May 15 - Toledo
We were the first guests at the breakfast buffet. It was much calmer. After that we took Metro to the train station and caught the train to Toledo. The temperature had drastically cooled off, so we decided to walk from the station up the hill to the town center. Our destination was the famous cathedral. We had trouble finding it because signage was bad and the streets were so narrow and the buildings so high that we couldn't see the steeple. We eventually found it.
Along with scores of other tourists we paid our fee to enter the cathedral . With the included audio guide, we went into the building. I can't describe it. It is best to look at the above link. It is one of the best gothic cathedrals in the world. We were impressed with its size and with all of its ornate decorations.
Lunch was at Madre Tierra Restaurante Vegetariano, a very good vegetarian restaurant. Moussaka and lasagne were a welcome change from tapas.The craft beer was good, too.
After lunch we walked to the main square and visited the Museum of Santa Cruz. There were a few el Grecos on display. We enjoyed the special exhibit of paintings of people during the Spanish Inquisition better.
We took a bus back to the train station, rode the train back to Madrid and rode Metro back to our hotel. For dinner, we strayed from Rick Steeves recommendations and ate at a Kaixo, small restaurant nearby. We split a salad, some croquettes and roasted pimentos. A really good meal. We walked back to our hotel amidst thousands of other people. Our hotel is on the edge of the Puerta del Sol which is Milan's main square. Huge crowds of people stroll here each evening. The normal street entertainers are out, too. This goes on until early morning. We are happy to have sound resistant windows. After 10:30 awe were hearing fireworks and police sirens.