Travel Blogs from Toledo
... to Madrid doesn't take too long and we are back to the start of
our tour in no time.
After we check in to the hostel there are a
few sad farewells and goodbyes from the small little band of friends we made.
The few that are staying in Madrid plan to meet up in the bar under the hostel
for a karaoke night! This is where it gets interesting. We had some tea and
head our butts into the bar which is empty besides 4 ...
... the bus to Toldeo was actually in a different station. By the time
we found everyone else, went back on the metro to a different station, and
waited for our bus we left Madrid at about 2:30, but atleast we made it happen.
Tamar was really sick today and im not really sure what happened, I think it
was a combination of too much vino and exhaustion. The bus to toldeo was around
1 hour and as we approached it we realized how incredible it was. Toledo used
to be the capital ...
... Spain (still controlled by the Moors). Captured christian soldiers were taken as slaves by the Arabs, but it was the Queen's job to make sure the slaves were released back to Christian Spain, either by trade of prisoners or by large ransoms of money). Every slave freed by the Queen had their shackles cut off and displayed up on the facade of this monastery for all to see the good work of the Queen!
The next building I saw in Toledo was a Synagogue. ...
... bridge that it is hard to visualise it’s roman heritage. I had a bit of time left and so visited a museum on the torture methods used in the Spanish Inquisition which was basically all about imposing the Catholic faith on everyone after the conquest of these areas by the Catholic Kings. Only 4 rooms in the museum, but by the end it is all a bit uncomfortable to think that people were subjected to such abuse and denigration, and mostly without a trial. In fact, the ...
... we headed back to Fabula, and started with a partridge salad with mache, fresh and sundried tomatoes, and roasted pepper with balsamic reduction. Next I had grilled squid with caramelised onion (S. showed no interest) and the dinner ended with marinated pork loin which came with lovely roasted veg and potatoes. This was unusual as most meat dishes come with nothing else on the plate. For desert, ...