Cordoba

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on the road between Granada and Cordoba, olive trees are everywhere!

It took about 2 and half hour to drive to Cordoba from Granada. We found the hotel without much problem, even though the street it was on seemed really just a small alley! But there is a widening at the corner where the hotel is, and we found that the hotel staff would valet the car into their garage nearby, so we didn't have to worry about parking it. We arrive in early afternoon, about 1:30pm. After checking in, the staff offered us wine and cheese and ham goodies in the parlor next to the lobby. Then we had a siesta in the room. Our room had a window facing the street, and it was a popular street as it was very close to the Mezquita, and the horse carriages took this route regularly.

along the outside of the Mezquita
It was very nice to hear the sound of the hoofs on the cobblestone as we rested in the room. Late afternoon about 5:30, we went out to explore the old city. Only a few minutes away was the main attraction of Cordoba, the Mezquita! We only looked from the outside, and the courtyard, and would return tomorrow to see the interior. More Holy Week processions were scheduled today, and we made our way to a street where we waited along with seemingly mostly local crowds to see the procession. As I started to take pictures with my SLR camera, people were very nice and accommodating to not block  my view, and a lady apparently thought I was a reporter with camera, and started to tell us about the procession. She said this procession was from a wealthy church, and they would have lots of silver on display.
children collecting wax from the huge candels
And she was right of course! It was a very nice procession. The best part was this was not even a crowded street, maybe people in Cordoba were just more casual about watching the processions. The people in the procession were definitely well dressed and carried lots of silver objects of religious meanings.

Then we walked around the Jewish quarter and went outside the city gate of Almondovar Gate. Outside the city wall, which was built on the foundation of Roman Cordobar, the view of the old wall was very pretty. We took a nice walk along the wall on the outside, and into the San Basilio to look for a restaurant. We found one, but it was too early, they weren't open yet! So we headed back to the hotel through a different gate, rested a little bit, and headed back to the restaurant for dinner. We got there about 9:30pm, when they were barely open! This looks like a non-touristy restaurant with lots of locals showing up with family. The food was good, the servers (only two apparently) were very efficient! We had a famous local specialty of roast suckling pig, it was very special indeed, very tender (poor little piggy) and delicious! By 10:30 we were finished and went for another walk around the Mezquita and the Roman bridge. We had an ice cream by the Mezquita, and went back to the hotel after seeing another procession go by! By now we were really pretty good at catching and watching the Holy Week processions from 4 different cities!

portia says:
2 nights it seems like a fine place to be. I don't think I know grace though.
Posted on: Apr 02, 2010
Eric says:
One of my good friends (Grace, not sure if you ever met her) studied abroad in Cordoba. How long are you there for?
Posted on: Apr 02, 2010
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on the road between Granada and Co…
on the road between Granada and C…
along the outside of the Mezquita
along the outside of the Mezquita
children collecting wax from the h…
children collecting wax from the …
approaching the rock formation cal…
approaching the rock formation ca…
looks like profiles of two heads
looks like profiles of two heads
olive trees!
olive trees!
getting gas at a gas station
getting gas at a gas station
our hotel room in Cordoba
our hotel room in Cordoba
bathroom, with the clever window w…
bathroom, with the clever window …
window looking out to the street
window looking out to the street
they served us some afternoon wine…
they served us some afternoon win…
an inner courtyard of the hotel
an inner courtyard of the hotel
and here they have a well inside t…
and here they have a well inside …
view from the window, down the Rom…
view from the window, down the Ro…
bell tower of the now cathedral on…
bell tower of the now cathedral o…
bell tower
bell tower
bell tower from the patio of the M…
bell tower from the patio of the …
old ceiling panels and beams from …
old ceiling panels and beams from…
outer wall of the Mezquita
outer wall of the Mezquita
a very nice door of the Mezquita, …
a very nice door of the Mezquita,…
view of Mezquita wall and door fro…
view of Mezquita wall and door fr…
view of Mezquita wall and door fro…
view of Mezquita wall and door fr…
view of Mezquita wall and door fro…
view of Mezquita wall and door fr…
view into the courtyard of the Mez…
view into the courtyard of the Me…
the Mezquita courtyard and Mezquit…
the Mezquita courtyard and Mezqui…
a corner of the Mezquita viewed fr…
a corner of the Mezquita viewed f…
Holy Week procession in Cordoba
Holy Week procession in Cordoba
we were told by the locals that th…
we were told by the locals that t…
silver
silver
more silver
more silver
and more silver on the float
and more silver on the float
the women in the procession
the women in the procession
nuns watching the procession from …
nuns watching the procession from…
one of the city gates of Cordoba
one of the city gates of Cordoba
outside the Puerta de Almodovar Ga…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar G…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar Ga…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar G…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar Ga…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar G…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar Ga…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar G…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar Ga…
outside the Puerta de Almodovar G…
another gate of old Cordoba
another gate of old Cordoba
horse carriage and cars meet on th…
horse carriage and cars meet on t…
dinner at Restaurante San Basilio …
dinner at Restaurante San Basilio…
lots of mushrooms
lots of mushrooms
churros (sausages)
churros (sausages)
soup of ham and eggs
soup of ham and eggs
roast sucking pig, very very good
roast sucking pig, very very good
a lot more crowded now at the rest…
a lot more crowded now at the res…
Mezquita at night
Mezquita at night
column dedicated to St Raphael a m…
column dedicated to St Raphael a …
Mezquita back side viewed from the…
Mezquita back side viewed from th…
Mezquita viewed from the Roman bri…
Mezquita viewed from the Roman br…
red umbrella man at the other end …
red umbrella man at the other end…
Processions at night
Processions at night
ice cream and the delicious cone, …
ice cream and the delicious cone,…
music on the wall
music on the wall
Cordoba Hotels & Accommodations review
A lovely inn in Cordoba
This is a small inn in Cordoba, a short block from the Mezquita, on a narrow street which is on the route of the horse carriages, so you will hear the… read entire review
Cordoba
photo by: Pearl510