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Tuesday 2 June 2015
In the afternoon we took the bus to Santiponce where there is an impressive Roman site,
Italica, which was the first Roman site in Spain founded in 206 BC. Very impressive and extensive.
Wednesday 3 June 2015
Today we took the renfe (fast train) to Cordoba ...
... of Cordoba by King Ferdinand [the Holy]. The now cathedral was consecrated the next day so there has only been one day in well over a millenium that religious services were not conducted there.
The present cathedral was only started in the 16th c. It had a sumptuous feel, reflective of Cordoba's power. Many relics are of silver and gold [at least when the Spanish controlled the traffic in these precious metals from the New World].
The belltower ...
... we decided to pay homage to this siesta and go back to the hotel and do just that—take a siesta.
We relaxed and napped until about 8 p.m. and then ordered room service for dinner before heading out to see a flamenco performance. This was a gem of an experience! The performance was done in an old Arab bath converted into a theatre area. Because there were only like 9-10 small tables that seated about 25-30 people, the setting was most intimate. The lighting ...
We drove back to Seville and had a lovely, lovely dinner at the hotel. The setting is so magical!
We enjoyed both Seville and Cordoba a lot, but were looking forward to cooler weather. We left the next morning to see if we could find it.
We have all arrived in Cordoba, Spain, Douglas and I after a nerve-wracking jaunt down the tiniest little side streets and alleys ever experienced, twisting through the old Jewish quarter of Cordoba, totally lost and completely flummoxed as to what to do...the final solution, park and walk to the hotel, several kilometres away, using the Rick Steeves map to guide us. ...