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... but we do know that the Romans built it during their conquest in Spain. Part of the aqueduct was actually destroyed by the Moors in 1072, but was since restored in the 15th century. It has been preserved so well. I learned a lot about el acueducto de Segovia when I took culture of Spain at WVU, and it was an honor to finally see it in person.
Well, now we are headed to Madrid for the rest of our trip until we fly out on Tuesday.
... had been most excited about the aqueduct, which was definitely cool, but I had been most excited about this castle, which was even cooler (in my humble opinion). This castle was supposedly Walt Disney's inspiration when designing Sleeping Beauty's castle, making this the third "Disney castle" I've visited in Europe (the others being Chambord in the Loire Valley on this trip, and Neuschwanstein in Bavaria on a trip with my brother seven years ago).
... spectacular. We then bought tickets and went through a tour inside. The majority of the items in the castle were artillery related but since Segovia was the headquarters for artillery this made sense. There was a fair amount of cannons, armor, swords and other weapons that came from the time.
Once we had seen enough of the inside, we ventured down a stairwell that took us back to the town below. This view was even better. The walk down was nice ...
... we were delighted to experience a minor snow storm lasting about an hour. Luckily we were inside an Italian restaurant, joking with the Sicilian staff and enjoying free grappa (used as a rinse in my espresso demi-tasse), limoncello and biscotti. Carol, we asked for granita and they were very pleased we knew of it. See pics and captions (persevere with the download, lots of pics ...
... did nothing to enhance the experience though.
Back in the lower square, the artists we had seen all afternoon painting around the city had gathered their impressive watercolours for judging and they were preparing a stage for the awards. Meanwhile, in the tiny back streets we found Spaniards packed into bars to watch Spain v Italy, as kids played football in the alleys (even saw one grown man in a full national kit, complete with ...