Disney's inspiration

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Castile-León,
Friday, August 6, 2010

The next morning I was feeling a lot better, and very hungry of course as I did not eat much yesterday. We got down to have breakfast in our charming parrador. The bread just came out of the oven, and everything tasted fresh. After breakfast we strolled through the (very) small town of Tirgo. We walked down to the river and through the small streets. The town is small and peaceful, and you see the people sitting on the square in front of the church which was 'in session'. Some kids were dressed up in local traditional clothing.

We set course to Segovia, a short drive from Tirgo. We drove through stunning Spanish landscapes. Some pieces reminded us of Zion national park. The red rocks, the deep canyons and a swirling river. We tried to make a stop at the Numancia ruins, but no such luck. It was siesta time, so the site was closed. We did have a peek through the gate and saw some bits and pieces of the roman ruins. We continue our journey to Segovia.

Rumor has it that Walt Disney got his inspiration for the Disney Castle from the romantic Segovia Castle. Indeed it was a magical little town. We drove under the historic roman aquaduct on our way to our hotel for the night. We booked another parrador hotel, Hotel San Antonio el Real, founded in an old convict. The room was comfortable, though not of such a high standard as our previous stay. We quickly settled in, and headed out, as the city has so many things that we wanted to see.

The light was perfect for photos as we walked by the old aquaduct on our way to the old town of Segovia. We took many photos and admired the roman construction. We climbed the stairs of the old city walls and strolled though the many narrow streets of the old town. We found a little store where I bought a birthday present for Linda. I got her a little cute anklet. It was about time for dinner so we made our way to the plaza. Here we found a restaurant in one of the corners where we sat down. The specialty of the region is roast pork with a skin as crisp as a potato crisp. So this is what we ordered, together with a portion of roast lamb. The pork was indeed Anthony Bordain style, as crisp as it can get. But I must admit I liked the flavors of the lamb better. We paired our dishes with a bottle of local Rioja which was great.

After a delightful dinner we walked back to the hotel. But first we made our way up to the castle. We were just in time, as they were about to close the gates. But we got in and took some nice snaps of the castle which was nicely lit up. It was quite a long walk all the way back to the hotel, we walked along the city walls back to the aquaduct, and from there it is all up-hill. Back at the hotel we retired for the night. Tomorrow we will explore the town a bit more, before we make our way to another beautiful city...

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