La Callecita de las Flores

Probably the most popular street in Córdoba, it is little more than an alley tucked away in the twisting streets of the Judería. The locals will tell you that it’s amazingly picturesque…if you can find it. Even with a map, it’s easy to pass by the entrance to this inconspicuous spot. The geranium pots on the wall give the little street its name: bursting with red in the summer, or timid and bare in November when I took this picture.  Either way does not detract from the looming presence of the cathedral bell tower that used to be a minaret for a mosque. Religious sites in Southern Spain are often re-purposed, sometimes razed to the ground and built up again. It makes you wonder what kinds of stories are buried beneath these stones.

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