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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba July 25th 2011

Then we cut south. We headed into Andalucia, Córdoba in particular. Straight down the deck really, but not all that far – sort of Darwin to a b it south of Katherine, and the scenery was similarly dry. Except for the olives. Olive trees. Everywhere were olives. Seriously, a sea of olive trees. For hours, as far as the eye could see. A tear welled up in my eye as I though about all of those olives. Spain and me, we were going to get along just fine. And everywhere solar farms – an intelligent option in this sun drenched country. And many different types. The majority were photovoltaic, but there were also quite a few CSP plants using parabolic troughs, and at least one with a solar tower. Impressive. Spain has one of the highest ... read more
On the way to Córdoba
On the way to Córdoba
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba June 21st 2011

Sorry about the lame title ... I am clearly running out of ideas for them! But really ... meandering is what I did. This is a great little town where getting lost in the streets and just poking in and out of museums is a really nice way to spend the day. Oh and disregard the comments on some of the photos ... for some reason my problem with uploading photos is back ... comments don't match the photo that I uploaded. I was a little worse for wear today ... stomach not good. I have been eating raw ham and carpaccio and chorizo and all kinds of crap ... no problem. A lovely little gazpacho ... and yes that's what tips me over the edge. It's tomatoes for the love of God! My body is ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba June 20th 2011

I woke up this morning not feeling 100%. I certainly was not in the mood for another train ride. If I had the choice, I probably would have rolled over and stayed in bed much longer. But I didn't have that choice. It was a short ride and if I didn't feel better, I could only hope that my room would be ready when I got there. So a little over an hour later and a long nap on the train, I made it to Cordoba feeling much better. Just an off morning I guess. Maybe too much detoxing in the saunas and pool yesterday! I found my hotel with no problems. Don't know what I would do without my iPhone and the great little app where you can download maps and the built-in GPS!!! It ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba » Villafranca De Cordoba May 27th 2011

This is may be the first time in my life I did not wish for rain. I woke up with the noisy rain drops, hitting abruptly the glass shutter on the balcony. Out there, the weather looks completely soggy & murky. I hated to see the rain lashing down. A group of school kids are enjoying the rain at the school playground by splashing the muddy water at their colleagues. The more dark clouds begin rolling over each other above the skyscrapers. I witnessed that the sky could no longer bear the weight of these rainy clouds. I sat back in my bed with both hands on my cheeks, began to think how far this rain can stretch from where we are. We could not postpone the trip to Cordoba because our time was ticking fast. ... read more
Maksura
Inside Mozquita pillars and arches
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba » A Mezquita May 17th 2011

Tourists go to Cordoba basically to see the ‘Mezquita-Cathedral’. Then, if time permits they will see other things like the Jewish Quarter, the Moorish Baths, The Alcazar and if they can, they visit ‘Medina Al Zahara’, a palace-complex about 7 kms away from Cordoba. The ‘Mezquita-Cathedral’ should actually be called ‘Roman Temple-Visigothic Church-Muslim Mezquita-Catholic Cathedral’. However, I am just going to call it ‘Mezquita’ for the sake for brevity. This is one building which has disparate, diverse elements from the Roman, Moorish and Christian eras and which have become combined into a handsome whole – by a lucky chance, I am afraid, not by any ingenious human design. Elsewhere in Andalucia, the Roman and Moorish ruins as well as Catholic churches occupy separate locations. Sometimes, the mosques have been just converted into churches with a lit ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba » A Mezquita April 9th 2011

We decided that we would go to Córdoba later in the afternoon and stay until the evening and eat supper there. It was Jill´s 26th birthday and she wanted to have some kind of unique celebration. I suggested that we do a tapas crawl. For the uninitiated, tapas are small plates of appetizer snacks. A meal can be made by trying a variety of small dishes. There are also ½ raiciones, these are equal in quantity to about two tapas dishes. Then there are the full raiciones, these are regular plate size servings. More on the tapas crawl later. We also had decided to sleep in late and drive into the small neighboring town of La Carlota for a bit more grocery shopping and looking around. One of the students had come down with a sore ... read more
A closer view
The seat of the bishop
St. Michael

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba April 2nd 2011

My objective today was to visit Jaen and Zuheros or Baena. And we wanted to lay in some food supplies for the week. And we wanted to cook at the house that evening. Ummm yeah…that was too tall an order to fill. The day didn’t quite work out the way in which I had envisioned. First of all, for those of you that may or may not know, Beth & I are teaching at the same school. I am teaching Spanish. I believe that for someone acquiring a second language, classroom study is too much an abstract environment and some level of immersion is really needed to achieve some level of competency. Plus, I am an enthusiastic advocate of traveling and having what I call “the authentic experience.” I also tell my students to: “Live the ... read more
A bit hazy
Blue Skies
Lets head thattaway

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba March 31st 2011

I understand that the weather has totally sucked (Boise, ID) for the last week and a half while we were in sunny Spain. Gee…that´s too bad! We had a totally groovy time in Spain, weather-wise, culinary-wise, and otherwise. Beth and I had been planning our return to Spain for quite some time so we decided to go there for our spring break this year. We spent one week in the Córdoba region and two days in Madrid. Our good pal Jill May accompanied us. When I invited her this past fall she didn’t hesitate and said that she didn’t need to think about it and that she was “in.” I like enthusiastic travelers like that! When one thinks of Spain, the pictures of flamenco dancing, bullfights, white villages, and Moorish architecture immediately come to mind. You ... read more
The little plaza
Nearby church
Evening view

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba March 31st 2011

We flew into Madrid and arrived at 7AM. The next leg of the journey was to take the high speed AVE train to Córdoba and pick up our rental vehicle at the train station. Although one does not necessarily have to make reservations for the train, I thought it would be prudent to have assured seats since I was not familiar with the amount of travelers on a Sunday afternoon. Tip: Although RENFE (the Spanish train company) has an online reservation site and it also offers discounts for reservations online, that proved to be an impossible task to accomplish. Beth and I tried for two successive days and finally gave up. While I was doing additional research for ticket purchasingI did find a reference to a company’s website through which one can purchase discount tickets for ... read more
I need a nap
Entrance to the plaza
Popping into the sun

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba February 20th 2011

Tuesday 8th February 2011 Drive to Cordoba of about 100 miles - eventually finding the municipal campsite having driven past and not noticed it ! Once established we walked a short distance down to Old Mcdo's for lunch as onboard supplies low. Did some shopping and back to site for schoolwork. Wednesday 9th February 2011 A cool misty start this morning and a bus into Cordoba the centre of which is a UNESCO world heritage site. In ancient times Cordoba was a Roman city and capital of Hispania. In the middle ages, under muslim rule, it became the capital of the Caliphate of Qurtuba governing almost all of the Iberian peninsular. In the 10th century Cordoba was the most populous city in the world and became the intellectual centre pf Europe. Today it is a moderately ... read more
Cordoba Patio
Gardens
Roman Bridge and Mosque




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