing, costumes and a big papier-mâché fish! We have happened on the ‘burial of the Sardine’ and this parade is it’s funeral procession complete with mourners dressed up in black. This tradition is celebrated in lots of towns and city’s in Spain and it usual marks the end of Carnival and the beginning of Lent. The crowds follow after the parade and everyone is here for a good time. Long after we have returned to the apartment we hear the singing, music and fire works.
      Toledo Cathedral is so close to our apartment we can see it from the bedroom window. This is our first stop the next morning. We don’t take the audioguides as they have far too many details for our appetite. We just google our way around. My favourite bite-sized piece of the history is about the fire that burned down the market next door to the Cathedral. In the late 14th century the Bishop wanted to build an extension for a cloister. He was in negotiations with the stall holders to buy the Market site but they were reluctant to sell. A mysterious fire broke out and the stalls were destroyed. The bishop bought the site for very little and built the cloister he had always dreamed of . Funnily enough from that day to this no order of monks have ever been in residence there.
      At our next church stop, I decide to double check that we are in the right place before we go in so at the entrance I ask if there are some of El Greco’s paintings inside. The ticket clerk laughs and scoffs and says ‘El Greco painting?!!, This is his masterpiece - ‘the burial of Count of Orgaz’. Once inside it is easy to find because there are so many people standing below it and staring up in admiration. We join them.
      Later my ignorance induces more scoffing at a sword shop. I ask the shop keeper a question that has been on my mind since we arrived in Toledo- ‘ Why are there so many sword shops here’. He looks up from his glasses and tells me that Toledo steel is world famous- well I never knew … I decide to dig some more and ask him how recently this is. ‘Roman times’ he says as he shakes his head. I quickly buy a pen knife with ‘Toledo’ printed on it, thank him and go.
      We continue on my uninformed tour of Toledo and by the end of the day we think we have visited San Martin’s bridge, the Alcazar and the Jewish quarter, but I can’t be sure.
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      Traveler

      Lovely photos. It’s 46 years since I was there and they brought back many memories. Hope to return in September by bike. Continue enjoying your amazing travels 🙂

      4/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      😁😁

      4/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      Amazing photo's Margaret😍

      4/10/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Day 2: Toledo!

      May 8 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Toledo day today.

      First off, I walked Katie to get her cab to take her to the airport. Our apartment is on a pedestrian street so the nearest place to get an Uber is about 2 blocks away.

      Then we took a tour to Toledo. It was a 45 minute bus ride. We had a lovely guide but could barley hear her so we took off on our own. Had a great meal first and explored the city. We saw a lovely old synagogue with moorish architecture and the cathedral and just wandered the streets.Read more

    • Day7

      Toledo

      November 10, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Nach einem späten Frühstück ging es heute für uns nach Toledo. Unser erster Weg führte uns in die Touristeninfo. Dort bekamen wir einen Stadtplan und ein paar Auskünfte zur Stadt. Als erstes wollte der „Pau“ zu einen Fotospot am gegenüberliegenden Hang. Leider bogen wir am Berg einmal falsch ab, so dass wir einen riesigen Umweg liefen 😟. Zum Glück ist es hier nur noch 15 Grad und nicht mehr 40 😅. Sonst wäre es eine schweißtreibende Angelegenheit geworden. Nachdem wir unsere Fotos geschossen hatten, setzten wir uns in ein Restaurant mit herrlichem Blick auf Toledo.
      In der Stadt besichtigen wir die Santo Tomé Kirche. Diese stamm aus dem 12. Jahrhundert und wurde im 14. Jahrhundert umgestaltet. Das Geld dazu stammte vom Grafen von Orgaz und aus seinem Nachlass. Daher entschied sich der Pfarrer im Jahre 1586 beim Maler El Grecco ein Gemälde in Auftrag zu geben, das an den Wohltäter erinnern sollte. Das Werk „Das Begräbnis des Grafen von Orgaz“ befindet sich seit seiner Fertigstellung 1588 in der Seitenkapelle der Pfarrkirche. Heute wird es täglich von mehreren Tausend Besuchern bewundert und einem Security-Mitarbeiter bewacht.
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    • Day4

      Another marvellous day in Toledo

      September 14, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      The weather seemed to have improved a bit, so we headed out towards the old Jewish quarter which contains a number of interesting places we’d been recommended to visit. Our starting point was the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Bianca, hardly a traditional name for a synagogue one might think. It was built in the 12th century but in the 15th century it became a church. One can imagine the turmoil which led to that change, but it does explain the name. The building itself is impressive with Moorish architectural influences, but the displays inside the building weren’t all that interesting. Furthermore, no English language translations were available, which made it hard for us to understand the history of the place.

