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... avoiding controversy, I can now only report on minor indiscretions by Seņora.
Aranjuez - Viernes, Marzo 20th 2015.
This area, south of Madrid is largely flat and unattractive but Aranjuez, with it's Royal Palace and extensive gardens was thought to be worth a visit. So with great expectations, Seņor y Seņora decided to park the van up for a couple of days.
A short walk spoiled.
After recent long walks in the hills and around ...
... of the Alcazar an 8 out of 10, it was pretty amazing.
Now for the roman aqueduct. An aqueduct is a giant wall sort of thing. But it’s full of arches which support it. The arches start small then get bigger and bigger as it goes towards the town. Check out the pictures of the aqueduct to see what I’m talking about. It’s hard to explain it.
The aqueduct was built in Roman times, which is why it’s called the ...
... I know where you need to go, we followed, John had met up again with the first
woman he had chatted with and she was guiding him. Terre (my Spanish
lady) and John's Spanish guide saw each other, they were
friends...how crazy!! Anyway, Terre is the only reason I didn't ditch John with the kids and go get wine! We had a quick visit with her, got settled in this amazing apartment, and took a 6 hour nap.
Dinner time, it is 10PM and we headed ...
... the decorative granite blocks carved into pyramid-shaped reliefs or "spikes" which cover the entire faįade of the building.
Currently home to the Segovia School of Art it was at one time home to the De la Hoz family whose coat of arms is visible above the balconies at the front of the house. We had hoped to look at the interior, but a pop-up shop had popped-up in the entrance hall of the house so it was impossible to wander around and look at the decorative tiles which ...
... have a view of the roman aqueduct from our room. A pretty amazing piece of engineering for the times. It is still said to be the number one public work in Spain. The aqueduct then goes underground all the way up the Alcazar castle. We did a tour of the castle - very spectacular, and built on top of roman foundations.
On our second day, again a crisp clear blue sky day, we took a longer walk along the river valleys that ...