Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

On a beautiful day in November of last year, under an amazing clear blue sky, I visited the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, or Castle of the Christian Kings, in Cordoba, Spain. The building itself has thick defensive walls and originally served as both a palace and a fortress upon its completion in 1328. Built originally for Alfonso XI, it was also the base of operations for Fernando II and Isabel’s campaign to conquer Granada and take control from the Moors. It was also where the royal couple met with Christopher Columbus, who detailed his plans to find a westbound sea route to India. It later served as the headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition, and eventually as a prison.

Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain 9

The palace itself now houses some beautiful museum pieces.

Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

The central courtyard is beautiful, filled with the ever-present orange trees with colorful flowers arranged around them. Fountains provide the perfect soundtrack to a beautiful daydream.

Courtyard of the Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

Courtyard of the Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

Courtyard of the Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

While the fortress walls once served as a perch for soldiers providing security to the palace’s inhabitants, they now provide a stunning vantage point over the beautiful city of Cordoba.

View from Fortress Walls of the Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

View from Fortress Walls of the Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

View from Fortress Walls of the Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

View from Fortress Walls of the Alcazar, Cordoba, Spain

I’ll be showing the highlights of the Alcazar’s beautiful gardens in a future post!

If you are interested in visiting the Alcazar, the admission fees and operating hours are listed below.

May and June: 10.00h -14.00h & 17.30-18.30h
July and August: 08.30h -14.30h
September to 14th October: 10.00h – 14.00h & 17.30h -18.30h
15th Oct to 30th April: 10.00h – 14.00h and 16.30-18.30h
Mondays Closed

Admission: Adults 4.50 Euros; Students (26 and under) 2.25 Euros

With the exception of holidays, admission is free between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

I am itching to get back to Andalusia. Do these pictures whet your appetite for a breathtaking Andalusian vacation?

 

Weekly Wishes #19

Weekly Wishes #19

I thought it was Tuesday all day today. I was frantically clicking through my inbox looking for info I needed for the report I was desperately trying to finish before lunch time. I even mentioned a meeting that normally occurs on Tuesdays as if it were happening today, and none of my co-workers corrected me.Continue Reading

Liebster Award v2.0 & A GIVEAWAY!!!

Liebster Award v2.0 & A GIVEAWAY!!!

While I was jaunting all over Europe last week, Aimee of Dear Harper and Lauren of My Passion Journey both nominated me for another Liebster Award. While I’m beyond honored to be nominated again, I am just not creative enough to come up with a new set of 11 random facts about myself or 11Continue Reading

Weekly Wishes #18

Weekly Wishes #18

Happy Monday Tuesday! I may be a little late to the party, but I’m still linking up with Melyssa for Weekly Wishes.  Click the button below to see what this linkup is all about! Last week flew by in a blur. I had a very successful business trip to Tallinn, Estonia, at the beginning of the week andContinue Reading

Weekly Wishes #17

Weekly Wishes #17

Happy Monday! As usual, I’m linking up with Melyssa for Weekly Wishes. This linkup is a place to share your goals and receive encouragement from other in completing those goals. Click the button below to join us! Last week, I made two goals: 1) to sponsor 3 blogs; and 2) to get back to work on an afghanContinue Reading

One Last Fix: The Christmas Markets of Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France

One Last Fix: The Christmas Markets of Cologne, Germany, and Strasbourg, France

I couldn’t quit the Christmas markets. I just couldn’t do it. Visiting three markets in one holiday season wasn’t enough. I had to hit one more. …and then another. I’m sick! Here is the evidence of my two relapses. Cologne Christmas Market I had originally planned to go to the Strasbourg markets on December 23rd,Continue Reading

2014 Goals: Thinking Generally, Acting Specifically

2014 Goals: Thinking Generally, Acting Specifically

Yesterday, Jenn of A Country Girl’s World (go check her out!) turned me on to a website that helps you track your goals. Day Zero gives you the ability to create up to five lists (and the ability to create more is coming soon!) of goals you’d like to achieve. The goals are made by you,Continue Reading

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