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Sep 11, 2014 - A smile a day

Hola! Once again I am sitting in my favourite courtyard after dinner. The temperature during the day so far has been wonderful but the temperatures during the nights have been 'magnifique'! I know that 'magnifique' is French but I'm sharing a nice bottle of red wine with a French couple on a holiday. Our broken English/French conversation has revealed that their daughter lives in Brighton and they have visited Melbourne many times and love it. The bottle, like our conversation has come to an end but while I'm writing this blog I'm...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Is that Keith Richards?

Hola! Let me set the scene - I'm sitting in the luxurious pebbled courtyard of my hotel, it's late at night and a beautiful breeze is blowing through the leaves of the fruit trees surrounding me. It's still warm enough (about 24C) to be comfortable in bare feet, shorts and a light shirt. I've been to the 'supermecado' and I've got some delicious avocado dip, extra strong cheese and a box of something called 'pan rustico' which is not a rusty pan but crispy bite sized pieces of crunchy bread. I'm onto my second beer (unusual for me) and...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Cordoba train rap

Seeing as how no one has offered me an alternative name for my 'lucky leprechaun', I've decide to call him Larry. Apart from the obvious alliteration, 'Larry the lucky leprechaun', I think Larry is a friendly name (thinking the Simpsons). Actually now that I've written it down I've decided that his name should be O'Larry - more Irish and unique don't you think? For those of you who don't know there is a 'Hall' legend passed down through the generations that my father told me and I've told my kids about a great, great, great grandfather in...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Cordoba

'What a difference a day makes' (again) - I'm hoping that this is not going to become the catch-cry of my adventures! That's right, today did not go as smoothly as planned. It started off brilliantly with a wonderful and delicious breakfast. Packing went well and I don't think I left anything at the hotel. Carlos gave me directions to the train station and said it would take about 15 minutes (if you go the right way) and I confidently strode onto the streets of Granada. Unfortunately I didn't go the right way because some fool had overnight...

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May 23, 2014 - Seville - Day Trip to Cordoba - Alcazar, Garden, Horses, Synagogue

On Thursday I took a day trip to Cordoba with a tour group. This was mainly because the guy at the desk at the Barcelona hotel had said how wonderful the city of Cordoba is and how beautiful the mosque/cathedral is. He was absolutely correct. I totally enjoyed Cordoba. We first saw the Royal Alcazar - the Royal Palace. This was where the Inquisitions were held and where Ferdinand and Isabella met with Columbus and other seafarers about getting to the East Indies. Not much is left to see of the inside of the Alcazar itself. It was used as a...

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Oct 24, 2013 - Córdoba y Granada

My program had an excursion to Córdoba and Granada a couple weeks ago. Talk about a big group! We spent the first day in Córdoba, which is a really cool , pretty city. It used to be a Roman city, I believe, until the Middle Ages when the Muslims came to Spain. The biggest attraction, as you may know, is the Mosque converted to Cathedral. There are lots of examples worldwide of Cathedrals that were converted to Mosques, but this is the only one that went Mosque to Cathedral. It's really cool because it has the Muslim architecture but has...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Lundi - Hamman et promenade au hasard des rues... quand tout est fermé les lundis!

Lundi 24 juin - Hamman et promenade car tout est fermé les lundi! Ce matin petit-dej à la Place del Correda. La seule place de style andalou en Espagne! À l'époque, il y avait des corridas; c'est ici que nous avons passé une partie de notre nuit blanche de Flamenco. En passant, pendant le show, la Heineken en bouteille était 1E, de même que l'eau. De oute façon, même dans les restaurants et bar, le vin et la bière ne sont pas cher (d 1E à 2,50E le verre). Au menu: pain grillé, café au lait et jus d'orange. On sort le beurre de pinotte et...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Cordoba- La Mezkita, musée Inquizition et souper avec l'équipe d'Espagne

Dimanche 23 juin- La Mezkita, musée Inquizition et souper avec l'équipe d'Espagne Ce matin, levé tard, surtout pour Bernard... Il esst 11h45, on part déjeuner. On se trouve une place de churros et chocolate (on a pensé à toi Sylvie). Déjà la grande chaleur et dans ces petites rues, le vent ne passe même pas!. On vérifie nos guides, le dimanche, pas grand chose d'ouvert, le lundi, c'est pire! Nous voulions visiter l'Alcazar, mais c'et fermé dimanche pm et le lundi! L'incontournable Mezquita ouvre à 14h30. Entre temps, on va visiter La casa...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Samedi 22 juin Départ de Carmona vers Cordoba (Cordoue) et la Noche Blanca de Flamenco

Samedi 22 juin Départ de Carmona vers Cordoba (Cordoue) Après s'être endormi assez tard, les petits montres ont continué de chanter "Viva Espagna" sous nos fenêtres jusqu'à 2h... Nous nous levons et allons déjeuner sur la Place. Dèjà beaucoup d'action... C'est samedi après tout! Les femmes reviennent de l'épicerie, les hommes de la boulangerie... et les autres déjeunent sur la place. Nous, on a apporté notre beurre de pinotte. Sur le pain grillé, c'est merveilleux. Accompagné d'un bon cafe con leche et d'un jus d'orange fraîchement...

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May 24, 2013 - Cordoba

We took a train to Cordoba today, to visit the Mezquita–catedral de Córdoba, the 14th century synagogue and Sepharad house. After a leisurely walk from the train station (which took us through a lovely long park), we found the Casa de Sefarad, in the old Jewish quarter of the city. This is a formerly private 14th century house that has been converted into a museum that showcases the Judeo-Spanish culture of the Iberian peninsula. One room of the museum still functions as an active synagogue-the only one in Cordoba. A whole room was devoted...

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Apr 22, 2013 - CORDOBA - Mezquita & Other Places

The Mezquita/Cathedral of Cordoba is one of Spain's most impressive buildings and a major tourist attraction. Featuring several architectural styles and uniting religious elements of Islam and occidental culture. It covers 24,000 square meters and includes 856 columns made of marble, granite, jasper, and other fine materials. The Mezquita is over 1000 years old and took approximately 200 years to build. In 1236 after Cordoba was recaptured by King Ferdinand III and rejoined Christendom, the mosque became a church. The Mezquita is...

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Apr 22, 2013 - CORDOBA - Hostal Lineros No.38

Hostal Lineros No.38 Is the ideal place to stay for a Cordoban 'Mini Break' and at a very reasonable cost. There is no breakfast included but there is a small 'Prep' area adjacent to the main courtyard where you can rustle up a snack if you wish. The design and decor, as you can see from viewing the photographs, more than makes up for the lack of breakfast. Not far along Calle Lineros (left as you exit Hostal) you will find cafes & restaurants to provide breakfast (And meals, snacks & tapas at all times of day). We made our way to Plaza...

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