Madrid at night… So gorgeous!

Ok so when I arrived yesterday I thought Madrid consisted of a bunch of modern high rises… Then tonight I walked over on the other side of town…OMG!!

I also learned that Madrid is one of the most pedestrian friendly cities because most of the major roads are under the city. It was also voted one of europes most livable cities.

gorgeous parks that need to be explored tomorrow!

I did a walking tour today and this is part of the old city walls

Guinness book if world records… Oldest continually operating restaurant

plaza mayor… Many executions were performed here long ago… Having to do with religion of course. Now a vibrant square where people meet and socialize.

finally i met this family from Georgia (the state). He just retired at age 36 and they are traveling around the world until the kids are college age! They have only just begun!!


Final day in Toledo… Or was I in the middle east?

Today was a great day for seeing a lot of what Toledo has to offer. So much culture here! And I had a little adventure also!

the alcazar is the home of the military museum but I was there to see it’s courtyard.

impressive building

a lot of Toledo has such an Arabic Moorish look. So multicultural!

this is what Toledo is known for… Not potstickers….mazapan!! So flipping delicious!!

Jewish symbols everywhere in the Jewish quarter recently installed to attract more attention to the area.

kittens in the El Greco museum courtyard!

very cool fixtures

Santa Maria la Blanca synagogue. Absolutely stunning! Oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe… Of course who owns it… The Catholic Church.

and then I rounded the corner and found this…. Arabic baths in a 12th century building. I went in and hung out in the baths and got an exfoliation medujar massage. It was so awesome!

a hot pool, tepid, and this one was freezing. You alternate between the hot and tepid with a quick soak in the cold one in between.

the massage was on a cold slab of marble where she slathered me up with some pretty rough gritty exfoliant. Felt great!!

my after massage treat.

you feel like you’re in the middle East half of the time!

cristo de la luz mezquita

These are the two women I met in Toledo. They are both from Ohio (get it… Ohio in Toledo…) Friends since 7th grade!

same Gatos from last night

san juan de los reyes monastery. Gorgeous!!

rock climbers!

view of Toledo from the parador hotel. Madrid tomorrow!!

Napoli…I love you

While I was only there for a few hours, I absolutely fell in love with you. I have to admit that at first I was scared of you because of the stories I had heard. Mafia, pickpockets, dirty… That is what makes you you. I felt like I was in the stereotypical Italy I had always dreamt of. People chatting, loudly, from balcony to balcony, sheets drying in the wind, love. Thank you for being so full of life. I will be back.

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