On our second day in Spain with Jacob, we visited the city of Toledo
Oooops, not sure if I've tried to uploaded too many photos at once, they've all posted in bit of a jumbled fashion and not really in the order I wanted to show them. Hopefully you can see that our visit to Toledo was wonderful...it also helped that we had the bestest 'tour-guide' once again showing us all the best places to see :) The city of Toledo was about an hours drive from Madrid and is located on a mountaintop with the most spectacular views, it is surrounded by the Tagus river on 3 sides, and is just chocca-full of the most wonderful historical buildings and sites. It was a little bit like stepping back in time, back into traditional old Spain, we had such fun wandering and exploring, we walked around towering and daunting medieval walls, got lost in the labyrinth of winding streets, cobblestoned streets and narrow lanes until we were excited to find small quiet courtyards. (Although thanks to our 'tour-guide' we were never truly lost, it was just fun to pretend...hehehe) Visiting Toledo was completely different from our day running around Madrid, we weren't running quite as fast! hehehe :) We got to see the 16th century Alcazar fortress, the beautiful Toledo Cathedral and sooo much more. I've also never seen soooo many sword shops ...selling nothing but swords and armour ...hehehe...struggled to keep the boys out of there! ;) We saw shops with Toledo's famous marzipan almond sweets and manchengo cheeses and the traditional Spanish Jamon Iberico (thinly sliced pig leg that has been cured with salt and left to dry for up to 12 months.) We even got to have a few samplings too...yummy! :)
Apparently there is a Spanish saying "until you've seen Toledo, you have not seen Spain" and that is sooo true, Toledo is the heart and soul of Spain and you truly feel that when you are there :) We had a lovely day and it was so special sharing it with Jacob and seeing him in all his Spanishness (does that make sense?) We were sooo proud of how confident Jake was with the culture, the language ...everything. It was especially lovely to meet some of the people he worked and served with and actually see how loved he was. I'm soo pleased we were brave and took the opportunity to go back even for a few short days. Hubby and I are sooo blessed that we have Abi and Nathan who so lovingly made it possible by taking care of our Angels (despite Abi being soooo pregnant...38 weeks today , its getting close!!) My heart was full of so much love and joy and pride as we were able to spend just a little bit of time with Jake as he proudly showed us his Spanish home...I suspect a little part of him will always be Spanish now :) He loved his Mission in Madrid and it was very apparent that they loved him too ...which is the most wonderful thing any Mum could hope for. We hope to maybe go back to Spain again sometime...I'm sure there is more to see and explore...maybe we should get our 'tour-guide' to take us to Northern Spain next or even the Islands ?? :) hehehe
Again sorry the photos are a bit haphazard, but I just wanted to share a lovely memory of some very special days spent with my blue-eyed-boy!
Hugs Wendy x x x
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