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Trip Start May 04, 2011
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There is also a thousands year old Roman bridge in Cordoba, but it has been so heavily restored and now a walking bridge that it is hard to visualise it’s roman heritage
Toledo is like an island – almost completely encircled by the Tajo river. This has restricted its growth, and for this reason, there is a high concentration of fascinating, centuries-old buildings all within walking distance of one another. I parked up outside the city walls and had a quick walk of the streets and without a city map I quickly got lost. Although it is so small and compact that you don’t really get lost as u pop out somewhere that looks familiar. When researching this trip, I stumbled across the concept of Paradors - these are 93 government-owned sites, most of them in ancient monasteries, medieval castles and Moorish forts. So I was keen to stay in one during my trip and while the Granada one was fully booked, I was able to get into the Toledo Parador, which was originally built by the Count of Toledo in the 14th century. I’d say this is one of the lesser amazing buildings, but the remarkable thing is the view it has of the Toledo medieval city. Second to none! Very peaceful out of the main city.
I checked out fairly early on Tuesday 2 July so I could see a bit more before hitting the road at 12:30pm to make my 3:30pm flight out of Madrid airport
After this farewell gift from Toledo, I hauled ass to the Madrid airport. Of course I was running a tad behind schedule but confident I wouldn’t miss my flight (not like many would be lining up to go to Ghana). The freeways were insanely overlapping and my GPS was in overdrive trying to keep me in the right lane. I think this was the worst part of the drive as taking a wrong turn could cost precious minutes and European drivers seem to all drive with the traffic flow, so if you hesitate or hog the fast lane momentarily then you’re out of sync and could end up stuck in the wrong lane. Amazingly I don’t recall being honked at for this part of the drive (don’t worry, I got more than my fair share in other places). All up I drove 1,244.3 km in these 7 days and made it to my flight with even enough time to get some duty free booze.
The flight back was half full and great to just have 5.5 hrs and be back in Accra and pretty much the same timezone (2 hrs diff). Makes a big difference not having to adjust and not having to sleep on a flight. Landing about 8pm and there was no one to pick me up. They thought I was coming in yesterday. First time this has happened to me in 2.5 yrs so I wasn’t that pissed off and luckily had the drivers number to call and he was there in 15 mins. The next day back at work we had a bunch of Corporate Office visitors and the new boss of Environment globally. What a way to return.