Day Trip to Toledo
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
35Trip End Nov 24, 2009
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We finally got on the next train and headed for Toledo
When we got there we had the option of taking the "brutal" 30-minute hike up to the main part of the town or taking a cab or bus. Of course we ended up walking. The sun was pretty scorching but we made it without thinking it was as brutal as Rick Steves said it would be. Toledo is an ancient medieval town on a hill (so you're always walking up, up, and up it seems). It has a million little shops, restaurants, and some pretty awesome sites. The big one was the Cathedral. It is the grandest in all of Spain (according to our research). We started off at Zocodover Plaza, wandering in and out of the tiny streets, going and up down the cobblestone roads until we reached the Cathedral. It was magnificent. Decadent, holy, and jaw dropping- just how a big cathedral should be.
After the Cathedral we saw a bunch of other cool sites around the town, had a weird "Spanish" meal, and people-watched in the main square. Later in the evening we had to catch the train back to Madrid in order to transfer to another train station in order to take an overnight train to Lisbon, Portugal. On our way down from Toledo, we saw about 3 different wedding parties. It was cool to see Spanish brides. We were about a block away when we saw a bunch of fancy looking people and then heard little fireworks and it was a wedding party awaiting the bride and grooms' presence after the wedding ended. They came out of the church and everyone was throwing confetti and shooting off fireworks. It was pretty cool.
Our next entry will be from Lisbon. :)