Spain – Spectacular Gardens & Gaudi Tour 2016
Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Barcelona and the Costa Brava Coastline
June 7th – June 16th, 2016


June 9th

Granada to Cordoba….we had a problem with the a/c in the coach so had to wait for a replacement…while we waited we either rested or walked around…I found all kinds of wildflowers that I photographed. After a short time we were on the road again and on our way past fields of sunflowers and olive groves to our lunch stop…and were we ready for lunch as it also included a wine tasting! Cordoba's hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, and this was when work began on the Great Mosque, or "Mezquita" in 785, which – after several centuries of additions and enlargements – became one of the largest in all of Islam. When the city was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers of the city were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, building their cathedral in the midst of its rows of arches and columns, and creating the extraordinary church-mosque we see today.

And a floral feast for the eyes, the Palacio de los Viana. Time to wander on our own through the many gardens of Viana. This 17th-century palace is one of Córdoba's most splendid aristocratic homes. Also known as the Museo de los Patios, it contains 12 interior patios, each one different; the patios and gardens are planted with cypresses, orange trees, and myrtles and more. I was so delighted to see this that I bought a book on the patio gardens here…well worth it!


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