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TOLEDO, SPAIN – OCTOBER 2014 (PART 2) + MADRID
The second half of the day trip to Toledo and the last night of Madrid (mostly revolving around seafood and desserts). This part features the Toledo Cathedral, perhaps one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals in Spain. Enjoy!

If you haven’t read part one, here’s where you start!

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Here’s where we left off, the entrance to the Toledo Cathedral

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Wow! This place was….just…giant. Gothic in style.

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Wall vinyl?

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It’s hard to capture scale when you’re so little.

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The detailed tilework!

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I wish I could go into more detail about the Cathedral separate spaces and history, but I really can’t remember too too much, unfortunately. I believe it was built on top of a mosque which was built on top of another church.

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I believe these doors are opened for the Pope only…

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The play of light and shadow around the outer nave was gorgeous

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A view of the crazy ornate marble/bronze facade of the “El Transparente”, a super Baroque altarpiece.

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Nuts.

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Painted skylight

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The Cardinals in the Chapterhouse (and the ceiling)

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The newest guy! Looks like a photograph, but it’s a painting.

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The El Greco everybody loves so dearly, made for this space

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More tilework!

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Heading outside to the Cloisters

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Passing more paintings

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Chapel/burial chamber with a gorgeous fading fresco

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The walls were damaged because of humidity issues, I believe

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Parents and Zeen looking around

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And now the horrifyingly drippy waxy looking semi-scary but also gloriously magnificent Gothic altarpiece

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All the figures are carved in wood

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Behind bars

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Smug Mary in the Quire

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Gimme the gold.

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And gorgeous illuminated manuscripts in their treasury as well.

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Last looks at the interior of the cathedral

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Bye, bye!

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Passing a convent that sells marzipan through a little revolving door.

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Made by nuns and I practiced my Spanish to get some.

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On the hunt for food

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Boccadillos

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And winding our way back out through the Moorish gate we came through

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Toledo cat spotted!

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Didn’t get to fully explore all the little winding streets

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Me for scale

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We arrived to the train station pretty early. Enjoyed some coffee while relaxing and waiting for our train

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Falling asleep at the train station

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Back in Madrid we stopped at a sweets shop near our hotel

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Zach overwhelmed by all the options

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Meringue

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Chocolate covered cookie

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And soon we were back to the hotel, resting from the day in Toledo

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For dinner my parents had a restaurant in mind they had passed in their morning walk, but we did walk through the Mercado San Miguel

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Was a mistake to walk through here before dinner…too much temptation

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Cat in a wooden toy shop

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DUN DUN DUNNNNN! DINNER! My parents were NOT joking around with our treat our last night in Madrid. Wowowow. A full seafood platter!

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Right before we dug in

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T___T so yummy

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And an icecream sandwich wafer treat

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Here’s the restaurant

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Discovered a BOBA shop!

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The boba craze has reached Madrid, though perhaps because we were in a very touristy area.

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Zach eatin’ some cheese

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We went over to Alyssa’s and her Italian roommate had all kinds of treats from Italy out to enjoy.

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Lyssie

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Farewell, Madrid. The next morning we took a train out of there, and arrived in…

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Granada!

More to come…

Much love friends!

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

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