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I Have an Obsession with Spain…

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I recognize that I have an obsession with Spain. Every other post is a post about Spain. Spain spain, spain spain spain. However, I have good reason to love it so much. Each city I visit is better than the next.Segovia, Spain, Aqueduct, Roman, History, Europe, Ancient, City

After visiting Toledo (see post here), I honestly did not think Spain could do any better. I was in for a surprise, however, because our next stop in the road trip was Segovia. I had briefly heard about Segovia from when I was in school, and did not think that much of it. When D and I pulled up to the city, we could see the Aqueduct of Segovia from far away. It was a really majestic site for sore and tired eyes. Apparently it was built in the 1st century under the Roman, and is one of the best-preserved aqueducts still standing.

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The city was beautiful. Segovia has this cheerful atmosphere. There weren’t very many tourists, and the city had many beautiful vistas. Segovia has such a great balance of the old with the new. That was one thing that stood out to me when I compared Toledo with Segovia. Toledo was an old, old city. It was very inconvenient if you were trying to get around by car. That was absolutely fine for a visit, but I’m sure living there, in the old part of town, would get very difficult. Segovia had a very active population, with people milling about everywhere. Segovia was modern enough where you could live comfortably, but old enough that you still could bump into an important piece of history.

#Segovia #Spain #Europe #City #Mountains #Madrid #Photography #Cathedral #Church #architecture

{Transported back in time…}

I was there in January, so it was actually quite cold. You can see the mountains on the horizon… they were actually covered in snow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen proper snow in Spain! It reminded me of my own home, Colorado. Granted, our mountains are bigger and their city is older, but it was nice to see some landscape that was a bit more interesting than just sea level.

#Segovia #Spain #Travel #Sky #Architecture

{A view of Segovia}

#AlAlcazar #Spain #Castle #Europe #Segovia #Beautiful #Architecture #History

The Alcázar was my favorite historical site on this trip… This castle had a lot of importance to my favorite European monarch of the past – Queen Isabella I. She and her husband, Ferdinand, lived there for quite some time. It actually affected me a lot to see their thrones. What I loved about the two of them is that Isabella was just as important in decision -making as was Ferdinand. In a time where women were regarded as nothing more than cattle, she was a real inspiration.

The throne where Queen Isabel of Spain and Ferdinand sat #throne #Spain #History #kings #royalty #tantamontamontatanto

{The throne of los Reyes Católicos}

Food from Segovia - Cochinillo #pork #food #delicious #segovia #spain #europe

My boyfriend convinced me to try Cochinillo. This is a typical dish of this region. Cochinillo is a suckling pig – a pig that is still fed on its mother’s milk. The pig is slaughtered and then roasted and served with other vegetables. It was very delicious and just as tender as they said, but the animal lover in me really struggled to eat it. I like to consider myself adventurous, especially with food, there are somethings that are difficult for me to do. Eating baby animals is one of them.

Avila, Spain #citywall #city #night

{Sorry for the poor quality – but here’s Ávila!}

One of the nights we were in Segovia, D and I decided to pay a short visit to Ávila, and check it out. It had a beautiful city wall still standing all around it. You can kind of see, from my photo, the towers of the wall. I wish that I had taken more pictures and I wish that we had been there in day time. Ávila was a very beautiful city. However, it lacked the bustle of Segovia. It could of been because it was dark and cold, but I think the people were just quieter.

Avila, Spain at night #avila #spain #wall #europe #history

Here is a photo of Ávila in day time:

Avila during the Day #Spain #Avila #snow #mountains #beautiful

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After wrapping up our visit to Segovia and Ávila, it was time to head back to Alicante, and then time for me to return to the UK. Thankfully, D had one more stop for us. We stopped at El Escorial outside of Madrid (i’ve mentioned it before here). This building was incredible. It was built by the catholic monarch Felipe II. The building is architecturally interesting, with a lot of religious art displayed inside, along with an absolutely stunning mural called the “Hall of Battles”, and a mausoleum. A lot of Spain’s royalty is entombed in the Pantheon of the Kings. It’s an incredible place to visit.

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{Hall of Battles, El Escorial}

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{El Escorial, Madrid}

What was your favorite road trip? Is there a country you keep coming back to? What do you love about it? I’d love to hear more from you!

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19 Comments

  • Reply abrokenbackpack

    Lots of great pictures here! 🙂 I seriously didnt know Spain could be that good. Been there twice… but only enjoyed Barcelona! 🙂

    6th October 2015 at 10:23 am
    • Reply caffeineberry

      I really want to go to Barcelona, but have not yet been! On my list of places to visit next in Spain! Thanks for visiting my page Melissa 🙂

      6th October 2015 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply The Traveling Gals

    Gorgeous! I still have not made it to Spain. One country that I would love, love, love to go back to is Italy. Rome is probably my favorite city I have visited (so far) but I want to see Northern Italy as well.

    6th October 2015 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply caffeineberry

      I absolutely love Italy as well! I visited it in 2009 when I studied abroad in Spain. I went to Rome, Venice and Verona and loved all three! I would love to go back and visit Florence.

      6th October 2015 at 11:49 pm
  • Reply Rhoni

    We have not been yet, but the plan is next spring. I am so looking forward to it. Thank you.

    7th October 2015 at 1:44 am
    • Reply caffeineberry

      Hi Rhoni! You should definitely get in contact with me before you go – I have so many recommendations and tips! 🙂 I’ve been to Spain a lot the last year.

      7th October 2015 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Migrating Miss

    Ahhh this makes me so excited I’m moving to Spain in January! 😀

    7th October 2015 at 11:45 am
    • Reply caffeineberry

      Where are you going to be moving to? And why? And can I join??? 🙂

      7th October 2015 at 1:13 pm
      • Reply Migrating Miss

        To Almeria! I’m going to be an English Language Assistant through a government program. Can’t wait!

        7th October 2015 at 1:15 pm
        • Reply caffeineberry

          Oh how amazing! 🙂 You will have such an amazing time! Have you been to Spain before?

          7th October 2015 at 1:16 pm
          • Migrating Miss

            Just to Andalucia, but not where I’m going and I’m so excited to see more!

            7th October 2015 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply The Tiny Book

    I love road trips and I keep coming back to Greece… combined a road trip on the island of Crete last year which was awe-inspiring. So wonderful I still do now know where to start writing about it.

    Loved your Spanish pictures: ¡Preciosas!

    😉

    Gabi

    7th October 2015 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Sofie

    I love Spain! I’m here at the moment and never want to leave

    9th October 2015 at 7:30 pm
    • Reply caffeineberry

      What are you doing in Spain, and where are you and why would you ever leave?? 🙂

      9th October 2015 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply reinardt15

    Seems like you really like Spain, it is definitely on our list as a long next stop. We would maybe have to teach some English to be able to stay for a longer period and have enough time to explore properly. Have a good time!

    11th October 2015 at 2:29 am
  • Reply sofiewilkinson

    I made the decision about a week ago that I’m going to move to Spain next year to teach English. I only saw a glimpse of it, but oh god did I fall in love!!!!

    14th October 2015 at 9:04 pm
    • Reply caffeineberry

      ahhh! That is the best decision ever! Where will you go?

      14th October 2015 at 9:05 pm
      • Reply sofiewilkinson

        I don’t know!!! Maybe Barcelona to start because I love the city and know a few people, but j guess wherever the wind blows me, AKA wherever someone will employ me!!!!

        14th October 2015 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Run To Munch

    looooovw spain, madrid was a biit meh to me but the side trips to toledo and segovia made the stop so worth it!

    20th October 2015 at 2:03 am
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