SPAIN: A Day in Toledo

Toledo, located not that far from Madrid, captures the old history of Spain with breathtaking scenery and traditional Spanish architecture. During my trip to Spain with the French and Spanish classes from my school, we had the opportunity to spend the day in Toledo. We left our hotel around 9:00 AM and it was about a 40-minute bus ride.

Once we arrived in Toledo we took a brief bus tour of the city and our first stop was at Mariano Zamorano Swords, which created authentic swords and other items out of Toledo steel. We got to see the blacksmith create a sword, and we got to get creative and try to create a design in a piece of steel (which was pretty awesome). Unfortunately, everything there was super expensive and I didn’t buy anything from there. However, there were a couple students that bought authentic daggers. And somehow when we were coming back into the U.S. they were not confiscated.

Continuing on, we visited the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue. It is considered to be the oldest European synagogues still standing. I found it to be very interesting, but to be honest, we visited a lot of religious sites and they started to all look the same. This place was unique, it didn’t have the same kind of architecture that the Catholic churches had.

Next we headed over to the Toledo Cathedral, and actually, this was one of my favorite religious sites. It was elegant and just plain gorgeous!

Overall, it was a very tiring day. We arrived back in Madrid around 3:00 PM and had the rest of the day to explore. I’ll be sharing more of my adventures in Spain another time.

Until then, happy travels!

Just a street in Spain
Just a street in Spain
At the Toledo Cathedral
At the Toledo Cathedral
Took this from the bus, so that's why it has a slight blue-green tint.
Took this from the bus, so that’s why it has a slight blue-green tint.
At the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue
At the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue
Beautiful Architecture of the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue!
Beautiful Architecture of the Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue!
More of the Synagogue
More of the Synagogue
A hidden Star of David... Can you see it?
A hidden Star of David… Can you see it?
One of my favorite pictures of Toledo!
One of my favorite pictures of Toledo!
Isn't Toledo a breath-taking city?
Isn’t Toledo a breath-taking city?
My attempt at a selfie with Toledo in the background...
My attempt at a selfie with Toledo in the background…

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This mural is just beautiful!
This mural is just beautiful!

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Panorama of beautiful Toledo!
Panorama of beautiful Toledo!

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The city puts up these clothes to shield the streets from the sun and rain.
The city puts up these clothes to shield the streets from the sun and rain.
Decorations were still all over the city from a religious holiday
Decorations were still all over the city from a religious holiday
The Toledo Cathedral!
The Toledo Cathedral!
We were told that this is made up of pure gold. Our tour guide may have been exaggerating
We were told that this is made up of pure gold. Our tour guide may have been exaggerating
Sunlight coming into the Cathedral ^^
Sunlight coming into the Cathedral ^^
Amazing architecture in the Toledo Cathedral
Amazing architecture in the Toledo Cathedral
My favorite picture of Toledo!
My favorite picture of Toledo!

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