Following the unpleasantness by which the Paris trip ended, our arrival in Cordoba was a delight!
The piso (apartment) was located in the Juderia, the old Jewish quarter, and it was less than 100m from the Mezquita – the huge mosque with a gothic church planted in its middle.
The narrow calle (street) on which the piso was located was typical of the labyrinth of the Juderia (Jewish Quarter), filled with small shops, bars and restaurants. A black wrought iron gate located between ‘tourist stuff shops’ heralded the entry through an arched passageway to a verdant garden and patio, and several flights of stairs to the top floor. The piso overlooked the garden and, being on the top floor, meant plenty of sunlight.
The Torre del Alminar (bell tower) loomed over the rooftop terrace. The bells kept time on the quarter hour from 8.00am to 11.00pm…one chime at 15 past, two chimes at half past, three chimes at quarter to, then four chimes on the hour – followed by a different set of chimes to mark the hour. One got used to the chiming after a time – to the point that on the day the bells were being serviced, and so did not peal, the silence was noticeable.