Day Trip to Segovia

Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
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Trip End Dec 16, 2010


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Flag of Spain  , Castile-León,
Saturday, September 4, 2010

First of all...my new obsession is castles. I love them. Everything about them. I think they're the coolest buildings, and the history behind them and their purpose and function in not only wars but in normal life as well is just so fascinating to me.

So naturally, I thought Segovia was an awesome place. Syracuse Abroad has weekend trips to places usually no more of an hour outside of the city of Madrid, and this was the first one. It's only 10 Euro for the entire day, including entry to the castle and the bus ride, so it's a pretty good deal.

Segovia is a quaint little town focused around its beautiful cathedral and it's castle. The castle burned down in the 1800s, but was salvaged and reconstructed to as much of its past glory as it could have been. It was actually the town/castle where the famous Queen Isabela was crowned Queen of the Spanish Empire!

Segovia is also famous because of its Roman Aqueducts, some of the few that are still around in areas that were conquered by other empires after the aqueducts were built. They're huge, and ridiculously big. Everything Roman in Spain stands out, because the Romans were big on letting people know who was boss.

And last but not least, Segovia is home of the best "cochinillo" or roast baby pig. Really fun huh? I tried it (the kind that came out looking like normal meat, not resembling a pig thank god) and it wasn't bad, but I wouldn't do it again. When in Rome I suppose!

Seeing Segovia was a lot of fun, and was great for getting a better understanding on not just Madrid, but Spain as a whole and how it all comes together.
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