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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Day Thirty Seven: One More Hill To Climb

We awoke in Toledo to clear skies and crisp Autumn air. And this nice spacious apartment is just what we needed to end our trip. Lots of room to relax and read while the laundry gets done in the kitchen clothes washer. We will venture out after the laundry is done. So far we have walked to the market and back for some supplies. Coffee, cookies, yogurt, laundry detergent and such. I think we are almost ready to head home to the States. Wonder what is going on there? Very nice to have no news except what I want to see on the Internet.

 Ceiling above our bed.
 Living room.
 View out one Living room window. We are almost on top of the highest hill. Also how not to take care of your roof in the house across the alley.
Comfortable reading while the laundry gets done.

 The steps leading down to our apartments street.
 Further down we go.
 Our apartment.
 Inside hallway.
 Above the courtyard.
Our bedroom.

 Apartment across from us. Neat walls.

 Well the dryer is a little bit slow, so we stopped it, hung some clothes out to dry, and headed to see the Cathedral of Toledo. Having seen many churches in our travels, I get a bit jaded when touring them. However this was enormous and had more plundered gold than I could imagine. I cannot imagine how much it would cost in today's dollars to build. That said it was very nice to see. Even if the bell tower was closed to tourists.

 Inside the Cathedral.
 Another processional alter. Once owned by Queen Isabella of Spain.
 The choir's seats
 More detail.
 The main alter. Notice the size of the people in front of it.
 A painting that must be over 40 feet tall.
 Behind the alter.
 Looking down the length of it.

So we are now hungry. The first restaurant we stop at has a nasty waiter and high prices so we leave and go next door to this family run restaurant that is just our style.

 Deciding what to order.
 Families eating lunch.
 My bean soup for starters.
 Linda's local soup.

 The streets of Toledo.
 On our way to an old Mosque.
 An old gate.

The old Mosque. It really isn't very big and in fact the central part of it had a big crucifix hanging there.
 But the view from the city wall was very nice.

We took a Taxi back to our apartment and the ladies sat/laid down to read. I am headed out to the market. It may not be open tomorrow as Nov 1st is a holiday.

I picked up some bread and croissants for breakfast for tomorrow. I also managed to pick up some more blood pressure medication that I had ran out of. A nice thing here is that if you have your empty medicine bottle, they will sell you more. A months supply cost 21.00 Euros. Now why are they so expensive in the USA?

I then happened by the Halloween celebration taking place in the olde town Toledo towne square. There was a band and a few people dressed up, as well as priests and clergy that had things for the young children to do. Low keyed but nice.

The Band playing in the square

One of their songs.

I went home and just laid around. Part of the time I sat at our second story window and watched people pass below at the intersection of 4 alleyways. Signs of the time are that I only saw one person with a map. Everyone else either knew where they were going, or had their phone out in front of them following either Goggle Maps or Apple Maps. Have done the same myself.

All three of us managed to get dressed and go out to brave the cold weather. It was 52 degrees. Short cut to the fore mentioned square and we find that most of the restaurants are sort of fast food. Since it is so cold (The restaurants supply gas heaters outside) we decide to eat in. Now this shows you we have been away too long. Mary Ann and Linda have fried eggs and french fries while I have a Cheese Burger. Everything was oh so good. Mary Ann and I did manage to do in a liter of Sangria. No food pictures from there. We go back to the Apartment, and retire for the night. But not before having some chocolate and almond candy picked up earlier at the market.

Yes there were some poeple dressed up for Halloween. Mostly teenagers and some with painted faces as in the USA.


So just before I am going to bed, I look out the window and the Cathedral is all lit up for this Holy Day.

There are no words to describe this sight.

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