14th May 2018 by emmadurnford

14th May 2018

It started rather damply today but as I had remembered my camera cover I was not too worried. We decided to eat breakfast out as the €11 cost for breakfast each was quite steep and the quality nowhere near that of Don Paco in Llanes or Hotel Del Oso. We had already identified a great bakery and managed two coffee and two danishes for just €5!

Our plan was to head straight to the aqueduct which is the primary reason that people come to Segovia - it is truly spectacular although not quite as it could have been in the pouring rain. It really was a case of remembering the Monty Python sketch - ’What have the Romans ever done for us…?’ To avoid the crowds of tourists we followed it’s route into the upper town and walked as far as the beginning of the structure. The rain started to go off as we traced our steps back.

The weather started to improve and I was sure that the sun would come out at some point but it was quite a waiting game until at last there was a bit of blue sky and I raced up the steps again for views along the way and to capture the shadows. Whilst up there I was asked by five different sets of people if I could take their photos with various phones and cameras. One lady was so pleased with my efforts the she sought me out and asked me to take another set - the time without her sunglasses!

Segovia is not that big and certainly does not have quite the same charm and elegance of Salamanca. The aqueduct and the alcazar are the main features (also a cathedral but I am well and truly ‘cathedraled out’ now so we did not visit).

Our last aim for the day was back to the Alcazar for a wander and later to see if the sunset would be as impressive as last night. It was not quite as red but was still lovely. We finished the day with a mediocre spaghetti carbonara as we have quite a little too many Menu del Dias.

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