Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Where I stayed
El Greco Caravan Park
What I did
The city of Toledo

Flag of Spain  , Castille-La Mancha,
Sunday, June 3, 2012

TOLEDO - Population 55,000 give ot take a few citizens.  Toledo is a corker of a city. Commanding a hill rising above the river Tajo, it is crammed with monuments that attest to the waves of conquerors and communities- Roman, Jewish , Muslim and Christians that have called it home during its turbulant history. Dominating the city is the Cathedral, Toledos major landmark and what a great landmark it is. The detail in the 13th century building is so vast and beautiful to cast your eyes on. There is so much to look at within its hefty stone walls, including art by various artists including Rubin and El Greco.  The museum De Santa Cruz also contain large collections of furniture, tapestries and art works. Lots of very impressive sights to see.
Rick and I walked to the city from the park. It only takes about 20 minutes and is a picturesque walk as well. Map of the city in hand we walked through the gate with total confidence that we would find everything we needed to find. Let me explain that Toledo is made up of lots and lots of winding narrow cobbled roads. As you walk on these roads and you veer around the corner, the name changes every time. That system got us lost very quickly, but it did not matter at all as everything was so good to see, and somehow or other you came across the various landmarks you thought you were heading for. It is actually worse than Venice and that is saying something. Also some of those little streets looked so interesting and you would find yourself walking down them thinking that you will find your way back. Not too easy, it all looks the same. We came across a few plazas which were indicated on the map fairly well and were surprised every time at which direction we found ourselves in. Stopped for a coffee and chocolate cake mid morning and a beer and wine at about 2.30pm. We just needed to sit down realy and have a rest. The waiter served us our drinks and complimentary savouries, very nice. Rick ordered another beer and yes you guessed it, more nibblies, different ones this time. Felt like one more wine and Rick had another beer and once again , more to eat with it. It filled us up enough to skip lunch. " I bet they charge us plenty for the drinks" we said to each other. Surprise, surprise it ended up being cheap as well. If only we could find the place again , it would be worth going back there.
Time to go home after all that, but which way do we go. We just walked around and followed all the cars that were driving through these narrow streets. We were counting on them to lead us to the main gate which they did. Very often when a car comes you have to press yourself against the wall because there is so little space between the street and you. Great experience.
Tomorrow morning we are having 2 new front tyres fitted to Charlie. The ones we have got now have not got a lot of thread left on them. Organised all this yesterday, we could not speak Spanish, they could not speak English but the deal was done with no hassles at all. Thank god for hands and arms and bits of paper.
Warm and sunny day today, just perfect , in  very beautiful surrounds. Lucky us.
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