Cordova- a one night stop

Córdova-Sunday, April 19, 2015

We said a quick and early good-bye to Torremolinos, grabbing a cab for the Malaga Maria Zumbrano Tren Estacion at 7:30AM.

imageWe ate a quick breakfast at our usual spot, the Orient Express Cafe in the station, and then boarded our Renfe Avance train for Cordova, on our way to Valencia which will be our launching site until May 15. The public transportation here in Spain has been clean, prompt and efficient. When we have only ourselves to transport we use the metro or the bus service, but today we were loaded down with all of our luggage and purchases. In order avoid the mule-packing system of our younger years, we enjoy the taxi services, which have also been easy an efficient to use. We arrived in Cordoba for our one night stay at the EXE Conquistador Hotel and were thrilled to find it directly across the street from the Mesquita, the Mosque-cathedral of Córdoba, the focus of our stay here. We will tour it tomorrow as it is open while most other sites will be closed on Monday.

After a quick Spanish pizza for an early lunch, Norm and I grabbed a horse and carriage ride to get an overview of the main attractions. Luckily, the ride ended very near one of the sites we wanted to see up close, the Roman Bridge.

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Córdova, Spain, Sunday, 4-19-2015 The Roman Bridge. Photo by Norm Ritter

Before we crossed it, we enjoyed the views of the Guadalquivir River which also flows through Sevilla and Granada. An ancient waterwheel and remains of a mill, Aldolafia y Molinos, can be seen from the upper walkway. A nature park and walkway has been developed along the river.

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Sunday, April 20, 2015. Aldolafia y Molinos, waterworks and mills. Photo by Norm Ritter

Across from the bridge is the Alcazar and the Triunfo de San Rafael Tower. The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Spanish for “Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs”), is also known as the Alcázar of Córdoba. It is a medieval palace, a long time residence of Ferdinan and Isabella, supporters of Columbus.

2015-4-20 Tower. Photo by Norm Ritter

2015-4-2, Sunday.  Triunfo de San Rafael Tower. Photo by Norm Ritter

Nearby, is a sculpture garden. “Sanafor de Letras” is a favorite.

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Córdova, Spain, Sunday, 4-19-2015 Sanafor de Letras Sculpture. Photo by Norm Ritter

While I rested at the hotel, Norm took an extended walk on the edge of the Old Town to view the Roman Temple. We viewed the impressive pillars on our carriage ride, and he wanted to get up close and personal with his camera in hand.

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Cardova, Spain, Sunday, 4-19-2015 The Roman Temple. Photo by Norm Ritter

While he was on his walk, I enjoyed a coffee on the beautiful patio in our hotel. Cordova is renown for its patios and has a festival approaching in May which will showcase dozens of them.

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2015-4-19 Córdova, Spain. EXE Conquistador Hotel Patio. Taken with my iPad.

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2015-4-19 Córdova, Spain. Patio Example. Photo by Norm Ritter.

As Norm was exploring, he came across a restaurant that we had been looking for, so he made reservations for us. It has a terrace eating area, so at dusk we made our way to the Pairi Daeza, it was a mild evening so we could watch the sunset over the Mezquita. Life is good!

Sunday, April 20, 2015. Rooftop Terrace Pairi Daeza Restaurant view of the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral.

Sunday, April 20, 2015. Córdova, Spain: Rooftop Terrace Pairi Daeza Restaurant view of the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral. Taken with my iPad.

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Sunday, April 20, 2015. Córdova, Spain: Rooftop Terrace Pairi Daeza Restaurant view of the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral after sunset. Photo by Norm Ritter

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Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create mixed media, quilted and fiber art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, NC; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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4 Responses to Cordova- a one night stop

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks like you are having a wonderful trip.

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  2. muniqueblog says:

    Thanks for responding to the blog. Feedback is ver welcome. We transferred to Valencia last night… Always a chore with all the baggage, but it went smoothly and we are busy getting resupplied. Email more info on your big 2016 trip!

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  3. candktravels says:

    What wonderful pictures. We are suppose to get snow tonight so enjoy your place. Chuck

    Liked by 1 person

  4. candktravels says:

    Love, love, love your blog! Thanks for sharing your trip! Kathy

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