During today’s optional excursion, we ventured an hour outside of Madrid to the region of La Mancha, famously known as the setting of Miguel Cervantes’ classic novel, Don Quixote. Toledo’s old city sits on a hill surrounded by the Tagus River, which serves as a sort of moat to guard the city. Everything within the city walls is so well-preserved that you really feel like you are being transported back in time.
One of the major sights to see is the cathedral of Toledo, which dates back to the 13th century. Inside you will find Gothic architectural features like pointed arches and rose windows but also small surprises like stars of David in the floor tiles. Our guide pointed out a fun detail in the artwork. There’s a piece showing the sun surround by angels and you can find two cherubs almost kissing—but directly on the other side you can find another cherub rejecting the affections of another. There are little surprises everywhere in Toledo, as it was one of the few places that Jews, Muslims, and Arabs lived together and put their mark all over the village.
One of the biggest surprises? Two of our travelers got engaged! Paul proposed to Maggie in the Toledo cathedral on their anniversary, with her mother and daughter present. We wish them the best and are thrilled to have a part of this special day.
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