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    • Day 43

      Toledo: Nightime and Foodtime

      July 7, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Another city I fell in love with. The culture is amazing, but that’s on another footprint, here we are talking about the nighttime views and the food.
      I’m credible food, amazing restaurant, cheap and filling. You can’t ask for more, well you can if it is more amazing food.
      Then there is the nighttime views. The Cathedral illuminates the night sky and gives it a holy and solemn feeling to the whole place. The sunset is another thing you have to experience for yourself. Please, do yourself a favor and come to Toledo
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    • Day 43

      Catedral Primada de Toledo

      July 7, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

      This Cathedral left me speechless a number of times in the span of less than an hour. The collection of beautiful architecture in display was amazing. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, but I should mention the gold custody that belonged to Queen Isabel the Catholic. Made out of gold and precious stones.Read more

    • Day 19

      Toledo, ein Stadtrundgang

      November 7, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Die spanischen Städte sind häufig sehr alt, aber gut erhalten. So viel Zustörung wie bei uns gab es hier offensichtlich nicht. In Toledo haben Juden, Moslems und Christen Jahrhunderte lang friedlich zusammen leben können. Das würde man sich so sehr für die heutige Zeit wünschen. In Spanien erleben wir, wie auch in Portugal, sehr viele freundliche Menschen. Heute wollten wir mit den Bus in die Stadt fahren, aber Tiere sind nicht erlaubt. Der Bus fuhr weg, plötzlich lautes rufen und hupen. Eine junge Frau hat uns dann mitgenommen, freundlich, zugewandt und in bester Laune. Ist das in Deutschland auch so selbstverständlich?
      Liebste Grüße von uns Dreien.
      Morgen geht es nach Saragossa.
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    • Day 102

      Toledo

      April 17, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Leider gibt es nicht viel zu erzählen, denn Toledo hat mir nicht gefallen, die Aussenansichten von den Miradoren aus sind schon ganz schön, aber in der Stadt selbst nur Hunderte von asiatischen Besuchergruppen, da bin ich schnell weiter.Read more

    • Day 2

      Toledo Tag 2

      September 24, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      Toledo ist eine alte Stadt auf einem Hügel über dem Flachland von Castilla-La Mancha in der Mitte Spaniens. Die Hauptstadt der Region ist für ihre arabischen, jüdischen und christlichen Bauwerke aus dem Mittelalter in der von einer Mauer umgebenen Altstadt bekannt. Hier lebte auch der manieristische Maler El Greco. Das maurische Tor Puerta de Bisagra und das Tor Puerta del Sol im Mudéjar-Stil führen in dieses Viertel.

      Heute haben wir die Stadt so richtig erkundet. Zudem haben wir eine free walking Tour gebucht, in der man so einiges über die Stadt erfahren hat und deren Geschichte.
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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 10

      Parador de Toledo

      May 30, 2022 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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    • Day 12

      Churros und Porras

      June 1, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Man lernt ja nie aus. Zu einem späten Frühstück gingen wir in eine Churreria gegenüber der Puerta de Bisagra, um dort die Spezialität des Hauses zu essen - Churros mit dickem Kakao. Und die waren so köstlich, dass wir zwei Tage später zum Abschied von Toledo dort erneut frühstückten und dabei dickere Versionen der Churros sahen und aßen. Dass die nicht simpel "dicke Churros" auf spanisch heißen, sondern Porras, war dann auch für Silke neu.

      Churreria Horchateria Katalino / C. Cardenal Tavera, S/N / 45003 Toledo
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    • Day 2

      Toledo

      October 10, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      We had a slight issue when we missed our train in the pouring rain and had to uber to Toledo. Luckily our tour guide was gracious and understanding. Toledo has super narrow streets and I was surprised the uber was able to get through. We got to experience the rich history of this place including the site of a miracle.Read more

    • Day 82

      Jaen and Torledo, Spain

      March 12, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Our next stop is Toledo, via a small town called Jaen, famous for its Roman baths and quaint neighbourhood. Unfortunately when we arrived in Jaen everything was closed so we only made a quick stop for tapas lunch. Alex had an adventure driving in Jaen as the roads were incredibly narrow and tricky to navigate.

      After a quick bite we continued on to Toledo which is a historic city about 75kms out of Madrid. We arrived in time for a wander around the city before dinner, where we stopped at a local tapas bar. The next day, Alex and I did a walking tour of the town, where we learnt about the Arab, Christian, moorish and Roman influences on the city’s architecture. Toledo, like many Spanish cities, is made of narrow alleyways, which wind amongst the neighbourhoods. On the tour, we visited the Jewish quarter, the cathedral and one of the best preserved historic mosques in the world. Unlike other historic cities, people of all faiths lived harmoniously in Toledo throughout history. This contributed to the impressive conservation and variety of architecture.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Toledo, ቶሌዶ, طليطلة, توليدو, Горад Таледа, Толедо, Τολέδο, Toleu, تولدو، اسپانیا, Tolède, טולדו, तोलेदो, Տոլեդո, XTJ, トレド, ტოლედო, 톨레도, Toletum, Toledas, Toledo i Spania, ਤੋਲੇਦੋ, 45001, Toledu, டொலேடோ, โตเลโด, طلیطلہ, טאלעדא, 托利多, 托萊多

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