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Segovia

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  • Day13

    Sagovia

    April 7, 2017 in Spain

    After we left Toledo another hour or so in the bus brought us to the stunning town of Segovia. It is a medieval walled town with a gothic cathedral, lovely churches and a beautiful Royal Palace said to have inspired the Disney Castles.

    It also has a dramatic entrance, with an ancient Roman aqueduct that has more than 160 arches and is 15 km in length. Built to carry water from a river 17km away it is breathtaking to look at and an engineering marvel in the fact that it is all built with no mortar, the granite stones just stacked precisely on top of each other. Apparently an earthquake in nearby Portugal once made it wobble but it has stood since the 1st century AD.

    So far this is my favourite place I have visited. The tour guide was great in telling us the history and a visit inside the Royal Palace (Alcázar de Segovia) was an extra treat to end the day here. I'll make a separate post for the Palace.
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  • Day32

    Stunning Segovia

    June 2 in Spain

    Segovia is a beautiful city about two hours away from Barco de Avila. The huge Roman aqueduct was built without mortar (!) in the first century AD, goes right through the center of town, and is surrounded by a plaza. The maximum height is 28 meters (92 ft). You can climb up the steps next to the aqueduct and enter the walled part of the city, or walk up through the lower town.

  • Day32

    Segovia's Cathedral

    June 2 in Spain

    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.

  • Day54

    Day 54: South to Segovia

    April 10, 2017 in Spain

    Fairly quiet one today, as we didn't actually have much planned. Packed up everything and left our apartment in Burgos, briefly visiting a viewpoint over the city before heading off. First up was a two hour drive to the south-west, where we were heading for the town of Segovia - UNESCO World Heritage listed, of course.

    But we were staying a little out of town, in a rural hotel in a small hamlet about 10 minutes away. So we arrived at our hotel after a 2 hour drive with a McDonalds lunch, just in time for the 2pm check-in. Our room was available so we decided to just relax for the afternoon - we had two days here so it made sense to relax rather than rushing off to do more sight-seeing.

    We ended up spending most of the afternoon in the hotel's bar area, working on various things and having a couple of drinks. Headed out for dinner around 9pm well and truly on Spanish time, though the hotel restaurant was fairly pricey, neither of us were that hungry, and only one of the three village restaurants were open. It was a Monday of course!

    Eventually we settled for the open place and ordered a couple of tapas dishes - patatas bravas and garlic prawns. Felt a little amusing since we were accompanied by everyone else from the hotel as well! Back to bed to do a little more work before turning in.
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  • Day55

    Day 55: Exploring Segovia

    April 11, 2017 in Spain

    Time to explore Segovia, after our sort-of rest day yesterday! We had a hotel breakfast (first of the trip!!), got ready and headed into the main town about 15 minutes drive away. Segovia is of course a UNESCO World Heritage listed town for a few reasons - firstly because there's a giant Roman aqueduct, still there and in great condition.

    The aqueduct was the first part of the town we encountered and we parked just near it. It's absolutely huge, probably 30 metres high, and the remaining section is several hundred metres long. Originally it travelled for 15 kilometres, but of course only the last few hundred metres are left. Extremely impressive though, and leaves you thinking about how all of this construction was achieved with pre-industrial techniques.

    Next up we wandered into the old town proper, where some of the walls still remain and many of the houses date to the medieval era. The most impressive parts are the cathedral - at 90 metres the spire was once the tallest structure in Spain, and the Alcazar or royal palace. We didn't go inside either building as Schnitzel was with us and wasn't permitted, but contented ourselves with admiring from the outside. And besides - we've been in a lot of cathedrals now, and several alcazars as well!

    Had a long lunch and a couple of drinks in a restaurant on the main square, enjoying the warm sunshine and watching the world go by. Schnitzel was behaving himself as well; the only bad habit he's picked up is that he barks at us while we eat, usually for attention. It takes a lot of ignoring him before he settles down again, but at least you don't get the sidelong glances and raised eyebrows that you get in Australia.

    Back to the car where we drove a lap around the exterior of the town, hunting for a good vantage point. Eventually we found one, where you could see the front of the alcazar arched like a ship's bow off the front of a cliff, in a way that wasn't visible from inside the town. Very impressive.

