Adventures in Italy – Rome Day 1

Hello, can you hear me? I’ve been so terrible with blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I am still running, and I still love oversharing, but just haven’t been able to gather my thoughts into what I felt was worth a post. None the less, I decided, too bad, and share anyways.

Norwegian Airlines had a killer deal $480 RT from Boston to London and while I LOVE London, lived there for a study abroad, and visited countless times, I decided it was a great gateway to Europe. Plus, after our trip to Seattle, I’ve been drooling over flying on a new Boeing Dreamliner jet. Yes, it was awesome no frillz fun.

Upon a quick in and out of London, we took our EasyJet flight to Rome and to our new home for the next few days.

Rome is the capital of Italy and although it’s not a classic high rise city, it is sprawled out with amazing culture and history! Also, I’m kinda of a ruins addict and these have long last been on my to see list.

After passing out, we got up bright and early, because here’s one tip about visiting Italy that I didn’t know. Book shit in advance, like weeks in advance, especially if you’re traveling May- September. I’ve always traveled in October/November which has soo many perks I appreciate a ton more now (aside from less sunlight boo).

Anyways, the bright and early wake up was because I wanted to go check out Borghese Gallery but completely slacked on booking an advance ticket. They were sold out, but I had this idea that maybe they have will call and I can beg my way in. Nope… these people run a tight shop, no reservations, no entry, so GTFO. Don’t worry though, you’re always welcome in the gift shop. The FOMO in me panicked, but then I realized, I’m spending 8 days in Italy with a trip to Florence included. Plenty of time for me to see naked dudes and duddettes and all the Venuses and Madonnas.

Instead we walked around  the park that surrounds the gallery. I don’t recall what to call it and google map seems to not want to give it a name, but it was a cute what I would call typical city park. You got your runners, your Rollerbladers and your couples making out.

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My brother, working on his OKCupid photos

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Best kinda art, is the free kind if you are me. No need for reservations.

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If you walk south-west of through the park, you slowly bump into Italy’s number one unwanted attraction. Hawkers selling selfie sticks. I guess I haven’t traveled internationally in a while, but it’s all the rage these days. Besides the annoying hawkers, you have a killer view of Piazza del Popolo! It was early as I mentioned so the plaza was scarce of the natural tourist animal that tends to frolic here.

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These sculptures were pretty cool at the end of Via Del Corso, the main luxe shopping stroll of Rome.

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We decided to by pass the Dolce and Gabanna for the side street strolls instead. It was around noon now and the tourist animals have come in packs known as tour groups.

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The Spanish steps were under constructions so no glorious photos there. Yes Rome is full of history. You know what else it’s full off, scaffolding! But actually we were extremely lucky, because as I heard, there was a bit less than in the past this May.

Yes, another FOMO moment, but the Trevi Fountain made up a bit for it. It is beautiful and aside from an tourist lady climbing over a barrier in between me and my brother taking a photo, it was mesmerizing to watch.

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We continued the walks. Honestly, every streets ends in a piazza, so just get lost.

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As you walk around, you might notice these closed off city blocks. This one in particularly is Largo di Torre Argentina. 400-300 BC. My favorite part? It’s also a cat sanctuary! A certain emperor who cried et tu brute was murdered here. #trustnobitches

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Rome is hot…. shade can sometimes be a scarce unlike water, plenty of water with Rome’s cool fountains. So prepare to squint a lot, or bring a hat!

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My brother, Tony’s mom, Tony’s sister, ME, Tony while Tony’s dad takes the photos.

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With all the heat and son, Rome’s churches truly end up being a blessing. Plus they’re kinda cool to look at. But it’s a sweet refuge for some cooled shade.

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After recollecting our energy, it was time for our tourist attraction of the day. The Rome Forum, Ancient Rome’s White House and Washington D.C. Ruins.

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You ticket to the Colosseum, also gives you access to the Forum and Palestine hill, and while you get a pretty good view from above for FREE, if you’re already paying for one, wandering through this mess is still worth an hour of your time. Like everything else, get your ticket in advance, or be ready to queue for a while in the bright Roman sun.

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If I had to describe Italy in one word, I would say confusing. If there’s one industry they want to strongly sustain, it must be the large organized tour groups because there is absolutely no signs in Italian, English or Latin in any attraction we’ve gone. I used the free Steve Rick’s guide and that’s me trying to figure out which stack of old columns he’s talking up.

