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Trip Report Two Weeks in Andalucia : Finally a Trip Planned Five Years Ago Comes to Pass!!

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We just returned from a long-ago planned 2 week trip to Andalucia and had a lovely time. There is much to tell so I will begin at the beginning :

We flew into Madrid and took a pre-ordered and pre-paid AVE train to Cordoba. This I will NEVER do again, just because I was so worried and nervous about whether we would make the train or not, that it made me nuts. Of course we made the train with plenty of time to spare, since I calculated possibilities of delays, etc. but still......

Madrid Barajas airport - hmmmmmm what can I say? AWFUL?? But we knew that from several years ago. And the awful part is that it is so huge and spread out and really and truly from the time we left the aircraft till we got to where the luggage carousel was it was a GOOD 20 minutes and we were walking fast in order to save time. So we ended up back and forth several times till we found the correct carousel, they are really not clear with this. And THEN I started getting really nervous when after about 20 minutes and most people leaving with their suitcases, we had nothing. So I said "great, the ONE time I am gonna have lost luggage is when I need to make a train:!!! But lo and behold we did get our luggage albeit really almost the very last ones and we were at 12 noon leaving the customs and walking out into the street (we landed at 10:30 so it was a good long time). Here I pulled the "this is MY decision" card and decided that even though we may have time still to save some money and take the bus to Atocha train station in the city, we went by taxi. It took 25 minutes or maybe even less and was 35 Euros, not terrible.

The train was fast and quiet, although VERY expensive at about 70 Euros per person!! But knowing that for our first week we did not want or need a car, this was what we decided to do.

We took a taxi to the hotel from the Cordoba train station and the hotel VIENTO 10 is...................WOWOWOWOWOWOW. Just as in the pictures and we love it.

The weather is SOOOOO VERRRRRRY HHHHHHOT BUT today at the Alcazar the lovely girl who saw us trying to cool off said "we are having very good weather now, in August it was FIFTY DEGREES CELSIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUCHY!!!!!!

So...... the hotel is fabulous, the owner is a sweetheart and full of patience and good information and suggestions. Since it was Sunday yesterday, our first day, and everything is closed, he suggested a walk around the town for about 1.5-2 hours and ending up at the Mercado Victoria where there are food stands of all nature and you pick what you want, pay for it and sit either outside or in, and have your meal/drink.

So that is what we did. We walked through a lot of the city, not the very old town because that will be today and tomorrow, but did some purposely "getting lost" and just seeing where it will take us. We were quite tired and hungry by the time we got to the Mercado and ended up tasting the following and loving them all :

Tapas olives stuffed with salmon and with a pearl onion
olives stuffed with cheese and with a small tomato
empanadas with tuna
tortilla with egg, potato, salmon, etc.
delish area typical white wine Monzillo, yum
Ended with frozen yogurt

Took taxi home and slept SO well !! Bed is amazing, king size and comfortable, shower is one of those huge rain showers with all sorts of jacuzzi like nozzles and squirts all different places and is so fun.

So today we woke up to the most amazing breakfast I have ever had in a hotel!!. Beautifully and so asethetically presented, as is everything in this place. A tray of small boats with 2 different jams, their typical tomato puree of fresh ripe tomatoes, jambon (ham), butter and sugar. We then received the following and in this order : freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, small elegant glass bowls of the most exquisite melon partially pureed with lemon, mint and sugar, and some left in pieces, watermelon pieces, a fresh roll, small pieces of typical yellow cheese with a bit of spicy jam, small pieces of luscious orange pound cake, another different kind of roll, a croissant, all warmed and lovely. THEN the gal asked if we wanted yogurt!! We said yes and it was amazing.

We then started our day a bit after 10 AM and walked down the river Quadalquivir which is right here at the hotel towards the Mesquita. We crossed the Roman Bridge to the other side to see the Andalus Museum which was interesting and had some nice views from the top. Then back to the original side of the river and walked into the gates of the Old City. The Mesquita was amazing and I could not stop taking pictures. It was more beautiful and large that I even imagined.

We spent a good hour or so there and then walked towards the Alcazar not far from there (these and the previous Museum were about the only things open on a Monday here so it was fine) but stopped for some refreshments beforehand and a rest.

So again not a lot of places open on Sundays and Mondays but we found a nice place in the shade and we all had some small nosh and a drink and a rest.

Around 2 PM we went into the Alcazar, it was mostly gorgeous and large gardens but also some things inside to see like lots of mosaics and lovely architecture. By the time 3 PM came around we were all pretty tired from the heat mostly and trudged back to the hotel. It was VERY hard in this midday heat . But we have a great shower in our hotel so it refreshed us for our evening walk and dinner.

More later.........

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