Another sunny day in Córdoba!
Today, we decided to not eat so much bread, because we feel so bloated afterwards.
This resolution lasted until Desayuno, which means breakfast.
Then we decided not to drink so much coffee, because it makes me wired and nervous. This resolution lasted until we got to the Plaza de las Correderas. How can you sit here and not drink coffee?!
I mixed it up with agua con gas, just to enhance the bloatado feeling.
So by lunchtime, we were both feeling bloated and jittery!
On a more somber note, this particular plaza was where, back in the day, they tortured and killed those poor unfortunates who got caught up in the Inquisition. You see, bloated and jittery is all relative!
But what will we find behind this door, do you think?
Ahhh. An indoor market, with hung ham, sausages, cheeses,
Fresh fish, HUGE fish! Fruits and exotic vegatables I didn't recognise, being from Blighty and the land of Brussel sprouts, cabbage and carrots!
Vino....plenty of vino and sherry. But at 11 in the morning?
And plenty of blue skies outside.
On we wandered, when we literally stumbled upon a very dedicated and talented young path layer.
I had been admiring all the fancy stonework underfoot, but to see the attention to detail and how it's actually executed, is pretty impressive...
Look closely. Rows of different coloured thin pebbles, all placed on their sides in a mix of sand and cement.
Check this out! wow! Now that's what I call craftsmanship!
Astounding is when you see how far he has already come. He was almost finished with this little alley when we chanced upon him. See him down at the bottom? I know he was renovating, so he didn't do it all, but nonetheless, even being able to patch up and repair something so well you can't see the difference between the old and new! Brilliant.
Yet another aspect of craft, eh. We humans are capable of creating so much beauty when we want to. Sure, a concrete mixer would have done the job in a fraction of the time, but how wonderful to create a work of art to walk upon.
Then we chanced upon something else very unique; these guys were preparing a huge cake in the next plaza, for a fiesta later in the afternoon.
Free cake and coffee for everybody! Just look at the size of the base of this cake!!
Just to get this in perspective, let's pan out.....
Craft? Papercraft? Sugarcraft? See if you can guess what this car is carved out of....
Art. It's everywhere! How grateful am I to have the time and the opportunity to enjoy it.
And tonight, we are really getting out the big guns...
An Andalucian Horse Show in the Royal Stables, followed by a Flamenco Show in a tiny private club. It has got to be done. Who knows how long it will be before we pass this way again? Carpe Diem!
More will be revealed.....