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If you have a specific thirst to know everything you’re looking at, I say invest into a great guidebook because even as I was overhearing some local guides, it kinda sounded to me like each one made up their own story.

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As for me, my main interest was to stump around and pretend I’m in the land before Christianity.

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No matter what ruins you go, which country you are in, the heads are always missing. Where do they go? Are they in the same alternate reality that one of my socks always leaves to when I do laundry?

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Rome is known for its seven hills, and Palentine Hill as the hills queen of the other 6. There’s something empowering about looking down onto a city, plus the view of the Colosseum isn’t too shabby. I don’t know if not many tourists make it up the hill, or if it was because we went around later afternoon, but it was a refuge from the usual tour group insanity that is Rome. No one even offered us to sell us a selfie stick here.

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I guess models we are not

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and my brother eventually found his new best friend.

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For the evening, we went for a stroll on the other side of the river over to Trastevere, which is pretty much the expat hipster mecca of Rome. A former working class neighborhood with the typical gentrification struggle. It’s relatively peaceful during the day, but similar to us, everyone got the memo that this is the hood to stay for dinner, and it was packed with Tourists.

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With some TripAdvisor guidance, we found Grazia & Graziella. Judging from the appearance of all five of the waiters,  I’d guess that one of the hiring requirements is a properly kept beard. There’s usually a long wait, but we went fairly early (7pm is early to Italians looking for dinner) and only waited about 20 minutes. The host graciously kept refilling our glass with welcome Prosecco.

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I promise, this was a lot tastier than it looks. Mmmmm… rocket with smoked salmon!

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Before we knew it, we were stuffed, and ready for some ZZZzzzz.

Blue Lagoon and Best Bread Bowl Soup in Iceland

One thing Iceland is known for is crazy Bjork and cute edible horses is its geothermal activity and hot springs!  The most famous one is the Blue Lagoon.  While it is a by product of the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant, there is nothing but luxury there. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help many people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 °C (104 °F) and was amazing even in the dead of winter freezing temps.

Blue Lagoon 2After a day of hiking a glacier, a spa was exactly what I craved.  What I couldn’t wrap my mind around was that this magical spa was outside in 20 F degree weather.  Now let me start with, I hate the cold and I hate being wet.  I didn’t grow up swimming or near beaches and lakes.  In fact my swimming skills are a step away from a pathetic doggy paddle. While Blue Lagoon is highly recommended, I didn’t think I could really enjoy being wet in the cold.

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The hardest part was stepping in.  It’s a short sprint from inside the warm room, to a cold wooden deck and into the hot water.  We later learned that there’s a side entry way that allows you to get into the water inside and then exit through a hole into the outside pool.  Tony and I happened to arrive at a perfect time.  A few tour buses were leaving and we had the pool almost to ourselves.

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Things to do at the Blue Lagoon

  • We watched the sunset as the pool of thermal water went from a low blue glow to a bright blue glow in the dark.
  • We covered our faces in silica (a microorganism face-mask that gives the water its blue hue) in hopes of taking 5 years off our aging faces.
  • We enjoyed the blue lagoon waterfall!  There’s only one waterfall but since we had the whole place to ourselves until the 6PM tour buses arrived we took our time.
  • We went from the sauna to the pool and repeated with a waterfall soak
  • We took a 20 minute break and rested inside before going back to the pool

In total I think we spent 3 hours there.  Entrance was about 35 Euro per person and does not include towels or anything else but entrance.  Instead we brought our own towels.  We skipped out on getting a massage or buying any of the lotions.  Personally they seemed too pricey and it was way too cold for me to enjoy a massage.  I wanted to constantly be submerged in the steaming calming water.

After the Blue Lagoon we found ourselves once again hungry and exhausted.  Relaxing in a hot spring is hard work.  We got dinner at Svarta Kaffi in Reykjavik, a placed known for their fabulous bread bowl soups!

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We got the vegetable soup and yes, the bread was consumed to the last crumb.

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Have you ever been to a natural hot spring?  I’ve been to some while I was in Peru but none compared to how nice the Blue Lagoon was.  Although the Peru ones were a hell lot cheaper!

