Hi there you cuties!
A new week and we are at the end of it racing to publish a post, ohmy! Let’s just blame the summer and look forward to an awesome autumn waiting for us! But hush-hush, there is still plenty of time to be blabbing about our favorite season of the year. For now: let’s take a train to visit Segovia!
During that week off on July we visited my family in Madrid, but since Segovia is only 30 minutes away it makes a great 1-day getaway. If you are ever visiting Madrid and have an extra day we definitely recommend it! We took the fast train (here it is called AVE) in the early morning ready to seize the day. Segovia has four main attractions: the cathedral, the aqueduct, the jewish neighborhood and the well-known Alcazar castle (one of the main inspirations for Disney castle!)
Our first stop was to have breakfast, ha! I think I can definitely “blame” (or thank?) my family for this foodie thing in me, but then with our full bellies we went to the Cathedral and walked around the adjacent streets. The cathedral, built in the old-gothic style, is an interesting visit which, be warned, requests a fee at its entrance. I always have a little deception when religious temples are only visitable after a fee, do you have the same feeling? I get it more when a ticket is requested to access to certain parts, such as the museum or the tower. However, the interior, and specially the cloisters, made it up for my initial reaction. They were super beautiful and, I have to admit that thanks to the ticket fee, very peaceful.
The Aqueduct is probably the iconic landscape of Segovia. There is a visit you can take when you climb to the top that doesn’t go along what you can see in the pictures, but instead follows the underground part. I always find very exciting this type of discoveries, I think I have a little bit of archeologist in me that is fascinated by how we can write (and re-write) our history by the tiny little discoveries laying in the ground for us to find them. I’ve lately read about the dinosaurs not being how we picture them after Jurassic Park but quite as big hens, this time I refuse to look at the reality and will keep with fiction, ha!
We then found a spot to eat, and just wandered around the jewish neighborhood, finding an amazing green door for a pink house. I really miss not having a house (we live in an apartment) to be able to paint my door in a bright color. Where do you live, in a house or maybe a condo?
I have to admit that I selfishly proposed Segovia just to visit the Alcazar castle, have you ever seen a picture of it? It is quite espectacular, specially with its surroundings. However we were not lucky this time, half of the castle was under renovation and we were able just to capture what you can see above. Oh well, that maybe is a signal to come back again one day?
Hope you liked our family short trip photo report to one of the most inextricably Spanish towns you could visit near Madrid. Pictures not always turn out how do you expect them to be, right? I was anticipating tons of the Alcazar pics, when at the end it is more of here and there set, which I nevertheless equally love. Do you usually think about the pictures beforehand or just let yourself be surprised by the place?
I never have a plan except that I want to take a picture of EVERYTHING but I’ve accepted that that just isn’t possible. It’s good to live a little and get out from behind the camera anyway :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
Hahahaha, I get your feeling :) and the contradiction of wanting to be behind the camera and out at the same time ;) Thanks sweetie, wish you a good week!
Qué bonitas las fotos de segovia!!!! Me encantan!!! Una de ellas, pareces una princesa, que va camino a su castillo, toda la familia es guai, besos.
La foto, en la que se ve segovia, desde donde está echada? Las del acueducto son muy buenas, en fin no puedo quedarme con una, mejor me quedo con todas.
Jajajaja, gracias guapetona! pues la de Segovia creo que era desde arriba el Alcazar cuando subimos la torre, ha quedado xuli para la luz que había en ese momento, verdad?. Fuiste una campeona subiendo todos los escalones! :)
Qué bien nos los pasamos ese día y qué bien comimos!! Habrá que volver a Segovia… o quién sabe si a otros cuantos sitios más? Besazos, guapos!!!
Sí!!! Tenemos que ir a muchos más! :) Un beso enorme preciosa!
This place is incredible! It looks like something out of a fairy tale. And I know what you mean about Churches charging admission, but I can kind of understand it if it is very historical. It seems like the best way to keep the church maintained, but it does feel a little strange initially.
Totally agree with your point about the maintenance, I should take that “open space” concept with churches out of my mind :) When we have the chance to visit cute towns like Segovia inside of Spain I always miss not visiting our own country more. Big hug dear Mariko!
I usually frown a little at any admission fee or maybe I need to start smiling at places that don’t charge :) I never knew about the Alcazar castle or that it was a main inspiration for the Disney castle (can definitely see why!) pity about the renovations, I will admit to planning visit just for photo ops but it’s nice to break out of that as well (hard to do for me!). I always love your travel posts, they are always super inspiring!!
Glad to see I’m not the only one with that admission fees reaction :) I love your comment about smiling instead of frowning <3 I think there are several castles that inspired Disney Castle, but when you are in front of Alcazar can definitely tell the inspiration. The last line in your comment makes my heart sooo warm, I'm very thankful for your sweetness dear Fee! I totally can say the same thing with your photography (well, and art and with everything you do! Big love!)
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