Today Josh and I spent a second leisurely day wandering the timeless streets of Cordoba. We visited what remains of a 14th century synagogue, toured the local Alcazar, visited the archeological museum, and ended the day with a couple of relaxing hours at the local hammam. Tomorrow we will head off to Granada and the Alhambra, followed by some random hotel on the side of the road tomorrow night. Btw, among the many things we saw today was the sign below in front of the Alcazar. Read it closely, there is a line there that absolutely cracks me up. It says the building was used for important things like planning “the discovery of America”. Click on the pic or link below to see the entire album of day two in Cordoba.
A long time ago, I took a trip through Andalusia, stopping dutifully at Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada. But that was 20 years ago or so, and I have to admit to my memory being somewhat vague. As such, Josh and I nearly decided to give Cordoba a miss, and wow am I glad I came back. I had forgotten how lovely the old town is and how breathtaking the Cathedral. In addition, there is a fascinating Jewish history in evidence, making Cordoba an apt symbol of harmonious co-existence, even if it failed to live up to this image at many points in its history. We are even staying in the Maimonides Hotel (and how apt that we are at the start of the Jewish new year, no less :)). We will stay another day and wander the narrow winding streets, then head off to Granada.