After a trip to Granada in the Andalusian area of Spain, and would just like to share my overwhelming appreciation of the place. One of the cultural highlights was looking over the best view in the city where you can see the skiiing slopes of Sierra Nevada in the background and the Alhambra Palace in the foreground - while just by you a local band sings and plays.
There is also the general insanity of Spainish life, for example, where you are all standing around waiting for a bus and suddenly 100 cheering people run down the street jumping into bushes and banging the streetsigns for no apparent reason. Drinking in a bar (Casa Enrique - Acera de Darro) with your friends waiting for a restaurant to open and noticing that the photos on the wall were taken in 1911 and absolutely nothing has changed, then looking down to see someone polishing your shoes.
Amazing characters, great nightlife, culture and arts and religious diversity living in (some sort of) harmony Granada blew us away and it is highly recommended.
THE PALACIO DE LOS LEONES
At one time this was a seperate building from the Palacio des Comares, now they flow into each other, in the centre is the Patio de los Leones, or Courtyard of the Lions, and at its centre is the famous Lion Fountain, how lovely these lions are ! they dont look fierce at all ! the fountain stands at the crossroad of four water channels, its roped off just now, you cant walk right up to it, because it is being restored, later in the museum you will see a restored lion and learn all about the restoration work
do you see the white marble columns all around the courtyard ? I read in my guide book that there are 124 of them in total, lets not stop to count them, there is still lots more to see
on each side of the courtyard is a room, we entered from the Courtyard of the Myrtles through the Sala los Mocarabes, we turn right and enter the Sala de los Abencerrajes, just look ! another fabulous ceiling, it looks like there is a city carved into it with towers and minarets, and the light coming in from the windows all around its 16 sided dome makes it look like a star, coming our we turn right and look in the Sala de los Reyes, then from there we are going to look in the Room of the Two Sisters
See what Spanish say: "Good or bad but always me". Well, they are really great people, very open and seem to be very happy too, not caring too much about tomorrow. It's not hard to experience the famous "manana" here but you can get used to it.
Sure, why do something today if you could do it tomorrow? ;-) Sooo relaxing...
A TINY CHAPEL
While wandering around the Albaicin we came across this tiny chapel, the inscription [translated by Carmella] reads
"This chapel was re-built in order to the Charity Master of San Juan de Dios
founder of the Brotherhood of the Hospitality Brothers, paid by Jose Mª Vasco y
Vasco, Knight of the Real Maestranza of Ronda. It finished in September 30th
1880, in the same place was blessed by Archbishop Bienvenido Monzon"
behind the gates is the altar, this is such a tiny little chapel, squeezed in between the buildings, but still cared for and obviously still used and treasured
Antiguana, Calle Elvira
This bar is decked out with medieval weapons and shields and is made entirely from wood giving it a really warm feel. There is also a TV where you can watch the football or MTV.
They serve cocktails and mojitos along with all the normal drinks and, of course, you get a free plate of tapas(food) with every drink!