01.10.2010 - 03.10.2010
We had a good train ride into Cordoba and caught up with a female couple from San Francisco we had met in Granada. We took a bus to the old part of town and just next to the bus stop was a fantastic organic, neo-hippy type of coffee shop run by a young couple with a daughter, with delicious salads, toasties and coffee. We then went on to find our accommodation, Hotel Plateros in Seneca Square (named after the Roman emperor). After checking in, we went for a walk around the old town of Cordoba, where we had a tapas dinner with this gorgeous dish of potatoes, fried egg and balsamic vinegar. The next day we went into the Mesquita (mosque) which was first a church, then was converted into a mosque, before becoming a catherdral after the reconquest of Cordoba by the Christians in the 13th century. We walked around the Jewish quarter and visited one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. The Alcazar was worth seeing but nothing to be compared with the Alhambra in Granada. Cordoba was the best culinary destination on our travels in Spain. A wounderful blend of Andalusion Spainish and North African cultures. Chris organised a night out at a Flamenco dinner show that was really special. Our favourite dish was salmorejo a local variation of gazpacho soup. The host was very generous and a fine flamenco guitar singer. A beautiful Spanish woman sang in a way that was so expressive and heart rendering. Cordoba was a nice way to end our stay in Southern Spain before moving onto the North East of Spain - Barcelona.