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!
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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