Trip Start Jan 28, 2008
83Trip End Sep 18, 2008
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When we arrived at our backpackers we asked about tickets and were told there were none left for today. What about buying tickets for tomorrow? "Not possible, you have to line up tomorrow morning. Early!" So at early o´clock we walked up to the Alhambra ticket line. In the dawn light we saw another couple with a daypack and then another. We knew we were on the right track. The ticket queue was only a zig and 3/4 of a zag as we joined it. Later it stretched to 2 full zig zags and 1/2 a zig. It was /am and we were happy enough with our position. There were only 300 people in front of us.
At 8.30 the ticket office opened and the PA announcements began
Our visit in the afternoon was punctuated by the beeping bar code readers the gate attentents used to scan every ticket.
We entered the Fort area with a beep each. The walls gave good views of Granada but of course from the Tower was better. The "courtyard" inside the Fort was covered in knee-high walls, which we think were the remains of soldier and gruads quarters. Time for an apple and a drink break in the shade before lining up for our appointment to visit th eNasrid Palaces.
"Beep, beep" each (we were scanned twice) and we were inside the Palaces.
The Palace of Generalife was the agricultural area of La Alhambra. It was made up of large terraces, orchards, ornamental gardens and a palace. Some of the gardens were closed for maintenance, there was more than enough open to enjoy and sit and relax in. One sit we found looked back over a gully towards the Nasrid Palaces. It made for a beautiful green view. The palace was full of high ceilinged rooms and a large courtyard that was cooled by the rectangular pool and its fountains. It was a popular place for photos and it was here that we ran out of camera batteries. We managed to squeeze a little more juice out of them by rationing turning the camera on and not using the flash. The stairway leading up and away from Generalife had terracotta tile gutters on the top of the short walls that bordered them. They looked like a fun idea and would keep an area cool, like in Alice perhaps.
It was a big walk back towards La Alhambra's Old City , Medina . The walk was through more shaded gardens and was flat once we had descended a short distance from Generalife
The next day, for a different view, we walked up into the streets, houses, plazas, churches and stairways on the opposite side of the valley to La Alhambra. We had seen people in the area when we were visiting La Alhambra the day before. There was a large square in front of a church. It was a good place to sit and gaze at La Alhambra as the sun set.