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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

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia » Torrecaballeros September 10th 2013

Back to Madrid and then Segovia 8 & 9 Sept 2013 Coming back from Morocco via Royal Air Maroc (dry rolls and warm drinks), I was concerned we would not get back into Europe as we were ‘teasing the boundaries’ of the Shengan Agreement. This is an agreement all the countries in the EU have about people travelling throughout the EU. Non-EU residents cannot stay in EU countries for more than 90 days and at the end of 90 days, we have to be out of Europe for a further 90 days. The day after we arrived in Croatia, they joined the EU (and there for signed up to the Shengan Agreement). If this was the case, we were 9 days over the 90 days limit. We ‘confidently’ (!) handed our passports over to the custom’s ... read more
Alcazar Museum in Segovia Spain NW of Madrid (57)
City gates in Segovia Spain NW of Madrid (1)
Tom having coffee at Alcazar in Segovia Spain NW of Madrid

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia September 9th 2013

Camping Aqueducto. This is the only camping site anywhere near to the city of Sergovia. Reception was open when we arrived and we were directed to pitch 36. We could pay when we left. The lovely receptionist with a smile on her face gave us a map of the city and a map showing where the bus stop was. It seemed to be just across the road about 150 metres away. The cost of the bus fare into Segovia was 1 euro each for the single journey. It’s nice to know the price before you board the bus rather than be confused and pay too much as we did in Zadar. The bus map gave the times of the buses . Every 15 mins on a working day and 30 at a weekend Our plot was ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 19th 2013

This morning began our road trip to Segovia and Avila. We left at 8 in the morning and it took us about two hours to get to Segovia. The city is full of roman architecture and ruins. The city hosts a huge aqueduct that was built in the first century. The aqueduct is still standing and was built without anything like glue or cement to hold it up; big rocks are held together by pressure. Even though it was a cold, gloomy day, it was still beautiful to see the amazing 2100 year old, historical monument still standing. We walked around the city to the Plaza Mayor and found the romantic and gothic cathedrals. Of course, we walked through the Alcazar Palace and say the rooms that once held Ferdinand and Isabelle, and soldiers before them. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 18th 2013

This morning dawned with a steady drizzle and cars passing us covered in snow! We followed the smell of breakfast and tucked into pretty much everything on offer. Woolly says – I really enjoyed my sausage, bacon, egg, croissants, fresh pineapple and melon, not to mention toast, should keep me going for a bit. As we couldn’t delay the outdoors any longer if we wanted to see anything we wrapped up, well Jo and Ian did (it might have been better if I had worn my scarf as it was pretty chilly round the tusks). With at least seventy places to see in Segovia according to our street map we picked a route that would allow us to go onto some and pass by others for photos. With Chinese, Japanese, Americans and pretty much every other ... read more
Ceiling design - one of so many
More ceilings

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

Waking to a chilly morning with the sun struggling to get out we found the area for breakfast and once Woolly had hovered up cheese, ham, toast, eggs, bacon, yoghurt and some of my omelette we hoisted Woolly and set a course for Desfiladero de Yecla near to Sto. Domingo de Silos. Woolly says – Breakfast was good and it’s only polite to finish everything off! The big black angry clouds were still in the distance but as we travelled down the N1 (N now stands for ‘nothing to look at’ roads) the sun seemed to grow brighter and we felt hopeful for the day. Turning onto the BU 910 (BU now stands for bumpy and uncomfortable to travel down) we found ourselves driving through beautiful scenery again with red loamy soil, rock formations, olive trees ... read more
The Canyon
I see Sky
One of the waterfalls

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia April 26th 2013

We did not sleep well last night....sharing a bottle of wine while still jet-lagged in hind-sight was not a good way to end the day....But we decided to get up and head off for Segovia anyway. We took the subway for the first time here (easy) and then a high-speed train (very fast....almost twice as fast as the subway trip to the train station!) 50 miles to Segovia...and then a bus to the Roman Aqueduct. Bill had researched all the details, so it was a seamless trip there and back. Segovia is a medieval Disneyland (in fact the iconic Disney castle is modeled on the one in Segovia, as you shall see..) and most of the population work in the service industries catering to tourists. I think they should just go all the way and dress ... read more
A Walled City

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia January 31st 2013

And so, after an overnight bus from Barcelona to Madrid (a much cheaper option as compared to Renfe trains), I arrived at the capital at 6 plus in the morning and was lucky enough to be able to check into the dorm at that time. I did manage to catch some good rest over the ride so it was not too tiring having to get out again for a day trip to Segovia. So after planning over breakfast, off we went (i met up with my friends who took the other option of train) to Segovia, some 2-hr slow-train ride away from Madrid. There is the availability of the high-speed train but then again, it cost more, and we took it for the return trip instead. There was some confusion at the train station on train ... read more
Segovia Old town under the morning sun

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia August 20th 2012

The city of Segovia is located 50 miles from Madrid and is only one hour away by bus, two hours by train (Cercanias) or thirty minutes by AVE (high speed train). Note that it shares its name with the province of which it is the capital. Buses between Segovia and Madrid run once or twice an hour depending on time of day. In Madrid, they arrive/depart from Principe Pio bus station. The Segovia bus station is on Paseo de Ezequiel Gonzalez, near the Aqueduct. In December 2007, a new high-speed train line was opened connecting Segovia to many Spanish cities, in particular Madrid (30 minutes) and Valladolid (40 minutes). The new AVE (high-speed train) station is called Segovia-Guiomar and is 5km from the city, with a bus link every 15 minutes from the aqueduct. Trains to ... read more
In the centre of Segovia
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia August 1st 2012

Awaken on day #2 in Spain and it is off to Segovia! Took the effective high speed train after another espresso at the Atocha station. Then hopped on the bus from the Segovia station to downtown(?) Segovia. The first thing you see is the massive Aqueduct. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Even the pictures do not do it justice. Walked across town to the Alcazar Castle. Very cool castle, especially enjoyed the Monarch Room, and it was fun to climb up the top and take in the views. Grabbed a delicious lunch at La Frasca (it is in the Fodor’s guide - FYI). Excellent place, sat outside and just took in Segovia. I had a delicious baguette with pork loin, queso, & peppers My gf had the tortilla, which ... read more

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