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Segovia

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  • Day32

    Going to Spain

    November 3 in Spain

    Being very organised people we were on the road at 9.430am, heading for a town called Valdepeñas which happens to be about 200 kms from Madrid. Rather than do a 600km drive to Madrid in one go we thought it made sense to break the back of the journey, have a restful night, and then drive in to Madrid. There we had to hand in our car and catch the AVE, or high speed train, to Segovia from Madrid’s Chamartin station.

    Booking.com found a reasonably priced hotel just out of Valdepeñas which was so easy to find, being at the 194km turnoff from the A4. Only thing is, there is more than one Valdepeñas in Spain and our GPS, although heading us in the right direction to start with, then told us to turn off the A4 and go onto a regional backroad. After 6kms we just knew that this was not right. After a looks at Google maps, and whatever we had to hand, we backtracked and hit the A4 again. Just as well we did, because the Valdepeñas we had been going to was nowhere near where we wanted to go. A loss of 12kms is neither here nor there in the greater scheme of things, and so we kept going toward the REAL Valdepeñas.

    The thing that was most noticeable during our drive was the huge number of olive trees. We saw millions of them, and probably another million or so of fresh plantings. We wonder just how much olive oil and olives the planet needs!

    The hotel near Valdepeñas is one of those places that would have been built 30 do years ago, and was at the time a pretty good show. The rooms were huge, everything was as good as you could ask for, and the staff were so very helpful.

    Robyn had not slept well the last few nights so she had a kip while I went for a 4km walk up through vineyards. It was dark when I returned, but so peaceful.

    The restaurant was very, very quiet, although we were eating early for them, but we enjoyed our meal, and the helpful staff. Local wine, local olive oil, local bread, and local menu added up to a nice experience.
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  • Day33

    Welcome to Segovia

    November 4 in Spain

    Today was one we had been dreading, because handing back in the car with damage can cost quite a bit of money, with no comeback. We had 1400 Euro excess and the damage I found on the left back panel just after we had picked it up could easily cost quite a bit, if they hadn’t picked it up beforehand. Then I found that I had actually done a little damage on the right back door when I turned too sharply in a lane in Tavira, PLUS there was a small bumper scratch that I had not seen before, no doubt inflicted in a car park while we had it parked there for a few days.

    At least we had a hearty breakfast waiting for us. We were the only customers who had booked breakfast as part of their package, and there on a table was our room no reservation. Quite quaint really! It was the usual sort of European continental breakfast, with toast, ham, other meats, cheese, yoghurt, fruit, etc, with juice, tea and coffee. By the time we had finished we were really ready for the road.

    We had 200kms to go to Madrid and all went well until Robyn misunderstood the GPS and sent me, urgently, up the wrong street. It took about 15 minutes to get back and around, and then ...... when we arrived at Chamartin station there was a group of signs for hire car - Avis, Sixt, Thrifty etc. Nowhere, and I mean nowhere, was there an arrow pointing to their drop off points. We drove through the station, and ended up going away from it. A good old traditional Aussie U-turn and we were back at the station, but still with absolutely no idea where to go. I “parked” while Robyn went looking and asking. Ages later she came back and pointed to the area we had to go to. We had drive past it, but it was tucked away before the aforementioned signs! Another U-turn and we were illegally parked in front of the Avis office. After only a few minutes the chap I was dealing with came out, asked how we liked the car, walked around it, and hopped in and checked the fuel and mileage. He then gave me the key and pointed to an area in the paid parking lot and asked me to take it over there and bring the key back. I left Robyn with all our luggage in the office and did so. When I came back he told me we would get our fuel money back and that was all there was to it, handing me back my contract. Whew! I am still not sure we will get away with it, but if our luck holds as well as it has so far we should be right.

    We lined up for tickets at the office and asked for two tickets to Segovia on the AVE, or high speed train. The lady said she couldn’t understand why so many people were going to Segovia for the weekend, but the next two trains were full. We would have to wait until 3.40pm, a 2.5 hour wait. Even on the slower trains there were so few spare seats that we would have been in different carriages. We waited as we had no choice, and eventually, at 3.41pm the train pulled out. We did hit 250kph at one stage during the half hour journey, and while it was much better than anything Australia has to offer it was not up to the Japanese standard.

