1 Toldeo Wide Shot

History. Ruins. Swords.

What more could a guy ask for? OK. I can think of lots of things. But symantics aside, Toledo is one amazing city. And I´m completely captivated by it. Contrary to assumptions, Jennifer and I rarely get a chance to sight-see when abroad, as most of our time is spent ministering to people. But when I was offered a true “day off” to see Toledo, there was no hesitation.

The “old city” is perched high atop a hill, looking down over sprawling modern development, with an ancient waterway swirling around its base. Water which, due to its particular mineral content, made steel even stronger when used for quenching. The team was equally impressed, marveling at the walls, churches, and countless stores full of swords. The rain held off all day, allowing us to take in the sites, smells, and sounds of a city oozing with history.

But by far the most outstanding event was the superb driving of our chaufuer, Ableardo. As we climbed higher into the city with our 18-passenger van, the streets became narrower and narrower. To the point that we had to fold in the mirrors. Eventually we could go no further, and Ableardo actually had to back out of a winding ally we wandered down. Driving a stick. The walls were actually (not exagerated) two inches from the side of the van for more than 200 feet. I shot video of the whole thing, as not once did he scrape the sides. (Below: our French Momma, Marie-Elise, sits in quiet awe as we back down the corridor)

1 Toldeo Momma Walls

From now on when someone in the States says, “It was close,” I´ll politely object and say, “watch this.” ch:

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Rachel H. · 20 Jan ’10 at 10:47 am


Wayne Thomas Batson · 20 Jan ’10 at 12:17 pm

Okay, Bro, I was dreading this post of yours. I just knew KNEW you would post a half dozen pics of indescribably sweet swords, and I would look, get jealous, look some more, sigh, and then spend the rest of the afternoon semiconscious. But, wow! Not one pic of a sword? Really? Uhm…why?! lol

    Christoper Hopper · 20 Jan ’10 at 1:52 pm

    Sir Wayne: you seriously didn’t check out The Undergrond link I left? Everyone knows that Elves on The Underground get bonus perks! ch:

    Nathan Petrie · 20 Jan ’10 at 6:10 pm

    So observant Sir Batson 😉
    Lots and LOTS of swords ::evil grin:: CH, when you taking me to Spain???? 😛 lol jk

Jean Benson · 20 Jan ’10 at 1:31 pm

Beautiful. I love and miss my time in Europe and appreciate every moment that the Lord afforded me the opportunity to spend there. Enjoy guys,

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Jan ’10 at 5:55 am

    Thanks Jean! We´ve had a wonderful trip. It´s a great place! But we´re eager for home now. See you Sunday! ch:

Billy.J · 20 Jan ’10 at 5:48 pm

Pretty sick stuff Christopher! man how I wish I could’ve been there. Great pics by the way, you guys are like serious pros! I have never even heard of a street that narrow! That driver must’ve seriously been good. My dad could probably do that, he can do donuts in our old van backwards! It’s pretty cool, will have to show you! 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Jan ’10 at 5:56 am

    Our driver was a professional bus driver for decades! He´s amazing. We should have him and your dad compete in “The Awesomest Driving Contest of All Time!” ch:

Sam · 21 Jan ’10 at 3:05 pm



Those sword pics were menial lol. Glad that your trip is rocking!

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