Planking Across Spain

I don’t recall exactly the “how” or even the “why” this began but for some odd yet humorous reason I ended up planking a number of sites during my trip to Spain. What began as a simple one-time joke became a long-running gag funny in its silliness and pointlessness. The photos were taken by various friends who were more than happy to oblige (and egg me on!)

VALLADOLID:

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The wall is one of the original borders of the city of Valladolid still left standing.

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Everyone was upset during our group dinner as it was our last week together…so I cheered them up with a plank!

VITORIA-GASTEIZ:

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PAMPLONA (Iruña):

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Segovia, Spain: Romans, Goths and Catholics

I wonder if History teachers in Spain toss their written materials out the window and book a field trip for their students in place of a lecture. It wouldn’t surprise me if this were the case considering the amount of living history and architecture contained, for example, in a city such as Segovia.

Segovia is home to many pieces of architecture that hold a significant spot in history, so much so that UNESCO declared in 1985 that a portion of the city to be a World Heritage site.

Segovia’s most notable piece of history is a Roman aqueduct that is nearly 2,000 years old and erected without the use of cement or mortar. The city is also home to a large Alcázar (castle) where various monarchs including Alfonso X El Sabio (Alfonso X The Learned/Wise), Los Reyes Católicos (The Catholic Kings), Felipe II (Phillip II) and Carlos III (Charles III) lived and exercised their power.

There is also an enormous Gothic cathedral that contains 23 chapels built  in 1525 at the behest of Emperador Carlos V (Emperor Charles V).

Below are a number of photos of these monuments as well as other photos from my time in Segovia. All can be seen on my Flickr.

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