Sunday, 20 May 2007


We headed for Segovia as there is a campsite just on the outskirts of the city that would give us an opportunity to explore this place. We bought a Green’s Guide to Spain, and read about the Roman aqueduct there and the medieval walled town and the various wonderful buildings. The old centre of the city, circled by ramparts, is built on triangular rock at an altitude of 3,280 feet. Segovia was an important military town in Roman times and became a wool town and industrial centre in the middle ages under the Moors.
We woke up to a cold morning and a fresh fall of snow on the mountains!

We walked into town with the dogs about five miles there and back plus the walk round the town. The Roman aqueduct is amazing! Built during the reign of Trajan in the 1st Century to bring water from the hills to the town; it is one of the finest still in existence and is still operating. It reaches a height of 92 feet in the Plaza del Azoguejo and is 2,388 feet long. This is a picture of the stone at the head of the aqueduct which is constructed of huge shaped blocks of granite.

We followed the aqueduct into the heart of the town where we saw this gothic merry-go-round!

This is the huge gothic cathedral that dates from the 16th century when Renaissance architecture was at its height.

Here’s Peter internetting in the plaza just in front of the cathedral!

This is the old ‘Jewish quarter’ I think, and the Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros. This is Segovia’s oldest Romanesque church, 11th Century. It was almost in ruins at the turn of the last century and was bought by the artist Daniel Zuloaga who converted it to his home and workshop.

This is a not very good shot of the ‘Alcazar’ – the Islamic Palace/fortress that stands at the end of the triangle of rock towering 320 feet above the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores in the valley below. It was built in the early 13th century and modified in the 15th and 16th. A chemical laboratory was established here in the 18th C where the French chemist Louis Proust formulated his law of constant proportions.
Here's picture of the alcazar I got off the internet to show you!
Some views outside the town over the ramparts.

And some small interesting carved things!!

To celebrate Peter’s umpty-fifth birthday we had a meal in the posh restaurant near to the campsite. I had seafood soup and Hake done in the Basque style and Peter had asparagus and turbot ; we both had strawberries and cream and finished with coffee and a Spanish cognac… I could develop a taste for cognac, can’t to get back to France! We discovered from the wine list that they stocked the wonderful Paternina Banda Azul 2001 Rioja that we bought in Haro. I think the Spanish waiter was impressed that we asked for the Spanish wine list and chose something we knew!!

The weather took a turn for the worse and was pelting with rain when we left, it kept up all night and in the morning we watched a fellow (Dutch) motorhomer having to be towed out of the pitch he was in as he got himself bogged down in the mud!!

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