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    • Day12

      Segovia

      April 30 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Auf dem Weg nach Salamanca haben wir heute in Segovia Station gemacht.
      Die Stadt hat einiges zu bieten: ein beeindruckendes Aquädukt, eine quirlige Altstadt mit einer riesigen Kathedrale und einen tollen Alcazar.
      Wir sind durch die sehr gut besuchte Stadt mit seinen tollen Bauwerken geschlendert und haben das einmalige Karussell mit den vielen fröhlichen Kids bewundert.
      Segovia ist echt sehenswert!
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      Traveler

      Immer wieder erstaunlich, daß die über 2000 Jahre alten Aquädukte noch stehen 😊😊😊

      5/1/22Reply
      RoSa

      Schön, dass ihr Spanien abseits der normalen Touristenpfade besucht. Da bekommen wir doch viele Anregungen für unsere Tour im nächsten Jahr, wenn wir den 3 bzw.4 Anlauf einer mehreöchigen Spanienfahrt unternehmen werden. Euch noch viel Spass und weiterhin so schöne Erlebnisse

      5/1/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ja, wir sind von dieser Gegend hier immer wieder begeistert. Werden jetzt wieder mal einige Tage in Salamanca einchecken und dann Richtung Extrematura und portugiesisches Grenzland mit seinen kleinen Dörfern aufmachen … falls das Wetter so bleibt.

      5/1/22Reply
      Womo Traveler

      Danke für den Tipp und ein weiterer Punkt Aufmerksamkeit Bucket Liste 👍

      5/4/22Reply
       
    • Day8

      Romulus und Remus

      September 3 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Siehe da und STAUNE 😮😮😮

      Unglaublich was die Römer geschaffen haben, und es noch immer steht. Da könnte sich das eine oder andere Unternehmen ne Scheibe von abschneiden. Zu solchen Meisterleistungen sind wir heutzutage garnicht mehr in der lage.

      Noch schnell ein Schnappschuss von Romulus und Remus, wie sie von ihrer Wolfsmutter gesäugt werden.
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      Traveler

      Träumchen dort, oder? Ich ❤️ die Location

      9/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      total ich stehe ja sowieso auf Historische Gebäude und finde es nur erstaunlich wie die das hinbekommen haben ohne Maschinen und das ganze Zeug

      9/3/22Reply
       
    • Sep11

      Cercedilla to Segovia - Broooodal!

      September 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Cercedilla to Segovia

      Today was a long hard day. The first part was a long upward climb on an old Roman road over the mountain pass between Cercedilla and Segovia. The large rocks were a real problem to navigate. Climbing further to the summit, the temperature dropped drastically. Was near freezing at the top. This was followed by a nice descent thru a pine forest, but the last 15 Klms were thru a long and boring dry grazing fields. Left Cercedilla at 7:15 this morning, and staggered into Segovia at around 4:30.Read more

      Traveler

      Wow keep safe

      9/11/19Reply

      That looks like a tough walk! Sylvia

      9/12/19Reply
      Traveler

      gargoyle trees too

      9/12/19Reply
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    • Day230

      The Roman Aqueduct

      February 26 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Ronan is still in the boatyard and won’t be launching the boat for another few days. Since the current living conditions on Regal are sub-standard we decide to convert our trip to Madrid into a road trip.
      I am more than a little apprehensive as I drive the rental car out of Estacion de Atocha in the city centre of Madrid. I worry that I will get us rightly lost in this gigantic city. Ruby is promptly promoted to the front seat to help navigate and the google maps lady is on hand. I do what I am told and without much ado we are shortly on the right road and are on our way to see the Aqueduct in Segovia.
      I park outside the town because experience has taught me that Spanish towns can have such warren-like narrow streets to induce palpitations and profuse sweating. As luck would have it, we have parked just by the very top of the Roman Aqueduct. Here it is only hip height and we can see the narrow duct that carried the water nearly 2000 years ago. We have the pleasure of walking along side its walls all the way down the hill into the town. As we decease, the Aqueduct grows so that the duct on top maintains its level. When we reach the town below the duct is now 30 metres high above us. It is incredible. We continue to walk alongside it, marvelling at its 166 Arches until we are at the top of it on the other side.
      Here we have arrived up into the old quarter of Segovia. We wander down along the narrow streets, stopping beside other tourists to admire the impressive Cathedral. We continue on the tourist trail to the Alcazar which is a fairytale castle perched on the edge of the town and overlooking the valley below. It was apparently the inspiration for the Disneyland Castle in Orlando and that is certainly what it looks like with its many towers and turrets.
      As we walk back towards town there are panoramic views over the valley and beyond it to snow-capped mountains.
      In the lower part of the town there are people sitting outside cafes enjoying a drink and a wonderful view of the Aqueduct. We marvel at it once more and then trace its walls all the way back up to the car.
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      Traveler

