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Segovia: Casa-Museo de Antonio Machado

One of my goals when I travel, is to see and learn new things. The trip to Segovia served me well. The alcazar was the inspiration for my deciding to spend a week in Segovia. I particularly like to stay in smaller towns. I like the quiet, I seem to be able to soak up their history. I like the sense of being out in the open. I like being able to walk across town in ten minutes. I ended up really liking Segovia. I stayed in the old historic part – the medieval city with much of its walls remaining intact.… Read More

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T-shirt Designs: Casa del Hildago (aka Museo Rodera-Robles)

When I arrived in Segovia, I visited the tourist information place. The nice lady gave me a map of Segovia with tourist stuff marked on it and a very long list of everything on the back side. The list gave a brief description of each location and included small photos from many as well. Casa del Hildago looked interesting. Before going, it can be tough to know if you’re going to tour an empty historic building, or one filled with furniture, or one filled with an art exhibit.… Read More

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Segovia: The Alcazar

The alcazar is billed as being famous for inspiring the Disney Castle, so I didn’t have high expectations for my visit. I was expecting to gawk and go. But they have a self-guided (audio optional) tour through many of the castle rooms – and the rooms are quite lavishly finished. Good tile work, exquisite wood detailing, etc. Well worth the time and price to take the tour. Don’t just show up and take the famous exterior photo of the west facade.… Read More

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Seduced by Stairs

Despite being afraid of heights, I feel an intense urge to climb every staircase I encounter. I’ve climbed stairs to walk along the ledge of the Musegg Wall in Lucerne. I climbed to the roof of the Alcazaba at the Alhambra in Granada. I took the dome tour at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City when I was in Rome. I climbed up the narrow, circular, steep, stone steps to the highest roof of the Alcazar in Segovia.… Read More

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Segovia: Coleccion de Titeres de Francisco Peralta

If your visit to Segovia was a one day dash to see the Aquaduct, the Alcazar, and the Cathedral, you missed a plethora of interesting museums and exhibits.  Hiding away in the upper floors of the Puerto de Santiago is the Coleccion de Titeres de Francisco Peralta.  This was a stumble-upon for me while out walking my first day in Segovia.  But that is the beauty of getting off the main drag, getting off the tour, slowing down, and doing what used to be called “slumming” – that is, walking around just to see what there is to see.  No goal.  No destination.  No guarantee of anything interesting.… Read More

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