My daughter and I had the opportunity to take a day excursion to Segovia, Spain, but to be honest — I wasn’t sure I wanted to. The description promoted a chance to see Roman aqueducts and a castle. Not really that appealing to me, but we didn’t have any other plans, so we went… and discovered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain!
The Roman Aqueducts.
I imagined seeing an old, crumbling groove running down a hill. What I saw instead was this:
I didn’t see the water at all, since the aqueduct was so magnificently high. And still functioning! How incredible is that?!
I was seriously impressed by the aqueducts, but still had little interest in visiting another old castle in Europe. Until I saw this:
I felt like I was on the set of a movie most of the time. This turreted walkway reminded me of the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and crew are trying to evade the guards in the witches’ tower.
The interior was everything I could have imagined and more: knights, ornate tapestries and stained glass windows, gold-gilted frames on masterpiece after masterpiece.
And all with a view of this countryside:
Segovia, Spain. If it hasn’t already hit your radar, be sure to put it on your map.
What would draw you there?
What an idyllic view of the Spanish countryside, with the Romanesque church in the foreground and the road winding up the hill. The aqueduct is absolutely extraordinary — so well-preserved. I’m glad you went to explore Segovia, and shared with the rest of us.
Thanks, Ann! It reminded me a little of Tuscany.
What a beautiful place! Isn’t it the best when you travel somewhere and find that it is so amazing and stunning? Such a great feeling!
Yes! I love discovering places that had never even hit my radar before. Travelling… it’s magical that way.
Ah yes, I too visited Segovia, not expecting much, and found it quite charming!
And now I feel the need to tell the whole world not to miss it. 😀
Juliann, I’m so glad that you got to visit Segovia. We spent a few days there and loved it. Like you, I was amazed by the state of preservation of the aqueduct. (Shameless promotion to follow) I did a post on the aqueduct that you might be interested in.
Thanks for sharing this link, James! Very informative.
It is funny how some towns can be so amazing and you didn’t expect much from them. 🙂