Noticing. Or Seeing?

So, I have been wanting to write about going to Toledo &Grananda for the past few weeks, so here it is!

Toledo was my favorite town to visit because it felt like I stepped into the pages of a storybook when I was there. The old part of the town is encased in the walls of a old fortress, and the interior buildings are all so beautiful. The town has been preserved meticulously, and the vibe of the town felt like I had gone back in time.

I don’t even know where to begin when describing it! From the beautiful cathedral to the maze-like cobblestone streets (I definitely got lost every hour haha) it was so so lovely to be there. Es una ciudad preciosa. I am hoping to go back there again this semester because it was such a pleasure to be there.
One of my favorite parts of the trip there was going to see the Burial of saint Orlaf in the cathedral of [fill in the blank]. Emily and Eliza had studied it in Dr. Drake’s civ arts class, and so I heard a little bit about it before I got to see it.
The painting is extremely massive, and still hangs in the church that it was painting for! It actually hangs over the tomb of Count Orlaf. How cool is that? I was mesmerized by it and I wish I could spend more time looking at it. I am really trying to appreciate art more and more, because I feel like it is such an enriching experience to really SEE beauty, and not just notice it. But I know I have a long way to come with that!
                I remember eating at this restaurant called El Trébol, which was actually a “hole in the wall” place that Rick Steve’s recommended in his guidebook to Spain (which my wonderful grandma gave me!) The tapas were wonderful, and I can forget the obligatory Spanish cafe con leche.
Toledo was magical, and is definitely the most storybook-like town I have been to. I can’t wait to go back there!

El Transparente, the daring arquitectural marvel in the Toledo Cathedral

El Transparente, the daring arquitectural marvel in the Toledo Cathedral

Granada.

Home of the Albyzin neighborhood and the magnificant Alhambra. It felt significantly “less Spanish” to me, just because there is a lot more diversity in Granada than in Sevilla. I really liked it,  because it had a super laidback vibe, and I loved the combination of

Beautiful sights walking down from the viewpoint of La Alhambra

Beautiful sights walking down from the viewpoint of La Alhambra

Beautiful view from the rooftop of the hotel

Beautiful view from the rooftop of the hotel

 

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