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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

Granada: Visiting the Alhambra, Generalife, & the Nasrid Palace

I read a couple books about the Alhambra to learn it’s history prior to visiting so that I could skip the guided tours (and the cost) and do the self-guided option allowing me to focus on photography. If you opt for self-guided, you can go at your own pace and stay in the Alhambra, or gardens, or Nasrid Palace until closing time – buy tickets with an early entry time. This allows you time to stand around while large tour groups flow past you, and then take photos with substantially fewer people in the way between these groups.… Read More