The Mezquita

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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Andalusia,
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ahhhh the credit crunch, you gotta love it in all its forms. As prices go down, including petrol, Ryanair being the way they are, act in accordance, so the prices go up !!! But still, there are places to go, so we reached into our pockets, dug out the money, and booked another flight.
 
The Plan
 
There is something special that we love about Spain, and that is the Moors. The sites we have seen over the years have been great, but there was one we had not been to see, so Córdoba was our destination, as we needed to see the Mezquita, and whatever else was there.
 
Córdoba
 
Once there, we dumped our bags and headed for the Mezquita. From outside, there was a couryard with orange trees and a tower. It reminded me of the cathedral in Seville. The Cathedral was quite big as well. We bought the tickets and headed in. Once inside, the place was a sea of horseshoe columns. It was very impressive. We made our way over to the Mirhab, and in all honestly, it was the best one I think I've ever seen. It was encrusted with semi-precious gems, I'd never seen anything like it. In the centre was the Catholic section. It was ok, but I prefered the Mezquita part. So the story goes, that there once was a church, then the Moors came in and knocked it down. After the Moors were moved on, the Catholics built in the centre !!! So, do two wrongs make a right? Don't really know, but I thinked they fucked it !!!
 
Back out in the streets, we walked into Jewsville and headed for the Synagogue. Amazingly in Spain, there are only three, or so the sign said, and as we had been to two in Toledo, the set was beckoning !!! It was only tiny, not much really to see, but we ticked it off, and moved on.
 
Past some walls, and down to the river, and there it was, the restored Roman Bridge. I couldn't see which bit was Roman, maybe the design !!! At the other end was a tower, but it was locked up, so we didn't get a look.
 
As the night rolled on, much Rioja was consumed, which is to be expected as we were in Spain.
 
Without a headache, we hit the streets again. Now maybe my Jewdar wasn't working, especially as I had spent a shitload getting to Bhutan, but when we arrived at the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, we noticed that it had been free yesterday !!! Inside was a little fort type thing with various rooms and some mosaics. There was also a nice garden, which we ran around in. The whole place was ok, nothing special, just ok !!!
 
We ran around a little bit more, until it was time to jump in the car and go somewhere else, and that was 8K's away.
 
Madinat Al-Zahra
 
Basically a set of Moorish ruins, set on a hill. There had been various attempts at restoration over the last ninety years. They were kind of different, loads of arches, god knows why, maybe they had the old plans !!! There were the remain of a Mosques, and some gardens which had been laid out in the 60's. Down the back was the Salón Rico, more arches, most probably the best part of the Madinat Al-Zahra. Actually, I got pretty bored of it quite quickly, so we jumped back in the car and headed away to ou next destination
 
Granada
 
We had been here before, so we weren't to interested in seeing the sites, just wanted to drink Rioja, as this is the done thing. The beauty of Granada is that everytime you order a drink, you get food. We had done the food hall of fame previously, so we attempted another run
 
1) Ham and Cheese bagel
2) Some shit that looked and tasted like dog food
3) Tortilla in a roll
4) Stick of meat in a roll
 
We moved onto another bar, drinking more Rioja until we finally died !!!
 
Trust me, as much as we have our dodgy GPS, it wouldn't let us leave Granada. Maybe it wanted us to see more, but we had to leave as a plane was awaiting.
 
And Finally
 
Was the Mezquita worth the wait? Oh yeah. Was it good to be drinking Rioja? Oh yeah. Was it good to be back in Spain? Oh yeah. And still we need to go back as there is still loads to see.
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