Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Toledo, Spain

Mac Playing for Euros
Home from vacation and what a trip it was.  We've visited Spain many times in the past, but it has been a while since we'd been there.  In fact the last time we went (in the late 90's we think) they were still using pesetas, now it's euros.
This time we rented an apartment in a city I've always wanted to spend more than one day in, in the city of Toledo.  We've been there twice before, but it had been in the mid to late 70's and it's always been in the back of my mind that I'd like to return and have some time to really get to know the city.
Toledo is a wonderful old walled city about 40 miles southwest of Madrid, the newer parts, and they are rather extensive now, are outside the walls, outside the old city.  Our apartment was in the old Jewish Quarter in an old building that has been modernized inside.  It was air conditioned and had a balcony/terrace.  Inside it had a bedroom, modern kitchen, living room, and 2 bathrooms.
Each morning we had breakfast on the terrace, then walked through the narrow streets, visiting Moorish buildings, Visigoth, Jewish and Spanish ones too.  The whole city is full of buildings built in the Mudejar style with "keyhole" doors and windows.  We took more pictures than I think we ever have.
Gateway to the Jewish

At San Juan de Los Reyes Monastery

Jewish Quarter Sign
San Juan de Los Reyes Monastery

View From our Apartment Terrace

The Front of our Apartment Building
Begara Gate
Sometimes a trip can lag towards the end, but that never happened on this one.  In fact Mac had decided, while we were planning the trip, that we might go and visit Avila, Segovia and Madrid while we were there if we got bored.  But we never went anywhere else, we were too fascinated by where we were.  Sometimes everything is in harmony on a trip and this was a trip that will stay in our memories for a long time.
Tomorrow we're talking FOOD!

Typical Street

The Cathedral

Maria Blanca Once a Synagogue Then a Church

Typical Patio


  1. Wow, thanks for all the great photos. So did Mac earn enough to pay for the trip? :)

    I love the shot of your apartment building - the doors, the varying windows and rooflines. It all looks fascinating.

  2. No but tourists kept asking him for directions.


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