Saturday, August 14, 2010

Segovia Otra Vez and Final Days in Madrid

After spending a couple more days in Madrid, we decided to take a day-trip to Segovia, a nearby city, on August 11, 2010. Segovia is well-known for its Roman aqueduct as well as its cathedral. However, my favorite place in Segovia is the Monastery of Parrel, on the northeastern edge of the city. We visited all of the places that I visited on June 5, 2010, as described in my previous post. The second trip to Segovia went as well as the first, except that we were able to find our way around the city more easily this second time. The change in climate was clearly visible from June to mid-August. When my friends and I first visited Segovia in early June, the entire area was green and flowers were blooming. On the second trip, everything had turned brown and dried up.
We had two more days left in Madrid and spent them wandering around the city and returning to favorite locations, including a few restaurants on Calle Trujillos nearby Sol. We took a trip out to Casa del Campo, former royal hunting grounds now turned into a huge park. There is a nice lake in the park with a fountain in the middle. Just like Retiro Park, there are small rowboats available for rent, and we rented one to take around the lake. There are also nice trails around the park and we hiked around as well. On Friday, August 13, 2010, we flew out of Madrid and returned home. I can’t wait to go back.


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