We've had to adjust our normal routine and schedule for this trip, as Spain seems to be a "late to bed and late to get up" kind of country--exact opposite of our usual schedule. People in Spain eat dinner at about 9:30-10 PM, which is most definitely late for us!
We didn't get a very early start this morning, as nothing much is open before 9 or 10 AM, but we did find a small cafe open for breakfast. The streets were quiet and lovely this morning:
We had a couple of eggs, some thin sliced Iberico ham, and a baguette--which they pretty much consider an "American breakfast" here. It also came with fries--which we left on our plate! We are seeing the locals eating mostly a pastry and coffee for breakfast, but that doesn't appeal to us.
Our plan for the day was to visit the Catedral de Santa Maria de Toledo, which is the huge church where the Semana Santa processions start. We missed that today, as it has a different schedule for visits on Good Friday, so we moved on to our next choice, the Alcazar.
Pretty street scene and passage way on our way to the Alcazar:
The Alcazar de Toledo was a huge stone fort and palace built on the highest point in Toledo. There was originally a 3rd century Roman palace built on the site. The Alcazar was built in the mid 1500's, was almost completely destroyed during the 1936 Spanish Civil War, and was reconstructed in 1940's. It became the home of the National Army Museum in 1961.
The new construction and museum remodel is great--they preserved the ancient Roman ruins as well as those from the 15th century Alcazar, and built the museum around and over it:
We spent quite awhile looking at the various exhibits, and then found ourselves at the outdoor patio and restaurant. We thought it was definitely against "Travelin' Lundbury" rules to pass up a chance to enjoy a view like this:
The walkways were lined with ancient artifacts from the Toledo area:
We wound our way through the narrow lanes, took a few wrong turns, and managed to get thoroughly lost! Finally, we found a familiar street, and eventually ended up at our hotel--hot, tired and maybe a little cranky!
We had a good laugh at ourselves, and agreed that we'd relax at our hotel this evening. Dinner tonight? A power bar, diet Coke and a bag of almonds--we were way too tire to go out!
Tomorrow in Toledo: A vist to the Cathedral, and who knows what else!