A morning of mixed feelings and an afternoon in a more beautiful place.
|Basilica de la Santa Cruz del the Valle de los Caidos.|
Jayne and I went across country and through the hills to our first stop of the day at the Valle de los Caidos, a rather controversial but spectacular monument near San Lorenzo de el Escorial. I am not going to say much more about this place but more information about this site can be found here.
|Goldcrest (Reyezuelo Sencillo / Regulus regulus).|
The area around this monument is wooded and very pleasant and during our walk round I saw Goldcrest (Reyezuelo Sencillo / Regulus regulus), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Long-tailed (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus) and Great Tits (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Stock Dove (Paloma Zurita / Columba oenas), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax) and Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
|Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra).|
Next came lunch which we had in El Escorial before spending nearly 3 hours going around the stunning Monasterio de El Escorial where we took the audio tour. Later we went back to Segovia and had our meal in the town.
|Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.|