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An Evening in Málaga

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Andalucía

My trip to Málaga was unplanned. It actually ended up being on my itinerary because it was cheaper to fly in and out of in comparison to Madrid. Plus, it would have taken me about the same amount of time via train to reach Sevilla from Málaga as it would from Madrid. When I returned to Málaga after having completed my Spain trip, I had no expectations or plans for the town. This is not to say that it […]

The Mosque of Córdoba

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Andalucía

Standing in the Patio de los Naranjos of the Mosque of Córdoba, I was reminded of the Cathedral of Sevilla. Apart from the historical similarities—both were once great mosques in the capital city of their Muslim rulers—they also share physical elements like a courtyard of orange trees. But once I stepped inside, it became immediately clear that this was something else. Built under the Umayyad leader Abd al-Rahman I in the 8th century, the Mosque of Córdoba is […]

Exploring Córdoba

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Andalucía

I started my first day in Córdoba from one of the oldest sites around: the Roman bridge. Although the bridge has been renovated and reconstructed several times over the course of history, it was initially built by the Romans in the 1st century. Passing through the Puerta del Puente, I slowly made my way over. Found myself at the Guadalquivir River again. It was definitely nicer in Sevilla though. Down the bridge, I came across a man offering to write […]

The Patios of Córdoba

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Happy Spring, everyone! The grass is finally green, the sky is blue and there are flowers out. It’s such a lovely time of the year and if there is one place I’ve been to in Spain that celebrates this season beautifully, it’s the small town of Córdoba. Córdoba is known for its rich Islamic history and exceptionally hot summers which is how we ended up with the tradition of almost every home having an internal courtyard or patio. […]

Seeing the Alhambra (Part II)

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Leaving the Nasrid palaces, I wandered shortly around El Partal before heading to the Generalife. Walking over to the Palacio de Generalife, I realized it was a significant enough distance from the Alhambra to be completely removed from anything that went on there. This was, of course, the point anyway since it was built in the 13th century as a sort of getaway for the royals. Although the Generalife is not nearly as well-preserved or grand as the Alhambra, I loved it; especially for its gardens. It is hard to […]