Friday, January 30, 2015

Goldfinger (And Additional Body Parts)

There are 35 individual chapels within the walls of the Cathedral/Mezquita in Córdoba. Don't worry. I won't make you look at them all. I must admit, I tend to 'speed-tour' religious history.

Click any of these images from the Chapel of Santa Teresa (in the center of which is a very large monstrance) to glorify.

If you're a heathen, like me, I'll save you some research time and explain that a monstrance is a vessel used in Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, and Anglican churches for the exhibition of some object of piety, such as the consecrated Eucharistic host..." (click here for more info from Wikipedia).

The Corpus Christi processional monstrance is a silver and gold creation made by Henry of Arfe, a German goldsmith. It weighs over 200 kilos (440 pounds). Since 1518, the monstrance has been carried through the streets of Córdoba during the Feast of Corpus Christi, 60 days after Easter Sunday.

What drew me to it was not it's massive size and obvious value — although the 'bling element' did draw my attention — but the tiny little human and animal figures throughout. It's my kind of art. I'd love to work on something like that. I wouldn't even have to use gold.

FRONT...
TO GET A SENSE OF THE SIZE, NOTE THE 'DARK VISITOR" FAR RIGHT.
... AND BACK


I THINK THAT'S GREAT GRANDPA FERDINAND III IN THE BATTLE SCENES.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS.


I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE SONG WENT... "SIX GEESE A-LAYING."
THE LONE FIGURE ATOP THE 'BRIDGE'?
AN EXTRA-TERRISTRIAL?
SAINT GEORGE BEING CHASED BY THE DRAGON
WHILE THE BASEBALL TEAM LOOKS THE OTHER WAY?


San Geraldo's god-daughter Erin (click here) does a brilliant imitation of Shirley Bassey. Sorry I didn't ask her to do a little video recording for me. You'll just have to make do with the original.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ron Miel... And Other Chupitos

Here in our part of Spain, a good glass of wine or beer costs between 1 and 2 euros. It's cheaper than drinking soda. San Geraldo can splurge on his non-alcoholic beverages. Since I always like to be thrifty, I've been having wine or beer with my meal.

(Click any image to increase the alcohol content.)

FOREGROUND: MY VINO DE MÁLAGA (SWEET WINE).
JUDY'S VINO FINO... AT MESON SALVADOR LAST WEEK.

Many restaurants offer free after-dinner drinks. They're called "chupitos," which means "shots." At Sandpiper, they're usually Bailey's Irish Cream. San Geraldo is a very light drinker. So, he takes a sip of his and I get the rest.

Meson Salvador usually serves Pionono (similar to Bailey's but made in only one place outside Córdoba). Lately, they've been serving Ron Miel. "Ron" means rum in Spanish. "Miel" means honey. It's delicious. San Geraldo isn't a huge fan. So I get two.

RON MIEL AT MESON SALVADOR.

Our favorite restaurant in Sevilla (we got back there for dinner during our last visit), Catalina Casa de Comidas, serves mini-gin and tonics. San Geraldo can't handle a full-sized gin & tonic. So he orders a mini before dinner and I then get to drink his after-dinner chupito... and my own.

CATALINA:  SAN GERALDO'S PRE-DINNER MINI GIN & TONIC.
MY GOLDFISH BOWL.

While living in Sevilla, we discovered a Mexican restaurant called Iguanas Ranas (Iguanas Frogs). Good Mexican food had been hard to find. This place is incredible. The Iguanas Ranas version of a chupito is a small Margarita. Delicious and the perfect size for me. San Geraldo drinks a bit of his. I get the rest.

When our friend Judyshannonstreetwhat (click here if you haven't met) was visiting, I usually had three chupitos after dinner.

MINI MARGARITAS A FEW WEEKS AGO AT IGUANAS RANAS, SEVILLA


Given all the chupitos I've been drinking, I might cut out the one I pay for. I don't want to wind up spending my money callin' everybody honey...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Another Brick In The Wall

My previous Córdoba post (click here) focused on the ceilings (and floors) of the Mezquita/Cathedral (and on San Geraldo's royal ring-finger). It seems only fitting that I should give equal time to the walls.

(Click any image to 'engrandeurize.')










ONE OF SEVERAL TRIBUTES TO GREAT-GRANDPA SAN FERNANDO.