Last Time in Segovia

Last Time in Segovia

Segovia, Spain – May 13, 2012

We headed out today with Tio y Tia (uncle and aunt) to the beautiful city of Segovia, Spain. We arrived at about 10:00 and quickly made our way to la Criolla restaurant. It is right beside the aqueduct. We sat there and enjoyed a mixture of full breakfasts and pan con tomate (bread with a tomato sauce).

Sitting outside la Criolla, admiring the aqueduct, and waiting for coffee.
Still waiting for coffee.

It was apparent that the day would be something special. In the central plaza by the aqueduct, there was a merry go round. That is not normal.

With our appetites sated, we decided it was time to explore the town. We decided to climb the stairs in between the tourist information office and the aqueduct to get to the top of the old city wall. After several breaks, we made it to the top with no problems. From that point, we continued toward Plaza Mayor. When we arrived at the plaza, we saw several triangular banners throughout the square. On the banner, there was a large block of a capital “T.” Imposed on the T was a hand that appeared to have strings reaching down toward a small “t.” It reminded us of marionettes. Sure enough, as we walked through the plaza, we saw people setting up for the puppet shows that would follow shortly. The festival is known as Titirimundi. That explains the letter “T.”

Climbing the stairs near the aqueduct.

Many of the buildings in Segovia have textured facades. This is a very good example.
Lighting the way…

Along the way, we came across a traffic jam at a parking garage entry. The reason for the jam was that the entrance to the garage is by an elevator only. With the cars backed up, heaven help a driver who needed to exit at that time — an odd scene.

The queue to get into the parking garage.
Self-portrait while Aunt Ann patiently waits for the nut to be finished.
The initial view of the cathedral.
Plaza Mayor with the cathedral looming in the background.
Window shoppers at the Kukul store.
Detail of the Kukul sign.

We continued beyond the cathedral about a block or so and then began to double back.  From the south side of the plaza, we took the main commercial street, Calle Isabel la Católica.  It became increasingly crowded with people.  About halfway between the Plaza Mayor and the aqueduct, we came across one of the puppet shows.  The puppeteers sang and danced to well known American songs while moving their puppets.  We stood and watched them for several minutes.

A puppet show during the puppet festival.

From the puppet show, we resumed our journey toward the aqueduct. When we arrived at that plaza, Plaza del Azequeo, it bustled with people. Many booths and vendors filled the streets. Also, people were doing various forms of live entertainment. Directly under the aqueduct, there was a small four-piece band and several groups of women. The women wore some traditional costumes. We asked one group whether they had made their costumes or purchased them. Of course, they said they made them all by hand. They seemed to appreciate the fact that we showed genuine interest in their handiwork. They invited me to take a photograph of Leslie with the group.

Each of the groups of women had a sign that had various slogans and depictions of the Virgin Mary. They were preparing for a procession of some sort. We did not hang around to see.

The aqueduct as seen from Calle Cervantes.

A religious festival in progress.
One of the festival participants dancing to the music of the four-piece band.
An intricate headdress.
Leslie with some of her newfound friends.
Two festival participants stop to pose for photographs.

Back at the car, we set the GPS for San Ildefonso. We thought it would be an excellent idea to stop by the palace at la Granja and stroll through the gardens. I was very disappointed there were no flowers in the garden. That made our walk a little anti-climactic.

As soon as we finished our walk, we got back in the car and headed back home.

Some flowers (virtually the only ones we saw) near La Granja.

The Royal Gate entrance to La Granja.
A sculpture in the gardens of La Granja.
The Royal Palace at La Granja.

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