Toledo (not Ohio)

06-toledo

We arrived in Toledo just as the sun was rising up over the mountainous area around the city. Our plan was to walk around as much of the city as possible in a day—and I think we did a good job of that.

05-zocodover arch

From the plaza Zocodover, we walked over to the main cathedral

The cathedral, with a focus on the tower, whose spikes represent Christ’s crown of thorns

The cathedral, with a focus on the tower, whose spikes represent Christ’s crown of thorns

and up into the bell tower.

03-bell tower

After that, we took a break for lunch at La Abadia, where we had a sampler platter of surprisingly filling tapas.

07-tapas

Much of our time in Toledo was spent wandering the narrow streets, taking in the old-world atmosphere of the buildings.

15-arched doorway

08-afternoon tables

Along the way, we also appreciated (and bought mementos of) some of Toledo’s specialties:

mazapan

mazapan

damascene (at the shop where we bought the pendant, we were given a demonstration of this intricate art)

Damascene (at the shop where we bought the pendant, we were given a demonstration of this intricate art)

Finally, as the sun was setting, we made it to the Puerta del Sol, one of the original city gates.

09-puerta sol

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