Andalucia

PORTRAITS OF LILI

We got an unexpected and exquisite gift in Spain - our new friends Susan and Stuart hosted us for a wonderful lunch and swim at their house in Algodonales. During our visit, Stuart snapped some pictures of Lili. 

I noticed he had a really nice camera, and it later came out that he used to work as a professional photographer. 

And then he sent us the photos. WOW.  And DOUBLE WOW. Thank you Stuart, for your incredible eye, talent and skill.

You can see more of Stuart's work on Instagram at stwestonphotography.

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Stuart also played with effects on one of the photos. The blue one was 'Avatar inspired'. 

Stuart also played with effects on one of the photos. The blue one was 'Avatar inspired'. 

TRAVELING SALESMEN

Olvera is such a small town that it doesn't have many stores. (And to tell the truth the economic downturn has probably reduced the number of viable businesses as well).  So like in small places elsewhere, a weekly market that consists of traveling salesmen (and women) becomes a hub of activity.

This particular one blocks the roads up to the cathedral hill where we live, so what else to do than go down and buy underpants, shorts for Dante and a big bag of gummy bears from the spice man? And since it was a nice hot day we stopped at Cafe Pepe for Fantas.

 

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At Cafe Pepe

At Cafe Pepe

Am I getting old? I though this dress was pretty funky. But it was a size 44! 

Am I getting old? I though this dress was pretty funky. But it was a size 44! 

YEAH CORDOBA!

We took the car and drove to Cordoba to see the awesome Mosque. Or Mezquite / Catedral. And we decided to just go and do it, no bookings or anything -  after all when I was in Andalusia 25 years ago we just drove everywhere and found little family run hotels and always found room. 

And we found just that - like five minutes from everything on foot. Yeah Cordoba!

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For those who don't know the story - there has been a mosque, no a Catholic church, no a mosque, no a Catholic church in this location for a loooooong time. And so there are this Mosque and a Catholic Church in Cordoba. In the same building.

For those who don't know the story - there has been a mosque, no a Catholic church, no a mosque, no a Catholic church in this location for a loooooong time. And so there are this Mosque and a Catholic Church in Cordoba. In the same building.

A cool spot on the outside.    

A cool spot on the outside. 

 

Inside. These arches have long since become the symbol of Cordoba.    

Inside. These arches have long since become the symbol of Cordoba. 

 

Beautiful decorations in the mosque part. 

Beautiful decorations in the mosque part. 

This here is a vertical interior panorama to show the height of the cathedral. Lili took this picture! 

This here is a vertical interior panorama to show the height of the cathedral. Lili took this picture! 

We climbed the bell tower! 

We climbed the bell tower! 

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Here is the fabulous inner courtyard - Patio de los Naranjas - from above. Guadalquivir river in the background. 

Here is the fabulous inner courtyard - Patio de los Naranjas - from above. Guadalquivir river in the background. 

This picture of the roof really tells the story - the cathedral is built right smack inside the mosque. As if we needed further proof that architects of the past had real cojones.

This picture of the roof really tells the story - the cathedral is built right smack inside the mosque. As if we needed further proof that architects of the past had real cojones.

The belltower. Lots of stairs... 

The belltower. Lots of stairs... 

And an exclusive caption for FB readers: this very elegant modern infill building is around the corner. Cordoba had a feria while we were there and many people were decked out in full party / flamenco gear in the street. 

And an exclusive caption for FB readers: this very elegant modern infill building is around the corner. Cordoba had a feria while we were there and many people were decked out in full party / flamenco gear in the street. 

WINERY ON HORSEBACK

Right next to where Lili takes riding lessons near Ronda, there is a winery. After class today Lili's teacher Sandra surprised us - she had arranged us a visit! And true to form, Lili and Sandra rode their horses up the hill....

Parking the horses

Parking the horses

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Our group: Alfred (Sandra's dad), Lili, Sandra, Dante, Lorenzo (winery caretaker) and Barbara (Sandra's  mom).

Our group: Alfred (Sandra's dad), Lili, Sandra, Dante, Lorenzo (winery caretaker) and Barbara (Sandra's  mom).

Here we are in the winery cellar. The grapes on the wall are the varieties they grow.

Here we are in the winery cellar. The grapes on the wall are the varieties they grow.

Machinery clockwise: grape detatcher, bottling machine, labelling machine (red rolls - back of bottle, yellow roll - front label. 

Machinery clockwise: grape detatcher, bottling machine, labelling machine (red rolls - back of bottle, yellow roll - front label. 

Like a bank vault, n'est-ce pas? 

Like a bank vault, n'est-ce pas? 

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Poor Dante. He had to drink with both hands! 

Poor Dante. He had to drink with both hands! 

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The sunset was breathtaking. 

The sunset was breathtaking.