Musings, Thoughts & Commentaries
Entering ancient Jerez, we passed a modern Fundador sign, the world-famous brand of Jerez, (sherry in English).
We continued into the city to visit the magnificent Catedral de Jerez.
We departed Cordoba early and drove fast to Seville, where we had breakfast in a sidewalk café.
We then took a city tour in a horse-drawn carriage: Cathedral, Alcazar.
Mailyn, Elaiza and I walked around town. Many tame but shy and skinny cats roamed the streets.
Mailyn wanted to eat paella with ink of squid sauce and no shells. We found a place and I tried to explain in Spanish--they went to extra effort to serve but the shrimp was served with the shells intact-- shells still on shrimp. Mailyn sent it back. I had three glasses of vino tinto de la casa and was OK with it.
The next day, the girls took a city tour in what was once Europe’s greatest city and the center of Western Islam. The architecture is a mix of Islam, Christian and medieval Europe.
I remember when I would come here to attend the bullfights and to hear the stories of the great Matador de Toros, Manolete.
Mailyn and I went out for tapas in the evening and walked across the bridge over the Guadalquiver.
We left Madrid early to stop in Toledo. I wanted to buy gold filigree bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces for Mailyn, Emily and Elaiza.
We walked around town -- quaint, narrow cobblestone streets. Waiting for the cathedral to open we had churros for breakfast at a small restaurant opening onto the street -- the girls liked a dog they met there.
Overwhelming experience touring the Catedral de Toledo to see the Virgen del Tesoro, the first statue of St Mary brought to Toledo in the 12th century and also Virgen del Sagrario and Virgen Blanco from the 13th century. We were issued a ticket for parking illegally.
We continued by car to Cordoba where we checked in to a lovely three-bedroom, two-story private apartment directly overlooking the Guadalquiver River.
Tom Anthony is a West Point Graduate and combat veteran who spent his professional civilian career in global business all over the world. He has lived and worked in Austria, Italy, Spain, England, Iraq, Israel, and throughout Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Anthony also lived in Mindanao for seven years.
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