I’m a huge fan of Rick Steves’ travel books ever since my mom recommended it for my first international solo trip to Paris. It allows me to plan as little as possible and do next to no research. So with one extra day in Madrid (because I got dates mixed up and thought we were leaving a day earlier) and being a bit Madrid-ed out, I took out my handy-dandy Spain travel book by Rick Steves and decided to go to Toledo, a city that was only 30 minutes south of Madrid by speed train. From then on I could’ve sworn I was on the set of Lord of the Rings, it was just so surreal in its majestic beauty.
We used Google maps to navigate and we had to remember that the “street” we were being directed to wasn’t always the type of street we were used to. As in they seemed more like alleys or walkways to our city-eyes.
Of course they did have bigger streets as well, but not too many.
I also did a slightly creeper move by peeking through someone’s gate to take a picture of their house. I couldn’t help it, the architecture and layout of such a small but beautiful space really fascinated me.
And then we reached the Toledo Cathedral, the one place I thought we really needed to go based on the travel book. And, just, wow. The exterior of the cathedral, though still beautiful, did not do justice to the interior. That and it seemed to somehow mask how large the cathedral actually was.
Too bad there was a locked gate (that we couldn’t climb over either lol) so we couldn’t go in the garden, but it was enough that we got to stop and smell the roses. 🙂