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Published: July 29th 2013
Town's most well-know sight. Built by the Romans and incredibly still used up until the 1800s! Genius Roman engineers.
A wonderful day, mainly because it was such a scenically beautiful day. I headed Northwest again, on a bus, and again cut right through the Guaddarama Mountains, the great, little range just a ways from Madrid. Driving I also saw the absolutely massive cross of the Valley of the Fallen, Spain's tribute to those who died in its bloody Civil War in the 30s. The cross I swear reached nearly to the top of the mountain. After an hour or so, and again a nice drop in temperature, the bus pulled into Segovia.
This little town is truly worth a trip because it is basically just a picture perfect place. It has a famous Roman aqueduct on one end of town, a time warp Old Town, small Romanesque churches everywhere, a beautiful Plaza Major with a looming Cathedral, and, finally, topping the town off, a Disneyland-like Castle, with beautiful views out over the countryside. It honestly felt like an Italian hill-town in Tuscany somewhere. And the landscape in this area is so brown and barren, but nevertheless extremely pretty. A desolate kind of beauty.
Got back to Madrid later in the afternoon, relaxed, had a coffee, wandered around looking
Another Aqueduct View
Makes you realize how the Romans were able to create such an enormous Empire. If they can build like this they can control just about anyone.
for a book, and again took advantage of the free couple of hours at the Prado. It's nice to go back again and again, mainly because you can just take your time, not feeling like you have to cram a massive museum into a couple of hours. Takes the pressure off.
Tomorrow is my last day in Madrid, and I'm seeing another museum, and overall just enjoying Madrid before my last night at the Prado. Glad I'm lingering here, but getting antsy and ready to travel on.
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