This past Saturday was the first excursion with the program, and we went to Segovia. Segovia was a beautiful little town in the mountains just north of Madrid. While there, we visited the following places: El Acueducto, Alcázar de Segovia, Catedral de Segovia, and La Iglesia de la Vera Cruz.
The Acueducto was absolutely beautiful, and I had to take a ton of pictures of it. There were two weddings that happened that day, and we saw them taking pictures by the Acueducto….would make for gorgeous wedding pictures.
Alcázar de Segovia is a castle that the royal family used to live it. It was very pretty and had tons of rooms. In true castle form, there were several murals on the walls and quite a few suit of armor.
The Catedral de Segovia was huge, by far the biggest cathedral that I have ever seen. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral, which definitely bummed me out, but getting pictures of the outside was beautiful enough.
La Iglesia de la Vera Cruz was outside of Segovia just a little, but we could see the back of the Alcázar castle. This by far is the oldest church I have ever seen, built in 1208. We were allowed to take pictures of it, which I of course did, but you could definitely tell it was very old. Interesting, one disgusting, stories about the church:
First, there used to be a graveyard by the church, and if you looked around as you walked you could find small pieces of bones. They said that the majority of the white “rocks” that were around the church were most likely bones.
Second, they used to keep bodies inside the church in preparation for burials….until they had an incident where birds got into the church overnight and ate the body that they were holding inside. Fairly disturbing, really.
As with most of our trips, we managed to meet people from the US. There were two people that we talked to in a bakery that were from Texas and were studying for the summer in Salamanca. Once again, el mundo es un pañuelo.