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June 6, 2019

Kensington, Palace, Gardens it’s London!

So here I am and you, and I need to tell you more of London. Well ,as said, been here several times but mostly on business trips; took the family for long vacation and it was very nice. The history, architecture and plains drinks…are all very much sought after by us!

Let me tell you about a dear place of more so due to Princess Diana, one of my favorite personages. We came here walking and so sad did not took many pictures, most because you can’t but even when ok missed on the opportunity. My next trips here have all been far from it, so still in debt for more. Let me tell you thus, a bit more on Kensington Gardens and Palace and a bit more….

Kensington Gardens, formerly the private gardens of Kensington Palace, is one of London’s Royal parks and lies immediately west of Hyde Park (see previous post). The majority of the park is in Westminster but a small portion is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The park has an area of ​​1.1 km2. Kensington Gardens are generally seen as a part of Hyde Park from where they were taken. Kensington Gardens is fenced, and with Green Park and St James’s Park, it forms a continuous “green lung” in the heart of London between Kensington and Westminster. Kensington Gardens, originally, is a recreational place for British Kings.

Some of the things to see here are:

The Prince Albert Memorial (Queen Victoria’s husband) is the largest monument in Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Gallery is, since 1970, a museum of contemporary art inside Kensington Gardens. Every summer, the museum asks one of the most eminent architects to build a temporary pavilion. Bordering Kensington Palace, the Orangery was built by Queen Anne in 1704. A brick building, the interior is lined with Corinthian columns supporting a magnificent entablature.  A huge pirate ship is the jewel of the mini leisure park for children, opened in 2000 in memory of Princess Diana who appreciated the innocence of children. Diana Memorial Playground is located right next to Kensington Palace (see previous photo in Hyde park post). This wonderful country is inspired by Peter Pan. This park is the setting for J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, a prelude to the adventures of the famous Neverland character.

We owe Queen Caroline and her gardener ,Kensington Gardens as they are known today. In addition to the Round Pound, the Long Water, she has also added two summer residences, one of which still exists today as Queen Caroline’s Temple. The Italian Gardens, are located to Malgourough Gate, in the extension of the basins of the Serpentine. They were laid out around 1860 as a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The Dutch Garden, also called Sunken Garden, is located east of Kensington Palace. This garden has a pond surrounded by flower beds with plenty of tulips.

Official Royal parks on Kensington Gardens

The Kensington Palace is located, as well as the adjoining Kensington Gardens, in the Royal district of Kensington and Chelsea. The palace was until the 17C, the residence of the British monarchy. The original building was built  as a Nottingham hotel for the Earl of Nottingham. King George II is the last reigning monarch who resided int the palace.

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Today, it is home to various members of the Royal family including the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Until 1997, it was also the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales. In addition, it was also the residence of Princesses Margaret and Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. Since late 2013, it is the official residence of Prince William of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton, as well as their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. As of 2018, it also became the official residence of Prince Henry of Sussex and Meghan Markle following their marriage (Harry and Meghan previously lived in Nottingham Cottage, an outbuilding of the castle).

Official Kensington Royal Palace

Official Royal Residencies on Kensington Royal Palace

And as my walking curiosity is endless we came about this street not knowing what it was and walked the whole lenght of it!! Very nice indeed! .Kensington Palace Gardens street  is about 1000 meters long (1 km/0,62 mi), this avenue connects Bayswater Road to Kensington High Street. The southern part of the street is called Green Palace. At each end of the street is a checkpoint filtering the entrance of vehicles. Pedestrians can move freely but it is forbidden to take photographs. The name of the avenue evokes the old kitchen gardens of Kensington Palace, on whose site it was built in 1843.

There you go again, darn ,another jewel in pedmar10 world map. And so many nice places not really known but very nice indeed and memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy Kensington and its Gardens and Royal Palace. We usually with the family stay not too far from here. Hope you enjoy it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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June 6, 2019

Molina de Aragon and its fortress!

So here will tell you about a passing wonderful little town and its even better fortress or castle in my beloved Spain. I go around these towns a lot on my roundtrips between France and Spain, and sometimes wish I could have spent more times in them. Time oblige! Let me tell you a bit on the town of Molina de Aragon and its wonderful fortress.

Molina de Aragón is a town in the province of  Guadalajara in the autonomous region of Castilla La Mancha . Bordered to the north by the town of Rueda de la Sierra, to the northeast with Tortuera and Embid, to the east with Campillo de Dueñas and the Yunta, to the southeast with Castellar de la Muela, to the south with Prados Redondo, to the southwest with Castilnuevo, to the west with Corduente , and northwest with Rillo de Gallo . It’s hilly winding road area bear in mind.

A bit of history I like

During the reconquest it was taken by the Aragonese king Alfonso I the Battler (Batallador)  in 1128. Around 1139, the lands were taken again by Manrique de Lara, and the zone was constituted in independent lordship, in favor of this later, that granted to the town of Molina  in 1142. king Enrique II of Castila donated Molina to his Lieutenant Bertrand du Guesclin (famous knight of France), although the people, in the context of the war between Castilla and Aragon, rebelled and decided to put it under the sovereignty of Aragon in the year 1366, culminating the process three years later with the acceptance on the part of the Aragonese king. He finally returned to Castilian hands in 1375, to be given the lordship in the marriage of Leonor ,Infanta of Aragon in her marriage to the Infante Juan de Castilla. During the Spanish war of Independence(vs Napoleon), the behavior of resistance of the inhabitants to the Napoleonic troops, motivated that these, in retaliation, burned the villa. In recognition, the Spanish courts granted the city with the title of “very noble and very loyal city”.

