When I was between my junior and senior years of high school I went on a trip to Europe which included a brief stop in Toledo, Spain (it is not pronounced like the city in Ohio, the “e” has a hard “a” sound).  Centrally located in the country not far from the capital city of Madrid, this was easily my favorite place of the trip.  We only spent a couple of hours in Toledo; however, the view arriving to the city is breath taking and left a lasting impression.  The city is nearly surrounded by the Tagus River and is comprised almost entirely of the old stone structures centuries old.  You are instantly transported to another time, it’s incredibly romantic.

Aside from the view, the other aspect of Toledo cemented in my mind was going to watch one of the local artisans known for their metal work in sword and jewelry making.  It was just impressive to watch and see the final product, so intricate and completely done by hand.  Just amazing.

There are many other things to see in Toledo that I haven’t had the opportunity to experience yet.  The city itself is a World Heritage City and it is worthwhile to simply wander the streets.  There are castles, cathedrals, and museums to explore.  Llegar a Toledo pronto!