Power to the People
This tip is for those who have not traveled extensively throughout Europe and have never seen this type of electrical outlet before. I had not ever seen this little box to put your room key in which in turn, activates the power in your hotel room. No one at the front desk mentioned it to me, so was I glad when I found out from friends that in order to get power to your room, one must place the hotel key (or a piece of cardboard) into the slot by the door. Whew! I thought for a minute my "Hello Kitty!" flashlight and I were going to be in high demand on this trip!
As the entire city was within...
As the entire city was within the castle walls, the kings sometimes felt the need to retreat to a summer palace away from the hustle, bustle and heat. In the Nasarid's case, they thought that a few hundred metres was far enough to move. Their summer palace, the Generalife, is surrounded by a magnificent garden, which also utilizes water to great advantage by making it a player in the story. One gets the feeling that the fountains, pools, channels, and gutters are of primary importance, and the flowers and trees are simply supporting actors.
From around 3 to 5 pm there is siesta time. Siesta is a long tradition in the South of Spain. The temperature is so high at this time in summer that people stay at home. Shops, banks, post offices, internet cafes(!) and some restaurants are closed then.
On the picture below you can see one of many street performers in Granada’s Old Town.
Jardines del Triunfo (Gardens of Triumph)
I happened upon this garden as I was walking west on the Gran Via de Colon. I thought perhaps the building in the background was something of importance but it doesn't appear on any of my maps so all I can tell you is that I think it's a religious building of some sort, perhaps a convent or a monastery?
The gardens were built on the site of the old bullring in 1960. It seemed like a nice place to have a seat for a bit with lots of nice trees (although not much shade), shrubs, fountains and a monument to the Triumph of the Virgin.
Tortuga, Calle Elvira
This is a great, but small bar on Calle Elvira. It is almost impossible to find a seat, but there is usually plenty of room to stand at the bar. It's got a great atmosphere and some really interesting wall decorations including a fake American 1 dollar deception bill featuring Bush and a sign for Mc Donald’s which reads: 'Come mierda por 1 euro'.
You get a free Tapa with your drink which is really good quality. I sampled their Rioja and found it to be most satisfactory (excuse me if I make some typing errors I'm still feeling most satisfied from the rioja)! Anything which is not Pijo.