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Una ciudad de cielo: Once More in Toledo

I didn’t have to die before I went to heaven. — Ashley Lawrie

June 3

If Oviedo is una ciudad de hadas, then Toledo is una ciudad de cielo. I wasn’t the one to coin that all-too apt description of Toledo — the lovely Ashley Lawrie, one of the Scotties in my group,  was.

What can I say about Toledo that doesn’t sound corny, cliched? Well, nothing. All I can say is imagine a place where history watches silently from the eyes of weather-worn statues, where the streets curve up and down and side to side, where the cobbles eat away at your shoe-soles, where tourists clutter souvenir shops looking for swords and joyeria damasquina, where the sun shines hard through a clear blue sky on olive groves and orange trees, where musulmanes y cristianos y judeos mingled until you can no longer point to whom Toledo can attribute most of its peculiar charm.

Este fue mi segunda vez en esta ciudad. It only improves with time.


NOT an ancient or important building. It's some kind of public structure outside Toledo that looks cool.

Puerta Bisagra.

La historia está construido en los paredes de Toledo.

No es un mezquita pero es una iglesia en el estilo mudéjar. Un ejemplo de la mezcla de culturas en Toledo.

This was our tour guide. When Profe Schlig allowed him to speak inglés, he spoke with a British accent. In hindsight, he reminded me of Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the end, he wore the group out walking to and talking about multiple sites. Energizer Bunny much?

Una obra rara de la escultura moderna en Toledo.

When our guide told us we had to climb a high hill, we groaned. . .until he showed us the escalator.

La tumba de El Greco. Sadly, not enough time to pop in. I was lucky enough to have seen it before, so there's that.

La leyenda de "El Beso." Apparently, there is a tomb in Toledo enclosing the bodies of a couple with a pair of statues in their likenesses. One day, a French captain came to the tomb and was so entranced with the statue of the wife that he impulsively kissed it. As he kissed it, the fist of the husband's statue suddenly fell onto his skull, killing him.

Un arból de naranjas en la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Más común en el sur de España.

La Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha had ROMAN RUINS right smack in the middle of its campus. It made me a little sad that barely anything is over a couple hundred years old in the United States.

Mazapán. Un postre más famoso en Toledo.

Una calle de Toledo.

The old central market-square of Toledo.

Otra puerta unica.

Una estatua de Miguel Cervantes. Un parte de Don Quixote es en Toledo.

Un castillo de mazapán.

Spain's equivalent to West Point.

Los comunistas de España. More accepted there than in the USA, I believe.

An apt name for this street? All streets in Toledo are twisty, narrow, and mysterious.

La Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo.

Las monjas hacían mazapán en el pasado.

Sinagoga del Tránsito. Home of the Sephardic Museum.

Iglesia de San Tome. The chains on the outside wall are the chains of Christian slaves freed by the generosity of the patrons of this church.

Había una boda en San Tome. Traditionally, brides climb stairs to show the obstacles of married life.

Puente de San Martin.

La vista del rio.

Otra vista.

No creo que fui a Toledo otra vez. Estoy agradecida. Con esperanza, volveré.

About Anna Cabe

I'm your average over-stressed Asian-American overachiever, your typical moderately talented wannabe writer, your everyday nerd with subpar social skills. I'm pretty boring really.


4 thoughts on “Una ciudad de cielo: Once More in Toledo

  1. Toledo might just be our next destination, beautiful!

    Posted by claudine | July 9, 2011, 10:04 am
  2. Hi, congrats for your blog. I only have to say that in the picture where you say that there is a Naranjo youre wrong its a Níspero which is another type of tree which has smaller fruits.

    Posted by laucapsan | March 26, 2016, 8:10 pm

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