Parador de Granada
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... overlooking the city of Granada in southern Spain. The palace was constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. It's name means the red palace due to this color in the ore of the building becoming translucent in sunlight. It was neglected for years until Washington Irving, author of "Tales from the Alhambra", brought attention to it and gained funding for its restoration. We did a two hour guided tour and still didn't see ...
... full, children playing and young people in groups dressed alike in weird and wonderful clothing. We think they maybe buck or hen parties. Anyway they make a lot of noise and are obviously out for a good time! On another note we have seen no evidence of an economic crisis in Spain so far. Yes there is the occasional beggar ( usually outside a cathedral - where is the charity from the church????) but everyone is out spending in shops and ...
... in Plaza Bib-Rambla, considered to be the heart of old Granada. Terrific tour with a great guide, we quite enjoyed our time.
After supper we decided to venture the rest of the way up the hill to Alhambra to see it at night. We were surprised to discover that the gates are open and you can see quite a bit in the evening. We had Charles V palace virtually on our own. This is a palace built by the Christian ...
... cathedrals. Granada was largely an Islamic community before la Reconquista (a centuries long war fought by the Catholics to create a Catholic Country and won by Isabella la Catolica and her husband Ferdinand). The city is full of mezquita cathedrals, and monuments to Isabella la Catolica, Ferdinand, and Christopher Columbus. There were some structures in the city that dated back to the 14th century, including one of the old entry ports to the city.
... the past couple days, cold and rainy, so it's not very ideal to walk all over the city. Dinner is usually around 8-830 (and I'm always dying of hunger by then) and it's homework and going for a walk or tapas after that if we're not super tired! The days go by SO fast here, it's actually really weird.
Sunday night we were a little American and went to an Irish pub to watch the Patriots game (of course I got dragged along). However, it took about an hour to get there since we ...