Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
June 24, 2002
I am sure it is not really called a 'touristmobile' but I flatly refuse to call it a train when it runs on roads! The only objection is that it never so much as pauses for photos.
It starts in the Plaza de Zocodover [stress on the last syllable and not sounding like a version of the UK ferryport]. It goes first up by the Alcazar, closely associated with Franco's side in the Civil War. It then leaves the old city and crosses the Tajo. This crossing is Northeast of the cathedral and it goes right round the South side, up and down, to a crossing Nothwest of it. In the process it gives stunning views of the city. The Cathedral and the Alcazar appear high up and the churches of San Juan de los Reyes and Santo Tomé are closer. Nearer still you get wonderful views of the two old bridges of Alcántura and San Martin. The Puente del Alcántura was originally a Roman constuction but was rebuilt by the Moors in the 9th century, and again after an avalanche in the 13th century. There is a fine fortified gateway at the city end.
San Martin was a later construction in gothic style. Again it had to be completely repaired in the 13th century. It has five arches and a tower at each end, the far one from the 13th century and the one at the city end from the 16th.
When the Touristmobile goes back into the old city it passes the buildings described in Part 2 of 'Churches, synagogues and a mosque' in this journal, then goes by the cathedral and ends where it started at Zocodover.
From journal Toledo - bang up to expectations.