Day Fifteen – Scrambling For Breakfast, Military Exercise, Jimmy Stewart Wouldn’t Like This Climb, Peter The Cruel’s Treasurer’s House, Hanging With El Greco And Friends, From El Greco To El Transito, Monster G&T, Another Isabella & Ferdinand Production, The Pooping Monkey, No GPS Required, New Meets Old (And I Don’t Mean Us), I Want More Marzipan and A Beautiful Rooftop Setting
It was just like home (except for the fact that Kim and Mary don‘t live with us) when on this Sunday morning Mary made us a good scrambled egg breakfast to start our day.
As kitties scampered along the neighboring rooftops, we hastily ate our eggs and sausage. We would need that sustenance to get us through, because there is lots to see in Toledo.
Walking through Plaza de Zocodover, we were on our way to our first destination, El Alcázar, which houses the Museo del Ejército (Army Museum). El Alcázar dominates the Toledo “skyline.”
The museum kind of reminded me of the Churchill War Rooms in London…a good idea, but rather poorly laid out. Still, there were many things of interest to hold our attention as we ambled through.
There was an area that documented Franco’s reign in Spain with posters and a bust of the dictator…
The Horse-drawn carriage that carried General Prim during a terrorist attack in 1870 is on display. You can see the bullet holes made by the two groups of men armed with blunderbusses. General Prim didn’t make it.
…and even a little garden.
The Toledo TI had presented us with a 1/2 price coupon (€1.80) for Iglesia de San Ildefonso (Plaza Padre Juan de Mariana).
The church has recently been restored…
It really wasn’t that bad a climb…
Fortunately the bells were not rung as we walked around the top.
…we entered the house previously owned by Peter The Cruel’s treasurer. Some have said El Greco lived here, but that probably is not true, although the house does date from El Greco’s time, and the rooms are typical from that era. After checking out the interior rooms…
Located within a block of Museo de El Greco is El Transito Synagogue & Sephardic Museum (also free on Sunday).
The two couples split up to search for a lunch destination, but Tracy and I didn’t particularly like the menu at our place, so as we were looking for another restaurant we came upon Kim and Mary who waived us inside to the place they had found. What awaited me (besides pizza) was the GinTonic (€7) that has me buzzing (in a good way) to this day.
Served with fruit, this giant GinTonic was blue. That’s because the tonic water was Nordic Mist Blue tonic water. Although it is made by the Coca-Cola company, I have since learned you can’t buy it here in the United States (I’ve even emailed Coca-Cola). It looks like it is only sold in Belgium, Chile, Finland, Guinea-Bissau, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. Now I’m feeling blue.
While Tracy and I dined on pizza, Kim and Mary shared a seafood paella. Fully refreshed, we wandered a short distance to our next destination…Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes (€2.50 entrance fee).
…constructed to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Toro (damn, those bulls never win).
It truly has a gorgeous interior (Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes was Mary’s favorite church, I believe). The Gothic main altar stood out…
The upper cloister has a wooden coffered ceiling with typical Mudejar architecture.
It had been another busy day for the gang, so we walked back through town, and although the maze of streets is initially a little tough to navigate, after walking through town a few times, it became fairly easy to find our way. Plus it always seems like we were passing the Cathedral.
The bar area is located downstairs, so up we climbed to the dining area.
The views were stupendous, but (shockingly) we were all too pooped (sort of like that monkey at the monastery) to even have a cocktail. We wanted to return the following night, but sadly the rooftop is closed on Monday.
It was back to the apartment for some well-deserved sleep. Our final day in Toledo would be no less hectic with a trip to the stupendous cathedral, a quick stop to a marzipan store, another couple of churches, a second synagogue, a Mezquita and a very cool art gallery featuring even more El Greco paintings. I would also take a late afternoon walk, while the others (wisely) rested up before our mini-train tour of Toledo.
Next: Day Sixteen – The Corpus Christi Effect, Sensational Sacristy, Marzipan Central, Another San Salvador Trip, Are These Guys Going To Kill Us, An Interesting Synagogue, Hey We’ll Open this Place For you Guys, Sol Searching, A Surprisingly Great Museum, A Bridge Too Far, Where’s That Damn Escalator, Choo Choo Through Toledo, Remarkable View, How Come All Our Walks Are Uphill, The Last Table and Don’t I Get To Eat, Too