Any wedding anniversary is special but a 13th anniversary is without a doubt extremely special when you are a woman of “a certain age” and health issues have reared their ugly head over the marriage. We recently returned from a few weeks in Spain (Madrid, Segovia, San Ildefonso, Aranjuez, and Toledo) and I will be blogging about our experiences. We have been smitten with the country for a long time and the love has just deepened.
We based ourselves in Madrid and then went off on journeys for several days to cities we wanted to explore further, returning to Madrid periodically. This made sense as the origin of most of our train travel was Madrid and it created a great excuse to leave some stuff (shopping!) behind in the hotel in Madrid. We are hoping to “retire” at least part-time to Spain (that is what is on the drawing board now). This is always subject to change. One thing I have learned is nothing is certain and LIFE happens.
The photo above is The Alcazar of Segovia. On the left of the photo is the Tower of John 11. You can see the entrance if you look closely. This is one of the most beautiful palaces/fortresses I have ever visited. The building is shaped like a ship which is very unique. The age… it is believed that building began in 1158!
The photo below is Real Sitio de La Granja De San Ildefonso. This shot was taken from one of the massive gardens toward the palace. Construction began in 1720. This was to be the “retirement home” of King Philip V. Alas, it wasn’t to be. He abdicated in favor of his son who died prematurely so King Philip V had to return to the throne. Much more on this later. The palace, fountains, gardens….Epic.
The photo’s below need no introduction. The first one was taken on the roof top terrace of our hotel in Toledo. As far as the eye could see, history, history, history. The second photo was taken from one of the windows in our room. Hubby likes the photo so I am including it. Love the shutters. I won’t go into detail now on this hotel BUT I will tell you that while Columbus was in the New World, a family was living in the house which now is a hotel. It is difficult to wrap my brain around that.
I love a room with a view and they all had amazing views. Our room views in Segovia and Aranjuez seriously took my breath away.
And yes, if you followed my old blog my fixer is still there in Segovia. Perhaps it is waiting…..
Have a great week and I hope to post again very soon.