Magnificent Granada

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

We arrived at the station and left our bags in left luggage. A bus to the Alhambra was next. Within 30 min arriving we had our ticket and we bolting down a quick coffee and pastry for breakfast.

The Alhambra is a whole area which contains various palaces and castles. I intended to spend the entire day here. The beauty of this place is hard to describe. This is where the moorish architecture reached its highest form. The gardens use water features extensively both to cool the air and to provide different views, often glimpses, of something in the distance.

The palaces are stunning. Set out in sweeping verandahs with columns and arches. These. Guys knew design. there is nothing jarring or ostentatious. Just the same geometric patterns repeated throughout the palace. And he symmetry of the courtyards are more enchanting than formal. You can imagine the princesses from the harems moving through these corridors and looking out onto the world around.

Granada is also beautifully situated. Close your eyes and imagine a town built from reddish terra cotta tones and light sandy roofs with trees of deep green used to offset the houses. Place this town on gently sloping hills with mountains in the background. There was still snow in the distant mountains even though we were hot and eating ice cream. The whole place is like a postcard.

It took us all day to walk over the grounds. When we finished we had a quick meal (we skipped lunch) and returned to the train station. We were on an overnight train to Barcelona. However, because ashley and i dont like spending money, he was in a four bed male room and i was in a four bed female room, 5 doors down rhe corridor. It doesnt matter when you are aslerp. So I guess tomorrow I wake up in Barcelona.
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david on

I hope you realise you are making everyone insanely jealous (except for the projectile day)

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