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Holy Toledo– how to cure a hot and cold love affair with Spain

Holy Toledo– how to cure a hot and cold love affair with Spain

We are leaving Madrid with some mixed feelings. It was wonderful exploring some of the major sites and beautiful spots in the city.


Yet, the experience with our host at the hotel was something quite contrary. The man always seemed grumpy and treated us like petty thieves when we were checking out. Also, when we went shopping for groceries, Ron was rudely stopped by security not to go in the store with his backpack on while other shoppers obviously brought in all kinds of packs and bags.  The discrimination against tourist seemed quite noticeable at times, maybe we were expected to go out to eat at the restaurant but not go shopping where the locals go.

So on the long way out of the city, we discussed our game plan…should we continue to see more of Spain or travel other places if the rudeness of people should continue?


Due to the heavy traffic and frequent one-way streets, we half walked and half biked out of Madrid. Soon we left the big-city hustle and bustle behind us and made it through the Suburbs. The roads became quieter, the drivers are very courteous, and the scenery becomes more charming with long gradual ups and downs.


Eventually we find our way to Toledo…and holy Toledo it is!

The silhouette of the town against the evening sky is magnificent. Unfortunately it is too late to sightsee by the time we arrive, so we just look for our campground and settle down for the night.

In the morning we quickly get ready to explore the town. The medieval cathedrals, Moorish architecture and the narrow, crooked, cobblestone alleyways are keeping us in awe. We visit a museum and climb a church tower to enjoy the views. It seems around every corner is something spectacular to see.

To top it of at the end of our excursion day, we find a little store with a very nice attendant who helps us find all local cheese, sausage, and wine. What a wonderful day.


Toledo restored our confidence to continue to bike tour in Spain again.

  • Jenny-bee
    Posted at 07:25h, 25 April Reply

    Don’t let a few closed minded people ruin your adventure. Maybe it was just a big city issue being cold and rude with tourists, while smaller places are more humble about new comers, i mean you’ve always said people in smaller places where happier and more helpful. Plus I bet once you learn the lingo pretty well more people will warm up to you two. Love you and have a great time.

    • Ron
      Posted at 05:10h, 26 April Reply

      Nah never! We’re doing good and we’ve traveled enough to realize there are butt heads the world over. Love you too and chat with you later.

  • Sheila Kelly
    Posted at 08:25h, 25 April Reply

    My neice is in Genada and says it is the most beautiful place in the world. If you can get there you may agree

    • Ron
      Posted at 05:09h, 26 April Reply

      We’re still undecided about going to Granada, but it is on the list. We too have heard it is an amazing place to visit, so who knows… maybe we take a small detour there.

  • Brad and Cece
    Posted at 10:01h, 25 April Reply

    You’re touring Spain, and we are still cleaning toilets, maybe we made the wrong choice. LOL. We are enjoying following you on your journey. Plan a stop by here on your way back. Safe travels.
    Brad and Cece

    • Ron
      Posted at 05:08h, 26 April Reply

      Haha! Nah we think you two made a great choice and at least you’re paying yourself to clean those toilets. Thank you for keeping up and you never know we may swing back through on our return trip.

  • Larry Polly
    Posted at 17:21h, 26 May Reply

    Hi guys we just left Madrid and Toledo and are now in Valencia. No bikes for this trip but we have found the people to be friendly. I think you just had a bad apple. Great job we enjoy following you.

    • Ron
      Posted at 04:45h, 28 May Reply

      Hey there A Pair of Pollys! What no bikes? 😉 Yeah the guy back in Madrid was just a bad apple for sure. Everyone since then have been great and we are truly enjoying Spain, so much we are taking our time leaving. Thank you for the comment and for keeping us with us. We’ll be in Spain for a few more days, and then we’re in Portugal for a couple weeks and then back to Spain. 🙂

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