      You’ve brought back memories of my visit to Segovia many years ago 🙂

      3/27/22Reply
       
    • Day85

      Segovia

      May 4 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Unser Ziel war Segovia. Wir parkten auf dem städtischen gratis-Stellplatz und bewunderten den langen Aquädukt, der zu römischen Zeiten das Wasser aus 18 Kilometer Entfernung in die Stadt brachte.
      Die alte Wehrburg, der Alcázar, wurde modern renoviert und ist heute ein Museum.
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      JULI

      Die alten Römer hatten ganz schön was drauf

      5/6/22Reply
       
    • Day9

      Day 9- A Day in Segovia

      August 21, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      Segovia boasts the most impressive collection of historic buildings on this trip so far! The disneyesque Alcázar, the Segovia Cathedral, and the Roman aqueduct bridge (see video) are all jaw-dropping and it’s no surprise that the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of the best preserved aqueducts in the world; the date of construction is thought to be sometime between 86-117 AD. If you aren’t currently a fan of aqueducts, the sight of this one will change your mind!

      We planned ahead this time and had tickets to tour the Alcázar and climb the 152 steps to the top of the Torre de Juan II, named for the king who commissioned this impressive addition. Despite the 90 degree heat, it was well worth the effort for a panoramic view of the city!

      The story of this castle dates back to the beginning of Moorish rule. The Moors constructed their “Alcázars" or strongholds in a number of places in today's Spain and Portugal. It is unknown exactly when this castle or fortress was built, but it was sometime between the 7th and 9th century. The photo collage below showcases the throne room, a turret, the ornate wooden ceiling of a large ballroom, a Rapunzel-like view from the keep, and a stained glass window in the chapel.

      Segovia falls in one of Spain’s regions where regardless of what you order to drink, you will always receive a tapas with it. So our coffees this morning came with small Spanish omelette sandwiches. Later, when we stopped for two “Claras con limón” (one part Spanish beer and one part lemon soda), we received a plate of mini-mystery sausages. Lunch was a bit of a fail (saved by a mango sorbet) as we hadn’t made reservations (mandatory on a Saturday in Segovia in August).

      We’re off to Andalucía tomorrow!
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    • Day6

      Segovia

      November 9, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Segovia ist eine historisch bedeutsame Stadt und liegt etwa 85 km nördlich von Madrid.
      Der Legende nach wurde die Stadt von Herkules dem Ägypter, einem Urenkel Noahs, um das Jahr 1076 v. Chr. gegründet. In den folgenden Jahrhunderten siedelten die Kelten in Segovia, die wahrscheinlich auch den Namen der Stadt prägten. Erst 80v. Chr. konnten die Römer sie erobern. Das Aquädukt aus dem 1. oder 2. Jahrhundert prägt bis heute das Stadtbild. Es ist im hervorragenden Zustand, da es bis in die 1970er Jahre für die Wasserversorgung genutzt wurde. Das Bauwerk umfasst 118 Bögen, ist 28 m hoch und 178 m lang.
      Als nächstes führte uns unser Weg zum Plaza Mayor. Dort steht der letzte Gotikbau einer Kathedrale in Europa. Sie entstand in der Zeit von 1525-1577. Ihre Vierungskuppel überspannt 67m. Insgesamt ist das Bauwerk einfach nur riesig.
      Fast hätten wir vergessen 😟, die Palastanlage zu besichtigen. Leider gab es um die späte Uhrzeit kein Ticket mehr für den Turm, aber den Rest konnten wir noch in Ruhe anschauen.
      Zum Abschluss des Tages gingen wir Essen und der „Pau“ bestellte sich Milchschwein“. Diese ist die Delikatesse von Segovia. Es schmeckte 😋 ihm sehr gut und erinnert an Spanferkel.
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    • Day5

