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Started day as usual cup of tea on terrace followed by breakfast in the restaurant. Quite a bit of cloud around, so we have decided to save our kayak outing until tomorrow. Another couple leaving again by the resorts motor boat. Some swimming and reading, then Sylvia suggests a sand sculpture competition, the theme being fish. My fish is supposed to be a Hammer Head Shark, Sylvia's is just called fish but I think looking at the pictures Sylvia won. Time for ...
... it’s a great time for us to rest up. Went for
another exploration – this time the mission was to pick up our tickets for
visiting the Alhambra (details to follow in next installment), find a few
groceries and explore. Till 10pm we sat
up on the terrace typing the blog & reading with a glass of yummy Spanish
wine, looking up at the majestic Alhambra. Hard to believe that it dates back to
... we got to see the rest of the palace/fortress by daylight and it was no less impressive and awe-inspiring. It's an absolutely massive complex of manicured gardens, uncovered ruins, pathways and palaces. The most interesting part, however, is that unlike the myriad of European castles and palaces that I’ve visited so far, The Alhambra has no statues of people to adorn it. No huge paintings of the kings of yore, no gargoyles protecting the stones or the parapets, no huge ...
... double arches holding everything up. Some say it looks like a forest of candy canes on the inside. Be sure to see the pictures of this building, which is definitely one of the most famous in all of Spain. Interestingly, the mosque today functions as a Catholic Church. Several hundred years ago, the catholic king of Spain ordered a giant cathedral to be built in the middle of the mosque. For this project, nearly 400 of the more than 1,200 columns were torn down ...
... loving it, as was Marisa. I was exhausted from all the anticipation of the morning and our trek, so I was zoning out a lot. We went to one more place and got a potato tapas. Pretty delicious as well.
Headed back to the residencial around 10, found out I made it into a level 2 at CLM and was pretty excited. All I wanted was to test out of level one. Done!