Segovia, Spain – September 10, 2010
Today I was able to visit Segovia with our favorite Monsignor. He is here visiting for several days. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. It was not too hot and the sky was an amazing azure blue all day.
Going back to some of the same cities my family and I have visited allows me the opportunity to focus on different aspects of the city. On this particular visit to Segovia, I focused on the interior of the cathedral, different views of the Alcázar, and a new site, the Church of the True Cross (Iglesia de la Vera Cruz).
The Monsignor and I took the M-601 highway to Segovia. The city is only about 66 kilometers (41 miles) from our home. As we got into the mountains, we stopped a couple of times so the Monsignor could take some photos. At one of our stops, near a small stream, we were passed by several vintage Jaguars, Aston Martins, and Mercedes. There was obviously some sort of rally going the opposite direction.
When we arrived in Segovia, I parked in an underground lot. It is the most unique parking garage in that there are lights above each parking space. If the space is empty the light is green. If there is a vehicle in the space the light is red. There are blue lights for handicap spots. The lights make it so easy to find a space. Rather ingenious!
After walking through the city and taking numerous photos, we found ourselves at the cathedral. The full name of the cathedral is Santa Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y de San Frutos (Holy Cathedral Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and of St. Frutos). The entrance fee to the cathedral is 3€ (US$3.66). The Monsignor paid the fees. We did not realize the ticket said photos are prohibited inside. We had taken photos like there was no tomorrow! Oops!
Next, we made our way to the Alcázar. The Monsignor bought a ticket for himself that included the castle and the tower. Referring to my previous entry about Segovia, one knows for sure that my ticket was just for the castle! I went inside the castle and sat on a bench to wait for the Monsignor to enter.
After leaving the Alcázar, we made our way back to the Plaza Mayor. We found a little café on the plaza, in the southeast corner. We both had a “sanwich mixto” which is a grilled ham and cheese. We left there and made our way back to the car. On the way, I was able to take a photo of the Casa de los Picas, the best one I have ever taken.
Back in the car, I drove us to the Vera Cruz Church. It was built by the Knights Templar in the early 13th century. It is a unique, twelve-sided structure. The church was not open so we were not able to go inside. After taking several photos at Vera Cruz, I drove to the south side of the Alcázar. This was a view I had not seen before. The combination of the sun and the sky made for some striking photos.
From there we made our way to San Ildefonso. Once there, we toured the palace and the gardens. The day remained just as beautiful there as it had been earlier.
After the tours, we returned home.