    On arrival we took a taxi to our hotel, Hotel La Casa Mudejar. What a pleasant surprise it was! It was in a really old building but was lovingly renovated and of quite a high standard. We went for a brief walk before dark and then headed out for something to eat and drink. The Hotel restaurant opens at 8.30pm, much too late for us under the circumstances, so we had tapas and wine in one small place, and then more drinks in another one just around the corner. Nice way to finish the day.
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  • Day34

    Rain in Segovia City

    November 5 in Spain

    The weather forecast was quite certain for Segovia and district, It was to rain on Monday with light showers on Wednesday. So far it has been 100% correct. We had quite a bit of rain during the night, but had virtually stopped by the time we were up.

    Breakfast made yesterday’s look parsimonious, and that’s saying something. The selection of meats and sweets was huge, with cereals, bread, fruit and cheese in abundance. This style of breakfast is daunting if you are a tea and toast sort of person, or cereal and tea, which we are. Nevertheless we did our best, and managed to work our way through many of the things presented.

    Just after we headed out the door it started to rain again, so we had to look for umbrellas AND raincoats. We have known for weeks that we would need raincoats, probably for Ireland, and definitely for Spain, but had never quite got around to finding any. Raincoats are not always easy to find, but nevertheless we now have to have them as the forecast is for rain on Wednesday, and possibly some light rain on Tuesday.

    Umbrellas were fairly easy to find, but then the search began for raincoats. We found one for me at the Visitor Information Centre at the base of the aqueduct but Robyn wanted something more stylish. We saw quite a few but of course they were not available in Small, so in desperation we looked in children’s, clothing shops. Strangely, there were as many good clothes for boys and for girls, and many of the girls coats were in stylish colours, not pink, or pink, or pink. We ended up buying a boy’s coat which is not quite waterproof but is knee length and will do the trick.

    Using our guide from the walking group we started walking around Segovia. Trying to follow the detailed instructions and match them to the VIC map proved time consuming, so we ended up just walking around a bit more and then checking out the Cathedral. What a magnificent structure it is.

    Heading back towards the castle, or Alcazar fortress, we stopped to look across the valley at the village of Zamarramala. Why not walk across there we thought? We headed off and found ourselves there in no time. It looked a long way off, across the valley, but in reality was not so far. While we were walking around it started to rain. By the time we had returned to our hotel we were fairly wet, but it was good fun anyway. At least we did a decent hour of walking.

    One problem we will continue to have in Spain is their late dinner times. At home we often don’t eat until after 9pm, because there are alway so many things to do. Here the restaurants don’t open until 8.30pm and before that you can get a drink and some finger food, but that leaves us with quite a bit of spare time.

    Our first port of all was a little place just around the corner from the hotel where we had a drink and small finger food. The food was not warm enough and we didn’t feel like staying there so we went walking out of the main plaza, down towards the aqueduct and chanced upon a little shop that is part deli, part cafe, part bar. That was good enough for us. We enjoyed a small meal there of toast with tomato and meat on them, and a plate of goats cheese, washed down with local wine.
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  • Day193

    Segovia

    December 3 in Spain

    We came here because Alan wanted to see the Roman Aquaduct, and it did not disappoint.
    This city is an absolute gem.
    We free camped in the area designated for autocaravans next to the bullring - a very short walk to the centre and to the start of the aquaduct.. The bullring looked derelict but it is still used a few months per year for its intended purpose.
    The walled city remains intact and is full of tight lanes with interesting shops, a huge cathedral and numerous ancient churches -it must have one of the highest church to area ratios in the country -which is some going in Spain.
    The walled city sits on high ground high above two rivers which converge below the Alcazar - a quite magnificent building in its own right and only one of many within the walls.
    The Romans fed this city with water by running a supply from the mountains to the south, the source being some 15km away. The final connection to the city is made via an aquaduct which was built circa 100 AD. Our walk into the city started at the first visible sign of the aquaduct which unfolds as we walked down the slope to the city centre - the columns get taller towards the bottom of the valley and after a right angle bend the sight of the final section is awesome. The scale of it has to be seen to be believed. It is quite remarkable and.is in great condition because it was used to carry water right up until the late 1990s.
    We spent a day and a half looking around the city and took an audio tour of the Alcazar which was very interesting.
    Segovia is home to the Artillery Academy as well as a local University.
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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.Read more

  • 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.Read more

  • 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.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Segovia, شقوبية, سيجوڤيا, Горад Сеговія, Сеговия, Segòvia, Σεγκόβια, Segovio, سگوبیا, Ségovie, סגוביה, सेगोविआ, XOU, Segóvía, セゴビア, სეგოვია, 세고비아, Segowia, 40001, Segóvia, Сеговија, เซโกเบีย, Сеговія, 塞哥维亚

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