Cordoba’s Alcazar

I side the alcazar, looking at a tower with a reflecting pond beneath.  Serene.

I side the alcazar, looking at a tower with a reflecting pond beneath. Serene.

After leaving the Mezquita in Cordoba we took a short walk to the St. Raphael statue (the city’s patron saint) with had a nice fountain at the base and was close to the Roman bridge, with it’s multiply arches, it spans the Rio Guadalquivir. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times but the original Roman footings are still in place so….we’ll call it good, Puente Romano it is.

Bridge off in the distance.  Camera was out of battery, so phone will have to do.

Bridge off in the distance. Camera was out of battery, so phone will have to do.

Our next stop was at the Alcazar (aka Palace-fortress) de los Reyes Cristiano’s. Built in the 14th century for catholic monarchs it had a some nice Fresco’s and another tower to climb!

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Up we went in the hot sun sans Senorita K for some nice pictures of the gardens a city as well as a walk around some of the out ring of the roof/walls.

Tower, a wall, some other defensive wall points.

Tower, a wall, some other defensive wall points.

K again got some nice pictures while J pined for the cold cold cold stone staircase down (it was hot up there).
Then we walk throughout the orange & lemon tree shaded gardens that had long reflecting pools. J really really wanted to take her shoes off and go for a paddle. But her British decorum sustained her and she pushed on.

There were a tone of Roman era mosaics.  Presumably they built the bridge and then mosaics in their free time.

There were a tone of Roman era mosaics. Presumably they built the bridge and then mosaics in their free time.

After the Alcazar we stopped for the cheapest diet coke we have seen yet, 1.60 euro, a deal considering you can pay 4.50 each (so really the pitchers of sangria at 10.00 are a purely budget conscience decision).IMG_20170329_144351058

Then we poked our heads in the Arab baths of Alcazar Califales. Built in the 10 century the had all the typical elements a Roman bath would have. The exhibit, while not large was thoughtfully put together.

ThenIMG_20170329_153156860_TOP we walked back to the Mezquita area for some more gelato (for J’s ominous soar throat, -why be sick only 3 times in 2017, when you can go for the quadruple sickness of champions) and souvenir shopping.

Our high speed train.  It's nose is a little pointed, but got us there and back.

Our high speed train. It’s nose is a little pointed, but got us there and back.

They had a lot of beautiful titles. Then it was off to catch the 5:30 pm train back to Seville and more tapas (and sangria jug) for dinner.