Thursday, September 17, 2009

Spain Day Three: Toledo

On my third morning in Spain, we headed down to the Atocha Train Station in Madrid, which is a pretty amazing sight itself. Inside the station is a little jungle, with tons of plants and trees and... turtles!

We took a train to Toledo. During our trip, Adriana and I spent so much time on buses, trains, and subway cars, that we took to playing games. We played word games with the alphabet, and question games, and a favorite was a game to do with rating the attractiveness of celebrities. :) It was quite entertaining, and we were pretty much never bored. When we arrived, we grabbed sandwiches, and then began exploring. Below you can see the stone fortification (the castle-y thing), called Alcazar de Toledo.

Toledo was the home of El Greco, a very famous Spanish painter, and it is located in the region of Castile-La Mancha, which was home to the well known and well loved characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. :)

Toledo, as I've mentioned, was one of my favorite parts of the trip, not just because of the history and the grand buildings, but the narrow walkways and cobblestone streets give it that small-town European charm.

We stopped to take pictures of the cathedral, and lay down in the grass. Keep in mind, that it was 112+ degrees that day. When we sat down, the grass felt so cool and refreshing, that I lay flat with my face in it. Weird, I know, but you do what you must to cool down.

Then we continued to explore:

At the end of the day, we took a train back, freshened up, and believe it or not, headed back out again. We went to the Berlin Cabaret, where we danced our little hearts out. :) Every so often, they stopped everyone from dancing, and put on a flamenco show. As you can see below, there's a round part of the stage where the dancers come out, and Adriana and I discovered that it's bouncy - like dancing on a trampoline - so we had a great time. The end to another great day!


Mom Ryan said...

Yes, I can see why you loved Toledo. Can't tell how hot it was; you look very fresh and not wilted at all!!

Linda Z said...

Looks like an incredible trip! I love how you enjoy everything to the fullest... even the grass! :)