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[Photo Journal] Home of Don Quixote and Overlooking Toledo Spain


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Overlooking Toledo Spain

Last week, I shared a few photos of our half-day tour of Toledo in Madrid. This time around, here are more pictures that I have taken – overlooking Toledo, as well as the Ruta de Don Quixote.


“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote


“What man can pretend to know the riddle of a woman’s mind?”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote 


“For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote


“There were no embraces, because where there is great love there is often little display of it.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Don Quixote Love


“There is no book so bad…that it does not have something good in it.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Practically all of the places in Madrid pay homage to Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The photo above was still taken in Toledo. However, we did pay a vigil to his actual home in Madrid.


In front of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s home in Madrid. Don Quixote De La Mancha!

“It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote


I read this novel for fun when I was in my first year in the university, wide-eyed and filled with dreams. Don Quixote was a symbol of all things strange and fearless and reconfigured to suit an alternate reality – I hope I managed to approximate at least part of what he stood for with the mixture of the empiricist and closet poet within me.


“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Photo Journal] Home of Don Quixote and Overlooking Toledo Spain

  1. Those are great pictures! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: [Monday Reading] A Sense Of Place And The Power Of Make-Believe in Margarita Engle’s Quixote and Havana with Art by Mike Curato and Raul Colon – Gathering Books

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