Most Confusing Medieval Street Plan

Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
Trip End Mar 14, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Castile-La Mancha,
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Toledo is a captivating city an hour south of Madrid which is situated on a hilltop overlooking the River Tajo. It is a city that is extremely well preserved, and once was the Capitol of Spain. The entire city has been declared a national monument. The rich mix of Jewish, Moorish, and Christian heritages makes it one of Europe's artistic highlights. Our plan was to catch an early 9:20am AVE bullet train and spend the entire day there exploring.
By 10am we were in Plaza de Zocodover, Toledo's main square, and gateway to the old town. From there we walked toward the Southwest section of Toledo and its Jewish Quarter. On the way we passed the El Greco Museum, and stopped for a taste of what this city is most famous for - it's Marzipan, which is my personal favorite.
It took awhile, but we finally found Sinagoga del Transito, which was built in 1361.  Today it serves as Spain's national Jewish museum. It is the best surviving slice of Toledo's Jewish past. Further along the same street is Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca.  While it looks like a Mosque, it never was one. Built as a Jewish Synagogue around 1200, it became a church in 1492 when Spain's Jews were required to convert or leave. To test the Jews to see if they actually converted, they were required to eat ham. The term "Holy Toledo" actually has religious overtones.
Toledo boasts more souvenir shops than any other town in Spain. Carolyn can vouch that she found just about all of them to my dismay.
Our last stop in this area was San Juan de Los Reyes Monasterio, a grand Franciscan monastery. The style is late Gothic. We made our way back toward the center of town by slowly strolling in and out of the narrow streets and alleys. No matter where you walk in Toledo it always seems your walking uphill. Hence, why we walked slowly. Toledo's Gothic Cathedral is magnificent. It's High Altar Is the most stunning in Spain. Its Treasury is radiant with riches.
Our original plans for dinner had to be changed because most restaurants don't open until after 8pm. We were catching a 7:25pm train back to Madrid so we wanted to eat early. We found a little outdoor cafe named Restaurante Alcazar which suited our needs perfectly. Once we boarded the train we were back in our apartment by 8:30pm. Finally an early evening. My feet said "Thank you".
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TYoledo is one of myfavorite places... we were there about 40 years ago for our first anniversary..but i guess it hasn't changed much!!!Glad u r having a great time!!

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