Days in Madrid – The Palacio Real de Madrid, Plaza Mayor & San Miguel Market

Madrid was the final destination city in my trip to Spain, and although it didn’t compare to Seville, Granada, Valencia, or Barcelona that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of a visit.  It does have fantastic day trips like Toledo & Segovia but if you have a sunny day or two, I definitely recommend walking around the capital city of Spain.

If it’s a beautiful day take a walk or a jog in Retiro Park, a beautiful large city park that has a little peace and quiet for everyone.  There’s also plenty of museums to visit but I warn you that the lines will be long.  We skipped most museums due to long waits, the cost, and the fact that I was sick.

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Madrid, unlike Barcelona and any of the other large Spanish cities I visited is a concrete jungle.  The roads are boulevards and are easy to walk around and navigate.  Pick any main street off the park and I’m sure you’ll find something picture worthy.  After all, Madrid was built at a time when the Spanish Empire was at its glory.

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Another unique thing that I noticed in Madrid were these vertical gardens.  Pretty neat way to find some gardening space.

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One of the biggest tourist stops in Madrid is Plaza Mayor.  The Plaza Mayor has been the scene of multitudinous events: markets, bullfights, soccer games, public executions, and, during the Spanish Inquisition, “autos de fe” against supposed heretics and the executions of those condemned to death.

Madrid 105Now it’s just mostly municipal buildings with heavily armed security guards and overpriced cafes similar to NYC.  However, since coffee is only a few Euros, I recommend sitting with a cup and people watching.  You’ll see pretty much anything walk by in just half an hour.
Madrid 108 Right next to Plaza Mayor is the famous  Mercado de San Miguel, an indoor market of many eateries.  To hold me over for dinner I had a few bites with different seasoned fishes.  They were good but didn’t compare to the freshness and flavor of Barcelona’s Mercat de Mercats.  Plus on a late Saturday afternoon the market was so packed that trying to see your options or placing an order was a struggle.

Madrid 107On our last full day in Madrid, which also happened to be my sickest and rainest day, we went to check out the Palacio Real de Madrid, Madrid Royal Palace.  It was only about a 30 minute walk but with the rain we decided to take a ride on the metro instead.  As you can see, not even my own mother wanted to sit next to me.

We had this idea that because it’s rainy, no one else would wait in a line to go to the palace in the rain.  We were wrong.  We waited two hours in the rain to get inside because I was I was under the mentality of how much longer could the wait be.  Luckily Tony brought me coffee while I stood under my umbrella sneezing everywhere.  I was damn sexy.

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Due to the “delicate nature” of the royal estate apartments, we weren’t allowed to take photos inside.  I think it’s mostly due to a conspiracy to make you buy their books.  Just picture lots of old tapestry and gold, lots and lots of gold in giant ornate ceilings.

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Instead we had to take our photo shoot outside.  This is in front of the royal Cathedral.

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Yup by the end of the trip my mom and Tony have been best buds.

If I had to pick my favorite park of Madrid, it would be a bakery, a crazy busy bakery.

Madrid 111 La Mallorquina, in the Sol area of Madrid was my mecca!  This pastelería has been a local and tourist favorite since 1894. Its name derives from the original Mallorcan owner.
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I can vouch from the 5, 10, 20 things I may have tasted that everything was delicious

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Segovia – Sleeping Beauty and the Roman Aqueduct

Segovia is awesome and I’m not the only one that thinks so.  Segovia is one of the Spanish cities competing to be chosen as European capital of culture in 2016!

When you’re traveling in a new city with a different language you’re bound to have some trouble.  Now for a two-week trip everything went perfectly to plan until we tried to get to Segovia.  Unlike Toledo, the AVE train to Segovia is north of Madrid, Chamartin train station.  To get to Chamartin we had to take a combination of subway and metro to cut time.  There might have been some confusion and we had a little less time then we would have liked to find our AVE train at Chamartin.  We might have jumped on one train that sad Segovia that quickly closed it’s doors and we were stuck! Were we going to Segovia? A street named Segovia?  Or who knows what else?
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Two hours later in anger and in silence with some beautiful mountain views we did end up in Segovia, only over an hour longer than we planned.  Turns out you can take a high speed rail, or a local commuter rail, only difference is the view, one goes over mountains, one goes through, and the time.  The difference in cost was a few Euros as well but not that bad. The train also arrives at the old station vs. the new station and that my friends is a whole story for the end.

