Spanish Holiday 2 - Toledo

Toledo is a short drive from Madrid. During the time of Columbus it was the Capitol of Spain. Madrid replaced it as the Capitol in the 1500s which may be one of the reasons it's so well preserved. It is also a very old city. There are buildings that date back to 10th and 11th centuries, so there is plenty to see and do here. However, I will leave those things for you to find in your guide book.

One of the more enjoyable things for me is the nightly "paseo". Every night as the sun is going down to shortly after dark, the Spanish come out to have a stroll before dinner. They stroll down the street with their families, do a little window shopping, run into friends while their kids kick soccer balls in the plazas. They are often not "going anywhere", they are just out enjoying the end of the day. It's very pleasant. Because we are here during Christmas time, they have a lot of the streets decorated with lights strung above and across the streets. This makes walking through the narrow mishmash of medieval streets in Toledo even more wonderful. The paseo is not limited to Toledo. Nearly every city or town has the paseo, it's a Spanish thing (actually the Italians do it too). You will see it more in the south because the weather is more pleasant. So, the next time you're in Spain....