On the 19th we went to Toledo. Toledo is 70 km away from Madrid. We took a high-speed train that was very comfortable. We got into Toledo and took a bus around the outside of the city. After that we walked around. Toledo is famous for being known as the “City of the Three Cultures” because it was peacefully inhabited (and still is) by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Because of these three cultures it has a very interesting mix of architecture and art.
The city from the outside.
Andrew and Dad with Toledo in the background.
Dad and Alex and some little ragamuffin that keeps tagging along with us. We think he escaped an orphanage.
The facade of the Catedral Primada Santa Maria de Toledo.
We went to the Alcazar and walked around it and the shops in the surrounding area. The Alcazar is most famous for when, during the Spanish Civil War, Colonel Jose Moscardo Ituarte held it against the Spanish Republican forces. The Repblican forces captured Jose’s son (Luis) who was 16 at the time and threatened to kill Luis if Jose didn’t surrender. So Jose talked to Luis and said “Then commend your soul to God, shout ‘Viva Cristo Rey’ and die like a hero.”. And so they killed him. However, in the end the Nationalists (Ituarte’s “side”) prevailed.
The Coat of Arms of Toledo.
At this point it was time for lunch. We got some cured meats, some fresh hot bread (he pulled it out of the oven and gave it to us. It was fantastic), some beer and some fruit and ate outside at a park bench in a lovely little area. Dad decided he was going to quit Market Source and become a hippie/bum. He immediately put this plan into action as you can see….
After leaving Toledo we went over to have dinner with a colleague and friend of dad’s and his family. At dinner we tried to take a picture and all the sudden everyone was picking up random bottles of alcohol. Augustin started it when he grabbed the Irish Cream and by the end we were all dying laughing.
Gus…. (and actually, little Alfonso, Alfonso’s son was giving us a thumbs up.)
And now it’s building…