Hola! The past few days have been a bit challenging given the fast pace. Even the 20-somthings are exhausted from the endless walking. Maybe one day I´ll learn not to pack so many things. I haven´t, so far, with the other backpacking trips I´ve taken! My 20 plus pound pack is a bit much to carry up and down hills!
The hike from the bus station in Cordoba (one of the oldest cities in Spain) to the hotel was not short and given the recent purchases I feel a bit like a walking, lopsided bowling ball.
When arriving in Cordoba, my plan was to make it an easy day. My thought changed quickly since I didn´t want to just sit around in the hotel while everyone else was out and about....I just didn´t want to miss anything. So, off Kaylene and I went, with the first stop at La Mesquita, the 3rd largest mosque in the world. Amazingly enough, it has a cathedral inside of it! The mosque was so beautiful that the Christians did not want to destroy it when they conquered the town. According to the guidebook, approximately 60 columns were removed to build the high altar in the center of the mosque. Looking in each direction inside the mosque, you will obviously, find both Moorish and Christian architecture and symbols throughout the monument. Every time I look at a phenomenal site, I think it is the most amazing I have ever seen; then, there is always another amazing monument around the corner or in the next city. Again....look-up La Mesquita in Cordoba on the Net....it is another amazing historical monument.
I am a bit weary, so I´ll write later about Granada - the next stop....Hasta luego....Love, LeeAnn
P.S. The vino tinto is a staple for lunch, so I can see why everyone needs to take a siesta in the afternoon! ;o)