So – we set off at 3am on 11th March for Spain – and after some exciting coach, plane, coach and walking: we arrived at our Hotel in Cordoba by early afternoon. We went on our usual orientation tour, featuring supermarkets, chemists, museums, fast and slow food outlets and a general bit of wandering around – culminating in Plaza Corredera for an early evening drink..
|Looking back from Calahorra Tower towards the Mezquita
That allowed for an early start on the Wednesday at the Torre de la Calahorra museum – this is a museum (with audio headphone guides!) that covers the ‘Golden Age’ and talks of Muslim, Christian and Jewish life in the region – it culminates on the roof of the tower – where we have 5 years of pictures (only one in actual rain!)
|Imma with students in the Mezquita / Cathedral of Cordoba
We met Imma – our expert tour guide – for the tour of the Mezquita / Cathedral
– which is a highlight of the trip for many.
The tour took us from the Mezquita courtyard to the Jewish quarter, to see a ruined synagogue, as we hear about the history of the town and region: we then entered the Mezquita and had a wealth of detail from Imma about the amazing building.
Then we walked to the Museum of Jewish life
– for our guided visit: The tour guide, Alex, not only gave us a lot of detail – but also finished the visit by singing to us!
We then – on Friday – had a day in Seville to see the Royal Alcazar there – and the huge, huge Seville Cathedral.. – most students even did the massive walk to the top of the tower for the views.. Everyone made the late train back – as we returned to Cordoba.
Saturday was the day of our trip to the ruined Islamic city of Medina Azahara – about 8km from the city – with a really detailled and informative museum at the site. After coaches, shuttle buses, gift shops and sunshine (with lots of learning thrown in) – we returned for an afternoon of gift shopping (Mosque snow-domes anyone?) – before walking back over the roman bridge at 6.30 am on Sunday to begin our journey home…