Spain Day #2: Day Trip to Toledo

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End May 17, 2010

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Flag of Spain  , Castile-La Mancha,
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Well, we must have been tired from our travel because we accidentally slept in until 10am...oops. I must have been really tired because I didn't even get upset about sleeping in so much and missing a whole morning in Madrid. We got ready super fast and rode the Metro to Atocha Renfe train station and bought tickets to Toledo. While we were waiting for the train I had an awesome chocolate croissant (napolitana) - one of my favorite Spanish treats! 

The Ave train runs from Madrid to Toledo so we got t here in only 30 minutes. At the train station, there was a bus waiting to take people up to the city. However, we decided we wanted to walk from the train station, up the hill and across the bridge to the city. We weren't sure exactly the route, so we followed a bald guy who seemed to know where he was going. A guy traveling by himself started walking with us and tried to convince us to go across this traffic bridge, but we were pretty certain we were talk walk up the hill to cross an old bridge...and we were right! We made it to the city with no problems and saw beautiful views along the way. We found our way to Plaza Zocodover where we got a map from the tourism office and planned out our day. We went to the Alcazar, which was closed, and then down the street to a little park that had great scenic views of outside the city.

We were walking toward the Cathedral and stopped at a Templars Museum where we learned about the Templars and crusades in Spain. From there we started looking for the "Torture" museum but it was farther away than we thought. While we were walking there, a group of school girls approached us and asked us (in Spanish) if we could help them answer questions about the Cathedral for their school project. We felt good that we didn't stick out too much like tourists!

We had lunch at Cerveceria Gabrinus Toledo where we tried huevos rotos con morcilla (eggs, potatoes, and blood sausage), patatas bravioli (patatas ali oli + bravas), and una jarra de sangria. It was so nice and warm sitting outside in the plaza having lunch. After that, we headed to the Cathedral which was so impressive and just made us awestruck. We then walked around some more and I saw the Jesuit church and looked for the Museum of Visiogothics which we finally found thanks to Joe's good navigation skills. Unfortunately, after all our hard work finding that museum, it was kind of a let down!

From there, we went back to Plaza Zocodover and had time before the train left, so we went to the bar TXOKO for cervezas and tapas of tostas con jamon.

We walked back to the train station in the rain. We were trying to cross the road to get to the bridge and we almost got hit by a car that didn't stop! Luckily Joe protected me and we made it down the hill. There as this little restaurant/bar built into the hillside that we were going to stop at for some sangria but instead we decided to go straight to the train station to make sure we had enough time. I think next time we will go there, because it looked like a great old place.

We got back to Madrid shortly after. We went to the hostal to change and then walked around to find a place for dinner. We stopped by Botin (oldest restaurant in the world) but they were super busy so we walked around more and came to Lateral in Plaza Santa Ana. We ordered croquetas de jamon, tostas de jamon y brie, tostas de jamon iberico, and hake cakes (which we didn't really like) but all the others were amazing! I also had my one and only cuarenta y tres con coca cola of the trip. Ahh the memories.

The Hawaiian Bar Muana Loa was right next door, so we stopped there and had volcano para dos personas and they hooked us up with a ton of tapas, too! Olives, cornnuts, peanuts, and un sandwich de jamon y queso. We were walking and came across O'Connell's pub which had a sign outside advertising 4 Euro car bombs, so we decided that was a good place to duck into. Funny thing is, the waitress didn't know what car bombs were when we ordered them! I also had a Mai Tai and some other fancy drinks and Joe had Guinesses. They gave us some delicious croquetas for a tapa.  Let's just say that O'Connell's pub did me in for the night!

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