Córdoba, carnival, convoluted / Córdoba, carnaval, enrevesado

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

The cousins flew home yesterday and we miss them. San Geraldo had not seen Sarah, his cousin’s daughter, since she was a baby. I had never even met Sarah’s mother who died a few years ago. SG and Sarah then connected and felt an immediate bond. She was supposed to meet us in Norway in August to meet more of the family but that trip went bust for us all. So, she decided to come see us here in Spain with her daughter, Magoo. We are so lucky. I think I’ll randomize photos in the coming weeks (because I have so much to share of our wanderings and our feasts).

We drove to Córdoba to see the Mezquita/Cathedral (and have lunch). I had completely forgotten about Carnaval. There were costumed revellers everywhere. I have no idea what many of them were meant to be, but it was entertaining.

The drive went smoothly. Parking did not. The garage near the Mezquita was full, so, as San Geraldo continued slightly north, I quickly mapped another garage. As you can see by the map below, the route was a bit convoluted and the streets were at times cobbled and narrow. By the time we arrived, I had no idea how far we were from the Mezquita (and my mobile GPS couldn’t even find where we were). Along the way, I asked someone and he pointed and said, “Just keep going toward the river.” We followed where he pointed since we had no idea in which direction we would find the river. It turned out we were less than 10 minutes away. And, surprising to us all, we found our way back at the end of the day without a single wrong turn.

Throughout the years 929–1032, under the Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba, Spain had become a cultured and urbanized society, and a world leader in the arts and sciences. After 1032, the caliphate fractured leaving openings for squabbles and for the Christians to expand. (There were a miriad of other reasons around the world for the changes). San Geraldo’s 22-greats grandfather, Ferdinand III, led the siege of Córdoba in 1236, which led to the end of nearly 500 years of Muslim rule. The mezquita (mosque) was built beginning in 786 and converted to a cathedral in 1236. Much of the mezquita remained unchanged until an actual cathedral was built within its walls in the 16th century.


Las primas volaron a casa ayer y los extrañamos. San Geraldo no había visto a Sarah, la hija de su prima, desde que era una bebé. Ni siquiera había conocido a la madre de Sarah, que murió hace unos años. SG y Sarah conectaron y sintieron un vínculo inmediato. Se suponía que se reuniría con nosotros en Noruega en agosto para conocer a más miembros de la familia, pero ese viaje fracasó para todos nosotros. Así que decidió venir a vernos aquí en España con su hija, Magoo. Somos tan afortunados. Creo que seleccionaré fotos al azar en las próximas semanas (porque tengo mucho que compartir de nuestras andanzas y nuestras fiestas).

Conducimos a Córdoba para ver la Mezquita/Catedral (y almorzar). Me había olvidado por completo del Carnaval. Había juerguistas disfrazados por todas partes. No tengo idea de lo que muchos de ellos estaban destinados a ser, pero fue entretenido.

El viaje transcurrió sin problemas. El estacionamiento no. El garaje cerca de la Mezquita estaba lleno, así que, mientras San Geraldo continuaba un poco hacia el norte, rápidamente localicé otro garaje. Como puede ver en el mapa a continuación, la ruta era un poco complicada y las calles a veces eran empedradas y estrechas. Cuando llegamos, no tenía idea de qué tan lejos estábamos de la Mezquita (y mi GPS móvil ni siquiera podía encontrar dónde estábamos). En el camino, le pregunté a alguien y él señaló y dijo: “Sigue hacia el río”. Lo seguimos por donde nos indicaba ya que no sabíamos en qué dirección encontraríamos el río. Resultó que estábamos a menos de 10 minutos. Y, sorprendiéndonos a todos, encontramos nuestro camino de regreso al final del día sin un solo giro equivocado.

A lo largo de los años 929-1032, bajo el califato omeya de Córdoba, España se había convertido en una sociedad culta y urbanizada, y en un líder mundial en las artes y las ciencias. Después de 1032, el califato se fracturó dejando oportunidades para disputas y para que los cristianos se expandieran. (Hubo una miríada de otras razones en todo el mundo para los cambios). Los 22 bisabuelos de San Geraldo, Fernando III, dirigieron el sitio de Córdoba en 1236, que supuso el final de casi 500 años de dominio musulmán. La mezquita se construyó a partir de 786 y se convirtió en catedral en 1236. Gran parte de la mesquita permaneció sin cambios hasta que se construyó una catedral real dentro de sus muros en el siglo XVI.

• Great-times-22 Grandfather, Ferdinand III.
• Bisabuelo 22, Fernando III.
• San Geraldo and Magoo resting their feet in the Mezquita.
• San Geraldo y Magoo descansando sus pies en la Mezquita/Catedral.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

25 thoughts on “Córdoba, carnival, convoluted / Córdoba, carnaval, enrevesado”

  1. Good that carnival was taking place to help you celebrate the family reunion.
    Our history (that is our European history here) is SO young compared to Spain’s/Europe’s.

    1. The Mezquita is a mere baby in comparison to the city itself. Cordoba was a colony of the Phoenicians, and was conquered by the Romans in c152 BC. The Roman bridge still stands. Jx

    2. Jim:
      SG told me my mother we bought a really old, old, old, old house in San Diego. It was built in 1924.

  2. It is a magnificent place! I was in awe of the sheer size, scale and magnificence of the Mezquita, and all the little courtyard gardens dotted about in the tangle of Roman/Medieval streets and alleyways. Sigh. We really should pay it another visit some day. Jx

    1. Robyn:
      You’re right about the let-down. We were exhausted Sunday, but miserable they were gone.

  3. Love the photos and the costumes. Is Magoo a nickname? Also I’m enthralled by SG’s ancestry. I thought he was of Norwegian descent, but he’s also related to Ferdinand?! I have such boring relations by comparison.

    1. Steve:
      She’s got a long very elegant name that starts with “M” and dozens of nicknames as a result. This connects to an uncle I don’t know, but it was a nickname I loved in my family, so it’s what I chose to call her. SG’s maternal grandparents came from Norway. On his paternal side he’s a Lowell of the New England Lowells, with connections to royal lines from them and from others married into those Lowells. And you know how those royals intermarried. He’s got relatives all over the world. I, too, have such boring relations. Although, SG found documentation of my great-great-great grandfather in Poland whose occupation was “beggar.”

  4. I like seeing all the different ways people celebrate! I wonder what the red dots on their cheeks represent in that first photo? I posted photos of the King Cake I baked last week. That’s about the extent of my Mardi Gras celebrating. (you couldn’t pay me enough to be in the French Quarter in NOLA during Mardi Gras!)

  5. I like the dog’s vest with flowers. I have to go to a work thing on Wed. Maybe I’ll wear a costume. When people ask me why I’m wearing it/what I’m supposed to be, I’ll feign surprise and ask, You don’t know?


    1. janiejunebug:
      I’m sorry I didn’t share for inspiration images of the two guys dressed as a wedge of cheese and a ham shank. They were having coffee at the time and their parts were thrown off to the side.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Oh thank you! I had the same thought about that guy. Wish I could have gotten a better shot.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful visit. So much fun to catch up or make some new memories.

    1. Parsnip:
      I love the city and miss living there, although life here is much easier and so beautiful.

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