Tag Archives: Santa Cruz Museum

I really do LOVE pottery

10 Oct

I must get this from my mom, but I’ve always loved beautiful pottery. I especially love the tile, vases, bowls and plates that make up the Carranza collection at Santa Cruz Museum. All of the pieces are from different areas of Spain but share a very Mediterranean look (in my opinion, but I’m no expert). The white backgrounds are painted mostly with blue and yellow and sometimes green or with metallic bronze and silver colors. Some of the pieces are decorated with various designs and others show depictions of legends and history. The depictions were my favorite. I took my time walking through this exhibit, looked at everything and took lots of pictures.

XO

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Toledo

10 Oct

This weekend has been awesome, and I still have 2 days left because of the holiday! The highlight so far has definitely been visiting Toledo, which my friends and I did after being out until 5 a.m. then waking up at 8 a.m. to catch the bus. (Needless to say, I didn’t look too awesome for all of today’s photo-opts, ha!) We had such a blast! The town has such relaxing views. We did some sight-seeing, talked, laughed and ate…definitely a day well spent. Toledo is a beautifully preserved Medieval town. It sits on top of a hill and is still surrounded by a stone wall. Most of the original architecture is still intact, so arriving there was like taking a step back in time. There are shops that sell swords and knives and replicas of Medieval tools and armor everywhere.

 

Toledo's "main entrance", if you will.

 

 

View of the Rio Tajo from just below Alcazar.

 

 

View right off the main plaza, Plaza Zocodover.

 

 

One of many Medieval gift shops.

 

We went to Santa Cruz Museum, Alcazar, stopped by the Cathedral, had brunch in Plaza Locodover/Lorenzana and hung out around Plaza Mayor. Santa Cruz had two exhibits, one of wool and silk tapestries and another of pottery and tile. It also has a beautiful courtyard. I’m a complete dork for liking museums so much! (I definitely LOVED the pottery way more than anyone else. My mom would understand.)  Alcazar just underwent renovations and reopened with a new museum about the history of war in the area. It’s pretty impressive. The terrace, which has great birds-eye views of Toledo, was already closed, but the courtyard was amazing. The Cathedral is breath-taking and is what Toledo is most known for. We opted out of going inside today, but I definitely plan of going back to see more of it and the other churches around the city.

 

Entrance of Santa Cruz Museum

 

 

This wing of the tapestry exhibit is dedicated to Alexander the Great.

 

 

Santa Cruz courtyard

 

 

Alcazar

 

 

Alcazar courtyard

 

 

One of the entrances to the cathedral. The detail is so impressive!

 

 

Another side of the cathedral

 

Leaving Madrid to visit somewhere new, different and beautiful reminded me of why I love to travel so much (as if I really needed a reminder). What makes traveling so great is the people you travel with, and today I had the best company!

XO

 

Siury, Juany, Katie and Jeta