My blogging sister-in-law sent me the html for the following post. I've changed a few things but overall, I'm thinking I need to contract her as the newest writer for my blog!
Kari and I in front of the Roman aqueduct in Segovia.
The aqueduct of Segovia
So here's a bit about the Segovia aqueduct in a nutshell. It was built at the end of 1st to early 2nd century BC by the Romans during their occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Why did they build it, you ask? To bring water from the Río Frío (which we crossed over on the ride in) to Segovia. Think about that the next time you turn on the tap.
166 arches and 120 pillars in two levels
20,400 large granite blocks
18 kilometers long
Renae's chariot being carried up, up, up the stairs to the overlooks
The aqueduct are preserved so well! It was nothing like the Roman aqueduct in Lyon, which was interesting to have as a comparison. The Lyon aqueduct look ancient and really make you realize how old the ruins are, whereas the Segovia aqueduct show you what they must have looked like when they were in use.
View through two of the 166 arches of the aqueduct
Les Masson at the aqueduct
Exploring walkways over the city
Following Jesse and Renae to the top overlook - such a fearless little leader she is.
I love Kari's scarfs. Especially when she gives me an extra of hers!
Giving the camera a rest and just taking it in
Uncle Trey holding Renae
Trey waiting on Kari to take the picture of the Cathedral and then catch up to them so we could go to the . . . .
One tiny corner of the Alcázar of Segovia
. . . Alcázar! The Alcázar was originally a Roman fortification, later an Arab fort in the 12th century and has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy.
Checking out the moat before going in to tour the Alcázar of Segovia (the castle-palace)
Inspiration for armadillos everywhere.
Jesse and Trey reading up on the armoury
Look who made a friend.
Stained glass with the coat of arms
Windows looking out over countryside
Don't you just want to knock on it to see if anyone is home?
Big surprise: Trey at the top of the tower. He loves heights and always has to reach the highest point possible.
And where was Renae while we took the tour? Entertaining the masses outside with her 'lobster hands'!
Seriously . . . she was entertaining others! At one point a crowd of around 10-15 people were circled around Renae laughing and taking pictures as she "performed." Renae blew numerous kisses, clapped her hands on command, and waved with her big cheesy smile. I should have put a hat out to earn some money from her . . . just kidding.