. This mostly consists of tour groups of 15 to 20 people who rudely stop in each doorway so the guide can describe to the group what is coming next. You can either force your way through them or wait till they go through and follow them. We eventually just started working our way through them because there were so many doorways. The inside of the palace was like the 'Real Al Kazar' except in 3D. Where the 'Real Al Kazar' had painted tiles everywhere, the Alhambra had incredibly detailed carved marble and plaster everywhere. Every ceiling was incredible, mostly carved from wood. Room after room, courtyard after courtyard, took longer than your 1/2 hour just to walk through the enormous palace. There were fountains and cisterns and beautifully detailed irrigation channels all through the palace and grounds. There were many garden beds (beautifully separated by rock terraces) where they still grow produce and fruit. Orange trees, of course, were everywhere. On the walk out two men were sweeping the path with brooms that could have been made a thousand years ago. Our pictures just can't do it justice. It was another incredible place.
2:30pm and we are finally leaving the overcast skys of Granada. It never actually rained on us but there were drops once in awhile. We are headed through central Spain toward Sagunto on the east coast.
We get to La Alhambra @ 8:00 am on the dot. Even though we are there when the doors open the lines are already long and when they begin moving they move very slowly. Runners from friends and families go back and forth between 2 lines (which are confusing to everybody) to see which line is moving fastest. When we reach the front of our line we find (as we have already heard from others near us in line) that although we are free to roam the gardens and grounds, we won't be allowed to enter the palace until 1:30pm. We were a little upset at this as we have already wasted 1 day trying to get in. But we discover that it takes several hours just to visit the gardens and fortress and minor palaces and what appear to be archaeological excavations inside the walls of the city. There are many Barrios (neighborhoods) ruins which cover many acres of the city. By the time we saw all of that and ate some lunch and rested a little, it was nearly time to go see the palace. They allowed groups at 1/2 hour intervals to enter the palace