Córdoba

It is just 140km from Seville to Córdoba by the most direct route, my route however took me into the northern sierras of Andalucia for a few days before heading back south. It rained for four days in Seville but I left town on dry roads albeit under leaden skies. 20km north of the city the heavens opened again. I took an extra long lunch break in a roadside bar, watching the rain coming down in rods. The owner of the bar made me bring my bike into the bar, not sure if that was because he didn’t want it to get wet (bit late..) or he was worried about theft, probably the latter. Either way it looked quite funny dripping on the floor while propped in the corner against some crates of beer.

Somewhere in 'las sierras norte'...
Somewhere in ‘las sierras norte’…

It pretty much rained all day although the sun did poke through from time to time. I had planned to wild camp somewhere, figuring the mountains would at least have some wilderness to make use of, after all much of the area is designated ‘Parque Naturale’… sadly it would appear that it has all been carved up into private haciendas with barbed wire fences and warning signs everywhere. In the end I rode until dark looking for a spot to sleep, eventually settling for a spot by a track to the gate of an estate that didn’t have fresh tyre tracks in the mud. It was a filthy wet night.. inside and out, with not a breath of wind and humidity around 100% the condensation in my tent was almost as bad as the rain outside. I spent the following night in a roadside hosteria drying everything out…

There are a few small villages dotted around, this was Las Navas de la Concepción.. I think.
There are a few small villages dotted around, this was Las Navas de la Concepción.. I think.
On the road to Cordoba.
On the road to Córdoba.

I’ve pretty much lost interest in dirt aspirations, it’s been so wet the countryside is absolutely saturated with deep mud and lots of standing water. It doesn’t matter however, the backroads of Andalucia are virtually devoid of motorised traffic and now I’m enjoying some time in Córdoba.. a city I have wanted to visit for quite some time. I trundled through the historic centre on my arrival in search of a beer, the sun came out and I was able to bask in the warmth reflected from the creamy stone walls. The city is more beautiful than I imagined, narrow cobbled streets lined with orange trees wind their way through a wonderful mix of architecture dating from Roman times through the years of Islam in Andalucia to post-Reconquista gothic. I’m sticking around for a few days I have decided. Here are a few pictures… I know street photography isn’t everyone’s cup of the proverbial, however I enjoy it and you’ve got google if you want postcard pictures :-)

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Córdoba.. dapper!
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Córdoba.... clearing the trees of excess oranges.
Córdoba…. clearing the trees of excess oranges.
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I'm something of a fan of Islamic architecture, the prohibition of the reproduction of forms from the natural world has resulted in some wonderful geometric designs, there is a 'purity' to it I find. Anyway, the Mezquita is a building I've wanted to have a look at for many years. Built in 784 by the emir 'Abd al-Rahman I it was subsequently converted to a Catholic cathedral during the Reconquista in 1236. It is beautiful. I should probably keep my opinions of the visual effect of the post Reconquista additions to myself ;-)
I’m something of a fan of Islamic architecture..not in any nerdy sense, I just like it. The prohibition of the reproduction of forms from the natural world has resulted in some wonderful geometric designs, there is a ‘purity’ of form to it I find. Anyway, the Mezquita is a building I’ve wanted to have a look at for many years. Built in 784 by the emir ‘Abd al-Rahman I it was subsequently converted to a Catholic cathedral during the Reconquista in 1236. It is rather wonderful. I should probably keep my opinions of the visual effect of the post-Reconquista additions to myself ;-) (by the way, won’t be showing you the Alhambra in Granada on this trip, went there many years ago. I like Córdoba more.
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    • cor blimey! That’s rather overwhelmingly nice, thank you :-) I’ve enjoyed just hanging out here in Córdoba with a simple camera. To be honest have completely lost interest in the riding and just more into people watching from pavement cafes. I shall drag myself away tomorrow and meander south to Malaga over a few days to get a flight home :-)

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