Monday, 9 January 2017

Roadtripping: Toledo part II

 I asked a colleague, E., who is from Toledo himself, if he could recommend something in particular to visit. 
I was staying with my friend for one afternoon, the evening and the following morning and tried to follow the advice. What caught my interest was the old Roman street, and upon arrival, a big castle that I assumed was from the 1800's.
Ta-da! Roman street. Hm, well, UNDER the photo. We bought a pink bracelet that gave us access to many places, this being one - a great thing to do if you want to avoid queues.
And no doubts, there are many other castles to check out (this webpage is in Spanish) if you like (here is a more official page with castles in the vicinity). But I mean the castle that is on all postcards, known as Museo del Éjercito. God. Two castles in one (well, one is ruins) and weapons as a theme - but I felt no heart. So much space, so much potential, but not overwhelmingly intriguing. Above, you see the younger, more beautiful part. The top floor's balcony is open, but not the doors to the interior. For that, one has to take a different route. That already diminishes the mystery. Will blog more about the interior in a Museum Mission post shortly.

Then we "got lost" in this direction,
upon which we entered the richly adorned cathedral.
Did the monks and archbishops possibly play chess here?
One of the best museum attractions :) This is inside a living room of a church, this was new to me.
A monastery garden always feels more complete with orange trees and no windows. This is not the cathedral, this is San Juan de los Reyes.
This too.
And this.
I kept discovering the city through the lens. Somehow, photos show details and colours one did not see the very moment the very same photo was taken. I have double checked this, very interesting.
The magic of the night. This is the town hall, which has one of the most peculiar water decorations in the front: copper green roots from two sides with a river in the middle that seems to be flooded from time to time. Maybe as a reminder of the climate change?
At the market, I learned about the existence of oro végetal, which I would translate as begilded herbage. The concept seems to be using gold threads to keep bundles of dried grass together, which is cheaper and more environmentally friendly, as you don't need as much gold as in other kinds of jewellery and everything looks golden anyway. There is a Spanish clip about it for slightly more information:
The next morning, we went on a very rapid exploration of the town and visited for example this synagogue, empty of people.
On this street, a smith? a jeweller? was sitting at the entrance of a shop, making squarelike purple flower decorations on a rectangular metal piece that would become a necklace. I didn't want to disturb him with a photo session. And then the trip continued to Segovia! 

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