Thu 12 Jun 2003
It's certainly been a more relaxed part of our holidays in Seville and Cordoba. Thanks to less tourist attractions, ie buildings etc, we have had a chance to take it a little easier. The weather in Cordoba has been scorching, so we have happily joined in with the locals in their siestas. Pretty much everything is shut from 2 till 5:30 anyway, so not much else to do!
Our first day here, we basically just walked around a lot and managed to cover a grand circle of the town, walking past about 8 or 9 (all beautiful) old churches along the way! Lunch was memorable at a little restaurant called La Lechuga (the lettuce I believe), which had some very nice tapas for us to snack on. We immediately followed that up by going to the local bodega (bar), which served wine straight out of the barrel - they had a whole cellar that we could see in the background as well. The price was of course suitably low at around 75 cents, although it wasn't the finest brew I've ever tasted After our drink at the bar, we jumped to the following extreme, with a visit to the ancient sinagogue just down the road, a tiny little building, but supposedly there are very few left in Spain that are that old. Finally at the end of the day, while wandering on our way back to the hotel, we heard the sounds of flamenco and followed them to find a show being put on. Of course we had to pay, but it was a great experience to just sit and watch for over an hour!
Yesterday we made our visit to the Mezquita, the lovely old mosque that underwent numerous changes over the centuries and was finally converted to a cathedral in 1600 or so. Very beautiful place to spend some time. As in all major attractions there are a lot of tourguides showing people around and explaining things in their language. It becomes confusing sometimes when the tourguides are standing near the pulpit and all the tourists are in the pews - they really do look like preachers! It was extremely hot yesterday, so we spent a considerable time in our hotel room siestaing till it became a little cooler. It is far more pleasant to wander around in the evenings, so we have generally been doing that most nights till past midnight.
Today we visited the Alcazar here in Cordoba, which is a lot smaller than the one in Seville, but still quite enjoyable.. There are also a lot of Roman remains here in Cordoba, which makes for a somewhat different scenery to Seville. For lunch we revisited La Lechuga, the restaurant we went to on the first day because we had enjoyed it so much.
Tomorrow we head to Toledo very early in the morning.