Monday, August 18, 2008

May 11th, 2008 - Toledo (Spain, not Ohio)

From Segovia, we had intended visit Avila but Mother Nature was not being helpful - even bombarding us with snow during the climb back over the mountain. We decided therefore, to continue on to Toledo where at least there was a campground and we could regroup from there. The following day, my birthday, turned out to be a great improvement and we gladly cycled off to town.
Successively a Roman municipium, the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom, a fortress of the Emirate of Cordoba, an outpost of the Christian kingdoms fighting the Moors and,
in the 16th century, the temporary seat of supreme power under Charles V, Toledo fairly hums with more than 2,000 years of history. El Greco hung out here for the second half of his life and lots of murder and mayhem kept the population on its toes between wars. See more pics here.

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