If it’s March – it must be the Spain trip…
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12th March – 2.30 am – some very sleepy students and staff meet at the FCH campus refectory – for a 3am coach to Bristol Airport… Oddly – everyone is on time, and has their passport…
|The Avant train waits to take us to Cordoba|
We lurk here till our 14:30 train sweeps us north, then a short (!) walk takes us to Los Patios – our home from home for the week.
People are a little weary, so a short orientation tour, via Plaza de Corredera, is enough for most – followed by an early night…
Sunday 13th March
Long day starts with short walk to Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos .
Then, we head to the Torre de la Calahorra museum - where we get a rather rosy view of the history in the 'Golden Age' of Al-Andalus... Here is the annual picture on the roof terrace:
Followed by a wander to the newly refurbished Archaeological Museum - which has a new underground section on the Roman theatre, and some much more sophisticated accounts of the region's history.
RAIN. plus everything was closed. More rain. Card games. More rain.
Early train to Seville...
|Our usual Seville meeting point...|
It takes most of a morning to explore the Seville Alcazar – then lunch
Seville Cathedral is huge! It has treasure rooms, and a lot to see – also – test your cardiovascular endurance – and walk to the top of the tower – the views are worth it.
Medina Azahara - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medina_Azahara is 8 miles west of Cordoba.
|Students at Medina Azahara|
A short walk to a daily tourist bus - and off we went...Once there – there is a great museum – brand new, and interactive – with lots of resources: and the ruined city itself.
And back on the bus...
We then went to the Museum of Jewish life Casa de Seferad - to explore the Jewish heritage of the city – in the heart of the Jewish quarter. We had a short talk here, and saw some new exhibits on how Jews fared during the Spanish Inquisition (which we didn't expect)
At 2pm We met Imma – our expert tour guide – for the tour of the Mezquita / Cathedral – which is a highlight of the trip for many.
5am - meet in reception of Hotel - for 5.30am coach to airport - then home at FCH by 3pm...
|Looking back at the Mezquita as we leave for the coach..|