trampantojo [noun] – trompe l’oeil (optical illusion making a painting, etc. appear to be in 3D)
You’ve got to put the sparkle back into your relationship every once in a while, you know. Last week, Alejandro and I did just that; we took full advantage of my parents’ babysitting services and went away to Toledo for a night.
Toledo is a magical city to lose yourself in. We wandered around the medieval streets, soaked up centuries of history and admired the higgledy piggledy views from the many hilltops: spires, domes and towers built by deft hands and brilliant minds from vastly different cultures and eras.
We stopped to admire some stunning baños árabes, all lit up in candlelight, and I went inside to take a peek. I would have loved to have taken a dip in the hammam, stepping right into medieval Spain, but we were only staying one night. I was admiring the relief stonework of the building’s facade, when Alejandro said, “No es de verdad. Es un trampantojo” [It’s not real, it’s a trompe l’oeil, an optical illusion]. I was so convinced it was real stone I had to go up to the facade and touch it, but he was right: what looked like ancient stonework was actually painted on. It had had me completely fooled – and I hadn’t even had so much as a sniff of beer at that point!
Our noche toledana was fantastic. We walked and walked and laughed and ate tapas and drank too much beer. And it was all just flipping marvellous. Luckily, and contrary to the expression “pasar una noche toledana” meaning to have a bad night sleepwise, we also got a decent night’s kip. All in all, a lovely escapadita romántica.
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