      A couple of hundred metres along the road was the Sephardic Museum, aka the Synagogue of El Transito, which we also visited. That was far more interesting and we were provided with sheets containing English language translations, which made the visit far more interesting and relevant.

      Finally, we visited the El Greco Museum. The 16th century painter is a favourite son of Toledo. At first the building was thought to have been El Greco’s own house but more recent research suggests otherwise. Even though it is located in the same short stretch of street as the two synagogues, El Greco certainly wasn’t Jewish. Many of his paintings have religious themes centred around Christ and his disciples. For us it was a very interesting and worthwhile visit.

      By this time, which was mid-afternoon, the wet weather had really set in. Fortunately we had brollies and other wet weather gear but it took us a good half hour to get back to the hotel where we could dry ourselves out. The cobblestones are really slippery when they’re wet, so we were walking very carefully on the steep streets.

      With it being so wet we decided to eat dinner nearby rather than venture back up the hill in the pouring rain. The place we chose was pleasant enough though we got a bit of a laugh from the fact that all the dishes, no matter what else they contained, came with chips. Hardly a traditional Spanish style. We are deliberately avoiding tuning into any news from Australia or any mother part of the world, but purely by chance we discovered that there has been flooding in northern Spain. Clearly we were on the very edge of it, so can count ourselves lucky that what we experienced was fairly minor.
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      Ah, El Greco fascinating artist of Toledo, love, green Elspeth

      9/16/19Reply

      G and El liked these pics thanks u 2

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    • Day3

      Henry Higgins lied

      September 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      By the morning of our first full day on terra firma we were ready for some serious sightseeing. The old city ofToledo is certainly picturesque, with many interesting and attractive historic buildings. According to the Henry Higgins character in Pygmalion (and My Fair Lady) the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. Well, it certainly didn’t for us. After the previous muggy day, the weather changed overnight to give us a grey, overcast showery day. Still, we weren’t going to let that slow us down so we headed up the hill - the hill that we’d largely avoided having to haul our luggage up - to explore the old walled town.
      We couldn’t help comparing it with Carcassonne in Southern France which we’d stayed in two years ago. Both are ancient walled cities, each on the top of a steep hill, but there the similarity ends. Toledo has an incredible rat’s nest maze of really narrow streets, and is far less touristy than its French counterpart. The shops and restaurants cater more to the locals than they do to the tourists, which for us was a plus. One downside though is that few people speak more than just a smattering of English. We tried to rely on Google Maps for our navigation but it struggled to work reliably in the area so we found ourselves doing a bit of backtracking each time that we tried to walk between any two places. Nevertheless we found the place interesting and enjoyable. The lady at the local Tourist Bureau had given us a map showing many interesting places to visit and it was clear that we weren’t going to get round all of them in the time available.
      We started with the Museum of the Visigoths Council and Culture, which covered a significant period of 12th century history which neither of us had known anything about, Evidently, Toledo had been the centre of the Visigoth movement, and we learnt a lot from the visit. We then visited the impressive Toledo Cathedral, built between 1226 and 1493. Even by normal cathedral standards it’s a huge building, especially in its width. Even though there were a lot of visitors at the time that we were there, the massive space didn’t seem at all crowded. We were each issued with an electronic tour guide, but after a very interesting 90 minutes or so we were both staring to flag, so we cut out the last 1/3 or so of the tour.
      After a some rest back at the hotel we had recovered enough energy to face the world sgain. At about 8pm it was still light and we headed back up the hill on the 10 minute or so trek to the old town. The place was jam packed, with what appeared to be mainly local families doing their shopping and dining out. We found a friendly local restaurant where Mary had a paella entree and a local beef main course while Brian enjoyed an excellent Toledan salad containing local ham, orange and other assorted goodies followed by the house specialty, a pork and tomato dish. It was accompanied by an excellent local red. We’ve enjoyed all the local wines that we’ve tried, and have found food and drink prices to be very reasonable, about half of what we’d be paying at home.
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      Ah the Visigoth era - Toledo 12th C, and paella: envy U 2 , EP

