Toledo and Madrid

Starting early, we took the Metro from Puerta del Sol to Atocha, and there caught a fast train to Toledo. It takes about 35 minutes to get to this beautiful city and once there you can always negotiate a good deal with a taxi to take you around the city and finally drop you off at the Plaza Zocodover, or take the Big Bus for the round trip (at 8 euros) and have a good commentary thrown in.

The views of the old city from the viewpoints over the River Tajo are spectacular and should not be missed. The entire circuit takes about 20 minutes and once back in the heart of town, just get walking.The small winding roads can make hard walking as they go uphill and downhill, but with the sudden drop in temperature that day, the walk was lovely and the old buildings
each had a story to tell.

But the jewel of the city is the ancient Cathedral Primada de Toledo, a masterpiece of history and ecclesial art that overwhelms you with its richness. It costs eight Euros (with an audio guide) to enter the Cathedral and you could spend an entire day just soaking in its history as the audio guide walks you through its interiors. One could talk endlessly of its beauty and charm,
but what took my breath away was the gigantic Monstrance of Toledo and the treasures that surround it.

We had lunch at a trendy retro restaurant La Malquerida de la Trinidad that is situated on Calle de la Trinidad just above the cathedral. We were not expecting much, but the moment we were handed the menu – loose sheets of paper on a wooden clipboard, I knew this would be different. And I was not wrong. The food was delicious, the dishes well presented and the prices really
low. The restaurant is run by three young men – friendly and full of life, and the entire place was decorated by them in just a month. When we called for the check, it came in a little enamel mug – and we could not resist putting in a fairly better tip then one would generally do!

After lunch, despite the heat, we managed to walk around the old quarter and take in the other sights as well as get some time to pick up some souvenirs – especially representations of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza and the fame Damasquiano work that Toledo is famous for.

Back home, after an early dinner, we decided to check out the action in Sol and it was worth the while. Young inline skaters gave us a great performance, as did the BMXers. But finally it was the wonderful waltz played by the Mariachi band that made our day! And so we danced with another old couple on the cobbled streets of Sol. Viva Espana!

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