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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fairy tale city of Segovia

After the Flamenco show at Villa Rosa tablao, where we had food also, we roamed the streets in Madrid, tried tapas in one restaurant. It was like a party going on in Madrid at night.

As the lonely planet guide says, no night in Madrid is complete without chocolate con churros (deep fried doughnut strips dipped in hot chocolate), we made our way to Chocolateria San Gines. By that time we were so full, we could hardly appreciate the churros and lovely chocolate. The central location of the hotel where we were staying proved to be a big advantage to us as we ,we just walked everywhere.

Puerta del sol in the morning

Next day, we started early as we had decided to reach Segovia in time to beat the crowd. We got the renfe train from Chamartin, it was a half an hour journey. As we had the tickets to Segovia from Chamartin, we were issued free tickets on the cercanias train to the station concerned, from our metro stop,next to the hotel. The train's speed was more than 200km/hr.
The video shows the huge Charmartin station. Both the videos in this post are by mistake in the portrait mode.

Going by train definitely cut short our commuting time, than if we had gone by road, as we had been planning earlier, but as fate would have it Shaleen could not get an international driving license issued in Lucknow due to some glitch. Though we had done a lot of research into going by road. Major hurdle to that was the lack of parking space all over tourist places in Spain. Even the hotels charge for parking,. many parking areas charge by the hour and they may be full, esp. the peak season in which we were traveling. So in the end we traveled everywhere by train, which had its own advantages of being faster, more relaxing time for sightseeing, no parking hassles, all railway stations were in the centre of the cities, so we just walked to our hotels rolling our luggage along.

We got a bus from outside the Segovia- Guiomar station.and got off at the stop for the roman aqueduct. Hot air balloons were visible in the sky and one of them landed just by the side of the road as our bus was passing by  

El Acueducto (Roman aqueduct) is an 894m long structure made around AD 50 as a part of complex system of aqueducts and underground canals that brought water from the mountains more than 15km away. Major restoration work took place in the 1990s.

We walked uphill towards the Alcazar, a prototype fairy tale castle, which inspired Walt Disney's vision of Sleeping Beauty's castle. On the way we bought some cherries which were the best we've ever had. We also meandered into the cathedral and had a look around.

It was a lovely walk along the almost deserted roads. We reached Alcazar at its opening time, with two or three people around, and by the time we had completed our visit the place was swarming with tourists and school groups. We purchased tickets with a tower visit and audio guide included for 16Euros.  
  Inside the Alcazar
famous pine cone ceiling            view of the city from the alcazar

video from the tower of alcazar

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