It took about 1 hour and half to drive from Avila
. We drove into Segovia and had a little problem finding our hotel. There were one-way streets, and the hotel was even on an unpaved road. But we did find it and it was a nice place. We had a room with a huge window seat, overlooking the entrance of the hotel (and our car parked there!) After checking in, we took a rest and headed out about 7:30pm to see the aqueduct.
The start of the visible part of the aqueduct is virtually right around the corner from the hotel, however, it didn't look like an aqueduct we were expecting at first, because it was only a few feet high and looked like a wall.
our room with the canopy curtain
As we walked along it, and saw the arches getting taller and taller, the aqueduct got more impressive with every step.
We saw a small Roman aqueduct while in Evora (Portugal), that sure did not prepare us for this one in Segovia. This is a truly impressive piece of architecture and testament that the Romans were great engineers. We walked from the short end of the aqueduct toward the Plaza del Azoguejo, and the aqueduct was tallest at nearly 100 feet high, with double arches and the waterway above that. The visible part is 2500 feet long and has 118 arches, the taller part had double arches.The aqueduct was built with granite tightly fit together with no mortar. It was still functioning until he 19th century. At the plaza were steps leading to the top of the aqueduct and we could view it from the top.
After admiring the aqueduct, we went to dinner at the restaurant Meson de Candido at the Plaza del Azoguejo with view of the aqueduct! We did not have reservations but it's good to travel before the summer tourist season, we got a table anyway. The dinner with roast suckling pig was delicious and memorable. The next table had a huge family group of more than 10 people, and they had a whole pig. So the owner did his speech about the pig and used a plate to cut the pig, because it's so tender. The plate was then tossed on the floor and broke into many pieces! The photos on the wall had this scene of the chef/owner holding a plate in front of the pig, and we didn't know why the plate, now we do.
After dinner, we walked toward Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral to have a look, the place was pretty deserted, and quiet. We went back to the hotel relatively early at 10:30pm to call it a day!
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