To Segovia, in the land of Castilla y Leon

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Aqueduct in Segovia

We rented a big Citroen Diesel Sedan in Madrid for our trip to Segovia for 180 Euros for three days, and it was the best we could do without reservations.  Getting out of Madrid was an interesting endeavour and we made a couple of wrong turns before we got it right.

The drive to Segovia was very beautiful.  It took us over the Sierra Guadarramas.  These mountains formerly were the site of the royal hunting grounds.  The road had lots of hairpin turns and we went up over 1800 meters in elevation (well over a mile high -- eat your heart out Denver).  It got quite cold up there too -- 7 degress celsius.

The Catedral de Segovia
  There was even snow and a ski area!  The pine trees here were tall, gnarly and very knobby.  Quite different than Wyoming pines!

Segovia sits just off the Sierras on a hill near a river.  It's a beautiful setting.  It has a still functioning Roman Aqueduct that is over 1,000 years old!  Segovia was a seat of Roman power, and still has a statue commemorating Roman times, a wolf nursing the two "founders of Rome" Romulus and Remus.

We found our hotel on the outskirts of Segovia, the Husa Puerto Segovia.  It is a clean 3 star hotel, with twin beds and a big bath.  We checked in, dropped the bags, and headed back to town to explore the city.  We parked near the Aqueduct and walked up under it into the town in search of the cathedral and the alcazar.

at the Alcazar de Segovia
  Alcazar is the Arabic word for fortress or castle.  We walked down the Gran Via to look for a place for lunch and found a nice one right on the sidewalk.  Jessica and I had the mixed plate of the day -- grilled chicken, peppers, fried potatoes and fried eggs over the top, with salad.  It was simple but tasty.

We went on to the Cathedral and took the tour via audio guides.  It was a gorgeous cathedral with a huge organ, beautiful stained glass, amazing art and ornate chapels (cippillas).  It is even more beautiful so close to Easter -- with flowers and all the preparations for Easter Sunday.

We walked down to the Alcazar, which was hidden from view until we came right upon it.  It was breathtaking to see.  It is purportedly one of the models used in designing the Castle at Disneyland.

Tower before the Storm
  It has a moat, complete with drawbridge, and is surrounded on three sides by the moat and a river.  Queen Isabel was crowned here.  Phillip II and Maria of Austria were married here.  We did the audio tour here as well.  It had great views of the surrounding countryside from the Terrace above!  The ceiling of the main court room was amazing -- intricately hand carved and painted ceilings, tapestries on the walls, and the original thrones of Ferdinand and Isabel.  We also got to see many things from that period of time such as suits of armor, cross bows, implements, and maps.

We walked back up the hill and started another tapas crawl.  We hit on a great one on the plaza at the Hotel Infanta Isabel.  We had ceviche, gambas (prawns), jamon iberico, etc.

Cathedral of Segovia at night
  Scottie always gets a little queasy on the jamon here -- he cannot stand anything on the bone.  At on of the tapas places, the waiter made a big deal of unveiling the jamon still on the ham leg, and shaving off thin morsels for us.  Scottie did not eat at that bar!  We hit a couple of other tapas places along the way, then ended up in an Irish Pub.  Those Irish are amazing-- Pubs must be their number one export!  I had a sneezing fit at this bar, and sneezed 18 times in a row.  Not sure what started it, but decided it was best to move on and get some sleep.  On the way to the car, we stopped at local bakery and bought a box of fresh cookies.  They were delicious! 

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Aqueduct in Segovia
Aqueduct in Segovia
The Catedral de Segovia
The Catedral de Segovia
at the Alcazar de Segovia
at the Alcazar de Segovia
Tower before the Storm
Tower before the Storm
Cathedral of Segovia at night
Cathedral of Segovia at night
Segovia Town Center
Segovia Town Center
Statue of Mother Wolf with Romulus…
Statue of Mother Wolf with Romulu…
Aqueduct from Inside the City
Aqueduct from Inside the City
Flowers in City Center
Flowers in City Center
Walkway in City
Walkway in City
Segovia Skyline
Segovia Skyline
Scott and Paul with Segovia backdr…
Scott and Paul with Segovia backd…
a la Christopher Columbus!
a la Christopher Columbus!
Shes lost her face!
She's lost her face!
Torre de Catedral
Torre de Catedral
Interior of Segovia Cathedral
Interior of Segovia Cathedral
Crucifixion in Segovia Cathedral
Crucifixion in Segovia Cathedral
Inside Segovia Cathedral
Inside Segovia Cathedral
Map of Old España
Map of Old España
The Alcazar
The Alcazar
at the Alcazar
at the Alcazar
Moat around the Alcazar
Moat around the Alcazar
Ferdinand and Isabels Throne
Ferdinand and Isabel's Throne
Stained glass of Isabel at the Alc…
Stained glass of Isabel at the Al…
Isabels Wedding Portrait
Isabel's Wedding Portrait
Ceiling in the Alcazar
Ceiling in the Alcazar
Ornate Carved Ceiling in Alcazar
Ornate Carved Ceiling in Alcazar
Armor at Alcazar
Armor at Alcazar
Crossbow at Alcazar
Crossbow at Alcazar
Scott and suit of armor
Scott and suit of armor
Tower from the Alcazar
Tower from the Alcazar
Jessica before the storm!
Jessica before the storm!
Shaving the Iberico Ham at pub
Shaving the Iberico Ham at pub
Mas cervezas por favor!
Mas cervezas por favor!
Easter ham?
Easter ham?
Iberico Hams
Iberico Hams
Segovia
photo by: Mortyzia