Saturday, September 1, 2018

Toledo not just a tale of yesteryears



      Small cities and towns have always intrigued me. Small cities and towns have a wonder of its own, whether it flavor, food, flares, festive, culture or craft. You will find something significant and unique about it. When we were traveling Spain, Toledo was my top pick. Announced as a world heritage site, Toledo is a seamless blend of three culture Roman, Jewish, and Moorish.

      Cobblestone streets, historic little square mountain and wrapped in Tagus River, Toledo is a postcard-perfect city and solace for traveling soul

How to get there and how much time you should spend
      Less than an hour for Madrid by car or train, it is perfect for a day trip or if you want to witness the city at night staying over for a day or two could be a perfect option. We drove from Madrid to Toledo for a day trip but after visiting I regret that we should have spent a day or two to get the essence of the whole city.

What are the main attractions



1. Mirador Del Valle:   If you want to get a glimpse of the gorgeous view of the city here you are.




2. Catedral Primada:  Toledo's treasure with ornate interior and acute outer architecture.


3. Synagogues: Established in 1180 by Moorish architects,  now preserved by the Catholic Church these Jewish worship places are a true witness to diversity in a multicultural setting.





4. Alcazar: Sparkled from Mirador del Valle, a gem located at the highest part of Toledo, it was once used as a Roman place in the 3rd century and then later as a fortification during the Spanish Civil war.



5. Puerta de Bisagra: Greets you in the grandeur, the gate built in 1559 by Alonso de Covarrubias, you can't miss it once you enter the city.

Cool things to do

      Walk the nostalgia of  Jewish quarters:   An escape from the hustle and bustle, almost felt like a time machine, it takes you to another time. Walking on the Tiny alleys of sublime cobblestone streets, sense the Jewish heritage.


Not just shop: Shopping is fun but when you can witness the muse of what you buy, that priceless. Stop by the shops and artisans who are not just selling things but creating art, especially jewelry.


      The melting pot of multi-culture, Toledo is not just a tale of yesteryear but the past that reminisces in present and future.



14 comments:

  1. Such beautiful photos .. Looks like somewhere i would like to travel one day. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Small towns are my happy places. I have to add this to my bucket list

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  3. This looks like a really peaceful place to visit. I wouldn't mind exploring that palace. The photos you have shared are exquisite.

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  4. What a beautiful place, and it looks like there is so much to see. Spain is on my top 10 places that I want to one day visit, so I will be sure to see Toledo whenever I do make it!

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  5. It's always fun to take virtual trips with people like you, through your great photos and descriptions. I don't know if I'll ever get to travel there, but if I could, I would want to visit some of these places. I especially like the idea of seeing the work of artisans as they demonstrate their handiwork.

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  6. Great desription and complementing lovely pics literally take the reader on a virtual tour of the place....
    Thank you.

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  7. Wow this looks like such a gorgeous city, and your photos are amazing! I'd love to visit!

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  8. This pics are really amazing. Small towns have a different happiness of their own which can't be found at big cities.

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  9. Toledo looks like a beautiful place. I would love to tour the town on foot and explore every alley I can. You've got some lovely pictures there. Cheers!!

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  10. I love to see local artisans at work. We always buy locally made if possible, especially when traveling.

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  11. You got beautiful images. Thanks for sharing this travel experience to us.

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  12. Thank you for introducing us to Toledo! I haven't been to Spain' but it is included on my bucket list.

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  13. Beautiful pictures, it seems you had a great time!

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  14. Is Toledo where Don Quixote was? I didn't;t get there on this last trip to Spain, but I hear its a pretty college town and I hope to get there next time.

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