Last Time in Segovia
We headed out today with Tio y Tia to the beautiful city of Segovia. 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.
It was apparent that the day was going to be something special. In the main plaza by the aqueduct was a merry go round.
Once our appetites were sated, we decided it was time to explore. We opted to climb the stairs beside the tourist information office to get to the top of the city wall. After several breaks, we made it to the top with no problems. From that point we continued on toward the Plaza Mayor. When we arrived at the plaza we saw several triangular banners throughout the plaza. On the banner 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 were to shortly follow.
Along the way we came across a traffic jam at a parking garage entry. The reason for the jam was that the cars actually enter an elevator. An odd scene.
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. It was becoming more and more crowded with people. About half way between the Plaza Mayor and the aqueduct, we came across one of the puppet shows. They were singing and dancing to well known American songs. We stood and watched them for several minutes.
From the puppet show we continued on toward the aqueduct. When we arrived at that plaza, it was bustling. The streets were filled with many booths and vendors. In addition, there were people doing various forms of live entertainment. Directly under the aqueduct, there were a small band and several groups of women. The women were dressed in some sort of traditional costumes. We asked one group whether or not 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 what they had done that they invited me to take a photograph of Leslie with them.
Each of the groups of women had a sign that had various slogans and depictions of the Virgin Mary. Obviously they were preparing for a procession of some sort. We did not hang around to see what.
Back at the car, we set the GPS for San Ildifonso. We thought it would be a nice idea to stop by the palace at la Granja and stroll through the gardens. I was quite disappointed that there were no flowers, so the walk was a little anti-climactic.
As soon as the walk was finished, we got back in the car and headed back to home.