Hotel Conquista De Toledo
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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 ...
... everyone was walking that way) and back to Plaza de Zocodover.
From there we wandered off into streets and side streets, lots of kids and others out, and settled at a tapas bar that was lively. White wine and free tapas, ordered a salad, it was just right. The narrow street was chockers, families with ambulatory kids, kids in pushers, 20 somethings catching up in groups. The owner and I chimed over his music, it was easy and relaxed. Eventually moved ...
... that Spaniards must think Americans eat completely unhealthy as it was full of processed, sugary foods (Fruit Loops, candy bars, etc.)
We headed back about 2:30 pm to Nuevo Toledo to have lunch - ¨lentejas¨ (lentil soup). It was delicioso! The kids also tried the A&W Root Beer - which they were polite about, but I don´t think they liked at all. Kept saying the it was "interesting" and "different." They loved the candy ...
... They showed us how it is done and then let us wander through a room filled with swords made by the factory itself. Many of the men found this a welcome opportunity for a bit of man shopping. On exiting the city we made a quick stop on a surrounding hill to photograph the entire city which looked amazing from the hilltop.
Thirty minutes later we arrived back at the starting point of the trip 2 weeks ...