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  • 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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  • 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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  • Day8


    November 9, 2017 in Spain

    A day in Toledo! Woke up early because we had to meet Alfonso some 20 minutes away. He had sent us the address, so it was a matter of using Google maps (which I’ve been using for all my transit stuff) to get to his apt. Knew from his profile that he was about 28 years old. We had paid up front - 10 Euros for the both of us each way. Short metro ride and then about a 6 block walk and we were there! He popped out of his apt on the dot and there was Janet and I and one other guy and off we went! Nice new car - took us about an hour to get to Toledo. He dropped us in the middle of town and we were ready for a day of exploring. We arranged to meet him again at 1900 (7pm) to take us back when he got off work. As it turns out, he is working on an environmental project there in Toledo, building some sort of park. His wife practices family law back in Madrid. He learned his English studying in London. - also speaks French because he works for a French company. Said it was a lot easier to learn French than English, which makes sense since French/Spanish are Romance languages.

    Our first stop was to grab some breakfast and we stupidly sat down at an outdoor cafe in the main square, which is a move you should never make as you know you are going to get hosed. But we were hungry and I was feeling grumpy till I got food disappearing down my windpipe, so we sat down for a few Spanish omelette and about $30 later we were done. Food was ok, but the bill made me choke a bit.

    Stopped at the tourism office for a quick moment to get a map - the guy circled about 10 things in rapid fire order and said see ya later. He smiled and everyone else did like they had just bestowed the greatest favor on us. Had to chuckle a bit over that - never used the map - went back to Google Maps and headed off to the Cathedral, which I kid you not, is friggin’ awesome. Probably not the best words to describe a cathedral, but this church tops all churches that I have seen in Europe. We spent about 3 hours there.

    Left there and just started wandering. Knew there was a church that had great views of the city - thought we had it pinpointed. Went to it, paid the entrance fees, walked up in the tower and thought - “gee, this view is not really that great”. Back down we went , got outside the church, fired up Google maps and said - “Whoops!” - There’s the church we were supposed to be seeing! So more money and got to climb another tower that did indeed provide the views we were looking for!

    More wandering and then sat down in a restaurant and had Tapas and glasses of wine before wandering back to meet Alfonso. Hour back to Madrid, we hit the grocery store for more wine and coffeee, then metro it back to the apt. All in all - a great day, made very easy by BlaBla Car (

    Pictures to follow!
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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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  • 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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