After landing in Madrid, we went directly to Cordoba by hight speed train. This is our hotel in Cordoba, just around the corner from the Mesquita
Streets are so narrow cars that did not fold their mirrors in tended to scrape the walls
It was so hot that Ben even stooped once to drink water. Mostly he drank orange soda
The courtyards are cool and inviting. People spend a lot of time here, as evidenced by the TV set
The old synagogue from the 11th century. This was where the philosopher Maimonedes lived
The Mesquita- this ancient mosque, started in the 9th century, had a church dropped into the middle of it by the reconquering Christians.
The mesquita lit up at night. We spent one night there, mainly to see the lovely mesquita.
Imagine a huge square mosque, supported by thousands of pillars. To put the church in the middle, some of the walls used the moorish pillars for support
An example of where baroque meets moor, here in the corner of the roof
many of the moslem pillars from the mosque still remain
After a day in Cordoba, we take the train 45 minutes down to Seville, home for the next 3 days.
We stayed at the Hostel Laurel, in the heart of the Jewish quarter
The Alcazar, built in the moorish style for the Christian kings.
Typical street in Seville's Jewish quarter. The streets are mainly deserted during the heat of the afternoon, except for this photographer...
Hanging outside of a shop, this bull had a longer life span than than real ones
Ben wondered how this guy can stay so still for days on end
Almost nothing remains of the Jewish quarter, the original inhabitants driven out or killed. Ben stands beside one of the only remaing parts of a synagogue
Seville. Religion is ingrained into everything that is Spanish.
Seville's city hall. The ornate part on the left was built when Spain was flush with cash from the new world. The part on the right was built later, after the riches were gone there was no money left and thus a plain facade
The entrance to the Cathedral, once the Mosque, still has the bronze doors from the 1300 Moors
Ben gamely tried the tapas, and sometime liked them
Seville bar. The ham is carved directly from the leg, hoof and all attached.
The Alcazar, with decorations by moorish artists for the kings
One of the halls was lined ceiling to floor with tiles
The alcazar royal gardens. Parts of San Diego's Balboa park are modeled after it. Here Ben wanted to show you how water can come out of his ear
The huge grounds of the 1929 Exposition. The semicircular grounds, in an advanced state of decay, is now mainly used as a movie set
This little girl visited her mom in the bar where the mom works
The main shopping street of Seville is covered to shade the shoppers during the heat of the day
Traditional flamenco dancers entertained after guitar and singing
Cathedral bell tower, the former tower of the mosque where the muzein would call faithful to prayer. Since the moors were called to prayer 5 times daily, the tower had a ramp so that horses could ascend.
Since the muzein had to call the faithful to prayer 5 times daily, they designed ramps up so that the a horse could carry the muzein to the top.
Breakfast- warm ropes of churros, boiled in oil, are dipped in warm, pudding like chocolate sauce.
A royal crown in the cathedral treasury. the body of the angel is a single pearl
The Cathedral of Sevilla.
Outside the cathedral, on the walls, these figures have wonderfully lifelike faces
Couples still use the cathedral for marriages
Later, as we have a snack, the couple from the cathedral walks switfly by
After 3 days in Sevilla, we rent a car to drive to the south for a couple of days
We pass fields of sunflowers and it seems like hundreds of wind generators
The old roman port of casea braolo, where fish pasted was made for the citizens of Rome. ``
We spent a day in Tarifa, the southern most point in Europe, 12 miles from Morocco.
The beach at Tarifa
Ben ventures into waters where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. Ben does not notice that in the water near him the woman is topless
The translation is essentially "we know that the stuff is organic but it is not needed here. Don't [go to the bathroom] here"
In the old fortress of Tarifa, Ben hunches down against the strong wind