Monday, November 11 I entered Cordoba around 8:30 and I found a parking at Jardines of Merced. I moved on foot towards the main post office to ask for the arrival of the registered letter containing my driving license. After having made a queue I reached a counter, the employee after several research informed me that the letter was at the El Brillante post office where I went always on foot curving in the old city by the narrow streets. The letter had arrived well, it was given to me to the sight of my passport. I returned to my vehicle to give of the currency in the parking meter to continue my visit towards Rio Guadalquivir. Puente Romano spans Guadalquivir with 16 arches to connect Gérone to Cadiz by Via Augusta. Of course it was several times rebuilt. It is at the bottom of Mezquita and not far from the Alcazar of los Reyes. I had forgotten thatmonuments and museums are closed on Monday. I returned again to my vehicle to establish my bivouac two nights in the camping El Brillante.
I spent the morning of Tuesday, November 12 to walk in the huge prayer room of the Mezquita Mosque built in 785 and completed in 960 by the Caliph Al-Hakam II who ordered the construction of the Mihrab whose bow is composed of 1600 kg of gold tesserae donated by the Byzantine emperor Nicephorus II Phokas. In the center of the prayer hall was built in the 16th century the high altar of the cathedral that occupies the Mezquita. The result is deplorable. Charles V would have said: "You have destroyed what we saw nowhere to build what we see everywhere". At a temperature of 9 ° C I returned to the campsite in the early afternoon..
|Minaret of Mezquita|
Wednesday, November 13 I left the campsite to go to Mercedes-Benz at the exit of Cordoba in Granada on the road to Seville. Indeed the lid of the Cyclone air filter had been stolen. Today the weather is rainy and the water will enter through the snorkel damaging the air filter of the engine and, especially the injectors and consequently the engine! Arriving at Mercedes-Benz I explained the problem. The foreman explained to me that he did not have this type of air filter, but that he would find an ad-hoc solution. He cut a circular piece into a plastic can lid the size of the hole above the snorkel as the air entered through the bottom of the cyclone air filter. The consequence is double no water in the system, it's OK, but the cyclone function of the swirling air that separates sand and various rubbish from the runway runs no more. I should clean the engine air filter more often. Of course in parking I remove the plastic bowl, because in case of new larceny there would be no alternative. I do not comment on the name of this larceny. I warmly thanked the Mercedes-Benz foreman for his efficiency and helpfulness. I was driving late to Seville to stop 30 km before the city on the parking lot of the Repsol gas station, tomorrow will be another day.
|with a lid||with out|
|Do-it-yourself with Mercedes-Benz, Cordoba||Bivouac, Repsol gas station|
Thursday, November 14 by a cold morning I arrived at the camp-site cci 27828. It is rather about a carpark with an electric connection for the motor homes but without bloc, there too close to the Repsol station. At once I left for the downtown area to visit the cathedral and Giralda. The cathedral was built on the site of the mosque, in state of decay, from 1401 to 1501 after one century of work. Only the minaret, Giralda, were preserved and consolidated. As attest it the pictures the interior is a profusion of wooden and stone statues, religious paintings and liturgical objects in precious metal. It is a overflow of wealth probably paid with gold coming from South America during plundering of the Indians by the conquistadors, "God, Gold and Glory". It was necessary for me more than three hours to traverse this extravagant religious building of the Latin exuberance far from the austerity of the French cathedrals like Notre-Dame de Paris, Chartres or Vézelay.
Friday, November 15 by a temperature of +6°C I left to visit Alcazar, old fortress built into 913 by the Moslem governors of Seville and increased during the 11 following centuries of which Christian kings after Reconquista. It is a vice of stuccos with arabesques to which are added religious statues and paintings. The whole of the Moorish rooms is arranged with patios of any beauty testifying to the magnificence of Almohades, in full tale from the Arabian Nights. The day was very cold with a sky alternating the azure and the black.
|Patio de las Doncellas|
Saturday, November 16 I wanted to visit Ronda where I arrived around 11:00. The city was plagued by tourists in Indian lanes on sidewalks and pedestrian walkways, all outdoor parking lots were crowded and streets too narrow to park. I passed my way to El Bosque, same situation, but I found a parking in the street along a sidewalk where I stayed two nights until Monday morning too happy to have found a bivouac. Sunday was rainy and cold, + 1°C at dawn.