Toledo, Spain

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Gateway to Toledo

Our trip from Madrid to Toledo took us about and hour and a half from Hotel to destination and was very cheap.  We had to take the Metro to the RENFE train station, the train to the bus station and the bus to Toledo, but the cost made it worth it.  The Metro and RENFE Train were 1 Euro each, and the bus was 4.50 Euro -- a real bargain!  Our hotel, the Eurostar, is in the newer part of Toledo, situated on a hill overlooking the old part of Toledo with some very good views.  Our rooms are modern and very clean and comfortable with hardwood floors, twin beds, a good shower and wireless internet.  What more could you want?

After we checked in and unpacked a few things, we walked to the older part of Toledo.

Paul, Scott and Jes at the Arch
  It is built on a hill, surrounded by the Tagus River.  It looks over all the area, so was a natural place to put the city from a defense perspective.  It is in the part of Spain called La Mancha -- so lots of references here to Don Quijote.  Entrance into this part of Toledo is through large stone arches -- gateways into old Toledo.  They date back to the 1400's.  We walked up to the main square (the Zocadero) and looked around for an outdoor restaurant for lunch.  We found a nice place with plaza seating in the sunshine and ordered beers and fiduea (noodles) with mariscos (shellfish).  The food was very good, and it was great to sit outside in the sunshine and do some people watching.

The square was very busy with preparations in full swing for Easter.

Murphy at Murphy's Pub
  I even got interviewed on the local TV to try a local sweet made with bread and custard.  It was excellent!  We stopped at a local marzapan shop and we bought some to try out.  Marzapan is a confection made with almond paste and sugar, and is a local specialty in Toledo.  It was excellent!  Not too sweet, not too heavy, and with many varieties to try with various fruit fillings or plain.  We walked around the Alcazar and the Cathedral, but neither were open today, so guess we will have to try tomorrow.

We did find an interesting statue that we each tried to imitate as can been seen in the pictures.  I think Scottie did the best job of capturing the moment.  We also found a couple of other fun spots to take a picture of Scottie -- in front of a call center (he manages a call center back in Texas) and in front of Murphy's Irish Pub (his last name is Murphy).

El Cason de Lopez de Toledo
  Couldn't resist getting both of those on film!

We went back to the hotel around 7 to rest and clean up for dinner.  The sunset was beautiful -- wish I would have had a glass of wine to sip as I watched it sink below the horizon.

We had dinner reservations at 9 at a restaurant called El Cason de Lopez de Toledo back in the old part of town -- and tried to get over there a bit earlier to have a drink at the Taberna del Gallo (just because of the name, LOL), but we were later than expected due to traffic that evening.  The restaurant was really beautiful -- filled with antiques and lot of separate rooms to dine at.  Jessica and I had sopa de ajo for our starter, and the presentation was amazing.  They brought out a bowl for each of us, and each bowl had an egg yolk in the middle with some spices.

Dessert at El Cason de Lopez de Toledo
  They then poured a hot soup into the bowls from a large tureen.  It was good (but not as good as the one in Granada at Kuninis) -- but the presentation was awesome.  For mains, three of us had Bacalau and Paul had lamb.  Bacalau is a fish cooked in coarse salt -- the salt insulates it and keeps the moisture in as it bakes -- and it is delicate and delicious.   The desserts were to die for -- but Jessica's was the best.  She had a violetta helado (violet ice cream) with dried fruits.  In all, it was a really nice dinner.

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Gateway to Toledo
Gateway to Toledo
Paul, Scott and Jes at the Arch
Paul, Scott and Jes at the Arch
Murphy at Murphys Pub
Murphy at Murphy's Pub
El Cason de Lopez de Toledo
El Cason de Lopez de Toledo
Dessert at El Cason de Lopez de To…
Dessert at El Cason de Lopez de T…
Toledo Flags
Toledo Flags
Tower and gateway to old Toledo
Tower and gateway to old Toledo
Arch into the City
Arch into the City
Scottie runs a Call Center in Texas
Scottie runs a Call Center in Texas
Trying to imitate the statue
Trying to imitate the statue
Scottie does a better imitation!
Scottie does a better imitation!
Jes, Scott and me at lunch
Jes, Scott and me at lunch
Paul, Jes and me
Paul, Jes and me
Military Academy
Military Academy
On the Wall ringing the City
On the Wall ringing the City
Looking down on the River
Looking down on the River
Wall around Toledo
Wall around Toledo
Doors to the Cathedral
Doors to the Cathedral
Archway into Cathedral
Archway into Cathedral
Jes and Don Quijote
Jes and Don Quijote
Statue to Emperor Carlos V
Statue to Emperor Carlos V
El Gallo Pub
El Gallo Pub
Time for Wine
Time for Wine
Narrow Toledo Streets
Narrow Toledo Streets
Toledo
photo by: ellechic