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!
Here’s where we left off, the entrance to the Toledo Cathedral
Wow! This place was….just…giant. Gothic in style.
It’s hard to capture scale when you’re so little.
The detailed tilework!
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.
I believe these doors are opened for the Pope only…
The play of light and shadow around the outer nave was gorgeous
A view of the crazy ornate marble/bronze facade of the “El Transparente”, a super Baroque altarpiece.
The Cardinals in the Chapterhouse (and the ceiling)
The newest guy! Looks like a photograph, but it’s a painting.
The El Greco everybody loves so dearly, made for this space
Heading outside to the Cloisters
Passing more paintings
Chapel/burial chamber with a gorgeous fading fresco
The walls were damaged because of humidity issues, I believe
Parents and Zeen looking around
And now the horrifyingly drippy waxy looking semi-scary but also gloriously magnificent Gothic altarpiece
All the figures are carved in wood
Smug Mary in the Quire
Gimme the gold.
And gorgeous illuminated manuscripts in their treasury as well.
Last looks at the interior of the cathedral
Passing a convent that sells marzipan through a little revolving door.
Made by nuns and I practiced my Spanish to get some.
On the hunt for food
And winding our way back out through the Moorish gate we came through
Toledo cat spotted!
Didn’t get to fully explore all the little winding streets
Me for scale
We arrived to the train station pretty early. Enjoyed some coffee while relaxing and waiting for our train
Falling asleep at the train station
Back in Madrid we stopped at a sweets shop near our hotel
Zach overwhelmed by all the options
Chocolate covered cookie
And soon we were back to the hotel, resting from the day in Toledo
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
Was a mistake to walk through here before dinner…too much temptation
Cat in a wooden toy shop
DUN DUN DUNNNNN! DINNER! My parents were NOT joking around with our treat our last night in Madrid. Wowowow. A full seafood platter!
Right before we dug in
T___T so yummy
And an icecream sandwich wafer treat
Here’s the restaurant
Discovered a BOBA shop!
The boba craze has reached Madrid, though perhaps because we were in a very touristy area.
Zach eatin’ some cheese
We went over to Alyssa’s and her Italian roommate had all kinds of treats from Italy out to enjoy.
Farewell, Madrid. The next morning we took a train out of there, and arrived in…
More to come…
Much love friends!