A couple of weekends ago I took a trip back to Toledo with my friend Daniela. It was Daniela´s first time there and as I had found it so beautiful two years ago I was more than happy to be able to take a trip that wasn’t constrained by planned tours and designated buses back home.
|The Tajo River|
Toledo is a really small, well the old part of it anyway, city about an hour away from Madrid by car and 25 minutes by train. It was originally the seat of power for the Castillian court and the old, medieval part of the town is on top of a hill surrounded by the Tajo river which given the fact that medieval warfare was done atop a horse, normally,shows that this was a good defensive place for the court to locate themselves. What I personally find most interesting about this city is the combination of three religions and also the cultures that come with it.
As with most European countries, Spain was a deeply religious place with Catholicism at the forefront. But also, as with other countries around the Mediterranean, there were settlements of Jews and Muslims. And no where is this more evident, for me than in Toledo. Some of the churches there have been through a change of being a mosque or a synagogue and in some cases both. We didn’t get the chance to go in most of the buildings and see the changes that have happened throughout the centuries (one because they charge silly amounts and two because some of them were actually closed!)
I loved coming back to Toledo for this mini trip because it also gave me the chance to see all the swords that are made in this place again! Every time that I visit these workshops I always want to buy a sword. I don’t know what I would do with one if I did buy one and I don’t think that I would be able to take it back through customs in June… But seriously, who wouldn’t want a bastard sword just in their house for the sake of it? Because I don’t think a sword would be possible to take home I have thought about buying a small but well-crafted dagger, but I would have the perpetual urge to wear it on my belt! (Damn my history nerd side, it is more trouble that it’s worth!)
We were lucky the weekend that we went as the weather was really beautiful and we were able to take some really good pictures of all of the buildings. I still don’t understand how they were able to construct such beautiful pieces of architecture at those times. It must have taken so long and cost so much money to do! I don’t think that we will ever be able to go back to that sort masterpiece as everyone seems more intent on building the biggest buildings rather than ones that look nice, which I think is the wrong path to be taking.
Hopefully I will be able to visit a few more places before I leave Spain in June! Also there is a video of my day in Toledo on my YouTube page for you to watch!
Hasta la fuego
Lauren 🙂 x