Saturday, October 10, 2015


Segovia: Spain is blessed with several superb medieval cities but Segovia is possibly one of the superbiest. But there are one or two rules to observe when first visiting it:
1. Get a street map before you go.
2. Place no reliance whatsoever on your satnav/GPS. They can't cope with the city's one-way system nor with its practice of bollarding off of its streets that you can get into.
3. Go in the cooler months of spring and autumn but avoid 'bridge' weekends, when Spanish tourists take up most of the hotel rooms.
4. Remember that, as elsewhere in Spain, the Turismo office maintains neither Spanish nor normal hours and closes at 6. Or, rather, 5.45 - to allow the employees to leave by 6.

As a result of satnav problems, we took at least 30 minutes to get out of the city on Thursday night and 45 to get into it today from our hotel 8km outside it. And this included a long stretch through what may well have been a pedestrian area down to the aqueduct. Which didn't do much for my popularity.

Finally: A sign inside the bus station: 'TOILETS: We are reforming the bus station. Please, you should surround the building and enter through the front door to access these. '


Eamon said...

I went to Segovia many, many years ago and one could get egg and chips with everything on the menu.

Maria said...

I went to Segovia once and I followed the signs to a parking lot in the old town. The parking lot was like one in Vigo by the transatlantic pier with elevators that take the car down, fully automized. The one in Segovia had only one elevator, though. When we went to take out our car, someone had left theirs inside but it was blocked and wouldn't go down, so ours and those of the people waiting couldn't be brought up. At the same time there was only one attendant who had gone off for a late lunch. When the attendant finally came back, he opened the door and between all the men, shifted the car on the platform so it could go down and bring the others up. That was about three years ago. Either they've closed it now or hired another attendant to make sure it runs smoothly. Only in Spain.

Perry said...


I like your ingenious use of "automized", but "automated" is the descriptive term.

The idea is not new.

Maria said...

Perry, it's the fight between Spanish and English in my head!

Perry said...

La guerra en la cabeza, otherwise known as translators' paroxysms? ;<)

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