Segovia And THAT Aqueduct

Last Sunday, I went to Segovia with a jolly bunch of acquaintances. There was a bit of trepidation beforehand, because the weather forecast had been atrocious. The little symbols on the weather site consisted of clouds in the morning, dark clouds with one raindrop in the afternoon and dark clouds with two raindrops in the evening. Not even a glimpse of a happy sunny face peeking through anywhere. Lovely…

Segovia is about two and a half hours drive north of Toledo. When we crossed the mountains, about half-way through our journey, at 1,700m altitude, things looked truly desperate. The fog and drizzle were so profuse that we couldn’t see any further than three car lengths ahead.

We finally made it to our destination, where the sky was overcast. It was windy as well as quite chilly (14 degrees C, I was wearing my woollen winter coat, totally unheard of in June!), but no rain, thank God. It did start raining eventually, at the very moment when we got into our cars to head back home, so we were very lucky indeed!

I’d been wanting to visit Segovia for absolutely ages. I was dying to ogle the impressive 818m-long Roman aqueduct in the flesh. This thing has stood there for near enough two thousand years, without even a speck of mortar – only the pressure exerted by the granite stones is holding it all together. Pure engineering genius!

A litttle Sunday art market beneath the impressive arches

A little Sunday art market beneath the impressive arches

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Part of the wall we climbed up to view the aqueduct from above. People just have to leave their mark, don't they?

Part of the wall we climbed up to view the aqueduct from above. People just have to leave their mark, don’t they?

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Segovia Cathedral

…A Cathedral!!!

And from the tower of the castle. I had to climb 156 stairs for this!

View of Segovia Cathedral from the tower of the royal castle. I had to climb 156 stairs for this!

Cathedral spire in the background. If you've been wondering whether the trees were really that technicolour shade of green or whether I've fiddled about with Photoshop... that IS their natural colour.

Cathedral spire in the background. And if wondering whether the trees in all those pictures were really that technicolour shade of green or whether I’ve fiddled about with Photoshop… that IS their natural colour, as well as it can be captured on my wee camera

Diego defending us from the Romans

Diego defending us from the Romans. There are a few stragglers still about town.

Sandra is failing to take the whole thing seriously...

Sandra is failing to take the whole thing seriously…

Rather than pummelling the entire outing’s picture crop into one post, I’m saving the Royal Palace for next time 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Segovia And THAT Aqueduct

      1. pollyheath

        Tempting. If only I weren’t so firmly entrenched in money saving mode, I’d be looking up flights as we speak.

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  1. Expat Eye

    Ha ha ha! It really does look amazing! Can’t believe it’s still standing up by itself. That ‘Roman’ doesn’t look like he’s got much fight left in him though – far too smiley! And I’m impressed with your stair-climbing abilities!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Tell that to my sore thighs…

      That Roman has plenty of fight left in him. I’ve had a chat with him, and he’s one of Spain’s many unemployed people, and showing a bit of initiative to earn himself a crust. I don’t think I’d be able to this kind of thing, never mind in such good spirits!

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