Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Segovia in Pictures


I am a sucker for ancient structures.

So when I knew that we were going to Spain, the Aqueduct in Segovia was definitely in my must see list.

An ancient structure that was used to transport water from the Fuente Fría River to the town center. It stands at 28.5m. Truly when we stood in front of it, its magnificent aura overshadows the little buildings in the town.

Segovia is just a 30 minute train ride away from Madrid. A perfect location for a day trip.

Mason Condido - Suckling pig...
The mansion where suckling pigs await

We took the time to have their famous suckling pig for lunch and then slowly trekked our way through the old town to see the Alcazar (pronounced as Alkatar).

the small streets of Segovia
Walking along the winding road to Alcazar

And there it was.

In all its glory

It used to be a royal castle which was then converted over to a state prison, then artillery school. Rumour has it that its design was a significant inspiration to Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle.

What a view
The View

An ancient Monastry sits in the midst

As we stood in front of the castle, which sits on a rock, you see the panaromic view of the countryside swooping under. And I love nothing more than staring at landscapes. A habit developed during road trips with the husband.

Countryside loving
Great day out!

All in all, it was a glorious day. Sun was up though it was cold. The only thing I would change is to come earlier on in the day. We were there between 12 and 4pm so most of the stores were closed for siestas, which suck because we love popping our heads into little stores to see what's there.

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