February 22 / 23
Well, not as long as flying to China, this was still a very long trip. Left Pearson on time and arrived at about 7:00 am local time in Brussels. Brussels Airlines are very good and strictly endorse their policies on upgrades. We had about a 2 1/2 hour lay over before flying to Madrid.
We took a wild bus ride from the Madrid Airport to the train station. Stumbled and fumbled are way around and finally found where we were to purchase our tickets . . . . And literally got the last two for not only the 3:05 train but all of the remaining trains to Cordoba that day.
Good news is the train is quick, but not so good for taking pictures. The area between Madrid and Cordoba is quite arid with a rolling countryside. The soil changed colour from a taupe shade through almost an avocado shade through to a quite brilliant rust.
Shortly before 8:00 am, our friends Cathy & Scott arrived from Valencia. After hugs and handshakes we sat down and talked about our trip over and their adventures so far.
This morning, Thursday in a little on the wet side with intermittent drizzle most of the day. Jill and I slept in until 9:30 am . . . thanks Scott & Cathy! After a light breakfast we set out exploring Cordoba. Our apartment is located right in the middle of things.
We saw the only remaining Roman ruins in Cordoba with construction beginning 41-54AD. They were discovered in the 1950’s during construction of a new building. Construction continued on the temple continued for about 40 years. In the 2nd century it was renovated. What remains of the former temple are the foundations, stairs, altar and some of the columns and capitals.
Additionally, we saw a number of churches, most quite old and numerous squares.
All for now,
Jill & Kerry