Parador de Turismo de La Granja
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Lovely facility and exceptional staff. Pretty sure our requests were a first but they did not even blink and we ended up with much more structure to our plan.
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Segovia here we come! It turn out that no planning, sometimes bring the best surprises. On the way from Madrid to Segovia we saw a big cross on the horizon. Johan said was erected when Franco was dictator in Spain in the early/mid 20 th century. We unanimously decided that el Escorial must be the monument, and followed the signs. At one point there …
... Alcazar. This is a castle on a rocky outcrop, how they managed to build it, I have no idea. It was built in there 13 century the added to later. It's exactly what I expect a castle to be like. Walt Disney supposedly used this castle as his inspiration for his castle. We then had some free time. I wandered through the town and found the start of there aquaduct (or is it the end?). I was just intrigued by it so wanted to see it from all angles. ...
... or so wandering the old city, skirting the base of the walls and trying to find an access point. We eventually did, and began our elevated circumnavigation of the city.
The walls have 88 watchtowers (and more than 2500 turrets), but we only felt compelled to climb every other one. We do have limits! The walls were really impressive, as were the views from those watchtowers. After walking as far as we could, we descended and checked out the ...
... steps. It has 12 bells with Miguel ringing at every hour and Manuel ringing when the door to the city walls closed. Also if the fire at the top of the bell tower went out it meant that pirates were coming. The view from the top of the tower was astonishing. The walk up was not too hard and the moment we exited the staircase the bell started ringing making me almost jump out of my skin. We were once again able to see the sunset from the top of the tower ...
... s not difficult to order. We finished our walking tour at 6:15. We found a little bar with cheap drinks and good Spanish wine. The staff put out olives, and white kidney beans in sauce with bread as the tapas that comes free with drinks. Greg orders the drinks in Spanish, and it's fun practicing the language. We are back at the hotel deciding what to do for dinner. We end up walking the city trying to find something cheap and ...