Medievil Walls and Aqueducts - Spain Style
Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
67Trip End Dec 22, 2007
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Then it was on to Avila. As the road approaches you get your first glimpse of the walls that surround the town. They were built by the Roman's in the 12th century, and are over 12 metres high and three metres thick. For 3.50 Euro we were able to climb and explore a third of the 2.5 km's of wall
Stretching from the aqueduct runs a plaza of 500 metres lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, with thousands of people of all ages enjoying the summer evening. We sat for a while in one of the cafes and had a beer out of a strange glass. Maybe it's not always this busy but tonight there was a band called Burning playing on a stage beneath the Aqueduct that was drawing the crowds.
Sometimes we splurge a bit on dinners or buying new things but the budget was a bit tight this week due to all the driving, so we bypassed the restaurants for a cheap takeaway pizza from a budget pizza chain. While trying to decipher the menu on the board we didn't take much notice of the prices and when it came time to pay our budget pizza chain ended up being not so budget at all
After our wallet recovered from such a viscous and unprovoked attack, we spent the rest of the evening cruising around the town and discovered that Segovia not only has the Aqueduct, but also a magnificent castle called the Alcazar. It actually burnt down in the 1860's but was rebuilt. We're glad they did because it's a great backdrop to a fantastic town.
The next morning we set off early. We had a long days travel in front of us. It was time for one last crack at scoring some waves before we set off to the east towards the calm waters of the Mediterranean. We were returning to Hossegor, where this camping caper had begun, in the hope of catching an impending swell. Plus, I had a dog to save.... but more on that next time.