Happy 50th, Woodstock!

As a nod to the legendary Music Festival held at Bethel Woods, New York, I am sharing a few photos taken at the site on my and hubby’s visit in 2010.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Woodstock!

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The Shard, London

On this day, back in 2013, I was in London at Saint Paul Cathedral’s tower staring at The Shard! It was my first time in England and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to visit.

What is The Shard? It is a 95-storey glass skyscraper in Southwark, London. It is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the European Union. Definitely an impressive sight from Saint Paul Cathedral!

Ponche Segoviano

This dessert is a local favorite in Segovia, and not easy to find outside the city where it was invented in 1926 by a local confectioner. Ponche Segoviano is a layered cake with custard and marzipan, topped with criss-crossed caramelized sugar.

There is a patent to the original recipe and it’s a secret. Restaurants and cafes have their versions, and Segovian households have their own family recipe.

Pasteleria Limon y Menta reportedly makes the best Ponche Segoviano. It is located at Calle Infanta Isabel, 2 in Segovia.

My to go Ponche Segoviano wrapped like a gift. It was a gift to my taste buds!

Of course, I had to try this Segovian dessert. The flavors of the custard and marzipan danced in my taste buds. What a yummy dessert!

In Focus: Acueducto de Segovia

This amazing structure perked my interest. I wanted to know more about it. Here’s what I learned.

What is Acueducto de Segovia?

Acueducto de Segovia is an ancient aqueduct in Segovia, Spain. An aqueduct carries water from a source to a distribution point far from the source. Segovia’s aqueduct is made of granite blocks. It has 167 arches. At its tallest, the aqueduct is 28.5 meters, including the foundation which is nearly 6 meters.

Who built it?

Ancient Romans built the aqueduct of Segovia. The Ancient Romans were citizens of Ancient Rome which rose to power in the 8th Century BC and fell in the 5th Century AD.

When was it built?

Geza Alfoldy, a Hungarian historian of Ancient history, determined by studying the anchors that held the missing letters on the dedication plaque of the aqueduct, that its construction was ordered by Emperor Dominitian who reigned from AD 81-96.

Why was it built?

Aqueducts were built by the Ancient Romans to provide a constant flow of water to cities and towns for public baths, fountains, and households. The Acueducto de Segovia brought water from Fuente Fria river to the city.

Significance Today:

The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts. It is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its Outstanding Univeral Value as a best known civil engineering feat of the Ancient Romans.

Sources:

1. https://www.amusingplanet.com/2012/09/5-magnificent-aqueducts-of-ancient.html?m=1

2. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/topics/ancient-rome/ancient-rome

3. https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/311/

4. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqueduct_of_Segovia

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