On a Saturday morning, our Citylife Madrid coach set off towards Toledo bringing a bunch of young people to explore the city. Among them were Elli and me. The interesting thing about Toledo is its long history as one of the most important religious cities in Spain. Here the Christians, Jews and Muslims have been living peacefully since the 16th century. For this very reason, Toledo also inspired the renaissance artist El Greco. Be ready to see a lot of photos!
Our first stop was at a view point overlooking the city, after which we went on a brief guided tour. I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves learning all kinds of trivia, which is nothing else but useless. Anyway, we started by crossing the Jewish quarter, where you can see the Jewish influences everywhere: not only as shops and synagogues but also as small tiles on the ground that mark their area. At the end we were offered a pint and tapas, which I tried only to notice the same thing once again: I will never be a fan of beer. By the way, look at all the narrow streets which help create some shade in this hot town. Even though Toledo is only one hour away from Madrid, it's usually a few degrees warmer there.
We naturally had some free time after the tour which we spent discovering small streets, eating great food and visiting boutiques. Even though they had the most beautiful synagogues, museums and this big cathedral, sometimes it's just nice to hang around with no plans whatsoever and go where you please - especially if it's 20 degrees in the middle of November! And as my host father said to me: " No matter where you go in Toledo, I guarantee it'll be beautiful" I totally agree with him and the old town is actually one of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Toledossa valmistetaan paljon veitsiä ja miekkoja, joten niitä tuli "ihasteltua" Melkein jokaisella kadulla taisi myös tulla vastaan marsipaanipaikkoja ja toinen toistaan kauniimpia mosaiikkimatkamuistoja. (Meinasin hullaantua ja ostaa kasan niitä) Sen sijaan syötiin hyvin ja vähän liikaa ravintolassa nimeltä Yogui's. Meikä otti ensimmäiseksi pääruoaksi paellaa, toiseksi pääruuaksi kroketteja salaatin kanssa, jälkkäriksi jätskiä ja juomaksi sangriaa. Kuka veikkaa, paljonko tuollainen lysti maksoi? No 10,50€! Ai että mä rakastan Espanjaa.
In Toledo they produce a lot of knives and swords which we stopped to "admire". Also, nearly every street had its own marzipan places and insanely beautiful mosaic souvenirs. (Was close to buying too much of them) But instead we went eating in a restaurant called Yogui's which happened to be excellent value for money! I had paella, croquettes, salad, bread, sangria and ice cream just for €10,50. Gosh, just gotta love Spain!
It would've been fun to hop on to the traditional city train, but we were told that it's sold out for the next two hours. Regardless, we noticed people buying new tickets and getting on the train. Guess they had bought the tickets in advance but it still seemed a bit fishy... We therefore stayed at the Plaza de Zocodover, where we would meet our group later, eating frozen yogurt. Toledo isn't too far away from Madrid, so we can always return to hop on the tourist train, to go inside the synagogues and to discover new flavours.