Toledo y Escorial

Toledo y Escorial

Toledo

From Spain’s new capital to the old we went.

I told my mom before I left, that the visit to Toledo was one I was most looking forward to. In fifth grade, my Spanish teacher showed us a documentary, something cheesy like “Visit Spain!”. I think most kids fell asleep. But seeing Toledo on film, was a realization that there was a world out there–drastically different from my own.

Let’s say I wasn’t disappointed. Looking from the bus to the city, you could see that classic idea of what an American hopes everywhere in Europe would look like.

View of Toledo From the Bus

View of Toledo From the Bus

 

La Antigua Capital

La Antigua Capital

You see rolling hills of building after building, dotted with cranberry, teal, and saffron. The tower of Catedral Primada Santa María organically translates between city and grey sky.

Walking the city that inspired the Man of La-Mancha himself, it’s hard to think this is anything but a fairy tale.

Walking through el barrio judío de toledo. The jewish quarter.

Walking through el barrio judío de toledo. The jewish quarter.

“La ciudad de tres culturas,” Toledo has been known for a historical co existence of the three main religions that shaped Spain: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The symbolism is both obvious and humble, and I don’t think meant to be over-analyzed. But for me, Toledo is a beautiful reminder of how equally human we are.

Escorial

Simetría

Simetría

The next day was our last leg of travel before Salamanca. But along the way we detoured to visit the city of El Escorial.

The original purpose of Escorial was to house Royal families of Spain, beginning with Felipe II in el Real Monasterio del Escorial. Yes… that cognate you read correctly, monastery.

El Real Monasterio Del Escorial

El Real Monasterio Del Escorial

Said our tour guide, “It is the ugliest castle and most beautiful monastery in the world.”

Jugando en el Monasterio

Jugando en el Monasterio

The modern use of the town of Escorial, is a getaway for families in Madrid, during the hottest months of the summer. Families, with Children, and dogs walked the streets together. In comparison to both Madrid and Toledo, the energy of Escorial was a pleasant relief.

En el cafe

En el cafe

The end of this Journey was the beginning of another one. Salamanca.

My next post will be about my first full week of that new journey: living in Salamanca.

Until then,

Hasta luego

 

 

 

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