Days 6 and 7 in Spain – Exploring the Festival of Patios in Cordoba!

The old streets of Cordoba are small, but they felt extra packed while we were visiting. Why? Because we visited during the Cordoba Patio Festival! Here's some background on the festival from Andalucia.com: The Patio contests is sponsored by the Córdoba City Hall and began in 1918. But to really understand why a contest of…

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Days 6 and 7 in Spain – Visiting the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (the Mezquita)

The entire Iberian peninsula (inhabited for 1.2 million years) is full of complex history, and for a long time Cordoba was at the centre of some of the most significant events in the region. The Iberian peninsula (essentially the land that makes up Spain and Portugal) was inhabited by Romans in 112 BCE, and served…

Days 6 and 7 in Spain – Cordoba for the Weekend!

In my experience, people of means who live in Europe tend to spend a lot of time travelling on the weekends. In an area that has so much concentrated history, plus cheap flights and train tickets, a weekend away is the common tradition. And from keeping in touch with Zoya, I knew already that she…

Day 5 in Madrid – Friday Night! Party time!

After our day at the museum, we squeezed in a bit of shopping to help top up Kevin's wardrobe. Then we headed off to meet up with Zoya. We met up at her apartment where we enjoyed wine in the sunshine of her back patio. It had finally stopped raining! On the way to dinner,…

Day 5 in Madrid – National Archaeological Museum of Spain!

Thursday night got a bit crazy, so Friday was a late start. We woke up late to a rainy day and also realized we'd left one of our host's umbrellas at the bar the previous night. Oops! Anyways, sharing the one remaining umbrella we headed out to grab some breakfast before, obviously, going to a…

Day 4 in Madrid – Dinner & Drinks!

Included in Zoya's guide to Madrid was this line: Sala Despiece - this place is a MUST. get there early (like 20 mins before it opens) cause the place gets packed. Easily the most interesting take on Spanish tapas. The carpaccio will take you to heaven and back After hours and hours in museums, we…

Day 4 in Madrid: A Full Day of Museums

When we woke up on Thursday, I knew we had to allocate much of the day to visiting museums, and we were particularly interested in visiting the Reina Sofia museum, aka the home of Picasso's Guernica. I'd learned my lesson about waiting in line earlier in the week, and bought our tickets online ahead of…