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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia October 9th 2009

Romantic weekend in Segovia: castles, churches and...military bands? Music: Goin' to Acapulco - Calexico & Jim James version Segovia, about 30 mins northwest of Madrid by bullet-train, definitely deserves its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Anne-Laure and I went there while she was in Spain for a romantic weekend retreat from the hustle and bustle of the capital...and what a trip! Here are some of the highlights: The old town is perched up on a hill and, from afar, looks like a ship with the Alcázar (castle-palace) jutting out as the prow, the Gothic Cathedral as the main mast and the millennia-old Roman aqueduct as the rudder. Although all of these are breathtaking sites, the aqueduct is perhaps the most famous, so let’s start there. Segovia’s city shield is just a picture of the ... read more
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Aqueduct by night
Cathedral by night

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia October 7th 2009

I am now in Toledo...Isn't there a song by the name of "On my way to Toledo"? The Journey from Burgos to Toledo was long...I arrived in the evening and took a night stroll through the narrow streets and plazas and had Paella from Fedeu in the main plaza...Amazing...The stroll was more like a hike...It was great...Later on Toledo... I stopped in the stony hill town of Segovia yesterday to visit the Aquaduct, the Alcazar (built on an old Roman fort) and the main Cathedral (which was Gothic Moorish). The air was warm and dry and the landscape in general from Burgos to Toledo similar to the landscape along Thoasand Oaks/Westlake Village along the 101,some areas like Joshua Tree with all the rock cropping...I cannot say enough about Segovia...It is beautiful...I highly recommend it...I loved the ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia September 16th 2009

We spent six hours in the car, heading across Spain. At 3pm we arrived in Segovia, a small town just North of Madrid. It is famous for it's enchanting Alcazar and Aqueduct. When driving in from baron surroundings, it is a sight to see. The Alcazar, built for former kings is just like the castle at Disneyland, perched on the top of a hill. The town is surrounded by a fortress wall, which adds to it's character. The Aqueduct is one of a kind, built in the first century AD to take water from the surrounding area to the Alcazar. It is 28 metres high and is built without any mortar. The rocks were ground an placed into big arches. After checking out the sights, we stayed the night in a nice two bedroom apartment ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia August 27th 2009

Buenos Dias, I woke up early once again and caught the bus to Segovia as it would take less time than the train. As the bus was passing through the Sierra Madre Mountains, I saw the Valle de los Caidos. Franco had it built by slaves to commemorate his fallen soldiers. Shortly after seeing it, I arrived in Segovia. As I walked into town, I passed several very old churches, so I began to get the feeling of what was in store for me that day. I continued along the street into the city and I arrived at the aqueduct. It is 89 metres high, 894 metres long and was built by the Romans 2000 years earlier without using any mortar. It is still standing without any issues and it a marvel of engineering. I wandered ... read more
The 2000 Year Old Aqueduct
An Archway

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia June 1st 2009

Ok since my last entry we went to Salamanca which was totally cool...haha I slept on the bus which was actually quite uncomfortable haha. But yah salamanca was alot like Segovia, much more so than Madrid. It was definetly bigger and older. We saw the University of Salamanca, which is one of the oldest in Europe. The churches were very beautiful. The outside (and most of the inside) was covered in ornate carvings. Also there was a like frog carved on top of a skull carving which apparently if you find without help you will get married within a year but I couldnt find it, but I didnt try that hard because I dont particularly care to get married. Anyway on the inside of the church we went to there was like a zillion little shrines ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 31st 2009

So im down to 18 days til i return. I continue to be homesick, but I continue to see cool buildings. Not sure which one is more important :). I appreciate all the love i´ve recieved over here from you all. And i hope that all of you are doing well. Last week i got to visit salamanca and avila. Avila is still surrounded by a castle wall. it´s really beautiful and antique. I also saw a dead old finger from Saint Theresea. It was not my style but that´s cool. lol. It still had a huge bling ring on it! Salamanca was really beautiful, bigger than segovia, and had random pink people on balconies. I think there was an art exposition or something going on. The catedral alli was huge and amazing. I´ve never seen ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 27th 2009

K so the last entry I fell asleep doing and cant really figure out how to continue on it haha so I will just do a new one as a continue haha. So Corpus Christi apparently was a synagogue built like 700 years ago and then during the inquisition it was converted to a church and thats how it stands today. And the story of the devil in the aqueduct is so great! Apparently there was like really pretty girl and she was a laundry lady with her mom but there are only two rivers in segovia and she lived on the hill so she had to walk to far everyday to get water everyday and one afternoon she said I would sell my soul if I woke up tomorrow and there was water flowing next ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 26th 2009

Ok I have been pretty busy (and very tired) for the last week so I havent updated. Since the museos we had school this week, on tues we had a mini excursion to corpus christi the church that was the oldest synagogue. We heard the story about the devil building the aqueduct, it was pretty great. THen on wens we went to Escorial and the valley of the fallen, which were pretty much amazing. ON friday night the group of us went out and on sat we to madrid ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 22nd 2009

Haha, worst title ever. Yes, it´s true. Im halfway bored in spain. The country is beautiful but WOW does everything cost a million dollars....i think yes! :) These past two days, we went two of the coolest places so far though. El escorial= which is the biggest building in Spain i believe. It´s a palace, a basilica, houses the tombs of many many royal person...which totally creepy and eery. But sort of amazing at the same time. They went all out for these people, the tombs are beautifully carved and have cold and other precious metals. The palace was huge, and was beautiful. I wish i could have seen what it looked like in it´s time of kings and queens. The library at Escorial was the coolest library I have ever seen. It had huge windows ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 20th 2009

Hey All, This is more of a compliation of random things from this week. This week i had my first week of school. BOOOO. but it wasn´t that horrible, it´s two classes= grammar and transatlantic literature. fun...all in spanish and such. but my teachers are nice so it´s somewhat bearable. The weather has been amazing. so i´ve been walking around a lot. i got a new tattoo here haha. it´s pretty cool except the guy almost spelled it wrong haha. it reads "be thou my vision" which is the name of a hymn that i´ve like for the longest time and it´s irish. the artist forgot the h in "thou". I think that i almost had a heart attack haha. Especially since he barely spoke english but anyways. I think it´s pretty cool looking and pretty. ... read more

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