Imperial Hotel Toledo
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... New Zealand. I found out she was heading to Madrid later that day after a little more sightseeing so we decided to explore the city together until catching our bus. She recommended this incredible dish for lunch called gambas al ajillo (shrimp in a garlic sauce) and I also had a bocadillo de ibérico y queso (Iberian ham and cheese sandwich) as a snack.
I have yet to describe to you guys in full detail how obsessed I am with the ham in this country. It is so ...
... down and the city gates opening to allow entrance into the city.
Everywhere else is protected by high walls and three massive gates at different points. The city looks quite formidable and spectacular from the outside. If you've been to Toledo, you'll know what I mean. If not, I strongly recommend visiting it.
Toledo used to be the capital of Spain until the mid 1600s when the capital was moved to Madrid.
The streets are narrow ...
... The scheme involved demolition of a section of the city wall and installation of a series of escalators which now blend harmoniously into the landscape and the historic setting.
Museum-Hospital de Santa Cruz
There are a few gems here, firstly some pieces in the permanent ceramic exhibition, and secondly some of the paintings and artefacts in the museum / gallery on the upper level. Thirdly, the building itself is ...
... its walls. We wore our Camino shirts, the ones with the yellow arrow, and were greeted with "Buen Camino" from other pilgrims! We figured Avila must be on one of the other pilgrim routes to Santiago. The reason we came to Avila, the Convent de Encarnacion, where St. Teresa lived for 30 years, is outside the walls, so we drive there and walked through the very grounds where St. Teresa walked. The small museum Rosemarie ...
I won't put pictures on this one since Mom has put lots on her Toledo post. Go there to view them. :) So yesterday we went to Toledo, which is like a mall but with even smaller shops and exotic items (compared to those in the U.S.). Almost every other shop had a million different types of pocket knives, swords, daggers, and sabers. It was awesome! We stopped in at one of the shops ...