Friday, August 6, 2010

el escorial and segovia

Time for another travel post! One weekend in June, I traveled to two cities close to Madrid, El Escorial and Segovia.  In El Escorial, we went to the Basilica, which was really cool. It actually had several museums, which included pieces by artists like El Greco.  There was also an architecture section that showed the original plans of the basilica, including the courtyards and underground structure.  After wandering about there for a bit, we had lunch at a little restaurant off the main street- bocadillo de calamares, yumm! We also wanted to go to La valle de los caídos, where Franco is buried, but unfortunately it was closed for construction.  As we were driving away, I did see the huge cross that marks the valley, way up in the mountains.

The next day, we traveled to Segovia, and saw the Roman aqueducts (I have this pretty cool picture of the aqueducts where a car is driving right through!), the cathedral, and the alcazár that they say Walt Disney modeled the castle in Sleeping Beauty after. I liked Segovia, but I didn't love it. I am glad I went though, because I wanted to last year but I didn't get a chance. It was a busy weekend, but it was fun getting out the city for the day and then being able to come back to our apartment at night. Pics below!

Basilica in El Escorial

El Escorial

El Escorial

Alcazár in Segovia

The aqueduct and I

Plaza Mayor, Segovia

Cathedral in Segovia

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At August 10, 2010 at 6:13 AM , Blogger TristanEmma said...

It's so weird to think that there are so many places untraveled and unseen. And many places that I will never get to travel to or see even though I love to travel!! This place being one of them... Very jealous, looks beautiful!


At August 10, 2010 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Nnenna said...

Your comment makes me think about how some of my favorite places are the random ones that other people would consider insignificant. For example, I love this smaller town in Spain called Soria because my best friend's family lives there and I consider them my Spanish family. When I mentioned to some of my friends in Madrid that I was going to visit, they were really surprised because they didn't think there was anything worth seeing in Soria. For me, everytime I'm driving through the countryside on my way there, I feel happy because I feel like I'm going home and I would say there's definitely something special about Soria- the food, the people, the environment, so many things. Anyways, that's what your comment made me think about, sorry for the ramble :)


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