My second urban hike was in El Escorial and Segovia for 6.38 miles. Palm Sunday added some special flair to the atmosphere today as we toured the monastery at El Escorial. In fact, I found Holy Week in Spain to be very interesting. We happened upon a Palm Sunday procession as we left the monastery.
The area was a large complex that held a monastery, palace and Basilica. A very special part of today’s tour was a visit to a unique crypt that has the remains of the deceased kings and queens of Spain along with other family members. The kings and queens crypt was ornately decorated and segregated from the other family members. There was also a large stone ossuary that resembled a birthday cake for the royal children. Pictures were not allowed, but I found some on the Internet.
Afterwords, we traveled to Segovia for lunch and a tour. I had suckling pig in the shadow of a Roman aqueduct.
After lunch, we took a walk through the old town to both a castle and cathedral. The castle was situated high upon a hill making it virtually impervious to attack. The castle contained many examples of medieval armor and weapons. From the high windows, you could see a Knights Templar church. I want to search for the Holy Grail, but not enough time for today.
The bed will feel good tonight.