      9/16/19Reply

      Proof you were in Toledo!! Xx Els

      9/16/19Reply

      LOved Toledo in 1971! Glad it's still great . Shealagh

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    • Day28

      Toledo - Mittelalter extrem

      February 13, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Heute haben wir den ganzen Tag Toledo besichtigt. Die Altstadt liegt auf einem 100m hohen Felsen der fast komplett vom Fluss Tejo umflossen wird. Das gesamte Mittelalter war Toledo die Hauptstadt von Spanien und das Stadtbild hat sich komplett erhalten. In der Stadt ist es so eng, dass praktisch kein Auto fahren kann. Es gibt einige herausragende Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die Kathedrale, etliche Kirchen und Museen. Der Maler El Greco hat hier lange gelebt und gemalt. Es gibt es eine Unmenge Souvenierläden die alle Messer, Schwerter, ja ganze Ritterrüstungen verkaufen. Hier hat es natürlich die meisten Touristen der ganzen Reise,hauptsächlich Asiaten. Aber Abends sind die alle wieder weg und es ist wenig los. Heute Abend wurde das Wetter plötzlich schön und ich konnte das Stadtbild noch im Sonnenuntergang sehen. Seht euch dazu einfach die Bilder an. Meine Motivation lässt langsam etwas nach, denn es geht Richtung Heimat. Highlights gibt es wahrscheinlich keine mehr. Aber das ist jammern auf hohem Niveau.Read more

    • Day10

      Parador de Toledo

      May 30 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Die Lage dieses Paradors ist in Bezug auf Toledo ideal - es liegt nämlich außerhalb der Stadt und man hat von hier eine fantastische Sicht darauf.

      Am Anfang gab es das Problem, dass wir zwar ein sehr gutes Zimmer für vier Nächte gebucht hatten, dass man von diesem aus aber nur im Stehen nach draußen auf die Stadt sehen konnte und es zudem keinen Balkon hatte. Glücklicherweise konnten wir vor Ort das Zimmer kurzfristig wechseln und vom dortigen Balkon sowohl den Pool als dahinter auch große Teile der Stadt sehen.

      Cerro del Emperador, s/n / 45002 Toledo
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    • Day17

      Abschied von Toledo

      September 21, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Heute ist unser letzter Tag in dieser wundervollen Stadt. Auch wenn uns nach Autofahren nicht wirklich der Sinn steht, starten wir den Motor. Wir drehen eine Runde um die Altstadt und halten an den verschiedenen Aussichtspunkten. Keine Frage: Toledo ist und bleibt ein Highlight auf unserem Roadtrip 2019.Read more

    • Day12

      Neue Messer für Zuhause

      June 1 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Wenn man in der für ihren Stahl bekannten Stadt Toledo ist, macht es Sinn, sich hier neue, gute Messer zuzulegen, wenn man ohnehin schon eine neue Küche plant. Georg hatte nach ein wenig Recherche eine echtes Fachgeschäft für Damaszenerstahl gefunden. Darüber hinaus gibt es in der Stadt eine unglaubliche Anzahl an Messergeschäften, deren Produkte aber mit Sicherheit keine Handarbeit bzw. aus echtem Damaszenerstahl sind.

      Wikipedia-Exkurs: "Der Ausdruck Damaszenerstahl wurde im Orient bereits im ersten Jahrtausend verwendet. Als Damaszenerstahl wird ursprünglich der im Tiegel in der Schmelze hergestellte Stahl mit einer Maserung bezeichnet, der im indisch-orientalischen Raum hergestellt wurde. Die Herstellung endete im 18. Jahrhundert, über die Hintergründe gibt es unterschiedliche Thesen. Aus diesem Stahl mit einer teilweise gut sichtbaren Maserung wurden vor allem Rüstzeug und Blankwaffen hergestellt."

      Wir fühlten uns hier jedenfalls sehr gut beraten und haben neben "normalen" Küchenmessern und einem Messerblock auch ein Set Steakmesser erworben und zuschicken lassen, da wir sie nicht zweieinhalb Wochen im Mini transportieren wollten.

      Neben Messern gab es dort auch eine Menge wunderbarer Porzellanfiguren von Llardo - und wer weiß, vielleicht findet sich eine von diesen auch irgendwann bei uns ein.

      Artesanía Morales SL / Pl. del Conde, 3 / 45002 Toledo
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    • Day16

      Ruhetag in Toledo

      September 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Etliche Kilometer haben wir bereits zurück gelegt. Heute kann die Karre endlich mal stehen bleiben. Wir schlafen lange, genießen das Frühstück im Hotel Abaceria und legen uns noch einmal hin. Der Ausblick von unserer Terrasse ist grandios. Erst am späten Nachmittag machen wir uns auf in Richtung Altstadt.Read more

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