Holy Toledo, Batman!

Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
Trip End Nov 07, 2013

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Hotel Abaceria Toledo
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Spain  , Castile-La Mancha,
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another day, another drive. Today, we direct the bat mobile south-east  in the direction of Toledo.
Toledo is in Central Spain and just 70 kilometres south of Madrid.

On the way we make a stop in Segovia - a city in the region of 'Castile and Leon'. The primary reason for this detour is to view the Roman Aqueduct.

The day lengthens, as Segovia is an amazing old city with many other attractions and by the time we leave to continue our journey to Toledo, there is not much of the day left to stop at other planned detours.

We decide to continue with those wretched blinkers on again, and travel into the late afternoon to arrive at our oasis in the hills overlooking the ancient city of Toledo. This particular hotel was chosen for the amazing views it offers of Toledo from its terraced and pool area.

We enjoy a cool drink in the heat of the summer evening watching the light rays of the sun dim whilst the lights of Toledo increasingly glow into the night.

Soon, it is time to venture across to the old city and we drive the few kilometres down the hills and park just outside one of the ancient pedestrian bridges that give foot access inside. 

The city is alive with a hive of activity and we wander and explore the cobblestone streets and sights.

Restaurants start to open at around 8.30 pm and by the time we have chosen one, most are brimming with talking, laughing and animated people which indicate all are worthy of our patronage. We select one that has a high rating "Trip Advisor" sticker on its window. The menu appears very venturous but when in Rome you do as the Romans do. (and we will do that later as well!).

We let the waiter choose our courses and we are not disappointed. First we have a heated goat cheese with herbs and bread, followed by cured deer and finally a braised succulent lamb.

The following day is spent again in the old city: walking, shopping, sightseeing. One of the items purchased is a travel iron from a small shop in a cobblestone street. "Why would you buy an item like that" I exclaim "from a store like that?" I conclude. "It's probably been there for years and you can get a bigger choice with those sort of items from any department store!"

After our day out, we return to the hotel to freshen up to venture out again in search of another highly rated Trip Advisor restaurant. Gail proceeds to use her newly acquired travel iron and discovers it does not work properly. "No problems!" she insists. "I will return it when we go back in for dinner. The shops are open till late!"

We enter the old town and proceed to the small shop prior to going to the restaurant. All the shops are indeed open, except for this particular shop. Since we will be many miles away when they next re-open, it appears that Gail will just have to make do with a faulty travel iron. NB: I think as soon as we left the store, the proprietors shut up shop and disappeared before we realised what they had sold us.
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Gill on

Here I sit under the palm trees in Bali looking out over the Indian ocean while you both delight in the pleasures of Spain. Travel, what a beautiful thing it is! Enjoy. X

Vera on

Hello Fellers,
I'm enjoying your Toledo adventure. Picutres are great - one of my favourites "Aquaduct Panoramic" definitely got a WOW from me and out aloud too!
ps I'm told by the younger generation - "who needs an iron anyway".

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