HISTORICAL FORTRESS ABOVE GRANADA

Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Wednesday, March 14, 2012



Tuesday

Weather; 9 degrees overnight, mid 20,s by day, sunny

Alhambra

We can see this ancient edifice from our terrace and noone comes to Granada without a visit to this famous place


The red walls and towers of this mystical and renowned walled city, set upon a hill overlook the city with the snow capped Sierra Nevada making and impressive back drop. Alhambra dates back to the 9th century and is one of the world's best examples of Muslim architecture.




Alhambra translates to red castle and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. So popular is the site, you have to book in advance to visit the Nasrid Plalace- we booked online for a 12noon visit.



The castle and fort were in the hands of the Moors for centuries and the influence is strong and then the Catholic monarchs moved to Granada in 1492 and made their mark. In the 18th century it was abandoned to gypsies and homeless until an American writer, Washington Irving ceated international interest in the monument when he waxed lyrical about it in 1820. As a result of this interest the monument was restored and the walled city was preserved and protected.





Today it is a walled monument,- towers, palaces, churches, and gardens and we spent 6 hours exploring the extensive grounds. Ceramic tiles, incredibly detailed plaster work, marbles and intricate wood panelling etc.and you could rave forever without really describing the beauty of this special place. The reflective pools that you come across are mesmerising and you linger to take in the effects.






Alcazabar, the military part of the complex has towers, the tallest from which you see forever; it  would have been an excellent defence lookout against intruders, so long ago.

The Nasrid Palaces are the heart of Alhambra and we all line up at our allocated times to be admitted to these exquisite buildings renovated and carefully preserved today.
"Say few words and you will leave in peace". Yes, like a meditation, contemplate the intricacies and beauty without words because words don't really draw a picture.









We had shunned the bus for the steep hike up Gomez lane in the morning and it was lovely to pass through the gardens of cypress, elms and plane trees and we took the return walk back to Granada centre and we were tired.We passed through the narrow lanes with their little shops but mnay were closed for siesta

  
  
 

We were both complaining of tired feet and exhausted minds so back to our apartment to relax a while before tackling a tapas treat at a local bar.




We are really enjoying our stay with Blanca- she is lots of fun and very generous and helpful. We often sit around with a coffee or wine and get insights into Spain. We call her the Almodover woman because she is so Spanish!!!! She is delightful! The apartment is comfortable and in a great location.




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