Segovia - Aquaducts and chocolate, together at last :)

Segovia Travel Blog

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> I can't remember exactly when I sent the last email, but here is a quick (might not be too quick) update of where we are and whats been happening.
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> I think that in the last email we were in hossegor, or somewhere like that, so I'll take it from there...
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> We made a quick stip down the coast from there to a campsite in between Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz, which is the last big town before the Spanish border. There we spent a bit over a week I think exploring the two towns, which were both incredible, with great beaches, good atmosphere, and we enjoyed just exploring the 'old towns' of both places, where the streets are narrow and its pedestrians only. We also enjoyed all the beaches in and around the area, which were far less crowded than the main beaches of each town. Inland was the major city Bayonne, where we made two trips, pretty much because its the capital of chocolate in france, and every second shop is a gourmet chocolate artisan... again we loved exploring the old town here (for chocolate)
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> We stayed at two campsites here, one where we camped and the bar staff/kitchen staff were really friendly, and let us take jugs of sangria etc back to our campsite... awesome
> The other campsite we had a little bungalow for a few days when it was stormy weather, cost the same as a cheap hotel, but included kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, dining table, outdoor table and chairs, deck.... was great! We'll definitely do that again when we need to recuperate from the camping
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> From here we made the trip over the border to San Sebastian, and realised very quickly how much better our french was than we were thinking, as suddenly we understood nothing... street signs, directions, numbers.... but we are slowly remembering phrases to use from our phrase book and its getting easier
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> San Sebastian is the biggest city that we have stayed in... well not exactly in, as the only campsite was up Mount Igeldo, and we did have to drive in from there, but anyway... the city is set on two coves, with the most crowded beaches we have ever seen, and people parading up and down all day long along the promenade. There were tonnes of fat old men in little groups going for their daily walks on the waters edge each morning, and games of something like squash but a basque version happening against the high wall of the promenade from the beach, was very new and exciting!
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> It has a huge tapas culture there, so we had tapas in the old town, and then had a walk around at night and checked out all the bars that spill out onto the street, something that would never happen in Australia, people walking off down the street with their drinks, as if the bars all kind of join into one long one
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> We hired bikes one day and explored the great bike paths all around the city, we had sangria overlooking the water and peoplewatched, we had AMAZING calamari and, although I haven't mentioned it, had heaps of chocolate and icecream and amazing baked goods (the bakeries are so good in europe its ridiculous), but we are yet to find a good coffee (UHT Milk????????? Surely they have fresh cows here, I've seen them in the paddocks with the bulls they probably use for bull fighting)
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> We explored a few little towns in the area, but a lot of that area is quite industrial and very indimidating, so a few places we were happy to get out of....
> We also made a day trip across to Bilboa, to the Guggenheim Museo, which is the most incredible building made of wavy titanium meant to look like a ship or a flower or something, google it, and explored its museum of contemporary art, where we saw some great things, like an exhibit by the guy who was artistic director for the fireworks for beijing olympics, who makes the most clever art with gunpowder exploding on canvas.
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> Anyway I feel like this email might be getting a bit long so now we are in Segovia, about 2 hours from madrid (which we have decided to skip as we're finding big cities to be stressful and a hassle and not much fun!) which has a 30 metre high roman aqueduct in perfect condition, a beautiful old castle and church, and a great old town to explore. Yesterday we had a three course fixed price 'menu' (best things ever) in town, and the day before we had spanish hot chocolate with churros to dunk in it.... oh my god ridiculous it was just a cup of melted chocolate! wow
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> So today we are going Valencia direction, but going to stop for the night in a city called cuenta or something, houses hanging on a cliff and fun stuff like that, and then probably on to valencia!
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Segovia
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