Good morning lovely people!
Here we are on Tuesday again. I'm visiting Elizabeth and Bluebeard bearing beverages and photos.
First off some photos from my visit to Córdoba a couple of weeks back. We visited several typical patios as it was the flower and patio festival.
It was lovley! I really enjoyed seeing all the different patios and I got quite a lot of inspiration for our own patio.
This patio has lot of beautiful flowers. And below you see a detail of the wall in another patio.
The flowers in pots were amazing, Here are a few photos.
There was even a lemon tree, which is unusual because the climate is not hot enough.
This is a lemon tree. Quite unusual as it really not warm enough in Cordoba.
This sculpture made me smile.
This street was named after hasdey Ibn Shaorut, who born about 915 at Jaén, Spain; died about 970 at Córdoba, was a Jewish scholar, physician, diplomat, and patron of science. An interesting man. Read more about him at the end of this blog.
I walked past the old walls.
I love these steps where they have used pebbles in a certain pattern. Very effective.
There was water running all along the wall and it made for a pleasant walk.
Just a scene from that street.
When I met up with the group again, I found them browsing in a souvenir shop. Of course I had to go in and buy some postcards. Below on display are not postcards, but metal plaques.
Our lunch was good. The first course was pella of course, and the main course was chicken. All very nice. Lets not forget the beverage. I was having wine as usual. (But that was not very nice quality. It was all included in the price so I am not moaning)
Now for my postcards. I received this beauty from Germany last week. It is the water tower in Monchengladbach. It is built in Art Nouveau style and I like it very much. The more I look at it, the more detail I see. There is not much info to be found about it. I don't even know if it is open to the public.
The stamp is great. Snoopy and the Peanuts. What a fun stamp!
The second postcard came to me from Taiwan. Yes, I know it doesn't look Chinese. The pub is the Sherlock Holmes in London. It was sent to me because I like windows and doors, so I got one from this pub. I cringe at the sentiment under the photo. (It doesn't make sense to me)
But the stamps are cute: a puppy chasing a butterfly and some berries.
That is all from me today. I am writing this at midnight, so I'm going to bed now and will comment after I've had some sleep.
Wishing you all a very happy T-Day and a good week,
Info about Hasdey Ibn Shaprut taken from Wikipedia: His father, Isaac ben Ezra, was a wealthy and learned Jew of Jaén. Hasdai acquired in his youth a thorough knowledge of Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin, the last-named language being at that time known only to the higher clergy of Spain. He also studied medicine, and is said to have discovered a panacea, called Al-Faruk. Appointed physician to Caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III (912-961), he, by his engaging manners, knowledge, character, and extraordinary ability, gained his master's confidence to such a degree that he became the caliph's confidant and faithful counselor. Without bearing the title of vizier he was in reality minister of foreign affairs; he had also control of the customs and ship-dues in the port of Córdoba. Hasdai arranged the alliances formed by the caliph with foreign powers, and he received the envoys sent by the latter to Córdoba. In 949 an embassy was sent by Constantine VII. to form a diplomatic league between the hard-pressed Byzantine empire and the powerful ruler of Spain. Among the presents brought by the embassy was a magnificent codex of Pedanius Dioscorides' work on botany, which the Arabic physicians and naturalists valued highly. Hasdai, with the aid of a learned Greek monk named Nicholas, translated it into Arabic, making it thereby the common property of the Arabs and of medieval Europe.