Four Continents 2012

Segovia: 8-10 September

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  Driving from Toledo to Segovia was mainly along motorways. *
  And through some tunnels on the outskirts of Madrid. *
  We stopped in El Escorial to see the rather daunting Royal Monastery. *
  The church within the monastery. *
  Then along less busy roads through arable land. *
  Our GPS rather led us the wrong way, but we did get a good view of Segovia Cathedral ... *
  and the Alcazar. *
  After checking in to our hotel, we went for an early evening walk through the town. †
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  The church of San Clemente. *
  The tourist office had a model of the town. *
  The main sight in Segovia is the big Roman aqueduct that strides across the square at the entry to the old town. *
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  The next morning, we walked through the old town. *
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  The church of Saint Martin. *
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  The streets were just wide enough for one vehicle: a horse cart when built, a car today. *
 
  The main tower of the Alcazar ... *
  and the courtyard below. †
  As the Alcazar had been a royal palace, it was richly decorated. *
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  Lunch in a café on the Plaza Mayor. *
  In the afternoon, we visited the Cathedral. *
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  Casa de los Picos (Diamond Tip House). *
  That night, we dined next to the floodlit aqueduct. †
  Next day, we visited a little chapel on the outskirts of Segovia. †
  Pilgrims' direction sign on the chapel. *
  We also visited the Church of the True Cross, built (like so many other churches) to hold pieces of Christ's cross. *
  It was showing signs of its age, having been built in the 13th century, but beautiful. *

Then it was in the car again to go to Salamanca.

 

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