During one of our days in Madrid we took the AVE (Alta Velocidad Espanola) to Toledo. The train, which we used on three legs of our trip, makes the 100 mile trip in about a half hour. Paying the extra money for the first class cabin is a no-brainer for us. It's not that much more expensive and affords an extremely comfortable means of travel. Super fast, very smooth and quiet, the AVE is something I wish we had in California. But as my traveling companion Alex pointed out, these trains lose money by the bucketfuls. Nevertheless, I'm glad they exist. Toledo is a very old city and fun to wander around in for a few hours. There are no food pictures this time as we only had time to grab a quick lunch. As you can see, it's hilly and, after about four hours, we were hot and sweaty and ready to get back to Madrid for a siesta before tapas and dinner.