On Saturday, November 12th, we took a day-trip from Madrid to a beautiful little town called Segovia. This would require a walk to the nearest metro station, two metro rides to the train station, a high-speed train to Segovia, and a bus ride into town. Fortunately, with Rick Steve’s Spain guidebook providing the details, we pulled it off without a hitch. Bus #11 deposited us directly beneath the most impressive, ancient Roman aqueduct. Segovia served as a Roman Military base and needed water. Therefore, Trajan’s men built a nine-mile aqueduct, bringing water from the Rio Frío to the city. We admired the 100-foot high, 2,000 year-old exposed section with 118 arches and made from 20,000 granite blocks without any mortar. It was truly impressive.
We then walked up the quaint streets of the city to the Cathedral, which was built in Renaissance times (1525-1768). This was Spain’s last Gothic church and is characterized by an abundance of pinnacles rising into the air and flying buttresses for support. It is an excellent example of the over-the-top Flamboyant Gothic style. Its interior is spacious and simple, and the nave and apse are ringed with numerous 16th-century chapels.
The third main sight in Segovia is the Alcázar. In the middle ages, this fortified palace served as a key fortress for controlling the region by the monarchs of Castile. After it served as a palace, it functioned as a prison for 200 years, and then a Royal Artillery School. It served as one of the inspirations for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
On our way back to the bus stop, we stopped at the oldest eatery in Segovia, the Restaurant Duque, open since 1895. One of the signature dishes of this part of Spain is the roast suckling pig. The little fellow has 21 days of its mother’s milk, goes into the oven, and onto the plate. I, of course, had to try it. It was moist and succulent. It’s not something I would frequently want to eat, but it was quite good. After dinner, we walked back down to the aqueduct, reversed our travel experience to arrive back at the hotel before 9 p.m.