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Day 3: Córdoba and Madrid by Míriam

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On Thursday we woke up with rain in what would be our last morning in Madrid. The ideal time to go have some hot chocolate churros at the San Ginés chocolate shop (another place we discovered thanks to Isabel). We arrived at a quarter past nine, but they told us that they didn't open until half past, so we took a little walk around the area under the umbrella. In the streets near the chocolate shop, we were surprised to see a few shops selling religious items, such as silver trustees and bishop's robes. Back to the chocolate shop, we enter and order chocolate with churros directly. How good they sat! Again, I liked to discover a place in Madrid with a hearth and an interesting history (the reference to Valle-Inclán is inevitable!).

Churros with chocolate from the San Ginés chocolate

When leaving, it was still raining. With better time we would have gone for a walk on Preciados Street, but seeing the panorama, we went directly to the FNAC and we were entertained for a while ... At half past eleven we returned to the hotel to collect our bags, since at twelve we left Train to Córdoba. By the way, I have not mentioned anything about the hotel, Eden Neptune, which we were quite happy with its location, price and comfort. We found all the hotels on the trip through Tripadvisor and the truth is that we were very satisfied!

Patio Hotel San Miguel in Córdoba

At twelve we left punctually from Puerta de Atocha. It was curious that, despite having bought two tickets in economy class, we were actually assigned two seats in preference. On the way to Córdoba, I was praying inwardly so that the weather would improve. It was cloudy and, as we approached our destination, we saw the fields flooded by recent torrential rains. It was a quarter to two when we arrived in Córdoba and the first thing we did was go to the tourist office. We wanted to ask above all for visits to Medina Azahara and they informed us that there are daily buses that depart from the city center. From Tuesday to Friday (Monday is closed) two buses leave, on Saturdays there are three and on Sundays, two. By the way, we were advised that if we bought tickets for the first bus we had to return there. Anyway, the weather prospects were not too good to be able to make the excursion.

Walking through the Jewish quarter.

To get to the hotel we took a taxi, with such bad luck that we caught a traffic jam in the city center. The Hotel San Miguel, where we stayed, has a beautiful interior courtyard. Too bad we couldn't enjoy it because of the rain! At lunchtime, we asked the receptionist for advice, which kindly recommended a couple of taverns near the hotel. Finally we decided on the Góngora Tavern, where we could taste some great tapas: salmorejo (what a great discovery!), Iberian ham, anchovies, meatballs and oxtail (very tender!). And luckily we ask for half portions, because we just got very full!

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