In About 8 minutes you are greeted with one of the most fairy-tale skyline I have ever seen.  The star of it all is the Segovia Alcazar.

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It is said that the Segovia Alcazar is the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty (below).

One of the coolest parts about the castle, was how you go about to get up the hill.  It’s surrounded by a moat and a wilderness area that has an awesome trail around it.  I even saw a runner or two there as we walked.  You then cross a bridge and go up a long staircase to keep in theme with the fairy-tale image.

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You can also go through the town to get to the castle, but where’s the fun in that.

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I’d probably say the best thing about this Alcazar is everything on the outside.  I mean Disney is cool and all but it don’t compare to the real thing.  Plus there was a lot less screaming kids around.

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We did pay to go inside.  There was a small room with armory to look at but nothing major compared to the collection in Madrid.  The castle is currently a museum and home of the Spanish General Military Archives.  Entrance was around 6 or 8 euros.

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The rooms of the castle were bare and empty so we were allowed to take some photographs.  The ceilings were probably the best part covered in typical Spanish Empire ornate gold.

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You also got to take a peak into the cellar of the castle but it was all just bare and clean.  Personally I think it would have been cooler if the armory display was downstairs.

To get a view from the tower you had to buy a separate ticket.  Something the ticket-booth person never told us.  We decided it wasn’t worth paying after the disappointment that was the castle.  Plus the tower really didn’t go that much higher
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After the castle we sat around in the cold to take in more of the magnificent view.

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We walked around the Segovia Cathedral

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And the old Jewish sector

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Past many trinket shops and tourist cafes until we reached the other main attraction.  The Roman Aqueducts.  These were built by the Romans around the late 1st Century AD to supply water to the roman military fort on the hill. The Aqueduct’s highest point is 28 meters in Azoguejo Square.

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The water was transported using the inverted siphon method which forces water from higher ground to lower terrain back up to higher terrain using the pressure of the water. To me that just means magic.

The Segovia aqueduct transports waters from Fuente Fría river, 11 mi from the city in a region known as La Acebeda. It runs another 9.3 mi before arriving in the city.  The water is first gathered in a tank known as El Caserón (or Big House), and is then led through a channel to a second tower known as the Casa de Aguas (or Waterhouse). There it is naturally decanted and sand settles out before the water continues its route. Next the water travels 796 yd on a one-percent grade until it is high upon the Postigo, a rocky outcropping on which the old city center, the Segovia Alcázar, was built. Then, at Plaza de Díaz Sanz the structure makes an abrupt turn and heads toward Plaza Azoguejo..

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From the top of the aqueduct you get a splendid view of the square both past and present

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Now the story of how to get back to Madrid.. as mentioned before we still had our AVE tickets where the train departed from the new station.  While we knew the station was about 5K away, we didn’t know that it was 5K away from the outskirts of Segovia on a highway!

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Luckily for us there were very few cars as it was a holiday.  The few cars that drove past us looked like we were crazy!  Who wouldn’t, as two lost Americans walk with nothing but a cow in sight in search of a train station.  We did pass a gas station who asked us if we had bikes at least and looked in disbelieve when we told her we were walking to the train.  In total I think the 5K was more of a 5 mile walk.  If an empty cab would have passed us we would have grabbed in, however, our only option was to just keep walking at that point.  In retrospect two hours on a train doesn’t seem so bad with our two-hour walk on a highway with tumbleweeds and cows!

Tips for visiting Segovia

  • Pick your bus or train carefully – My first tip is to figure out how you’re getting there and back.  The bus is probably the best bet as it drops you off right at the town center and leaves once or twice an hour from Madrid.  If you take AVE, there is a bus that goes from the highway to town center so look that up, walking is definitely uncomfortable.  You will be on a highway with several rotaries.  You do not want to be walking rotaries.  You can also take the commuter rail which drops you off at the old station in Segovia, but it’s about a 2 hour commute.  The trains also unlike the bus arrive and leave less frequently.
  • The best sites are outside – The Alcazar is more enjoyable from the outside than the outside.  Walking around was splendid and probably the best thing to do in Segovia.
  • Don’t miss out on the Roman aqueducts!  There’s also metal posts on the ground of the aqueducts that are underground.  Look out for those!
  • Buy the two part ticket for the Alcazar – Admission to the Alcazar doesn’t buy admission to the tower, so be careful which ticket you buy.

