As I told You before, I had been visiting Spain, long time ago, to be exact in 1979. I have profited
then in ex Yugoslavia, to be in one turistic group, through the traveller's agency "Putnik" ( "Voyager"), very renown in these times, and to go in the splendid cities of the fascinating region of Spain,that is Andalusia. We had planned to see Granada, Kordoba and Sevilla. On our way to this old beautiful cities, we had staggered at really pearl of history,art, of his geographic location, and nowadays, if You want, of industry. When I say " staggered", it is not quite correct, since we had in our schedule, Toledo, but that sudden appearance of this old town on the hills, surrounded by the fields of olives,vineyards, and flowing down in the gorge, the river Rio Tajo,just suited to such word description. The river Rio Tajo, pronounced, in spanish,Rio Taho and in portuguese, Rio Težo, takes his start point, i.e. source point, near the town Sacedon to the east of Madrid, by some large reservoirs of water, embalse in spanish language, and streams to the west, to the Portugal and finally mouths in Atlantic Ocean, at the border parts of Lisboa.
Toledo is a municipality in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid, by bus about forty minutes to get there. It is a capital of the province of Toledo and community of Castile La-Mancha, familiar to me, by the notion of the glorious riter, Don Quixote. Unesco declared it, as a World Heritage Site, back in 1986, not only because of its extensive cultural, historic and monumental artefacts, but also due to its historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims Moors and Jews. That three cultures interacted very successfully during the centuries. The Christians cohabitated, very well with Muslimans from the northern Africa, nowadays, established countries, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and with the Sefards Jews, that lived then in Iberian Peninsula.
Also known as the " Imperial City", since the king Charles I had the court there, that was also a " City of Three Cultures". Here is very important production of bladed weapons, which are the popular souvenirs of the city. The town is very picturesque, with narrow cobbled streets that climb uphill and abruptly descend to the banks of the river Taho. Specially, the spectacular view is from the left coast of the Taho river,high on the cliff, down to the rapid and murmured flow of stream, to the wide water fall at one spot of the course of the river Tejo. And naturally to the all town on the right shore, which(town), with all these old houses climb along the winding streets.
On the summit, there is a majestic Cathedral and a stone fortification Alcazar of Toledo, renown as a place of siege during the Spanish Civil War.
Here were born and have lived among the other, Al- Zargali, Eleanor of Toledo, Alfonso X and El Greco.
That colonnade of Visigothic rulers,I've seen in Palacio Real de Madrid, have a connection in that measure, that some of these rulers had made the Visigothic Councils of Toledo in these old times, in the beginning of XI century, when Alfonso the Sixth of Castile conquered the city and overthrew the rule of the last Muslims Moors here in Castile.
Since the metal- working industry has been ,always, the economic base here in Toledo, the great tradition of manufacturing of swords and knives,significant production of razor blades, medical devices and electrical products has taken the place in this location. So, today as well in the past, Toledo steel was pretty much recognised and for instance, there are a lot of souvenir shops, where You can purchase historical swords and knives as a memory from magnificent town of Toledo.
As to the snack, You can enjoy in, here is very popular tapas, called Bomba Toledana that fits excellently with glass of spanish cerveza (beer).
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