Plaza las Tendillas
Plaza las Tendillas is a large open square in the old city of Cordova, not too far from the hostel where we stayed. We found the statue of Gonzalo de Cordova there and YES, I did have to look up the name to learn who this was. I got the following from the The Columbia Encyclopedia.....
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba , 1453-1515, Spanish general, called the Great Captain. He fought in the civil wars preceding and following the accession of Isabella I and in the conquest of Granada. He commanded the army aiding Naples against Charles VIII of France. After expeditions against the rebellious Moriscos of Granada and the Turks, he returned to Italy as an ally of Louis XII of France, who had joined with Ferdinand II of Aragón to partition Naples. When Naples had been conquered, he expelled (1502-4) the French and served as governor until 1507. He greatly improved the Spanish infantry by specializing the use of weapons.
The Alcázar of the...
The Alcázar of the Christians Kings
It is a building of military character that was built following gothic style by order of King Alfons XI. Here the Catholic Kings resided approximately 8 years, during the period of the Spanish Reconquest. It was here were they received Columbus prior to his voyage to the Americas. Its elegant gardens and its contents are magnificent and priceless, with Roman mosaics and sarcophaguses of the 2nd and 3rd centuries. It also offers an excellent view to the rover and the Roman Bridge, that crosses the Guadalquivir River. As part of the complex, it has several towers with lodgings that are covered with pointed arches, such as the Tower of the Homage or the Lions’ Tower facing the garden of the Martyred Saints. It also maintains the baths, of the caliph tradition, located under the Mosaics’ Hall, which nowadays is used to celebrate weddings.
DO plan your wardrobe in such a way that you'll have no problem mixing and matching your outfits and it should bring you from day to night. Actually, (if you ask me) you really DON'T NEED to pack too many clothings because dresses/ clothes are pretty INEXPENSIVE here in Spain! Yes, you heard me correctly . Go there with a half-filled luggage and you WON'T be disappointed. If you choose to go in October, better still. It's SALE time in Spain! Ole! DON'T forget to transfer your precious Clarifying toners and astringent, foaming cleanser, Advanced Night Repair/ Vibrant night creams et al into small plastic containers - to save luggage space. I ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring along at least 2 camaras with me... just in case one breaks down. My friends used to laugh at me.... until their one and only camera broke down. Then when they had to RELY SOLELY on me and my amateurish photographic skills, they somehow stopped laughing. Yes, immediately. Serve them right! :-)) DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your currencies into Spanish Pesetas before your trip.
And DON'T use your Visa or Mastercard to withdraw cash. This is considered a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a HEFTY fee whereas if you were to use YOUR own ATM card, you will NOT be charged for any fees. In fact, you WILL benefit and enjoy from the low interbank exchange rates. Trust me (I used to work for an American bank).
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
(1) Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange', 'Star' etc on it?
(2) If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
(3) Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in U.S.A., no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
(4) If you use this method, you'd also save alot from the interbank exchange rates. Money changers will charge you much, much more compared to a bank.
I've been using this method countless of times before and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me. Yet. Yes, even at the remotest village in Africa or China! Have a great trip!
'A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking!' - Earl Wilson (1907-1987); American Writer.
There is not an airport in...
There is not an airport in Cordoba, but fast links to Madrid and Seville are assured thanks to the fast speed train called AVE.
Simply walk, enjoy the windling streets of the old Jewish quarter and the fasade of the mosque.
The restaurant has two dining rooms, a small one for smokers, a large one for more virtuous people. The menu is the same in both rooms.
The ambience was better in the non-smoking section; the service, in the smoking room, was satisfactory.
The food wasn't. My Rabo de Toro a la Cordobesa (bull's tale, Cordoba style) was tasteless. My guess is that it was prepared in a pressure cooker.
All other courses, for both my wife and me, were just edible. None. Though we'd go back to Cordoba just to feast at Restaurante El Churrasco, we wouldn't go back to Almudaina even if they paid us.