To Segovia, in the land of Castilla y Leon
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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.
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.
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.
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.