Well, we were up EARLY this morning--for some odd reason we both woke up at 4:30 am! Way to early to go out and about, sow we had several cups of coffee, relaxed, work on the blog and pictures and did some preliminary organization and packing. Today is our last day in lovely Cordoba--we have really enjoyed our time here.
We had a loose plan of what we wanted to see today, and we started with a street market in another area of Cordoba. Our plan was to pick up a little something at the market for breakfast--but there weren't many food vendors. It was a real "where the locals shop" kind of market, with everything from bras to flowers, fine "pleather" handbags to pickled vegetables! We always enjoy a good market, and this one was no exception.
Several patios are surrounded by verandas--most are furnished with beautiful old furniture and some have displays of ancient artifacts. This one had a restored ancient Roman mosaic on the wall.
After an hour or so enjoying the pretty patios and gardens, we consulted our map, and realized it wasn't too far from Mercado Victoria, the fun food court we'd discovered yesterday. We were both hungry, as we hadn't had breakfast and it was past 1:00 pm.
It was a nice walk through the pretty neighborhood around the Palacio, and then through a bustling shopping area. David even spotted a bike shop, of course he popped in to take a look!
We wander around the Mercado--checking out all the offerings for lunch, and decided on a plate of "pulpo ajillo"--or octopus with garlic.
After our delicious and much needed lunch, we walked the few blocks back to our hotel. We dropped off our packages and relaxed for just a few minutes before heading back out for a little souvenir shopping. We want to pick up a little something for our special neighbor kids Super Nate and Hailey. I'm pretty sure Miss Hailey wants to be a Flamenco dancer--complete with the ruffly dress and a pair of red and black polka dot dancing shoes! I wonder just how much trouble I'll be in if I throw in a pair of those clickety-clackety castanets?
While we were wandering the back streets here in old town, we found a local micro-brewery! It was our lucky day, I guess. We had a nice conversation with the manager about beer brewing, and sampled a couple of their brews. They were very good, especially the IPA, which we both agreed was one the best we've had anywhere.