I was drawn to Toledo as the home of El Greco, the painter so famous in southern Europe that he was known simply as “The Greek.”  Born in Greece and trained in Italy, he became a favorite of the Primary Archbishop of Spain and worked in Toledo for the majority of his career.  Toledo is a treasure trove of El Greco, and I admired the flowing figures, vivid colors, and unique combination of Greek/Italian/Spanish religious themes in each of his works.

Toledo retains much of its old city layout: powerful city walls, winding medieval streets, and sunbaked tile roofs harken back to the days when Cervantes’ legendary Don Quixote roamed the Castile-La Mancha plains.  All that was missing were the windmills…

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