9/22/2015 Exploring Cardoba
Our alarm woke us, but we were still back on New York time, so we must have turned it off and turned over again! Our tour of taps and patios was set for 10:30 AM, so we had to scramble a bit to get there on time.
Our guide, Susanna, from the “Free” Tour Cordoba spoke good English and we began a long walk around the city. We saw a Roman temple that was being restored, as well as the place where the author of “Don Quixote” lived for a while, and the narrowest street (70 cm wide). As we continued along, we wondered where the patios and tapas were along the way - later we discovered we had been on the wrong tour! We ended the tour near the Mezquita which is a giant fort with a cathedral built within a mosque. Cardoba, like much of Spain, is layered in the history of Rome, Christians, Muslims, and back to Christians.
After lunch was took a rest and then ventured out around 6PM to explore the interior of the Mezquita. It was a fantastic mixture of Moorish and Gothic architecture. You have to see the pictures of the geometric arches built by the Moors to appreciate the vastness of this extensive structure.
After a walk down to the Guadalquivir River and the Roman bridge that built in 1st Century AD we found a top rated restaurant (Gourmet Iberico) and had a wonderful meal.