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Granada and The Alhambra

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on November 3, 2009

I spent three days in Granada in early October.

Granada, Spain

Walked up and down the mountain leading to the Alhambra at least five times. Test drove a motorbike but didn’t rent it. Packed the lightest I ever have, ended up working out very well. Toured around the Albaycin, saw some flamenco guitar in a tiny dirty bar (didn’t disappoint), and ran into some friends unexpectedly at a birthday party downtown. Nearly missed my flight, and was quite happy when they didn’t notice the alhambra water stowed in my canteen.

First sight when I got off the bus downtown:

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cathedral in downtown Granada

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Albayzín

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Arab bath house: no longer home to baths, but tons of spiders

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covered in hordes of gnarly insects

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one of many ceilings of this design

I was completely floored by the amount of detailing on every surface on the grounds. Ridiculous amount of work in such a concentrated collection. I wanted to take a wax tracing of the walls.

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Spent some time walking around the rest of the city as well. They do legitimate tapas in Granada, so I didn’t really spend any money on food, just wine. Mimicking the fortress on top of the mountain, a lot of the architecture downtown shows Moorish/Islamic influence… fits right in with my idea of perfect style. Feels so right.

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hiked to the top of the mountain across from the Alhambra and had a sweet panoramic view of the plains

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gardens on the grounds

Found a used ticket on the ground the second day and it worked. Total score. Was able to make it up to the Alcazaba castle, which I missed the first day. It was nearly empty and about to close, but I had time to make it to the top and audibly gasped at the view. A guy came up a few minutes after me and did the same thing, so I started talking to him and turns out his mother is from the small town I grew up in. So strange.

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Nasrid

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Alcazaba Castle (folks watching the sunset). Took this seated between two parapets.

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View from the absolute top of the Alcazaba at sunset on my last night in the city. Cathedral downtown visible top-left and Plaza Nueva bottom-center.

I encountered some insane, mind-blowing beauty. Have bought a few books on the history and craftsmanship, already planning a return trip. I’m thoroughly fascinated.

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don't carry me too far away

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