The post is dedicated to Toledo, a city with rich history and breathtaking views.
It will be a short post, mainly because my time here was short. While I only explored the city for a few hours, the beauty and uniqueness of Toledo was so inspiring that I felt it deserved its own blog post.
Towering castle walls, open air street markets, and rolling hills all add to the picturesque scenery of Toledo, but the real sense of history, culture, and charisma lies in the endless maze of narrow streets. Every alleyway is lined with intricately detailed buildings slathered in earth tones that contain a dusty fade, revealing the obvious age of the town. Complete with rickety cobblestone walkways and balconies overflowing with vines, the winding streets of Toledo provide the perfect image of a peaceful and historical European town.
No billboards, no flashing advertisements, no chain restaurants; the town seems completely free of the obnoxious consumerism that plagues the world today. The people are relaxed, the shops are modest, the restaurants are authentic, and the overall atmosphere is genuine and refreshing.
While meandering aimlessly through the captivating streets of Toledo, we often found huge ornate cathedrals, museums, and other places of worship. Toledo is famous for its mingling of religions, and this is reflected in the presence of churches, synagogues, and mosques. Considering the significant role of religion in Spanish history, it was beautiful to see this coexistence of different religions in the city.
As I mentioned before, we only had a few hours to enjoy Toledo, so we spent most of it wandering around and trying not to get lost while enjoying the scenery. We did stop to look in a few shops, where the historical significance of the city again revealed itself through amazing suits of armor and battle weapons on display. But the glittering swords and massive shields were so precious that we couldn’t touch them or take any pictures, so they must have been pretty legitimate. Though the day in Toledo was cold, the blue sky pierced through the blanket of gray clouds towards the end of the day, making for a wonderful view of the lovely archaic town.