Madrid was fairly relaxing after all the excitement of Barcelona. We spent a lot of time wandering by ourselves, as we had recently been traveling with the same person and were enjoying the time on our own. My favorite part of Madrid was the day trip we took to Toldeo. Toledo is a much smaller town just a short train ride away from Madrid, and actually used to be the capital of Spain. It was like a city out of a fairy tale, arrested in Medieval times. Honestly, this city is exactly how I imagined Spain to be.
Seriously, look at that! Absolutely stunning. The streets were so narrow that you had to stand squished up against a wall if a car came, and even then sometimes you'd have to duck into a side alley to avoid behind taken out by the car's mirrors (which usually were folded in). We did a bit of shopping for souvenirs here because the town is know for its Damasquinado Jewelry, which is where they use gold (and sometimes silver) to decorate metal, and then oxidize the base metal so that it appears black. We bought a few pieces for my family, and a beautiful cigarette lighter for one of our friends, which she still has.
I really liked Madrid, and I very highly encourage anyone who visits to take a day trip to Toledo. You will not regret it! The rest of our time in Madrid we spent exploring shops and making friends. We didn't spend as long in Madrid as Barcelona, so we were off to Lisbon, Portugal before we knew it! Come back next week to read about our adventures there :) All images (c) Jessica Hobin, unless otherwise stated.