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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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Trip Journal


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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Oct 15, 2015 - Cordoba

We spent two days in the old town of Cordoba in Andalucia, the southern region of Spain. The narrow paved streets are lined with orange trees leading down to a wide river. The Cordoba Cathederal (Mezquita) was consecrated by the Catholic Church in 1236. The church was built onto an Islamic mosque resulting in an interesting mix of Islamic and Christian architecture.

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Oct 15, 2015 - Train travel in Spain

We have used Spain's Renfe train system a couple of times now, for a day trip from Madrid to Toledo, from Madrid to Cordoba and from Cordoba to Granada. So far we have found the system very efficient and the fast trains are very fast. There is a board in the carriage (coache) showing time, destination and speed. The fastest speed we have seen so far is 300kph. We almost had a mishap travelling from Cordoba to Granada yesterday. We were checking the noticeboard for our train number to appear while watching people board the train sitting at...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Cordoba

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...

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