What a neat town! I really tend to dig these old European towns. There's so much character and charm. It's easy to see how Cordoba was selected as a World Heritage Site. Walking through the narrow "streets" of white walled buildings just takes you backs a few hundred years or so, then around the corner there's an excavation of something Roman. The square where I'm currently having "lunch" occupies the site where a colessium once stood. Too bad there's not still gladiators running amok.
|Plaza de la Corredera|
A little bit of tourism stuff, My hotel is right next to en Mezquita, with it's 930 AM bell ringing, I was aroused after a long night sleep. The hotel was a great find. Location and cleanliness for low price, and the added bonus of character. The morning started with a walk to the river and the Punte Roman, an old roman bridge from way back, though restored and modernized. I'm pretty sure the Romans didn't have the electrical wiring needed to light the bridge. After that, a trip to the Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristiano, or castle of the Christian kings. Today admission was "gratis" and I got to explore the old castle and gardens. Seems oranges are big thing here, as the place is lousy with orange trees
|Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristiano|
After the castle, a stop for coffee and breakfast right inside the old city walls. Enter the narrow winding paths through white walled buildings. A stop in the sinogoga, one of three surviving medieval synagogues in Spain, dating from the 14th century.
Next was the Mezquita. This Mosque was founded in 785 (and was built in top of a previous church that was razed by the Muslim occupiers) and has since been "recently" converted to a cathedral (in the 16th century). This place is huge and giantly impressive. Words can't really do the place justice, so check out the pictures.
|Inside the Mezquita|
And that brings me to my current location. I'll finish this snack and press on.. Well. For another cerveza. And a snack. I feel like I eat constantly here, except its all small foods. So maybe that's healthier?
Lunch, for example, was the tuna and potato salad sample with the beer, followed by a walk to a different bodega, this one specializing in Argentine foods. So another beer and an empanada. There was a couple hours in between those two snacks, as I swung by a former inn once occupied by Cervantes and referred to by Don Quixote as a "den of thieves".
After the obligatory visit to an Irish pub, dinner was tapas.. Small portions of beef in a sherry sauce, potatoes with a red sauce, and grilled shrimp and mushrooms on a skewer. Not a lot, but did the trick. That was about I for the day. Went walking but seemed the place was quiet for the night by 2300. Tomorrow it's off on another train ride to Algeciras for a couple days by the Med and hanging around a big rock.