Visit the amazing Alhambra Palace, which dates back to the middle ages. Travel to a Spanish mountain village where you'll enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals over a traditional lunch.
13.07.2016 - 13.07.2016 38 °C
Hotel - Palacio del Bailio, Cordoba - Room number 21
Before we left Granada, we visited Alhambra Palace. Our local guide was Lorena. Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid 13th century by the Moorish Emir Mohammen ben Al-Ahmar. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333. In 1492 the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella, where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition. It is a huge and beautiful complex and took a long time to walk through it. There is just so much to see and take in, I couldn't possibly write it all here. I took millions of photos. Here are just a few.
I have noticed that my feet and ankles terribly swollen. My sandals are tight because of the swollen feet. I have never had that before and am feeling quite worried. Curvetta told me to keep them raised which I will do this evening when we arrive at the hotel.
Drove to the village of Alafarnate and we were divided into groups of about 10 and had lunch in a local villager's home. We went to Virginia's home and it was lovely. She didn't speak any English and we didn't speak any Spanish but Isabel had tried to teach us a few words of appreciation for our host's cooking. The food was plentiful and delicious.
Prior to the lunch, we were given a guided tour of the village by an Englishman who has lived in this village for about 18 years. He moved there with his wife and their two boys were born there. His wife was a local tour guide and about a year ago, suddenly had an unexpected heart attack and died. Very sad and he is still very much grieving. Since her death, he has taken over her guiding role and is enjoying it.
The sleepy Spanish in the mountains and the Englishman reminded me of a series of books I read before I left home by Victoria Twead called One Old Fool in Dorset; Two Old Fools - Ole; Two Old Fools in Spain Again, etc and so on it goes.
The streets in the village are very steep. There is no one around. There are loud speakers on every light pole and our guide told us that this was used to broadcast all the village news, prior to the internet and mobile phones. If you happened to be caught having an affair, that would also be broadcast to all and sundry!
Prior to lunch we visiting a small shop that had a tasting of olive oil, olives and almonds. Local produce - nothing better. The almonds in Spain are bigger and flatter than Australian almonds and softer and easier to eat.
After lunch and lots of hugs and kisses goodbye, we visited an olive pressing plant. There was so much wheat stubble and dust flying around, I ended up with a huge dose of hay fever.
We arrived at our hotel in Cordoba and have a lovely room on the ground floor, with a window/balcony overlooking a garden and the pool. We went for a swim and the cool water helped my swollen feet go down.
Because we had had such a huge lunch, we decided not to have any dinner so I took a hay fever bomb and went to bed.
We are noticing that lots of flowers and plants the same as Australia. Agapanthus, crepe myrtle, oleanda and blue plumbago.
Heard it's snowing in Canberra today. Very excited to see the photos on Facebook. We are 38 degrees in Granada/Cordova.