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Córdoba in May

For any of you thinking of visiting Córdoba, May is the time! Córdoba hurls itself into the Party Spirit from now until the last day of May with every kind of attraction for the young and old alike …

Here is a brief glimpse :

Starting today, Córdoba celebrates the Fiesta de Los Cruxes – the Cross Festival – Crosses are erected all over the city, festooned with flowers, and around each cross you will find revellers partying in their own way – enjoying the weather, the visitors, and the river flowing along the south banks to the sea.

This year, the Fiesta de Los Patios, I am informed, begins next Thursday 7th May and runs til 18th May. It is an extravaganza of flowers – Córdoba is reknowned for the beautiful decoration of the Patios and more than 70 open their doors to visitors during these two weeks … Some die hards recommend that you spend the evening before exploring the “Old Quarter”, and visit again the following morning in order to visit the more out of reach Patios …

And then at the end of May, 24th – 30th, we have Córdoba’s annual Fair including the Fiesta de la Battalla de Flores on the first day to open proceedings, Bulls in the Streets, Circuses and Shows as well as some traditional Spanish riding skills, Flamenco Festivals and Flowers being hurled from balconies at the passing traffic below.

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Sitting here waiting for guests arriving this morning, I am remembering yesterday’s excursion to “the play ground” which my son Zack wanted to take me on … together with his lovely friend Lucas.

We packed water and several plastic bags for “treasure” and set off in the direction of our lovely 8 sided church.

Walking through the olive groves, just coming into flower now, we dipped down through the silver trees, birds and wild flowers everywhere – the wild garlic is absolutely beautiful at this time of year.

All I could see was what looked like a roped off quarry, so my hackles were up for signs of danger … but as I relaxed, I started to notice that the ground all around us was sparkling and twinkling in the afternoon sun.

Stopping and paying more attention to what was underfoot, we all started to find crystals – quartz, mica, citrine and pyorite – turned and churned by the ploughs working the land between the trees! It was amazing – I have never found crystals “in the wild” before and was secretly hoping to come across an amethyst cathedral at any moment.

Zack then told us that he wanted to go down to the playground … and shot off with little Lucas bobbing along behind him. He looked back at me, beaming his bright sunny smile, and said “Look Mummy, here’s our slide!” …

And there, next to an abandonned plough with jagged edges everywhere and all manner of items that in the UK would make the place deemed unfit for children, was an earth bank, with a very clear earth funnel smoothed out of it heading vertically some 25 feet down to the grove beneath …. down which shot Zack, bumping all the way to the very bottom, whooping with glee all the way !

Who needs plastic?!

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Sitting here waiting for guests arriving this morning, I am remembering yesterday’s excursion to “the play ground” which my son Zack wanted to take me on … together with his lovely friend Lucas.

We packed water and several plastic bags for “treasure” and set off in the direction of our lovely 8 sided church.

Walking through the olive groves, just coming into flower now, we dipped down through the silver trees, birds and wild flowers everywhere – the wild garlic is absolutely beautiful at this time of year.

All I could see was what looked like a roped off quarry, so my hackles were up for signs of danger … but as I relaxed, I started to notice that the ground all around us was sparkling and twinkling in the afternoon sun.

Stopping and paying more attention to what was underfoot, we all started to find crystals – quartz, mica, citrine and pyorite – turned and churned by the ploughs working the land between the trees! It was amazing – I have never found crystals “in the wild” before and was secretly hoping to come across an amethyst cathedral at any moment.

Zack then told us that he wanted to go down to the playground … and shot off with little Lucas bobbing along behind him. He looked back at me, beaming his bright sunny smile, and said “Look Mummy, here’s our slide!” …

And there, next to an abandonned plough with jagged edges everywhere and all manner of items that in the UK would make the place deemed unfit for children, was an earth bank, with a very clear earth funnel smoothed out of it heading vertically some 25 feet down to the grove beneath …. down which shot Zack, bumping all the way to the very bottom, whooping with glee all the way !

Who needs plastic?!

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The Day in the Campo has been and gone, and BOY did we have a blast!

We had Guests staying whom we scooped up and, laden with a gorgeous picnic of Spanish Albondigas (meatballs), Chicken with Goats Cheese, Red Pepper and Onion, and all manner of Quails Eggs, Yoghurts, crusty bread etc, headed down for a spot beneath the sweet smelling pine forest beside the lake.

The beach of Valdearenas was HEAVING! We were sensible to arrive early – as by the time we had had enough, there was standing room only in the bar (and that was if you could get through the door!) …

HUGELY recommended though – campers, star-sleepers, and a lot of young people boogying the night away – San Marcos is a lovely fiesta Spain over 🙂

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Patio de Las Comedias … I have heard of this, but only yesterday visited … which wouldn’t be shameful except for the fact that it is on my doorstep in the lovely Iznájar ….

I highly recommend it – I need to go back with my camera and take some photos to post – WELL worth a visit … a bit like Los Patios in Córdoba, but all year round ….

But then Íznájar is an absolute gem in every regard, except for those who don’t like walking uphill 🙂

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Bed & Breakfast Arty Style in Spain: Aphrodite at Casa La Celada

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Running a Guest House, one of the most exciting aspects once our guests leave is reading what they write about us in our Visitor’s Book ….

“Your hospitality cannot be surpassed”

“Lovely house, lovely people, made us very welcome”

“Will return and recommend to everyone”

“We enjoyed a lovely stay with you”

“Very warm, friendly and caring”

“Very personal touch”

“We will definitely be back”

No matter how much effort you make, or how much you try to anticipate peoples’ wants and needs, it is impossible to be certain that people have really enjoyed themselves and aren’t just being polite.

So we are very proud of the service we offer here – and hope to offer it to you too 🙂

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