Awed by the Alhambra

Trip Start Apr 16, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Friday, May 11, 2012

I am not sure if this entry should actually be titled "stuffed by St Nicholas" . We wandered around the old city and then walked up along the river. We walked up to the unmissable (as many people told us) St Nicholas plaza with the best view of the city. Holey Dooley was that a mammoth effort!!!!! We wanted to give up a number of times as we thought we would never make it. Was the view worth it, you may well ask. I'll  let you be the judge of that :-)  

We dragged ourselves couple of hundred metres down the hill then... lo and behold.........along came a tax to take us to the Alhambra. Not sure whose smile was the bigger, Steve or Bogdan. To be fair Sue and I were awfully pleased too. It was an interesting trip in the taxi as there was a demonstration happening in the main part of town and we went through all the tiny backstreets. I should also say the taxi ride back was really hair raising through the backstreets and no demo as an excuse lol.

Can' t explaIn the Alhambra in words. Big, bold, old and beautiful. Worth the visit to Granada even without the vist to St Nick....

El Granado where we stayed was a mix between an hostel and hotel - bit of an upmarket backpackers.  It was a really old building but well renovated and modern inside. The young people running the place couldn't be more helpful and friendly - even carrying our large heavy bags up quite a few stairs. We thought we had booked a 2 bedroom apartment but it turned out to be a one bedroom with a sofa bed in the lounge. The bedroom was an ensuite so that was a bit incovenient. However just down the hall there were two very nice bathrooms for a dorm area which was currently closed so Steve and I ended up with virtually a bathroom each. There was a really nice roof top garden as well. Again we were really happy with our choice. This was Sue's pick and it was winner.

We decided we couldn't live on Tapas for our whole stay and were really hungry so we had a proper lunch. Plat de jour. Very ordinary unfortunately. The Sangria was good :-)  We were really stuffed so we went back and had a siesta.  About 9pm we set out again on the Tapas crawl.  

Apart from the tapas and sangria Granada is a most beautiful city and we're so glad we visited. 
Before I go I have to share with you the story of our departure. One of the lovely young people working at El Granado explained that a big section of the city that we would need to go through was closed because they were building a metro - the building had stopped because of the economic crisis - but the construction site remained. He explained how to get out of the city. Do you remember our entry and the 20 point turn to get the car out of the street where the hotel was? A decision was made that we wouldn't bring the car back into the street so we lugged our luggage to outside the car park - only a couple of short blocks away.  While we minded the luggage and Steve went to get the car a big truck came and reversed into the teeny weeny street we had to go into to get out of town, stopped and proceeded to put up a barrier to stop other cars.. No official status. That is just what they do.

Ahhh well as they say... the best laid plans of mice and men.   Eventually...... we found our way to San Pedro de Alcantara

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Alicia on

Sounds like you're all having a great time. We loved this part of Spain and we actually stayed at the hotel in your photo named Gran via de Colon. I noticed you haven't mention Jamon....a Spanish cured ham which is moy delicious. If you haven't tried some I would recommend it.
Cheers and continue having a great time

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