LA MEZQUITA - CATHEDRAL. This...
LA MEZQUITA - CATHEDRAL. This is Cordoba's outstanding monument, formerly the principal mosque of Western Islam (and still known as Mesquita), third largest mosque of the world and finest achievement of Moorish architecture in Spain.
THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER
The fourth longest river in Spain, the GUADALQUIVIR RIVER is also the longest in Andalucia. The name comes from the Arabic Al-Wadi Al-Kabir which means the "Great River".
The River is 657 kilometres long and begins at Canada de las Fuentes in the Cazorla Mountain Range, passes through Cordoba and Seville and ends at the fishing village of Bonanza, flowing into the Gulf of Cadiz in the Atlantic Ocean.
Views of the Guadalquivir River can be seen from the Roman Bridge.
You absolutely MUST NOT leave...
You absolutely MUST NOT leave CORDOBA without trying out the following things (I'm sure you'll never forgive yourself if you do miss it!):
1. Catch a fiery Flamenco show.
2. Try a dish of Paella (seafood rice).
3. Drink a glass of Sangria (a nice alcoholic cocktail drink)! I love this drink!!
4. Take up Flamenco dancing and make Joaquin Cortes (did I spell his name correctly?) envious. Kidding!
FROM Cordoba to Seville
Retuning after a long hard day on foot from Cordoba to Seville, I opted for the train.
I was able to buy my ticket at the station in Cordoba just before the trip with no problem.
The train arrives in Seville at the Santa Justa train station. Easy walking from there to Santa Cruz, or a short bus or taxi ride.
It was a much faster and more comfortable trip than the bus was that morning. It is a direct train with just one or two stops as I remember it.
I took the 18.32h train and was in Seville by 19.49h.
Seats are reserved, but the train was not crowded and people prety much sat wherever they wanted to. I got a window seat because a couple wanted to sit together. Not much to see, so a window seat is not really important on this ride.
There was a food car on the train that sold coffee, drinks, snacks and sandwiches. I decided to wait till I arrived because the prices were higher than one would expect to pay for these items.
The train ticket cost Euro 8.60.
Good for Tapas
We had done a lot of sightseeing and it was too hot to keep going at it, but we had about 2 hours until dinner. Never mind that we were going to spoil out dinner, we went for tapas to fill up the afternoon. Meson Bandolero is a hotel/restaurant and is located across the street from the Mezquita. We ordered the tapas from the counter from a waiter who reminded me a bit of that bungling angel character played by Buck Henry in the movie "Heaven Can Wait".
It went something like this:
Buck tells us the names of the tapas items. We can't understand him. Nor can my Spanish speaking son. Must be something about the Cordoban dialect. We take our chances and point. Buck thinks we are pointing at something else. We point again, this time there should be no mistake. Again he thinks we are pointing to something else. We go through this exercise about 5 times. Finally, we all agree upon what we want to order.
Buck says "Medio o grande?" and holds up two different size dishes. We point to the smaller one and say "Medio, por favor." Buck looks at us very doubtfully, holds up the medio dish and says "Medio." We say "Si." He picks up the grande dish and says "Grande?" We say, "No, medio, por favor" and point to the medio bowl. He again picks up the medio dish, looks at us very, very skeptically, making us wonder if we are committing some major faux pas and says, "Medio." Not a question. Just a statement. We say "Si, medio, por favor." We go through this about 5 times, too and finally he motions to the table and tells us "Por favor, sientese".
We sit down and Buck brings us tapas we didn't think we ordered in grande dishes.
I want a second glass of wine, but my husband doesn't. I ask for uno copa de vino. Buck says "Dos?" I say, "No, uno, por favor." He points to us both and says "Uno?" I say, "No, uno copa solamente para mi." Buck says "Dos?" I say "No, uno, por favor". Buck says "Uno." Not a question. Just a statement. He leaves, comes back with two glasses of wine.
I give up. The tapas, whatever it was that we ordered, was quite tasty. So were the 4 glasses of wine.