Madrid – Adventures in Pubs and Bites

Within a few hours of the rail, we went from Granada to Madrid.  Compared to southern Spain, honestly it felt like misery.  It was cold 40s-50s with pouring rain.  In fact it literally rained all day the first day we were there.  Luckily we found a small burger joint called Neilla’s near us.  It was crowded, but it was cheap and it wasn’t McDonald’s.

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Tony was so hungry he got himself a deluxe burger and a chicken sandwich.

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I got a smoked salmon salad but I haven’t figured out how to say dressing on the side in Spanish yet =(

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The apartment we were renting was near Retiro Park. I had dreams of running before it decided to infinitely rain and I got sick.  Anyways one of the perks of renting an apartment is that we got to save some $$$ by making our own meals.  Sadly the clementines didn’t compare to the freshness of Barcelona and Valencia, however, the freshly baked bread was delicious. It’s a shame there’s no good baguette places in Boston!

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Anyways, around rush hour, Madrid Puerta Del Sol area gets packed with commuters, tourists, and performers.

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One evening in search of some fried bites we checked out Malaspina, sorta steam punk looking bar with a touch of modern Spain.

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Upon ordering we were greeted with this cheesy ham bites.  This sampler wasn’t enough so we ordered a few more.

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We also got these tomato toasts that were kinda nasty IMO, but this potato tart that came with it was tasty.

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The final disappointment of the night was calamari.  It was fresh but the batter could have used some more flavor.  Our stomachs felt very disappointed by the bites, which was a shame since the place had 4 stars on TripAdvisor.

Luckily, you can’t disappoint with wine.  The wine is always good!

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On another night we checked out Fatigas del Querer, another pub in the Sol area of Madrid.  I normally despise staying in city centers but my mom didn’t want to travel out into a more neighborhood hang out, so there we were.  Around 10pm there was about a 45 minute wait.  We hung out by the bar, drank some yummy sangria.  The food here was slightly better.  Tony ordered a fake paella,  and I got a hefty piece of steak.

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As for my mother?  She stayed on the liquid diet 😉

Visiting Toledo, Spain – Lost in a Medieval Capital

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With an easy 30 minute AVE train ride from Atocha REF station in Madrid, Tony and I found ourselves in Toledo, a former capital of Spain and UNESCO World Heritage site. Many other travelers got off ready for their day trip around Toledo.  At the station a long of tour buses try to sell their tour.  Most get on one of those hop on and off tour buses or took a taxi.  When the hustle and bustle of the tourist business slowed down, Tony and I were left all alone.

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Alone we decided to just walk over from the station to the downtown area in what turned out to be a pretty easy walking/bike path

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A city built upon and around a hill was met within 5 minutes. We laughed at the fools who took a cab to the city center. Sitting at the top of the hill is the Toledo Alcazar that was built by Romans and a stone wall that might be one of the oldest in Spain. The Alcazar houses mostly government offices, a library and a museum that we decided to skip out on.

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We ran up the steps of the city Rocky style only to realize at the top of the crazy hill is an escalator   AN ESCALATOR  That ran from the garage under the city.  I don’t know why but I felt crushed and disappointed by this modern addition to such a beautiful medieval city.

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Toledo has some of the oldest and most beautiful city walls I have ever seen.

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It was cold compared to Southern Spain (54 degrees) and besides opening up to some beautiful stone structures, walking around was also another way to try to stay warm.

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The streets similar to the older quarters in Seville, were super narrow and curvy.  I always made sure to lean a little closer to the wall because you never knew when a high-speed taxi or rental car would come charging down a hill.

Toledo Spain 7The only problem there is about wandering around and getting lost is that i have no idea what I’m looking at or maybe i don’t remember. One of the many decorated buildings in Toledo.  I think it was a small church or a government building.

Toledo Spain 2One of my favorite sites that you just can’t miss is the Toledo Santa Maria Cathedral.
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As cold as it was, I took a few minutes to sit down and take in the details that make this so much different then the Seville or Barcelona Gothic Cathedrals.

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I skipped going inside as at $8 per person I don’t think I would have seen anything more exciting inside that I haven’t seen in other Cathedrals throughout this trip.  However, there was more than enough to admire from the outside.  These statues reminded me of soldiers!

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Although my favorite part of it all were the lions and gargoyle statues.

