Castles, Churches, & Aqueducts

Trip Start Aug 28, 2010
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Trip End Dec 22, 2010


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


Today we took a trip to Segovia. The city is about an hour drive northwest of Madrid, across the mountains.  Our jaws dropped as the buses pulled up next to the Roman aqueduct built in the 1st century AD.  It was actually used up until the late 19th century.  Each of the stones weighs at least 1,000 pounds. After taking pictures, we followed a tour guide up the city's main street to the Cathedral, a huge Gothic structure set on one side of the city's Plaza Mayor.  The city hall and an old monastery also line the plaza. Finally, we followed the road and ended up at Alcázar, the castle where the king & queen have lived since the Middle Ages.  This place is HUGE!  Since the building is made entirely of stone, the coolness was refreshing after a long, uphill hike in the sun.  I could have spent days in there exploring different rooms and gazing at all of the artwork.  The ceilings were the most impressive.  After lunch, we headed back down the main street, doing some shopping along the way, and found a quiet park area to take a nap under the Segovian sun. 
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