Macia Monasterio Los Basilios
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Spent the morning exploring the city via a walking tour of Abayzin (Moorish quarter) and Sacramonte. Our guide was a civil engineering student who was born in Germany and had lived in Granada for 17 years. We learnt about the rich history of Granada with some of the original city walls built in the 10th century still very visible. In the afternoon we visited the most prominent feature in this town of about 300,000, the Alhambra, the site of ...
Up early again this morning, had a quick breakfast which was lovely in the hotel, then we had to catch a taxi to get up the hill to "Alhambra" walked around there for a couple of hours, it was absolutely amazing, the pictures do not do it justice. It is an ancient city of around 1,000 people back in the 12- 1300's. Truly amazing.
... rooms is dedicated to the American author Washington Irving of Sleepy Hollow fame. His book Tales of the Alhambra helped make this place popular to the rest of the world and so they dedicated this room to him. Another fun fact is that this is where Chris Columbus made his final pitch to Isabel and Ferdinand for funding to sail west. Good for us that they said yes.
On my way back to the hostel ...
I should also mention that we managed to get a riding lesson in for Sahra, Cole and me (Brenda) at an Equestrian Centre just outside Granada. It was set in beautiful countryside with the snow-covered Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background. Our instructor, Liz, was very patient with Cole and me, the rookies, and we learned some valuable horse handling skills that helped make it a great experience. Sahra, of course, ...
... ceramic tiles, carved wood ceilings, stained glass roofs, ornate, colourful stalactites, scalloping, carvings and gardens with water flowing and fountains everywhere. One can almost imagine the Sultans holding court here in the 14th C Nazaries Palace, reclining on pillows smoking hookah pipes and eating figs and dates!
We learned several bits of trivia as we travelled around the Nazaries ...