Granada - Hot enough to, Your majesty
Trip Start Jun 2007
23Trip End Nov 2007
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First off, I canīt work out how to turn off the bold font on the Spanish computer, so we can all pretend that this is just a really exciting entry (just like all the others right?)
Next, it is so unbelievably hot here, I am living the summer holiday to the absolute maximum (and all those reports of how cold and rainy it is everywhere else? They only make it better!!!!....what?....oh you all know Iīm shallow)
So Granada. The big one has been covered, the Alhambra. And boy was it worth the 20 minute uphill slog. Words cannot do it justice. Not only is the entire complex massive but the palaces and gardens are so exquisite that you can appreciate all the tiny details while being almost overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place. And the tiles, Donīt get me started on the tiles. The only down side was that the Court of the Lions was being restored, so the featured fountain (with all the lions) was covered up. It was a little disappointing because that was the thing i had been looking forward to the most but it really didnt detract from the experience.
Everyone had said we had to pre-book tickets but we just walked up at about 8:30 when it opened and got tickets for 9:30 (which considering we spent about 45 minutes in the queue worked out great).
The hostel we are staying in is on the hill opposite the Alhambra so we have been getting spectacular views. The only downside is getting said views requires climbing the hill to the hostel, which is not easy at the best of times, but scorching heat and no shade donīt add much fun to the experience :) But Iīm, sure it is good for my legs.
( at least i have been using all the hill climbing as an excuse to be eating mucho good stuff-including chocolate--so hopefully it is doing something or i will need to book and extra seat on the plane home!)
The people here are really great. We have been hanging out a lot at the hostel, chatting to people and generally relaxing (which has been awesome!) Since I have limited us to one hill climb a day when the sun is up, we spend mornings down in town then have lunch and trek back up. After spending the next 6 hours recovering with fans and sangria (hey anyplace where booze is cheaper than water is ok by me....just kidding mum!)
At night we have been sampling all the tapas bars and the tapas is free when you buy a drink so we have been having three drinks and three tapas which is dinner for about 4 euros each. And let me tell you they are not stingy with the tapas! (I think i may have to move here permanently) So i generally end up happy AND full which ticks all the boxes.
Next stop is Valencia where I am anticipating much difficult time spent lazing around on the beach drinking....sangria (are we all sensing a theme here?)
So until my next lazy entry
(Yep my Spanish really is that bad. Imagine the fun we have ordering things!)