Our Spain Sojourn – A Quick Pitstop in Toledo

Enroute to Andalusia on our Spain trip recently, we made a quick 1-day pitstop in Toledo on friends’ recommendations, to break up the long drive from Madrid to Seville. As this is really just a little pitstop, we had absolutely no plans for this part of the trip, and took it really easy (hence this really short post).

We stayed at the Hilton Buena Vista, which is located just outside the city. This proved to be a good decision, as not only was the hotel new and spacious, with a great view, we also managed to avoid the horrendous driving/parking situation in the city.

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After checking in, we headed into town on the hotel shuttle, and wandered around the city on foot for a bit. The architecture of the city fascinated me, with a mix of the typical buildings you would expect in Europe, and more medieval, moorish structures scattered here and there.

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As we were rather tired from the long flight, and because we were simply lazy tourists, we then hopped onto the tourist train that brought us around the ancient city of Toledo, which gave us a great view of the ancient gates, fortifications and aqueducts.

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As we had done no planning at all, we didn’t realize that the train does not bring us to the Toledo Cathedral until the ride was over. So we decided to go on foot to the cathedral as a last stop before heading back to the hotel to rest up for the next leg of our holiday the following day.

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Overall, Toledo was charming and pretty, but I wasn’t overly impressed with it. Maybe it was jet lag, maybe it was because it was not really a highlight of the trip, but I found myself looking forward to the next few legs of our journey by the end of the day, and was eager to move on to Seville bright and early the next day instead of heading into Toledo city again.

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