It's Friday and I have lots to smile about. Have you? Then please join us at Friday Smiles hosted by Annie.
My main smile this week is this:
This is my mum having a giggle on her 92nd birthday (a few days ago)! She flew over to Spain last week and is spending some time with my sister who lives several hours drive away from me. Tomorrow she will be coming here and we'll have another little party. My job for today (apart from getting the guest room ready) is baking a birthday cake for her!
I am so blessed that I still have my lovely mum. She is going blind and her mobility is not what it used to be (spot the zimmer frame next to her)but mentally she is very alert and interested in what goes on in the world as well as sporting events. She is an avid 'reader' of spoken books and she has a specially adapted computer program that enlarges everything, so she can read emails and Facebook. Isn't that great! I love her to bits!
Now for my postcard for today.
I love doodling and zentangling etc. I had never seen it used like this. I love this card. It comes from the Czech Republic, from a girl called Bohun who lives with her family (her parents, her boyfriend, dogs and cats, her brother and his child.) She used some really nice stamps:
Now if you came for Friday smiles or to see a postcard, you can safely stop here. The rest is very photo heavy with photos from Córdoba.
Last week my friend from Holland came to visit and we went to Córdoba for a few days. I have already shown some photos Wednesday and Tuesday. Here are some more:
We had a hotel in the old city and loved walking around and every now and then sit down somewhere to have a drink.
The Cordobans like flowers and they are everywhere:
I have this thing about doors. I like to photograph beautiful and interesting doors:
This is where the bishop lives.
Here is another door:
Horses and carriages are still used but mainly for tourists and on high holidays, where women dress up in traditional costume and drive through the town.
Houses are traditionally built around a courtyard
(called a patio). Quite often the main doors are open and I can get a glimpse of the courtyard with flowers and often fountains.
Here is one I actually went in:
The palm tree in the center was huge, and didn't fit in the photo. Here I have panned upwards:
In Andalucia (the region we live in) floors are often made of pebbles in a decorative way. I posted two photos Wednesday, but I have found another one:
We visited a stately home (Palacio Viana) that boasts 12 patios. The largest one looks like this:
This is the kitchen patio and is one of the smaller ones:More flowers (with my friend caught unawares):
This little street is named after one of the foods of Córdoba: salmorejo cordobés. It is a cold soup a bit like gazpacho.Here is a photo of it:
It's made of tomatoes, breadcrumbs, olive oil and garlic, plus little bits of hard boiled egg and serrano ham to decorate.
Another lovely door:
And another one:
The best know tourist attraction in Córdoba is the Mezquita, the mosque (which is now a cathedral). The queues are long and the entry price high, but I learned that at 8:30 in the morning entry is free for an hour. So there we went and here it is:
There was hardly anyone there.
There are more photos on Tuesday's blog (T for Tuesday 7 June).
It is really weird then to see an organ round the next corner...
Very strange. But it is a beautiful building and I´m glad I saw it.
I hope you like a little tour of Córdoba.
I will link up with Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday.
Have a great week y'all,