Trip Start May 14, 2006
62Trip End Sep 29, 2006
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Granada is a large city that has lots to offer but is really only known for one thing, the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a Christian stronghold that was captured by the Moors and converted to a Muslim mosque and then recaptured by the Christians when they pushed the Moors(or Moops for the Seinfeld aficionado) out of Spain. It is considered one of the wonders of the modern world and it didnītīt fail to impress.
I do have to start this thread with the description of what it took to get to Granada. It was a 14 hour day of nothing but travel. It was hellacious
I got the the Alhambra and was the third person in line for tickets that morning. The girls were right because at 7 Oīclock people started pouring in and the line grew exponentially. I got my tickets and then was almost first inline to enter the compound when it opened at 830. As soon as the gates were opened, I ran past everyone to the star of the Alhambra, the Nasrid Palace
Afterwards we struggled with more transportation issues. We have realized that there are almost no trains that run through the south of Spain and we were unable to get from Grenada to Valencia like we planned. This forced us to make the decision to take an overnight train to Barcelona that night and skip out on Valencia. It actually worked out great because we had time to spend in Granada to explore the rest of the town and then we wouldnīt waste so much time traveling because we could just sleep through it. We spent the rest of the day in Granada exploring the old town which has the feel of a middle eastern town with tea houses and small alleyways around every corner with merchants selling fabrics and hukkas. It was fun to see that sort of Moorish influence still permeates the community even after hundreds of years. By the end of the day, Iīd had my fill of walking around and was so exhausted that I immediately collapsed upon my bed when we got to the train. I woke up just in time to see the sun rise as we pulled into Barcelona for the second time.