|We arrived in Cordoba and attempted to find our hotel (Maimonides) in Córdoba's old Jewish quarter, a network of narrow lanes and atmosphere. Even with a local map, it was impossible...which leads us to relate our first experience at the warmth and generosity of the Spanish. Hearing of our plight, A young motorcyclist volunteered to guide us through a maze of narrow "streets" to our lodging. He would not accept our euros for his time and care, but, with a wave of his hand, turned around and off he went.
The Maimonides is located directly across from the most important site in Cordoba: the Mezquita...an ancient mosque which, after the Reconquista, became a Christian site. The Mezquita dates back to the 10th century when Córdoba was the one of the largest and most prosperous cities of Europe, outshining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and the arts....and was a center of Jewish learning.