Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 01, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Madrid,
Saturday, June 9, 2012

by Rachel Paraoan
¡Hola amigos!

Today we went on our first excursion to... Toledo! The city was truly a sight to behold. The whole city looked like a huge castle put together if you viewed it from the outside. When you got inside the walls of the city, you could see how the architecture reflected back towards the medieval period. And of course, what came with this miraculous architecture of stone floors and castle-like buildings were the stairs. 

The stairs were ridiculous. At first, I thought Madrid had a lot of walking. Boy was I wrong. With the combination of stone paths, hills, and stairs, Toledo makes it to the top of the "Stairs of Doom" list. Ytsel and I swore that our hearts felt like they were stopping once we made it onto the top of one of the hills. Even if the walking was painful, it was worth it. Walking around and seeing the culture and history of Toledo unfold in front of my eyes was an experience.

Toledo not only has majestic, castle-like buildings, but amazing cathedrals and synagogues that have the medieval touch to it. We first visited Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada. The artwork displayed was old, but beautifully timeless. The part of the cathedral that stood out to me the most was the light coming from the ceiling. It was the only stream of light coming from above. Paintings of heaven, angels, and saints followed the stream of light until it reached the floor. We were told that the stream of light was supposed to represent looking up towards heaven or being led to heaven. The concept was very interesting and creative.

Next, we went to the Museo Sefardí Sinagoga del Tránsito. This synagogue displayed Judaism's religion and history through the buildings architecture and Spanish-Jewish artwork... museum style. The museum was originally a synagogue. This was proven through the original floor piece of the synagogue on display.

We then made our third stop to the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes. We went to this monastery to observe how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are reflected not only through artwork, but Toledo as a whole.

Finally, our last stop on the tour was the Iglesia de Santo Tome where we saw a painting by El Greco. He painted the famous painting called "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz."

After the tour, we had two hours of free time. I went with Ytsel and Eva and we ended up doing a little bit of souvenir shopping as we compared prices from one shop to the other. Also, Eva and Ytsel ended up getting gelato while I got a popsicle. 

No al fin, nos divertíabamos. No me gustaba caminando las escalera arriba, pero iba ejercisio bueno. Me gustaba las estatuas de los peros y los leóns aunque porque representan nobleza (los leóns) y realeza (los perros). Quiero ir a Toledo otra vez un día. ¡¡¡¡VAMOS!!!!


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cmebacher on

Sí, la cuidad es muy bonita y tiene una historia interesante. Me gusta el estilo de los edificios-Julie

Dra. Ebacher on

Muy bien Raquel. Estoy absolutamente de acuerdo sobre las escaleras. Camino más en dos semanas en Madrid que en un año en USA. Hiciste muy bien en mencionar los sitios que visitamos. ¿Te gustó uno más que otro?

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