Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla
23.12.2009 - 31.12.2009
If you look at the pictures from the week that Matt and I spent travelling around Andalucía with my mom, you’ll notice a common theme: umbrellas. While I’ve found that Spaniards often follow fashion trends which are mostly unrelated to any practical purpose, umbrellas were in style that week for a reason. Southern Spain is known for it’s sunny weather, but unfortunately during the entire week that my mom was here it rained literally every day. Even with the rainy weather, each day we all slipped on our galoshes and managed to see the highlights of Granada, Córdoba, and Sevilla.
On Christmas day in Granada, we prepared an extravagant dinner of hard boiled eggs, scrabbled eggs, bread, cheese, and a squishy apple. Later, we climbed the steep , narrow, and slippery cobblestone streets of Granada in order to be rewarded with views of the city’s most famous landmark, La Alhambra. In all, the day in Granada certainly turned out to be a memorable and unique Christmas.
From Granada we headed on to Córdoba, a city in northern Andalucía known for it’s huge mosque, or Mesquita. Before the Christian Re-conquest of Spain, Córdoba was at one point the largest city in Western Europe and home to a flourishing population of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. As a result, throughout the city important buildings and neighborhoods established by each group remain. In the few days we spent exploring the city, we were able to tour the impressive Mesquita, the charming Jewish quarter, and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a palace built for the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel which also served as headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition.
We finally ended up in Sevilla, the proud capital of Andalucía. Here we saw the city’s bullring, walked down the river walk , and got out of the way of the many horse-drawn carriages which trek the city. We also visited Sevilla’s enormous cathedral, where we saluted Christopher Columbus’ tomb and even got my mom to climb up to the top of the cathedral’s bell tower.
Overall we had an enjoyable time touring Andalucía with my mom. We also did our best to offer her numerous history lessons about each castle and mosque and cathedral we visited, so be sure to quiz her on what she learned!