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Our first stop on holiday was Toledo, the Spanish capital throughout most of the Middle Ages and home also to El Greco until his death in 1614. My three favourite things about Toledo were the cathedral, the El Greco house (no photographs allowed, sadly) and our Parador.

Inside the cathedral, the slender columns and lofty vaulting were wonderful:



Its Treasury housed an amazing collection of art, including lots by El Greco, and also the best set of illuminated manuscripts I've seen, all in astonishingly good condition. Have you ever seen a more beautiful letter S?


Our Parador, although technically "modern" (20th century) was sympathetically styled and had a superb location: we dined there twice, enjoying a panoramic view over Toledo from its terrace. Look how our view of the cathedral changed from dusk to night-time:



And finally, with the mercury reading in the high thirties, I couldn't imagine a finer place to cool off than this pool with a view:



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