A SLOW MO­TION JOUR­NEY

In the Moment - - Escaping -

From Se­govia...

The jour­ney be­gins with two nights at an his­toric town­house ho­tel in Se­govia, once one of the most il­lus­tri­ous cities on the Ibe­rian Penin­sula. This UN­ESCO-listed cul­tural gem re­mains de­light­fully o the tourist radar. Wan­der the me­dieval back streets, gaze up­wards at soar­ing spires and the as­ton­ish­ing Ro­man aqueduct, and visit the or­nate Al­cázar where the king­doms of Castile and Aragon came to­gether, giv­ing birth to 'Spain' it­self.

...to Sala­manca

Next, take the train west­wards to the great univer­sity town of Sala­manca, com­ing to rest for two nights at the Ho­tel Rec­tor, an oa­sis of calm on the edge of the his­toric quar­ter. Sala­manca’s or­nate sec­u­lar and re­li­gious build­ings are tes­ta­ment to the city’s pres­tige as a cen­tre of learn­ing. Climb the great bell tow­ers to ad­mire the city sky­line, rest in one of the many tran­quil clois­ters, and pause for tapas in the re­mark­able Baroque cen­tral square, a lively gath­er­ing place for old and young alike.

...and beau­ti­ful Madrid

Last comes a two-night stay in Madrid, Spain’s cap­i­tal since the Golden Age. It’s here that many of Spain’s art treasures have come to rest, but there are also parks, ex­tra­or­di­nary food and fas­ci­nat­ing work­ing neigh­bour­hoods to en­joy.

Af­ter dark, stum­ble upon in­tri­cately tiled tapas bars, in­dulge in tra­di­tional choco­late con chur­ros, or take time to sim­ply stroll and soak up the at­mos­phere.

The Madrileños, of course, know how to work hard and play hard, but they also know how to slow down.

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