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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 ...
... on to the Puerta de Bisagra, the largest of all the gates. From here we make our way to the escaleras mecánicas.
On the escalators and onwards to Plaza Zocodover
There are a couple of sets of escalators - escaleras mecánicas - in Toledo, we take the set at the Miradero and head towards Plaza Zocodover. The escalators are cut into the hill side and provide a quick and easy route to the old city for both tourists and ...
... off the beaten track. Not sure how any tourists would ever know about this or discover it, so we were lucky we were able to experience it.
We stopped for lunch at El Drogo and had our first big mid-day meal - ham, cheese, bread, gazpacho, tortilla espanola and calamares and tinto verano (Sangria).
After lunch we attempted to go to El Alcazar, but because it was getting late and we needed to catch a train back, ...
... have gained a good insight into eating and drinking the Spanish way; they are very hospitable, with a good sense of humour and very easy to get to know- we feel we have known them forever!
This has been a great day!