is called Castilla-La Mancha, Don Quixote Country. the wonderful Molinos carefully restored and maintained, great reminder of medieval times and of course always good for a great pic, while in Toledo make time for this beautiful region, but beaware of the hot Middays heat, take a Siesta like the Spaniard do, or find a nice swimming hole
Calle de los Alfileritos (Little Pins Street) is one of the several narrow streets of the ancient city. The legend says that once upon a time, two lovers were separeted by the war; the lady went each and every night to visit an image of Virgin Mary, situated on this street, to pray for her lover's life. As she was afraid of sleeping, she asked her maid to sting her with a pin; then, she gave the pin to the Virgin, as a proof of her sacrifice. One day, happily, the gentleman came back.
Nowadays, the Toledan girls leave a pin, and ask the Virgin for a boy-friend. I don't know if this works, because when I went there, I forgot the pin!!!
La Calle de los Alfileritos es una de las numerosas callejuelas de la ciudad antigua. Cuenta la leyenda que una vez, dos amantes se vieron separados por la guerra; la dama iba cada noche hasta una imagen de la Virgen María, situada en esta calle, para rezar por la vida de su amado. Como temía quedarse dormida, le pedía a su doncella que la pinchara con un alfiler; luego ofrendaba el alfiler a la Virgen, como prueba de su sacrificio. Un día, felizmente, el caballero regresó...
Hoy en día, las chicas toledanas dejan un alfiler y le piden un novio a la Virgen. Yo no sé si da resultado, porque cuando estuve allí, me olvidé de llevar un alfiler!!!!
the community of Castile-the Mancha is situated in the heart of Spain, on a plateau, crossed by the main Rivers-Tajo and Guadiana..and Toledo is on of the larger province, and Segurilla is an other province located in the northeast of the Mancha,around 85km from Madrid.
there is a very strong religious character in the region...where ever on stops,there are crossings to be been seen. protection against evil influences. and one can't help, thinking of the Conquistas, or the power of the church....on the other side, people are very friendly and hospitable.
.Toledo is full of quiet streets and narrow passageways. This is a door that leads into a cloister of the Cathedral. I walked in here and was completely alone for at least ten minutes. In fact, I was there in December and found myself virtually alone on streets quite often.
Just south of Consuegra is a little town of Puerto Lapice. An old restaurant in the town lays claim to have been the place where Don Quixote was knighted by none other than the Landlord.
In the past Castilla La Mancha has been the leader in regions of Spain for wind power development but Galicia as recently taken over that title. The 986 wind turbines were were erected by 2004.
very hot and dusty road out there to the Molinos, but it was worth every minute, when dawn set in, we where rewarded
If you are interested in the history of the sites, in some of them there are audioguides that tell you the main facts for about 1 euro. 4 languages.
If you visit San Juan de las Dueñas Monastery, pay attention at the upper cloister. Its ceiling is adorned with this wonderful wooden work, with painted badges and symbols of the Spain of that times.