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We left early morning for Toledo, often called: City of Three Cultures: Arab, Christian and Jewish. The history of Toledo dates back to the Roman occupation (Toletum) circa 192BC.
We found parking at the end of a steep hill near the 13th century cathedral or the Alcázar that sits on the outskirts of the old city. The origin of the building dates back to 3rd century Roman times. El Greco lived here for many years and some of his works can be seen in the Gothic ...
... worth it in the end for us to be able to see inside the mosque-cathedral.
After leaving the church mom pulled out our trusty guide book to explain some of what we had just seen inside. As she's reading through the history line by line she says "and they would all chant Allah, Allah, whatever" and skimmed over the rest. That phrase will be one for the books just like the UPs store or the ravioli that tasted like air. They, the ones chanting, ...
... bath house (Hammam Al Andulus). This was pure luxury. Massaged, anointed with fragrant oils and then alternating between the very hot, the warm water and the invigorating freezing cold in various baths. And of course the boiling hot steam room.
After being tenderised (massaged), oiled and flavoured (obvious really), par boiled, then steamed, followed by a cold blanching I was fully prepared!! Maybe that’s how a turkey feels.
The streets of the old ...
... else the world had ever known, than you picture Cordoba in the year 975 AD. A lot of ancient Cordoba remains in place. The main attraction is the mosque, it is enormous and one of the only places in the world where you can celebrate Mass in a Mosque. Once again the influence of 8 centuries of Islamic rule. In 1994 the southern part of the Historical Centre of Cordoba was declared a World Heritage Site. This area covers ...
... tomorrow, and a parking spot somewhere for a bit extra. We went out sightseeing and walking around the old town without a firm agenda. After a bit, we found the Mezquita - the Cathedral and I persuaded Juliet to get tickets to go in. It is another huge structure, like the Cathedral we didn't see in Granada. This one has a lot of Moorish features. I didn't read up on it while we were in it but I suspect it is a converted mosque. ...