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Oct 5, 2019 - Cordoba

Well we are slowly transforming into Europeans- sleeping in, eating a late breakfast, late lunch, afternoon siesta when the sun is hottest and a late evening meal. Today we started the day at the Mezquita- a massive former mosque with a 16th century church built in the middle of it. It is another marvel of mixed architecture built over a number of centuries. Afterwards we walked across the Guadalquvir River on the Roman pedestrian bridge and then strolled the streets of Cordoba. Its Saturday so many of the locals are out enjoying the...

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Oct 4, 2019 - Travel to Cordoba

We decided to make a slight change to our itinerary as we couldn't get tickets to the main attraction in Granada. We decided instead to go to Cordoba for a couple days. We left Seville by bus this morning and our 2 hour journey turned out to be closer to 3 as our bus broke down and we had to wait on the highway for a replacement. Arrived in Cordoba late afternoon, checked in and then went for a stroll to get oriented to the city. Once again our apartment is very much in the heart of the old city and we can walk everywhere. We had a nice...

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Sep 15, 2019 - Cordoba for two

Lorraine and Barbara G are off the Cordoba!! I highly recommend our hotel in Granada; the hotel Plaza Nueva and in Cordoba the hotel Mezquita. Locations couldn’t be better for old town access! Our current abode is actually across the street from the Mezquita. Anyway, we headed via bus to the main bus terminal, which oddly had a large book selling area filled with classic English literature and an area selling dried fruits and turkish delight. The latter always seems rather sinister to me after the large role they had in downfall of one of...

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Spanish Sojourn

Nov 6, 2018 - Cordoba

From Gibraltar we headed north through the Costa del Sol to Marbella then turned inland to Cordoba for a stopover. We were expecting the Costa del Sol coastline to be much prettier although the water colour was gorgeous. The lack of trees made it a 'hard' landscape which did not appeal to us. The inland drive passed across extremely dry, very rugged areas similar to parts of outback Oz we had ridden our bikes through. The small town of Ronda was a great rest stop. Coffees under the ancient Roman bridge which spans a massive ravine to join...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Alcazar Palace & Andalusian Horses

The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Spanish for "Castle of the Christian Monarchs") is neither as large nor as elaborately decorated as the Alcazar of Seville, but it certainly shares a similar history construction-wise. Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Christians have made their fortresses on this land. Wars, rebellions, Napoleon’s raids, and other events aside, this Alcazar is most notorious as the seat of Queen Isabella’s and her husband Ferdinand’s headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition, as of 1482. This chilling part of it is...

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Oct 20, 2018 - Too Cute Not To Include

Lousy weather and too much activity yesterday conspired to create a slow-paced day. It was the evening that merits a brief post, for my memory’s sake and perhaps it will make other readers smile. During happy hour on the patio of our pretty hotel we were thoroughly entertained by a sweet little boy celebrating his second birthday, and laughingly commenting to his loving parents in my Spanglish. Having received the gift of a pushbike in the shape of a motorcycle - and a helmet - he... 1) Straddled the bike and rode it to the nearest...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Andalusian History, Art and Artifacts

Shortly after our walk led us to a lovely no-fee contemporary art gallery, run by the city we turned a corner and came upon the tiny Centro Flamenco Fosforio museum. Here we learned that the word Gypsy is a derivative of the word Egyptian. It’s a misnomer, given that the people are descendants of migrants from the Indian subcontinent not Africa. Here we watched/listened to some very old recordings, but one would need to be a big fan of flamenco to get the most out of the all-Spanish displays highlighting the famous performers of the past....

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Oct 18, 2018 - The Magnificent Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

The riverfront of Cordoba used to house a Roman temple and after that, it was overbuilt to be used as a Visigoth church. Then, the Visigoths split their church building to share the equally with their new neighbours, so that the Moors (Muslims) arriving from North Africa would have a mosque. In the 8th century the shared structure became the property on the Muslims and the first Great Mosque - capacity 5,000 worshipers - was constructed on the site. Successive leaders expanded the Great Mosque as the popular grew, first to 9,000 and then...

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Oct 14, 2018 - Mezquita

We stayed over night in Seville so that we could drive inland today through miles and miles of olive groves to Córdoba. It’s good we’re not here in the summer when daily temperatures average in the 110’s. We were warned to beware of gypsies, waiting to tell you your fortune for much more than you are prepared to pay. Supposedly they migrated here from India hundreds of years ago and many live on the margins of society. We could see them standing around in groups holding sprigs of rosemary in their hands. If they hand you one and you take...

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May 2, 2017 - Seville to Córdoba

Because yesterday was so busy we actually visited the Plaza de Espana on our way out of Seville. It was very beautiful and so large we were too close to actually get a picture of the whole thing at one time. The Moors made Córdoba their capital capital city. The Moors were apparently very intelligent and established an educational system and even today the university of Córdoba is very famous throughout Spain. The Moors originally shared a church as their mosque but eventually tore it down to build their mosque. Because they wanted to be...

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Espana

Jun 14, 2016 - Exploring Cordoba

The only thing to say about our Cordoba is it feels stinking hot. Neither of us feel well rested. Apart from the air conditioning doing very little to cool the room, the air feels stale and we're dehydrated. We get ready quickly as neither of us want to hang around in the room for very long, and head out to get some breakfast. We dropped our luggage into the cloak room for the day, and headed out to explore the old town. Our first stop was to get some food, and we found a nice little patisserie and coffee shop along the way around the...

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Jun 13, 2016 - Travel to Cordoba

Feeling great this morning, as everything is starting to fall into place. Getting Tess's luggage yesterday has eased the anxiety a fair bit and having seen the Alhambra, eaten some fantastic Moroccan food, visited the Mirador for the sunset, I feel like Tess has been able to experience the best bits of Granada. I'd been here once before with a work colleague, but these memories will count. This morning I've asked Tess to lower her ban on churches, as I had always wanted to go to the Granada Cathedral and see the crypt of the royal family...

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