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The Amateur Traveler talks to Photographer Ralph Velasco about two of his favorite cities in Spain, Toledo and Segovia. Both Toledo and Segovia are a short distance from Madrid and both offer interesting and historically significant cities with UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Ralph leads photo tours of both cities so you can count on both of these being picturesque cities that should be on everyone’s list of what to see in spain. Ralph loves Spain even more than the popular Italy as a destination that is rich in culture, art and history, has good food and lots of history.
Segovia, North of Madrid offers such sites as a Roman aqueduct and a strangely Austrian looking castle or alcazar as well as the beautiful Segovia Cathedral.
Toledo is even closer to Madrid and is the former capital of Spain until it out grew this hill top walled city. Toledo is the home of Toledo steel and has the souvenir shops to prove it. It also has a fine alcazar and cathedral as well as former mosques and synagogues. You can see works of art by El Greco in situ in some of the local churches.
The Heart of Spain Photo Tour
Alcázar of Segovia
Aqueduct of Segovia
Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct
Plaza Major (TripAdvisor)
Parador Hotel Segovia
Hotel Don Felipe (TripAdvisor)
Getting from Madrid to Segovia
Getting from Madrid to Toledo
Church of Santo Tomé
Ralph Velasco – Photo Tips
Toledo’s Shopping Street
Santa Cruz Museum
Destination Toledo, Spain
Segovia Hay Festival
Zoom H1 Digital Recorder
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