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The first two days here have been great but crazy. Yesterday, Ali Settanni and I walked around el Centro de Granada. The city is mind-blowing. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.The sidewalks are tiled, and slippery (fingers crossed, I haven't fallen down yet). There are awnings and other decorations stretched across some of the nicer streets. There are thousands of tiny shops that sell just one thing--perfumerías, zapaterías, ...
... archways, pillars. Everything is carved with Arabic script and patterns. You can't help but imagine a tall Moorish Emir standing at a window in all his finery, with a bejewelled sword, his harem lounging around upstairs covered in silks. The electric lighting didn't sit so well, but I guess burning torches might be too much upkeep.
By day we explored the Generalife and the rest of the ...
... edifices that dominate the cavernous space. I find it cold, uninspiring and after so many beautiful churches, ugly. Next we find our way to the main Plaza, Plaza Nuova. The 32C heat and the mid afternoon lethargy has created a quiet and sleepy atmosphere. A few wilted tourists are nursing beers in the shade. The bars all offer Free Tapas all day. This is still a tradition in Granada, it used to be all over Spain (buy a drink, get a small plate of nibbles- tortilla, ...
... the side of the street in a decorative manner. The Alhambra complex has an array of reflecting pools, water fountains, and random water streams everywhere. It's quite relaxing to walk among the gardens with the sound of water.
Throughout Europe they seem to do maintenance and restorations during the winter time, perhaps because it's low season for tourism. Some of the areas were ...
... directed a funeral procession with a small hearse and everyone walking behind to go to the burial site. I paused and waited as it passed by out of respect for the family and friends. I did find the ATM after they passed by and returned to the hotel.
In the late afternoon we caught a mini bus to the Plaza Nueva to explore explore the Real Cathedral and chapel. Rick ...
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