Segovia Travel Blog

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Friday 13th of February 2009
We decided to take a day trip to the town of Segovia, so we walked to the interchange at Princi Pio via Plaza de Espana to catch the coach to Segovia. Segovia is to the north of Spain in the country’s Castile region. It has the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe, all surrounded by the city's medieval wall which itself is bordered by two rivers and an extensive green-belt park with miles of shaded walks. As we walked into the town centre, we caught glimpses of the world renowned Roman Aqueduct, the largest and best preserved of its kind anywhere, which served as the mintmark on all coins struck in the city from 1455 to 1864. We walked around the quaint cobbled streets and found our way to the tallest building in Segovia, the 16th-century Cathedral, which is a prominent landmark as one approaches from any direction. It is located in a corner of the Plaza Mayor, originally it was built close to the Alcazar , but this made difficult the war operations, being destroyed during the war of the Communities, and rebuilt at its present location. We had empanadas in the plaza. After lunch we walked to the north-west extreme of the wall is the famous Alcázar castle, source of inspiration to Walt Disney, and where Queen Isabel promised Columbus the financial backing he needed to discover America. We stopped at a patisserie in the Plaza Mayor for some treats before finding our way back to the coach station. We had a bit of effort trying to figure out how to use our return tickets but we finally made it back to Madrid. We decided to have dinner near the hostel and found ourselves wandering around the red light district, it was funny to see the scores of girls lined up outside shops and restaurants dressed basically in street clothes, with one leg up on the wall to prop them up which must have been the sign that they were open. After dinner we headed back into Sol for a hot chocolate.

Saturday 14th of February 2009

We started the morning with presents again, before trying to figure out the best way to get to the airport tomorrow. With a flight at 730 am and the first metro not being till 6am we were a bit stuck about how to get there, but we decided to walk to the main interchange first thing to see how to go about it. The interchange was along the way to the Bernabeau Staduim, the home of football’s prized Real Madrid. After the successes of Real Madrid in 1943, the elected president Don Santiago de Bernabeu decided that the Estadio de Chamartin wasn't big enough for the ambitions of the club and a new stadium had to be built, which was inaugurated on the 14th of December 1947. This was the 'Estadio Santiago Bernabeu' as we know it today, although it didn't acquire this name until 1955. Cam went on a tour of the stadium while I checked out the shops. We met up for a coffee before starting on the long walk to the Plaza Del Toro. The most well-known bullring arena in Madrid is the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. With a capacity for 25,000 spectators, the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is the largest bullring in Spain. It was designed by the architect Jose Espeliú and inaugurated in 1931. When we finally got there tired and hungry we found that the arena was closed to visitors. So we jumped on the metro and headed back to Sol, where we found a Spanish bistro called La Tia Cebolla to have paella and wine, a fantastic way to spend the afternoon. We walked to the plaza mayor and sat in the sun people watching, there were loads of street performers and people dining alfresco, and it was a very warm day so we were happy to relax in the atmosphere. It was getting to the time of the Six nations rugby so we found ourselves an Irish pub to catch the England game. After England’s loss Cam wasn’t up for a big night so we popped into a restaurant and got a great Mexican meal and dessert.

Sunday 15th February 2009

We had decided to walk to the main airport metro stop for the first train at 6am, so we had a very early start with a 40 minute walk ahead of us, but we made the first metro with the late night revellers, and got to the airport on time - Adios Madrid!
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