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I have no sense of direction so I can’t tell you for sure but I think if you walk North or whichever way is in the direction of the bull ring you come out of a beautiful stone entry way to a main road that has one of the best views of the city!

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Although Toledo is a city that was made up of multiple cultures (Roman, Visigoth, Emirates of Cordoba, and of course the Spanish) and religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), and time periods, the majority that thrives the most would be the churches and catholic influenced structures and symbolism.  However, take the time to walk around the Jewish and Muslim parts.

The synagogue and mosque may not have the same grandeur as the cathedral, but are worth a walk around at least on the outside.  Just like the cathedral, both the mosque and synagogue charge admission and towards the end of the trip I was a little more clingy to my remaining Euros.  In retrospect the one thing I wish I did was pay to visit the synagogue as I now know it’s one of the oldest still standing synagogue buildings in Europe.  What I’m seeing online are some beautiful Judaic stucco decor and it would have been great to see.

Final Tips on Visiting Toledo, Spain

  • Take the AVE high-speed direct train – It’s about $9 each way and only 30 minutes.  I also recommend buying the tickets a day or two before.  The ticket line can be a little long at times and on nicer weekends the popular morning and evening train times sells out.  After getting off the AVE, i recommend walking there instead of taking a cab.  There’s also a public bus that runs there but I think it goes in a roundabout way so walking would be faster.
  • Wear comfortable shoes – It’s hilly and cobble stoned so unless you’re doing a bus tour, I think you want your feet to be comfortable.  I wore Toms and those were fine, I would just skip heels and possibly even wedges.
  • Get Lost – From what I saw, the best thing to do in Toledo is to get lost in this beautiful medieval city.  Sure there are museums and trinket shops with beautiful swords but that’s if you have and want to spend money.  Walk around as with each turn you’ll walk into another beautiful sight.  Cozy up with a cafe con leche at a random hole in the wall.
  • Free WiFi – There’s a McDonald’s in the town plaza that has free WiFi   Could be useful if you’re looking for a specific place to eat or trying to check the train schedule for an earlier train back to Madrid.  Or just want to catch up on emails.  There’s local cafes all around but I didn’t see any with WiFi.

Free Tapas in Granada

Free Food!  Free Food! Well almost… the price?  A cheap glass of wine or beer!  And some of it is even good food!  Wine + Greasy Food = Happy Liana.  And that my friends is my summary of Granada dining.

Tapas, a food that was designed to go with drink, is sadly no longer free in most places even in Spain.  One exception is Granada and they vary in range and quality.

Our Airbnb host mentioned a street we should walk down for the best tapas but sadly that went in one ear and out other another in our traveling daze.  Instead we just wandered around.

The first place we hit was a snazzy little small bar with lamps and curtains creating a small Moorish haven.

With a small beer that I think was a euro each Tony walked away with a fajita while I munched on a hummus, olive and ham platter.  Although not the highest quality of grub, it motivated us to continue on our tapas bar crawl.

On our next stop we hit Bodega la Antigualla, a tiny Medieval style bar along a street in El Albayzín.  Aside from a ton of armor decorating the walls the place was cozy and warm on a cold even that was all we could ask for.  Tony and I decided to get a mojito with our tapas.

Yes that my friends is not a tapa, that is a meal!

A toasted ham, cheese and tomato sauce sandwich sprinkled with oregano and some yummy fries with not one but two sides of sauce.  I wasn’t into the creamy tartar like one but I appreciated that tomato one.

If you want a more proper meal, I recommend checking out one of the many Middle Eastern restaurants in the area.  We went to Teteria y Restaurante Marrakech (I think) with my mom.  A hookah tea cafe with yum yums.  After a week of living off tapas it was nice to get a hearty warm meal.

I forgot the official names of everything we ate so you’ll get my own names for stuff.  Lentil soup!

A soupy vegetable dish with mild flavor.  I kinda wanted to bask it in Tabasco sauce but then again I think everything tastes better in Tabasco

A delicious chicken dish!

And Moroccan meatballs that I thought would be awful but were delicious.    It was Tony’s selection but it was a good one.

For the most part between food, Alhambra, and living in a cave, I feel like I experience most of what I wanted in Granada.  The only sad part was that all the bath houses were closed on Monday.  I guess it’s good to leave something in each city to come back to.  And I hear there’s a ton of other pubs with free tapas to test out!