      Segovia

      May 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      What a charming town! We had two nights here but could easily have stayed longer. It has a relaxed friendly atmosphere, lots of choices for dining, lots to see and do.....
      1. Aqueduct, one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts and the foremost symbol of Segovia. It has 167 arches.
      2. The Alcázar of Segovia ("Segovia Fortress"), a medieval alcázar and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. It is currently used as a museum and a military archives building. We climbed its 152 stairs to get great views.
      3. Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso, known as La Granja, is an early 18th-century palace. It became the summer residence of the Kings of Spain from the 1720s during the reign of Philip V. 
      4. The gardens and grounds extend over 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) inspired by the gardens at Versailles.
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    • Day32

      Segovia's Cathedral

      June 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      The huge Gothic cathedral, built in the 1500s, is the most photographed cathedral in Spain. We were happy to see lots of restoration work going on. The main altar is made of marble and alabaster, but seems to be outdone by all the gold in the smaller chapels. The Chapel of the Descent from the Cross, contained a very realistic carving of Jesus, that was like a moment captured in stone.Read more

      Traveler

      The city suit both of you

      6/11/18Reply
      Traveler

      Thanks!

      6/12/18Reply
       
    • Day95

      They say "go via Segovia"

      December 7, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

      Day trip to Segovia - a UNESCO world heritage town. Got to the metro, bought a card and tickets to get to the other main train station, Chamartin. Then realised we actually wanted to take the suburban railway not the metro (as it takes longer). So bought suburban tickets and made it to the station about 2 minutes before the 10.15 train - without tickets and in any case the train was totally full. Bit of a fail. Ended up getting the 11.48 train (bit more expensive) but worth it to get out there.

      Wandered around the area a little - thought about going bowling to kill some time but the place hadn't opened yet. Back to the mall-like station - Wade was excited to try a vanilla milkshake from a vending machine but when it came out hot he realised it was a vanilla latte. Lol. Train was quick - 27 minutes.

      Then took bus to town (although sharing a cab with two randoms would have been the same price and much quicker). Bus waited for 20 minutes for the next train and packed people on like sardines!

      Arrived in town and saw the amazing Roman aqueduct. Built many years ago without mortar or cement and still standing (was in use until 1900s and goes underground through the town). Very impressive.

      Walked through a weekly market and got a Christmas ornament. Lots of people around in Segovia. Then found a random little place for lunch which was surprisingly good (after some initial confusion over the menu given our limited Spanish). Russian salad and castellana soup for starters which were very good. Soup was kind of like tom yum and bread was really nice. Then battered calamari and pork with chips for second course. Good but too greasy, salty and too much for us to finish. Did save room for dessert though - apple custard tart and flan (delicious!).

      Walked up to the castle and joined the short line for tickets and audioguide. Wade's audioguide went funny halfway through and switched back to Spanish - of which he understood 80% or so (yay). Eventually got it sorted for English to make life easier though.

      Castle/Alcazar was interesting. Mostly rebuilt in 19th century after a fire. Thanks to a lot of detailed descriptions and artwork of the castle, it was able to be accurately rebuilt. Looks like it's right out of a fairytale (may have inspired the Disney Castle). Nice views over the river and surrounding landscape.

      Some rooms were quite nice - cool ceilings. One roof that was destroyed was replaced by an identical roof off another room which happened to have the exact same roof! Apparently Spanish carpenters tended to make several copies of the same work (instead of unique one-offs) so identical roofs are actually a common occurrence from that time. One roof was filled with wooden pine cone decorations - each of them a unique design.

      The stained glass windows were cool, and the audioguide did a good job of explaining each one. The throne room was very impressive. It contained little statues of all the monarchs just below the ceiling, each statue was stylised to represent something unique about the monarch. There were also plaques under each figure with a brief description of the monarch's life.

      Also made sure to go up the tower for some nice views over Segovia. Overall enjoyed the tour.

      Walked back through town - spotted the cathedral and found a cool shop. Also dropped a magnet and broke it so now we have two Segovia magnets (one which needs glue). Oops. Also visited a sword shop - some very cool swords and daggers were tempting, but ultimately no use for them so sadly abstained. Got bus back to station and then train.

      Went to a taco place for dinner. Managed to get there ten minutes before opening and a big line continued behind us - a good sign. The tacos were almost authentic Mexican which was pretty good (and the michelada beer cocktail was good too). Then churros for dessert. Was a good day!
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      LetsExploreLittleKiwis

      Loved it there.....so jealous

      12/12/17Reply
       

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