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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia August 10th 2019

Issy again asks me to steal some buttered toast for her from the breakfast buffet in direct contravention of the hotel’s strict rules about not removing buffet food from the dining room. The elderly guest who seemed to be awake to my scam yesterday is there again so I need a new tactic; I decide to go with sneaking the toast out hidden under my shirt. I don‘t think anyone noticed, but my shirt is now covered in butter. Issy says I’m being ridiculous. That’s easy for her to say; she’s not the one whose going to get locked up, although I suppose they could still get her as an accessory after the fact. Issy is happy to stay in our room munching on her contraband toast so I go out in search of more churches. ... read more
Cloisters, Iglesia de San Martin
Cloisters, Avenida del Acueducto
Avenida del Acueducto

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia August 8th 2019

After failing to decipher the mysteries of Segovian eating times last night, I enter the breakfast room at about what I would consider to be a normal breakfast time having no idea what to expect. There are people here eating breakfast, but if they’re staying at a hotel they’re probably not Segovians, so I’m really no closer to solving the mystery. Issy is a bit tired after a long day of travelling yesterday so I set off on my own for the Cathedral. As we saw last night, it is an absolutely massive and spectacular structure that towers over the main square and the rest of the town. I arrive just in time for a tour of the belltower. I’m told the tour will be in Spanish, which is fine because I’m now an expert in ... read more
The streets of Segovia
Segovia Cathedral from the belltower
View from the Segovia Cathedral belltower

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia August 7th 2019

The 4am alarm disturbs our peaceful sleep, and we awake to prepare for a long day of travelling to Segovia in Spain. The man who checks our luggage in at the airport tells us that he has checked it right through to Australia, and we can pick it up when we get there. He then looks up to see our rather worried looks and quickly corrects himself. He says that his body is at work but his brain is still in bed, and that work at this time of the morning should be “illegal”. Our flight to Milan is nearly empty, so the doors close quickly and we start taxiing well before the scheduled departure time. An old lady in the row in front of us turns to us and asks “Milano, Milano?”. A flight to ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 7th 2016

Wikipédia nous dit : l La vieille ville de Ségovie constitue un des ensembles artistiques et architecturaux les plus riches d'Espagne, dont la beauté est soulignée par la majesté du site sur lequel s'établit la ville : un promontoire rocheux faisant face à la Sierra de Guadarrama. La ville est sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l'url=https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_des_Nations_unies_pour_l%27%C3%A9ducation,_la_science_et_la_cultureUNESCO depuis1985. De l'époque romaine subsiste un aqueduc dont l'état de conservation est remarquable. Il s'agit de la construction... read more
Ségovie
les couleurs de printemps sont fières de se montrer
et quand la neige apparaît au loin... on a bon dans Pollux !

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 20th 2015

Large El Escorial Haunting Valley Of The Fallen Peaceful, quiet Segovia... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 15th 2015

A quick 2 hour train ride through some very scenic countryside, you know, "the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plains" sort of stuff, we arrived at the new and ultra modern train station of Sergovia. Upon exiting the station we faced what appeared to be miles and miles of pastures full of cows! We read many travel logs about how "bus 11" would be there waiting to take you to town. Hmmmmm...we and the 200 other people that just unloaded off the train must have read the same stuff as we all looked at each other and said "where's bus 11?" or ANY bus for that matter....even a cab would suffice! One lonely cab arrived from over the horizon and was immediately mobbed...haha Half the people formed a cab line and the other half ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia November 8th 2014

Eric used to ramble on about seagulls following the trawler and was very dismissive about the contribution of the water carrier. The Romans it seems were a bit more savvy about the need for water as the source of all things and demonstrated this with the imposing Aquaduct running through the town in Segovia. The structure is recognised as the greatest work of Roman civil engineering in the Iberian peninsula and dominates the lower town. It dates from circa 100 AD and the assembled 25,000 blocks of granite stretch over 800 metres across the valley without any mortar holding in together. The prospects of seeing anything had been somewhat remote a few hours earlier, as we left Avila in the driving rain. The Avanza bus ploughed on through the small towns and villages that were by ... read more
Fartons
Alcazar
Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia November 16th 2013

Geo: 40.9494, -4.11921Today a visit to two towns in the Sierra de Guadarrama, about 80km north west of Madrid.El Escorial's main feature is a massive monastery/royal palace built by Phillip II in 1584. Nearly all Spanish monarchs from that time to the present are buried in the basilica, after their bodies spend 50 years in the Puridero (decaying place). We only looked at the outside, but the guide books indicate that many tourist treasures lie within.About 10km from Escorial is the Valle de Los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) basilica and monument, built in 1959 by Franco to commentate the 40,000 casualties of the Spanish Civil War who are buried there. The huge basilica (it's crypt is bigger than the one under St Peter's) is wholly excavated into a granite ridge and on the rocky outcrop ... read more
Garden of the Friars
Valle de Los Caidos
Looking down the valley

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia October 17th 2013

Both my sister and colleague had suggested that for a day trip, Toledo was the best choice. But I still didn't know why it was so great (Man of La Mancha, El Greco - these are some of the things I think). So, after we discussed, we decided on Segovia. I'm huge into old history and Segovia has the Roman Aqueduct and a castle - yeah, that is more me. Jamie and Addi didn't really care and came along for the ride. We had discussed the route the night before, but when I check the map in the morning, I realized we'd erred in our plans. So, if you decide to go to Segovia from Madrid, here is what I suggest: There is a fast train (less than 30 minutes) from Madrid Chamartin station. If you ... read more
To Segovia
Segovia - Alcazar Castle
Segovia - Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia September 23rd 2013

It’s Friday. My last full day in Spain. The weather is beautiful and I’m up early to catch the train. On the agenda, a day trip to Segovia. With promises of great history, I couldn't resist the trip out to this city. Down and up and down and up again, the stairs in the metra, and I made it back to the train station. I grabbed a seat on the fast train out to Segovia, some breakfast to go and was on my way. The ride was less than an hour and the countryside was beautiful. Fields of greens and golds, rolling hills, a portion of the ride even went through a long tunnel. Through a mountain I’d suppose. Until we arrived in Segovia. A light rain fell but I quickly found the correct bus to ... read more
Acueducto - Segovia
Acueducto - Segovia
Acueducto - Segovia




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