    Into the car again and back to the hotel where we settled down for a bit - Shandos had a nap and I did some editing and writing. Headed out for dinner around 9pm where we visited the hotel restaurant for a small splurge on suckling pig. Very tasty!
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  • Day32

    There is an amazing castle, built in the 1100s, which has great views. The town has narrow winding streets, and many Romanesque buildings, restaurants and shops.

  • Day7

    Soggy in Segovia

    January 6 in Spain

    This hotel also provided a fantastic European breakfast, although one thing we noticed was that the bacon was almost raw. Well fed (minus the bacon), we were ready to explore. We dressed in multiple layers and rain jackets and headed out. The rain from last night had turned to a heavy wet snow and the temperature reading was 1.5 degrees (very accurate!). Many businesses were closed because it was a National holiday. We walked through the town to one of the main attractions, the 9 mile Aquaduct, which was built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. The exposed section we saw was 2,500 feet long, 100 feet high, with 118 arches, made from 20,000 granite blocks without any mortar, and can still carry a stream of water to a subterranean channel that runs through the city. Pretty impressive.

    We stopped at a small market and picked up a fresh baguette, cheese and tomato for lunch because I just wanted to return to our warm hotel room and not have to sit in a restaurant with wet hair and clothes. Later in the evening we wandered out again to a nearby pizza restaurant. When I asked how big the pizzas were, the server told me “small....good for one”. So we each ordered one. Surprise! They were actually the size of our typical large pizza. I once again felt like I was taken advantage of because I was a tourist. Most of my leftovers ended up in the garbage. Although the restaurant was empty at 8:30 when we arrived, by the time we left it was full. The Spanish people eat supper between 9 and 10 pm and I observed that they usually order 3 courses plus coffee. Seems like a recipe for gastric reflux when they go to bed a couple of hours later! It’s a good thing we are used to eating later than normal at home.

    The falling snow and the medieval buildings looked so pretty at night.
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  • Day6

    Why do travel days have to be so difficult?!! Our train was departing at noon so I allowed ample time for us non-morning people to get there. I didn’t dare suggest that we walk to the train station so I arranged a taxi fully aware that the driver was going to rip me off. And he did and I fought back, just on principle, and still lost $5 on the deal before I decided it just wasn’t worth the aggravation.

    We boarded our AVE train and in just 3 hours at a speed of 300 km we arrived in Madrid (Atoche station). The speed is posted on a screen with a map and I tried not to look at it! We no sooner arrived in Madrid when John discovered he had left his e-reader on the train. I ran around that huge train station trying to find someone who could help me get back on the train to retrieve the e-reader and had no luck. I was told to come back when the lost and found was open. We then had to take the Metro to another train station (Chamartin) in order to board our train to Segovia, 100 km north of Madrid. When we arrived in Segovia, we discovered that the train station was 11 km outside of town, which surprised me because usually they are in the centre of town. John wanted to take a taxi but I only had enough euros to take the public bus, which was fine with me.

    It was raining when we got to the city centre. We then learned that there was a huge celebration across Spain, called Three Kings Day, which is equivalent to our Christmas Day. The narrow cobble-stoned streets were packed with people and we had to pull our luggage uphill nearly 2 km as no vehicles were allowed within the old walled city. John grumbled the whole way but the people around us were so joyous that it was infectious. Our hotel, Exe Casa de Los Linages, was once an old castle. We were assigned the nicest room on the 6th floor, except the elevator only went to the 5th floor. At this point John was struggling and a nice young man offered to carry his luggage up the flight of stairs. John declined the offer but I intervened and the luggage was hoisted up the steps in seconds. Now John was really feeling old because earlier in the week a young man offered him his seat on the Metro! So you can see why it is imperative to pack light when travelling in Europe!

    We ended our eventful day with a nice meal at a local restaurant where no one spoke English and the menus were in Spanish. We gambled on a 3 course dinner that is typical in Segovia. Fortunately, I was served some unknown species of fish and John had steak. The cost was $25 per person and that included a full bottle of wine, which we really needed!!
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  • Day13

    Segovia Alcazar

    October 13, 2016 in Spain

    Segovia Alcazar is an amazing castle built overlooking the township.... Surrounded by a moat on one side and steep cliffs on rye oher it was deemed impregnable... Of course, Chuck Norris hadn't been invented then.

    Also some shots of the Cathedral in Segovia

You might also know this place by the following names:

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