Erik’s First Day in Córdoba
After a full on 24 hours it was time to move on to Córdoba. It is a 43 minute journey by the RENFE fast train from Sevilla and is a fantastic way to travel around Spain given the sheer size of the country. Our usual accommodation, the Hotel Gran Plaza near the Roman Temple is a 15 minute walk fron the train station.
We always try to catch up with our dear friend Alberto when visiting Córdoba who along with Rafa Cabello helped start us on this journey back in September 2014. Lunch was scheduled but unfortunately Laura was not arriving until the following day. So I checked into our hotel then made my way down to the Guadalquivir, via the Plaza de la Corredera, stopping for a glass of fino in one of the many bars and cafes. This rectangular square dates back to the 17th Century with the old town hall and jail on one side. Its design is based on a traditional Castillian Plaza Mayor square, it being the only one of this type found in Andalucia with these characteristics. It will always a reassuring sight to see the Roman Bridge and Puerta de Puente appearing when you approach the river.
Lunching with Alberto
The venue for lunch was a new spot for me, La Taberna de Río. Alberto suggested it and what a recommendation it was. It always is a treat trying new places on his recommendations. A starter of croquetas de bacalao was followed by a lovely Teriyaki flavoured rice dish with Pluma Ibérica de Bellota. Both were accompanied by the fantastic Tauromaquia Amontillado Viejo from Gracia Hermanos part of the Perez Barquero group. Dessert was Tarta de la Abuela paired with the Don PX 2015 from Bodegas Toro Albalá. Needless to say Laura was most envious! We will return.
Wandering around the Historic Centre of Córdoba
After saying goodbye to Alberto at the Torre de la Calahorra on the Roman Bridge I wandered back through the Puerta de Puente with a stop at the new Tourist Information Office nearby. I can highly recommend visiting the exhibition inside chronicling the amazing history of this city and surrounds. I also walked in and around the Mezquita. Will never get tired of exploring this amazing city. Every visit you see something different beit from a different angle or time of day.
Monday Night at the Sommeliers Association
That evening was spent with the Sommeliers Association of Córdoba where we had a presentation on the fortified wine Port. Very interesting as usual and as part of the night some of the members will cook dishes to be enjoyed along with the wines. This is something Laura and I did for the first time in January 2018 at the invitation of Enrique Garrido, Director General of the Consejo Regulador of D.O.P. Montilla-Moriles. Many of our friends are members and it is always an highly educational and fun evening with tasty food. Needless to say Laura was extremely disappointed not to have made it along.
Needless to say I loved my first day in Córdoba athough it was strange not having Laura to share it with me. January is a great time to visit with little or no tourists and although the days are short and temperatures on the cool side we can’t recommend it highly enough
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