Thursday, 19 May 2016

Segovia: Best Sangria So Far.


After a great night's sleep (thanks to the crazy thick blinds available in the AirBnb), we dawdled down to a bar around the corner - Cerveceria "Santa Isabel" Cafeteria and had a croissant and delicious coffee for €2.10 (for the set). I'm really starting to love the coffee here, it's so darn cheap compared to getting a good coffee in Dublin. Sigh.

We then hopped on to the metro from Lavapiés to Moncloa where we caught the bus to Segovia run by La Sepulvadana. An open return ticket cost  €14.34 each and thankfully we were able to catch the 10AM bus. Two guys in front of us were ordering the exact same thing and it was 9:59AM, so when it was our turn we just asked him to give us the same thing he gave them and we sprinted to the bus which left right after we sat down (phew).


After an hour, we arrived in the beautiful city of Segovia. The whole city was covered in shades of browns, yellows and reds which gave it a really nice warm feel under the sun too.


We wandered around the walls of Segovia where beautiful slanted trees preferred the left for some reason.

EXCEPT ONE THOUGH. (find the rebel)


For some reason, the city was pretty quiet in the first few hours we were there which was really great for photographs! Managed to get nice picturesque shots without tourists in them.


Along the walls of Segovia!


We headed towards the Alcázar de Segovia which is the Segovia's famous castle. Unfortunately, the main front section of the castle itself was undergoing reconstruction so it wasn't really worth anything taking a photograph of a humongous castle covered in scaffolding.


So instead, I took loads of photographs of its interiors.


We found some nice clingy trees which looked like an angry furry eyebrow.


The highest point we were allowed to reach in the castle with the regular ticket which was somewhere here (imagine me standing somewhere taking this shot). That's how much castle was still left to go that was left! I think there were extra tickets to go up the castle but we didn't bother.


Because we still got a beautiful view from where we!


Point towers.


After much walking, we decided to get a refreshing drink, Segovia's delicious Sangria! We stopped by Meson don Jimeno which is literally a 5 minute walk from the castle and since it was still in 12:30PM the restaurant was empty! (in which I was really shocked cos it is one of the rather famous restaurants in the region). Then it occurred to me that Spaniards generally eat late. 

The sangria was AMAZING. It definitely packed a 'punch' and it was about €11 for the 1.3 litres of sangria for the both of us. 


Then the moment we were waiting for...the delicious roast suckling pig, cochinillo asado. Regarded as one of the must-eat things of Segovia, the tasty pork comes at €16.70 for one ration along with some chips in this restaurant (if you ordered the portion for 2-3, it was twice the price). We ordered one ration along with some veggies and shared it between the both of us and were absolutely stuffed.

Totally recommend this restaurant as they give great food and service as well!


We swayed joyfully over to the market in Plaza Mayor where there was lots of fresh produce. However, the most memorable moment was during this conversation.

Slightly tipsy Sonya pointed at one crate of walnuts and asked 'What nuts are these?"
Audrey: They're walnuts.
Sonya: *points at another crate* but those are walnuts!
Audrey: Yes they are...but these are walnuts too
Sonya: no they're not...how is that possible??
Audrey: yes they are...it's possible Sonya..They are both..walnuts.

The effects of good sangria.



We then popped over to the Segovia Cathedral for awhile before getting dessert!


Another one of Segovia's must-eat dishes:- the ponche segoviano 
A deliciously marzipan-coated dessert with a sponge cake and eggy custard filled internally!
 It was €3 for one square and it was enough for the two of us due to it's intense sweetness which was really good! I usually am not a big fan of marzipan but they did it really well as it was nice and smooth.


We walked past La Casa de Los Picos which is the house covered all over with pyramid peaks also one of the famous must-see places within Segovia. However all the main attractions of Segovia are pretty easy to find as they're all along this one main street - Calle Daoiz.


However, I would totally recommend just wandering around the city to discover its little quirks and just to allow you to appreciate the entire place as a whole.


You may find unexpected this that were rather amusing.


And of course, to end our trip in Segovia, we went to the main attraction - the Acueducto de Segovia which has 118 arches! No I didn't count them, Google did.


The view from the top of the Acueducto de Segovia was amazing too as we were even able to see the white peaks of the mountain "nearby"!


After admiring this beauty, we hopped back on the bus to Madrid and relaxed in our Airbnb for an hour or two before heading out for a more Spaniard-timed dinner (at like 10pm)


We stopped by Taberna El Sur on Calle de la Torrecilla de Leal which was literally a five minute walk from our Airbnb. The staff there - Chuwito, William and Johnny were extremely friendly and chatted with us as if we were long lost friends or something! Staff there definitely get a 15 out of 10 as they went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Also, their English is great so have no worries if you're not great in Spanish.

 We got the half portion of chiporines a la plancha (grilled squid) with a side salad which was €5.50 (if I remember correctly) and it was so good! 


We...got another jug of sangria for €14.50, but this time it was definitely not as strong as the one we had in Segovia. It was still delicious and refreshing but our favourite still remains in Segovia for now! 

Next up: El Escorial

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