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May 9, 2011 - Segovia, Spain

As you drive toward Segovia, the first thing you see is the large aqueduct spanning the streets in front of the historic walled city. Automobiles are banned in the historic center, so the first thing we had to do was find parking - no small task for a camping car in a medieval town, but we persevered and eventually met with success. The Aqueduct of Segovia is a Roman aqueduct and one of the most significant and best preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian peninsula. It is the foremost symbol of Segovia as evidenced on the City's...

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Oct 14, 2010 - Segovia

Today is Walt Disney day, the day to go and see the castle-palace ‘Alcazar’, which inspired the trademark of his magical kingdom. It’s only a forty-five minutes drive from Avila so we decide to say in Avila for two nights and make Segovia a day trip. As is Avila, Segovia is also designated as a World Heritage Site and – it surely is. First to the Roman Aqueduct, built in the first century AD, and considered to be the best preserved example in the world. High above the city, it is built with no use of mortar. Next to the ‘Magical Kingdom’...

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Sep 9, 2010 - Segovia

Lovely sunshine and a drive through pleasant scenery in Northern Spain from Santander to Segovia. We crossed the mountains parallel to the coast and travelled past spectacular limestone formations. Eagles were circling above. The rest of the afternoon was spent driving over a plateau, most of which was at an altitude of over 1000m and our hotel is certainly at that altitude. The ferry docked at noon, but we were not free of the port until 12.45. 340km day so, after some planned stops in pretty villages and an unplanned one helping a...

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Rallye Med 2010

Aug 30, 2010 - Segovia

With sadness we left Salamanca and headed Northeast to Segovia. Had a lovely stop at the walled city of Avila and then the Alcazar loomed up out of the arid plain - which was the signal we had arrived at our destination. We did a tour of Alcazar including climbing one of the towers. The Roman Alcazar is a fairy-tale fortess with towers and turrets topped with slate witches' hats and a really deep moat at the base. (The Walt Disney Castle is based on Alcazar). We only had one night here but also managed to see the 2000 year old 'Aqueducto' -...

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UK & EUROPE 2010

Aug 9, 2010 - Day 4 in Segovia

We started the day by doing Kelly’s favorite thing, shopping! There is a famous street flea market in Spain that is on Sundays in the Summer. The market runs literally for miles in all directions. Thousands of vendors selling everything from heavy metal band onesies for babies to military gas masks! And yes kids one of you got a gift from there! After a mile of crowds and sweating at 9am we cabbed to the train station to head to Segovia on the bullet train. And man did it haul butt, only took us 28 minutes to make it to a completely...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Madrid to Segovia

It’s one thing having to get used to driving on the wrong (right-hand) side of the road in a city and country you aren’t familiar with. Add to that the challenge of trying to work out how to perform basic driving functions, like applying the hand brake, dimming the headlights and demisting the windscreen. Today we picked up our rental car for the next three days. It’s a brand new 6-gear, manual transmission Citroen Picasso, with just 2600 kms on the clock. It is an absolutely beautiful car to drive and ride in, but it’s high-tech wizardry...

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May 2, 2010 - Segovia

@@@@@@@ Segovia is another of Spain’s World Heritage Sites, located 1800m above sea level in the beautiful mountains northwest of Madrid. I’d read that there are those who would argue that Segovia was founded by Hercules or while others speak of the myth that it was a son of Noah. I wasn’t too concerned about who takes the credit, because it was the stunning aqueduct, a testament to Roman engineering, that I was looking forward to seeing. The aqueduct is considered the best in all of Spain. It is 894m in length, with 163 arches and...

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Apr 12, 2010 - Segovia

A quick hour or so ride north of Madrid, in the mountains lies the wonderful, old walled city of Segovia. On the way out of town we could see the Valley of the Fallen. A little research on this monument constructed by Franco's political slaves and his final resting place had nixed any interest in actually going and seeing it. We were told it had been “de Franco-ed” as much of Spain has been but it still didn't appeal. We wanted to see the Roman aqua-duct! We parked as soon as we entered the city limits per tourist guide instructions that...

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Oct 3, 2009 - Segovia - October 3, 2009

While remaining in Madrid for the night before leaving to Seville tomorrow, we took a day trip to Segovia today. Although we are benefiting immensely from the Metro train in Madrid, both faster, more reliable, cleaner, and more timely than urban rail systems we have seen before, the AVE train we rode to Segovia from Madrid was a whole 'nother level. We traversed on the way home more than 60 miles in 15 minutes, yes, over 200 miles an hour. In Segovia, we viewed an amazing aqueduct built centuries ago without motar, a famous cathedral with...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Quick Weekend in Segovia

Before Gina was to head back to the States for a bit, we decided to take a quick trip to Segovia for the weekend to spend some good quality time together. Segovia is about an hour northwest of Madrid and is known best for the Roman aqueduct that runs through the old part of town. Pictures don’t do the structure justice. You really have to visit Segovia to truly appreciate this marvel. It is amazing when you realize that each stone was carefully placed and that there is no mortar to hold the formation together. The other popular attraction...

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Back to Europe!

Jan 1, 2008 - Empieza el viaje

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acaballo

Nov 13, 2007 - 1 month left

Wow, so it's been a while since I've updated. Our grammar teacher told us at one point "Stay in Spain for a week you can write a book. Stay for a month you can write an article. Stay for a year and good luck writing a paragraph", which means you get accustomed to everything and it doesn't seem new, or worth writing about, and that's what's happening with me. *My host mom has been home for a month with no relapses, in case I forgot to mention that previously. The milk in boxes is still weird... mom and dad, please have a quart of milk...

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