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... through Europe. We talked about our various travel experiences (she has done a lot more traveling than I have) but she has never been to America. It was cool to learn about New Zealand, and also tell her a lot about the United States!
The next morning Kirin and her friend took me on the trail of Don Quixote and we saw some INCREDIBLE views. Both of them had class so I was going to do some sightseeing on my own but coincidentally, I passed by the girl I had ...
... Jewish and Christian origin in coexistence.
We saw Christian churches that were once mosques, and a synagogue with a Christian name. An amazing juxtaposition of different religions and architectural styles.
The town itself is nothing short of spectacular. On one side is a river which forms a natural barrier into the city. The only way across this is across St Martin's bridge, built in the 1300s. Just like in the movies, you can just imagine a ...
With cunning pre-planning, a restaurant reviewed very highly in Trip Adviser was just around the corner. Meson de la Orsa was where we attempted to join the Spanish dining pattern. Light breakfast, light elevenses, a 3pm extended lunch, big walk and siesta, 10 pm light dinner snack.
The food was stunning. Suckling pig and partridge and a 2008 Tempranillo. I'll regress here and say OMG. A long late lunch, luscious, literally.
We came ...
... lovely. People were floating on the lake in front of Estanque on paddle boats. As my tiredness caught up to me I was going to go lie down at the hostel, but then I remembered that the Museo del Prado was free that evening. I hadn't planned on going because I'd already seen enough artwork to last me a lifetime at the Louvre, but I decided not to be lazy and joined the never ending queue (down the entire main road), but luckily ...
... to die for!
I got a tour of the city in Spanish by a woman who spoke so fast I really only understood about half of what she was saying. The places we visited were absolutely stunning and as she spoke about the different histories of each place, I learned that Toledo was more than just the first capitol of Spain, but really the center of Madrid, and center of the civilized world. The steel factory is ...