View of Toledo Revisited (+Emily Dickinson poem How the Sun Rose)

Hello Readers,

One Word Sunday (here) is “POWER” – Here is my photo. 

Back in 1908, the Old Dominion iron & Nail Company used this fall line to create power (the hard rock of the Piedmont Plateau meets the soft sediment of the Coastal Plains and this area provided motion of water for power to be harnessed).

I have also been wanting to share a follow-up post about El Greco’s “View of Toledo” painting because it keeps coming up in my life lately (and it does have that powerful sky…). 

In 2014, I posted about Toledo  (Spain and Ohio – here) and that post was inspired by the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s passing.  

 Toledo, Spain has been on my mind for a while now – especially after my former colleague (Kam) visited Toledo, Spain and showed me photos from his adventure.

When we were connecting (because I made time to connect and I did not know this would happen – but he changed jobs Shortly after our Toledo photo sharing  – So I was even more grateful for the share time) anyhow  – when he showed me this next photo – I pulled up my 2014 blog post, which led to some nice art talk. It was one of those times that the ol’ blog felt like an extension of myself. Isn’t that fun when it happens? 

(Linked to City Sonnet for May 19th: Urban & Orange)

 

Then…

Andrew Seal (here) shared his watercolor painting of Toledo:

Then… there were these Toledo, Spain -themed posts, which are worth checking out… 

1) Anvica’s Gallery shared “Toledo: Wandering the City” (here)

2) Alison and her friends went to Toledo (here)

 

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In closing, as many readers know, I am sharing some Emily Dickinson poetry during the May 2019 –

Full List of Emily Dickinson’s Poems is HERE

For today’s post,  I chose “I’ll tell You How the Sun Rose.”

 

I picked this poem because I like it (and I do not like all of her poems) – Also, it reminds me that sometimes we have friends, or colleagues, that will come and go – just like the sun rises and the sun sets (or things turn)-  Friends sometimes creep into our life – their colorful essence unfolds “a ribbon at a time” and then we relax and enjoy connecting.  However, our paths can also part ways, as the day exits – and we “put gently up the evening bars.”  Yet – as we move on, our sharing days will always remain in our hearts (and Kam came to mind with this poem and all the Toledo posts). 

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P R I O R H O U S E 

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40 thoughts on “View of Toledo Revisited (+Emily Dickinson poem How the Sun Rose)

    1. And I almost linked your “gothic” post from 2017 – it was from Toledo I believe – but I already linked you with the bikes — and well – in – would never want to overdo it- hahah

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      1. My ‘Gothic’ post in 2017 was from France, but I said it was a nod to View of Toledo because of the somber sky…. and, no, you don’t want to overdo it!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Dan – I did have more to say – but time got away from me – and I think I missed a key point – and the time I sat with my friend was intentional – I paused to sit and connect – and then a few days later he changed jobs – unexpectedly – and I was grateful for making time – further – I have since that time made other times to pause and connect “just in case someone is here today and gone tomorrow” – like the sunrise and sunset

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  1. I wasn’t sure if you were going to talk about Toledo, Spain or Toledo, Ohio. 😉. I wonder why landscape painting would’ve been banned. That’s interesting. When I think of Toledo, I remember a miniature, maybe 3 feet high, suit of armor made of Toledo steel I saw when I was visiting Europe in the 70s. I would’ve loved to of had it but it was out of my price range and wouldn’t have fir in my backpack too well. 😢😊. LOL.

    janet

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    1. Hi Janet – great that you asked that about which Toledo because in my 2014 post I did mention the Ohio one!
      And how cool that suit of armor
      Sounds – it might have been heavy too!

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  2. A fascinating post, Yvette. And the El Greco painting is great – I wouldn’t have recognised it as Toledo specifically, but I’d have had is a fortress city of that type, perhaps even Segovia, which isn’t far away. Places that I love, and his interpretation is fantastic. Inspiration for a stormy photo if I get back there with suitable weather

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  3. I was in Toledo with family friends in 1994 – it was great as Alfonsa was born in Mostoles (near Madrid) so spoke Spanish fluently as she lived there the first 20 years of her life. I remember the Toledo jewelry … still have it. Very unusual and used to get compliments on it whenever I wore it.

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      1. Yes, I enjoyed that city and the entire trip and having someone who spoke the language was just wonderful. I got a lot of mileage on that jewelry and everyone always asked about it. Did you buy any of it when there?

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    1. Hi – I did not go there – these photos are from my friend Kam’s visit and I blogged about Toledo back in 2014 (the revisit)
      But maybe someday I will get on over to Spain (and visit the author Charly P)

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  4. I don’t know much about Toledo as in Spain, and very little about Toledo as in Ohio. The former sounds exotic to me, the latter is where Klinger on M*A*S*H was from. I may be lacking a bit when it comes to art history, eh?

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    1. Haha – funny about the MASH connection and I almost always first think of Toledo OHIO when the word Toledo comes up – and it is crazy how much art there is to cover and so let’s all just chop away and learn little by little – and the thing with art history (for me at least) I need breaks from it – …

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  5. Lovely photos, Yvette. I’ve never been to Toledo, but it looks amazing, as does the painting. Great post, and very interesting. 🙂

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  6. After having spent three months in basic training in La Academia de Infantería, now I´m seeing and reading a bit of history of that place. Very interesting. And think you took a picture of that academy! I think….. the second one from the top.

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    1. Hi – no – I have not visited yet – and probably should have made it clearer -(had to clear it up with a couple readers) So I appreciate the feedback
      – and glad you were able to go a while back – 😉

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      1. “No problemo”. Toledo is quite a sight. We went out of the old city and circled. The sky went grey and thundery. And for a brief while, we could see exactly what El Greco painted. 🙂

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    2. Oh having that stormy sky must have been fantastic – and I read that El Greco did not get along with the king and there might have been a message with an ominous sky. Or… he Was just painting a stormy night and nothing hidden – ha

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