I spent this past weekend in Madrid. It was absolutely incredible; such a great trip. We caught a flight bright and early on Thursday morning and flew to Toledo. There we spent the day touring the city of Toledo which is very famous for its swords. It also has a lot of Jewish history. In fact, there are small tiles every couple of yards throughout the streets with various Jewish symbols to remind people of their history.
Our tour guide was fantastic! His name was Javier and he was a Spanish native. In the beginning we thought that his English sounded very strange, almost comical. Later on we found out that he was taught English by an Irishman so he had an Irish accent! We toured an important synagogue, a catholic cathedral and the small meandering streets of Toledo. Unfortunately it started raining the second we stepped off the bus so we were wet, cold and pretty miserable the whole time. Still, Toledo was a very beautiful city with a lot of history. It also had incredible views.
|So thats where my hat went!|
|A picture can't capture the beauty of this view|
|I found baby Ginny!|
|Our tour group|
|This bridge is called the Suicide Bridge. Several people have committed suicide here, and a stuntman died here because his rope was 95 feet and the bridge is 90 feet... Now, there is a 7 foot tall glass fence to prevent people from jumping.|
|The Royal Palace|
On our last day, we took a tour of El Prado -A very famous art museum. I actually was really interested in the art in this museum, many of the pieces are very famous such as Las Meninas. After the museum we were set free. We spent the rest of our time in Parque del Retiro which is this beautiful giant park -almost like the Central Park of Madrid. Here we looked around at the street vendors and enjoyed the beauty of the park. It was miserably cold though!
|Found a great dane -Can you tell that I really miss my puppies yet??|
|The beautiful artwork this man in the park painted with the palm of his hands in 5 minutes SO CRAZY!|
So overall, Madrid was awesome! I'm so glad I got to go. It was also a lot different than Barcelona in many aspects. It had a lot less color than Barcelona does, and the metro system was a little less convenient in terms of time and size. I've already found that I am biased when it comes to Madrid vs. Barcelona. Barcelona is my home, and I am so head over heels in love with Barcelona already. Needless to say I was smiling as we were landing back home.
P.S. Tomorrow is the Real Madrid v. Barça game - there is a HUGE rivalry between the two because essentially they're the two best teams in the world. Think Red Sox vs. Yankees times 10! GO BARÇA!!