And for the main item in my opinion even if need previous call to see it is the fortress or castle of Molina de Aragon.

The Castillo de Molina de Aragón castle, also called Fortaleza de Molina de los Caballeros fortress, is in a state of consolidated ruin, and it is possible to visit it on request.

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The origin of this fortress goes back to an Alcazar that raised the Andalusians on an old Celtiberian castrum between the 10C and 11C, and in which they placed their residence the Kings that governed this Taifa (moors kingdom or territory). Until it was definitively snatched from the Andalusians  by king Alfonso I of Aragon in the year 1129, which ordered to rebuild it, giving it its current aspect of a Romanesque castle, and which gave it to the Lara family. From this fortress, the Lara’s ruled in the territory and  town of Molina until the end of the 13C. Then, it became the lordship of the kings of Castilla, marrying Doña Maria Lara with king Sancho IV of Castilla. Finally, the fifth lady, Doña Blanca de Molina, finished giving it  the size and the current aspect of today.

It is the largest castle of those that are currently in Guadalajara province. Located on a hillside that dominates the valley, it has an outer wall, with numerous defense towers, which surrounds the perimeter and protects the fortress itself. The inner castle came to have eight towers, of which are preserved remains of two and four other in good condition. These towers are communicated by an agave battlement.  The main entrance has a half-point arch with a tower on either side. The fortress has two enclosures: the exterior or large proportions, 80×40 meters, defended by various battlements and the interior, where the castle is raised with six towers, four in good condition or restored.  The exterior enclosure has five access doors: The north-Traicion gate (betrayal), the Caballos (horses) to the south, the Campo (field) to the east and the Puertas (doors) of the clock tower and Puerta de Hogalobos gate to the west. In addition to these ,there are others on the wall that surrounded the medieval city, such as Medinaceli, Baños, Valencia and the Puente (bridge).  The access to the exterior enclosure of the fortress is carried out by the door of the clock tower and to the interior, after crossing the Patio de Armas (Arms courtyard), by the door located in the tower of Veladores (lookout sailors)  on the south-west side of the interior enclosure; Next to it are aligned the central tower or of the arms and the tower of the Homenaje (homage)  or Doña Blanca. On the north wall is the Cubiertas (covered) or Caballeros (knights) tower.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Molina de Aragon on the castle

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha on the Castle

There you go another dandy in my beloved Spain and wonderful personal region of Castilla La Mancha, in country Spain from its foundations. Enjoy Molina de Aragon even if passing by, the area and the thrill of driving in mountain barren areas is good indeed.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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June 6, 2019

Plaza Mayor of Segovia!

So moving right along with my stories of my beloved Spain, once again one very popular place for locals and visitors alike but only touch on briefly in my previous posts. Need to do justice to one of my favorite cities in all of Spain, Segovia.

And time to tell you about its wonderful Plaza Mayor or Main square the historical center of it all in Segovia.

The Plaza Mayor is located in the historic center of Segovia, in Castilla y Léon autonomous region. The urban space has all the characteristics of a typical Spanish main square or Plaza Mayor, and on which are located some important monuments such as the abside of the Cathedral , The theater Juan Bravo (b. 1917) or the city/town hall of Segovia (1610).

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It was historically called the Plaza de San Miguel,referencing a primitive Church of San Miguel that was originally there.  In this Plaza de San Miguel square was held the market of Segovia, as well where Isabel I the Catholic was proclaim Queen of Castilla in December 13 1474. The Church was demolished in 1532 and rebuilt a few meters away to allow the renovations of the current Plaza Mayor. Starting from the end of the 19C, at the time of the Bourbon Restoration (monarchy) it was called Plaza de la Constitucion, and after the last Spanish Civil War (1936-39), it was named Plaza de Franco, until with the return to the democracy officially renamed again as everyone knew it the Plaza Mayor. The square has an almost rectangular shape and near the center you will see a music kiosk ,designed in 1896 of iron work ,where music concerts are held today. For much of the 20C it was retired on several occasions and spared on this site again, until in 1986 it was definitively anchored. One day a year, during the festivity of Santa Barbara,(there is a permanent chapel inside the Cathedral and my native town patron Saint)  the kiosk was transformed into a chapel.

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Late in the 19C, the square was filled with cafes, shops, trattorias, food houses and hotels, to welcome visitors arriving in the city by train, causing a big boom in the city. Today the Plaza Mayor of Segovia continues to be a meeting point for the locals and tourists who visit in a large number a city that has so many attractions. A must hangout place indeed.

Some general webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Segovia tourist office on heritage

Province of Segovia tourist office on heritage

Castilla y Léon region tourist office on Segovia

There you go all set for a wonderful visit to a wonderfully beautiful and architecturally stunning city of Segovia, and not to be missed its Plaza Mayor. Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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