Toledo, Spain. What a quaint and beautiful place!

Three weeks ago I spent 4 days in Toledo, a beautiful city in the center of Spain. Toledo is the capital of the province of the same name, and it belongs to the autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha (where the famous Don Quixote is from!). Thw whole city it's been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire and place of coexistence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures (Yes guys, we had Muslims, Jewish and Christians living in the city back in the old days!). And there are still some proves of it ^_^


 (And btw as you can see, I'm talking about Toledo-Spain, not Toledo-Ohio, haha XD Many people confuses them actually (and I'll show you guys a fun fact about this later!).


Day 1

We didn't do much because we left Barcelona at 2pm, so we arrived to Toledo at dinnertime. It was by car, so we had to cross the country lol. 6 hours by car x_x It was worth it, though. We passed by the Greenwich Meiridian in Aragón :)





We also passed by Los Monegros, a desert in Aragón.






We also passed by "ahem" Madrid, since my dad couldn't find the right road XD Here it's Atocha Train Station!  And well, we didn't so much that day since we arrived late to Toledo. We just had something quick for dinner and we went straight to bed ^_^


Day 2

We decided to take our day-off and discover the city by themselves. 

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 Those were the views of the city from my hotel. Isn't it beautiful? :)


 The sky looked so bright and blue that day...! <3 *sigh* I'm proud of the photos I took!

You can see the Muslim influence on architecture on that building on the right

"El Alcázar", a stone fortification restored in the 16th century

Plaza de Zocódover <3 I loved this place and its glassy windows!

And this is the fun fact I was talking about before XD Toledo (Spain) has a street called "Toledo from Ohio" lol! My guide told me the next day that those two cities became the first twin towns in the world in 1931.



We found a menorah on the floor. That means there's a synagogue around!

There it is c: 

<3 Hebrew

Another synagogue with Muslim archs


Isn't it clear I love those typical windows?! *sigh*



This is the only mosque left in the city: Mosque of Cristo de la Luz

Nomnomnom brazos de gitano... (That's how we call Swiss rolls lol~ Literally "Gypsy's arm"! Don't ask me why,...)

This cutie doggy decided to pose for me c: Hehe... Thanks!



We had some jamón and Manchego cheese for dinner and then three small pans with "migas" (center) , deer (left) and  a typical stew from the region (right)

I decided to end up that day with some taro bubble tea, yayyyyyyy! So Spanish lol XD



Day 3

That day we decided to join in a guided tour around the city to see the things we had missed on day two. The guide was super lovely and told us about so many things ^_^ I thought it would be rather boring but it wasn't at all! Technically it was our last day in the city (since we were going to spend day 4 on the road), so we wanted to make it worth it.

Marzipan is the typical sweet of Toledo. I don't really like it but this sword made of it looks very yummy ^w^




Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, one of the best poets in Spain <3 

This white&blue door made of wood reminded me of Greece XD 



Cathedral of Toledo

I got this meal for lunch consisting in 4 small tapas! (From left to right, up to down):
Brandade, fried cheese in orange & honey sauce, stewed mushrooms, deer (aka venison) and sponge cake with wild berries sauce & ice cream <3



Finally we got into this kind of "Choo choo train" that went along the city XD Toledo is a small place and you can go walking everywhere, but going this far was too much. We got the chance to see the city from the outside, and it was totally worth it :) The views were totally breathtaking! <3


I have to say I really enjoyed my stay in this city. I wouldn't live there at all, but it was good to see and visit it. People were nice and it wasn't super crowded of tourists (even though I'm proud to say I practiced my Japanese with a group of tourists I bumped with in a museum haha). We were there for 4 days only, but it was more than enough I think. I totally reccomend it of course, it's a typical Spanish city and there's so much to see and learn from. And food is undoubtedly delicious :)


Hope you guys like the pictures! Feel free to comment or share the link ^_^

Love,
CL

16 comments:

  1. Omg hello. Just dropping by your blog to say hello and wow your pictures are really good. I followed your blog :) I miss Spain! I went there for a holiday and it's truly magnificent~

    - Annie

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  2. Gracias por el paseo, yo estuve en Toledo, unos añitos atrás :D aunque solamente por un día. De Madrid es bastante cerca y más aún en Renfe :) saludos.

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  3. Beautiful pictures! When I was on World Youth Day in Madrid 2011 we were supposed to stay there one week, but plans changed and we were in Benavente (Zamora).

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    1. Ohh I see :) Hope you enjoyed Madrid as well, it's a very different but also a beautiful city ^_^

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  4. Yo también estuve en Toledo! ^^ Primero fui con el instituto, (de viaje de fin de curso fuimos a Madrid), pero solo fue un día y tuvimos que verlo muy deprisa y corriendo... Pero el año pasado volví con mi familia y me volvió a gustar mucho *-* Es muy bonito, todo tan tradicional, parece que retrocedas unos cuantos años cuando pasas por las calles :D
    Me picó la curiosidad ver esas cositas del suelo! Les fuimos haciendo fotos pero no teníamos ni idea de por qué estaban ahí xD Gracias por la info!
    Nosotros fuimos más por libre, nos faltó ver la ciudad más desde fuera, pero estuvo muy bien ^-^ Como fuimos en verano, había bastante gente, aunque no demasiada tampoco~ Eso sí, un 80% éramos turistas, solo hacía falta vernos las pintas con gafas de sol, mapas y cámara xD

    Qué fotos tan bonitas, por cierto! Tienes suerte de tener una buena cámara, quedan recuerdos aún más bonitos ^_^ Y bueno, también se incluye tu arte para hacerlas, hehe~

    Que tengas un buen finde! (^^)/
    Besos!

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