We're in Spain!
After the usual "long and uneventful flights" from Spudville, we arrived in Madrid right on time at 8:30 am. Passport control and customs were a breeze, and soon we were in a taxi on our way to Chamartin train station in downtown Madrid.
Buying train tickets was a bit of a challenge, and my very rusty Spanish language skills didn't help much--but we managed!
We had about an hour wait until the next train to Segovia, so we found a nice little cafe and each had a small beer. And yes, I realize it was only 10 AM--but our body clocks were firmly set for about 4:30 PM, so we figured it was just fine. I did have a coffee chaser, though!
Our train ride from Madrid to Segovia was F-A-S-T! This was the first time we've been on a true high speed train--and it was a smooth ride. At one point in our 27 minute journey, we noticed a speed of 224K per hour--a little over 139 miles per hour!
The Segovia train station is a few miles out of town, so we took a taxi to our hotel. We're staying right in the very center of town, and the Hotel Infanta Isabel is right on the Plaza Mayor.
Entrance to our hotel:
After we got settled we set off to explore and find a cafe for lunch. Of course, we chose a small cafe with outside seating!
The view from our table--wonderful!
David's first course--a very interesting soup, a traditional recipe for this area:
His main course-an assortment of sausages and vegetables:
We felt much better after our little siesta, so we went back out to wander around the narrow, pretty streets of Segovia. Here are a few pictures:
The facade of this old theatre was interesting:
View into town from near the Alcazar:
Beautiful rolling hills around Segovia--this one is actually the old Jewish cemetery:
Narrow winding street on our way back to the Plaza Mayor--looking at part of the cathedral:
After a couple of hours of exploring, we could feel ourselves fading again--and we knew we'd not last until 8 or 9 PM dining time. We found a small sidewalk cafe near our hotel, relaxed with a nice cold beer. We ordered sandwiches to go, bought a bottle of nice Spanish wine, and stopped by the bakery across from our hotel for dessert. A little in room picnic for dinner--just perfect!
It was an early night for the Travelin' Lundburys……..
Good night from beautiful Segovia!
Tomorrow in Segovia: A visit to the Cathedral and the Alcazar.