Hotel H2 Avila
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... is worth over 15 million dollars. The royal Armory shows some of the shields and weapons used by generations of the royals. Then I visited the Almudena Cathedral on the opposite side of the Palace. It's interior is beautiful with high ceiling and nice paintings as well as stained glass. My next stop is the Monastery El Escorial. it is a about an hour NW of Madrid by bus. This monastery was built by King Philip II in the 1500's, we started the tour by visiting the architecture ...
... their bumb cheeks!!
Went to one Franciscan nuns convent. Two 4ft nuns greeted us. The youngest gave us an italian interpretive sheet, but the old one was saying - australi - English.
Toured the major cathedral, then climbed the tower. My feet and calves were tingling. So high, up on a ledge around the edge of the main central church, 50 ft up - 400 years old and you could see cracks you could fit your arm through. ...
... either of them would been overawed religious ornamentation but the Segovia Cathedral really is something else. In size and magnificence of artwork it could rival the Vatican or Prado but with none the crowds. Churches like this are made to mirror heaven so I won't even try to describe it.
We wandered the many ancient alleyways and found some verdant forest walkways that go around the base of ...
... the established church. She walked all over Spain, founding her own convents, the Barefoot Carmalites. She died in 1562.
As we sat and recovered, a women made her way up the nave on her knees, then stood, genuflected and knelt in prayer. She was one of a group of people, mostly women whom we had followed in. They eventually gathered, noisily, in a side chapel dedicated to Santa Teresa, where they took turns having their photos taken in front of the ...
... guide. Things aren't going badly and I continue up the path, a bit more steeply, with the mist threatening to come down. There are good views back towards the Eastern Gredos and when I get to the top of the ascent, onto a ridge called Los Barrones, there's a fine view into the Gredos Cirque, though the tops can't be seen.
I decide not to continue down to the lake in the centre of the Cirque - it doesn't look worth the effort in this weather - and after a short snack, ...