Saturday, January 25, 2014

Toledo time (Spain, Day 3)

It's safe to say we've been walking a lot this trip.  In fact my fitbit dashboard keeps giving me tons of smiley faces whenever I get back online.  More walking = more tapas I say!  Today was no exception as we headed out of Madrid to Toledo on a day trip.  At just 20-25 mins away on the high speed train this was on my list of must visit places when we were planning the holiday.  (Full confession my wonderful hubby planned the whole thing - I just turned up).

I think I kind of fell in love with Toledo when we first stepped off the train and wandered over the bridge into town.  I knew I was going to love very minute of our day.



While I've loved being in Madrid I have to say my heart kind of melts at smaller towns and cities.  Must have something to do with growing up in a small town.  Toledo is just that - a small town with a wealth of history.  It's a town made for walking.  I certainly wouldn't drive in it - the streets are so narrow I'm sure I'd sideswipe the car.  But that's what you get from a town that is hundreds of years old.  We spent the day visiting monasteries, churches, cathedrals and wandering through the back streets and lane ways.




Highligts of the trip.... the Cathedral - or the St Iglesia Catedral Primada Toledo - the Primate Church of Spain.







San Ildefonso Church where we climbed the bell towers and got the most amazing view of the city.







Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca a former Synagogue which was really now a Catholic Church.





And the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.  This was one of my favourites.  I love courtyards in the middle of a building.  If I could build my dream home I think it would have a courtyard in the middle of the building.  And inner outer garden.








Toledo exceeded my expectations.  The tiny lane ways, the beautiful architecture, the amazing views.  It was a perfect day.

Want to read all my posts on Spain?  You can find them here.