Subject: Re: Andalusia
Hi Mark, I am adding my voice to Joel's and Jude's regarding Cordoba .. A beautiful city with the most beautiful Mezquita, and it's built in Catheral, as crazy as it sounds!

Regarding hotels I have stayed in the Albacasis Hotel and also in the Hotel Maimonides, one of the Hotel across the Mezquita, there are more than one. If I have to choose again I would choose to stay in any of these. I mean facing the Mezquita.

I found the Albacasis a little overpriced, and terribly difficult to find. The good side : it has a garage in situ.

By all means do not leave Cordoba out..!!

Also do not miss nearby Medina Azahara, this was the jewel in the crown of the caliphate of Cordoba. Underging a restauration, today the elements that have been restored, even though they only represent a tiny part of the whole, give some idea of the original architectural beauty and harmony. It is magnificent ...

In Cordoba, La Juderia, is a charming maze of little streets, there you can find condensed the history of Cordoba. Maimonides the Great Jewish philosopher was born there.

For restaurants I highly recommend El caballo Rojo, and for tapas Paco, their tapas are excellent, tapas are served in the tables without a tablecloth while dinner is served in the tables with a tablecloth. Tapas are of course also served in the bar.

Please note that there are three sizes of tapas, like small=tapas, medium=media (1/2) racion and large=racion.

Also do not miss the Castillo de Almodovar del Rio, built on a granite outcrop overlooking the river, is one of the most beautiful fortified castles in Spain. This castle is privatly owned, if you ring the bell the guard will show you around expecting some kind of tip.

Both Almodovar del Rio and Medina Azahara are located off the road that joins Seville with Cordoba.

Good luck. Graziella Miami Beach.