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May 12, 2014 - Granada - Alhambra #2

Please see comments on Granada Alhambra #1 I show pictures of the rooms occupied by Washington Irving while he wrote "Tales of the Alhambra". [Did you notice they didn't have a plaque up saying these were also the rooms used by King Carlos V?] I read the book and had a hard time getting through it. There are a couple of "tales" in which he tells some of the legends of the Alhambra in specific chapters - those were interesting but don't waste your time on the whole book.

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May 11, 2014 - Barcelona Airport & Granada Hotel

I walked 10 minutes to the bus station in Sitges, took the bus to the Barcelona Airport (took 30 minutes), sat in the airport about 3 hours(which is beautiful, by the way), flew to Granada (which took and hour and a half), took a bus to the town center (about a 20 minute ride), took a shuttle bus to the Alhambra entrance (another 15 minutes due to traffic), walked about 10 minutes to find a taxi stand, waited with a bunch of other people coming from a wedding about 1/2 hour for a taxi - when one finally showed up the couple ahead of me...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Córdoba and Granada Round 3

Last weekend I went to Córdoba and Granada for the 3rd time. But, different group, different trip. Instead of going to the Alhambra for a 3rd time though, my friend Rebecca and I took the 50 min bus ride up to the Sierra Nevadas and went skiing! It was absolutely beautiful up there and I was so happy that I got to see the snow this year! I came home pretty sore and pretty sunburnt, but it was worth it! Loved being in Granada again, too. Such a cool city. If I had the space I would buy a million things from there to bring home and decorate...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Skiing Sierra Nevada

Internet at Camping Reina Isabel has not been working so I was unable to update our journal. We had a couple more days of rain earlier in the week, but we caught the bus into town again on Monday. We saw the beautiful Basilica de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias and walked across the city to the Bus Station to check out the parking for Homer, intending to take the bus up to Pradollano to go skiing. And we walked past Camping Sierra Nevada which we’d looked up on the internet where it was listed as closed – and it was open! Although it is €30...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Venta el Gallo, Sacromonte

We enjoyed a short stroll between showers into La Zubia to find a tobacconist to buy a stamp to send a postcard home to New Zealand, find a particular small battery for a clock and a couple of food items. We had booked a show this evening and were picked up from the camp entrance just before 9pm and then collected several more people around town before arriving at Venta El Gallo, a cave restaurant in Sacromonte. This area is reputed to be where flamenco was born and these performers put their heart and soul into their acts. For €30 per...

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Jan 17, 2014 - Albayzín, Granada

Yesterday was another rainy day, so we had another lazy day doing not very much, but this morning dawned overcast but dry. So after breakfast we set off to catch the same two buses as Wednesday, this time travelling with a German couple from the campground who we were able to advise about visiting the Alhambra. We ourselves got off the bus and walked down through the Alhambra Woods to find the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, which is currently the #1 attraction on TripAdvisor. We followed the signs at first but then there were none, so it took...

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Jan 15, 2014 - The Alhambra, Granada

It rained all day yesterday so again so after a nice sleep in and a leisurely brunch we had an “in Homer” day. Today we woke up to patches of blue sky so we set off to catch 2 buses to the Alhambra. The bus stop is right across the road, weekdays buses run every 15mins and the fare was €1.50 each into Central Granada. From there we had about a 20 minute wait for the No. 13 bus to take us to the Alhambra. At peak times you must book ahead for a time slot to visit the Nasrid Palaces but we walked straight up to the ticket office and booked...

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Jan 13, 2014 - La Zubia, Granada

On Saturday we left late morning and drove the three hours to Granada. It was once again a scenic drive on motorway most of the way, although it was a cloudy day and threatened to rain a couple of times. We arrived at Camping Reina Isabel (N 37° 07' 28" W 3° 35' 12") in La Zubia, a village to the south of Granada. We like this campsite; it’s reasonably small but not very busy. The reception staff are very helpful, everything we need is nearby and the bathrooms are heated (yes it is quite cold, about 8°C). Yesterday was a beautiful day and...

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Jun 26, 2013 - Mercredi 26 juin- Visite de l'Alhambra, Albacin et souper Rambla avec nos nouveaux amis français

Mercredi 26 juin- Visite de l'Alhambra, Albacin et souper Rambla avec nos nouveaux amis français Ce matin, nous partons en minibus vers l'Alhambra, ville fortifiée dans la ville de Grenade (1334 - 1354) perchée sur la plus haute colline de Grenade. Les Califes aont fait construire cette ville autonome dans Grenade et ensuite chaque souverain personalisait la ville et les palais selon son humeur... C'est Charles Quint qui l'a repris en 1492 et l'ensemble était tellement superbe, qu'il a fait passer un décret interdisant sa destruction....

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Jun 25, 2013 - Mardi 25 - Sur la route du Califat vers Grenade, en passant par la caverne de Zuheros

Mardi 25 - Sur la route du Califat vers Grenade, en passant par la caverne de Zuheros Nous quittons Cordoue, après un petit-dej et avoir récupéré la voiture. Nous empruntons la route du Califat, celle-là même que prenaient les Califes pour se rendre à Grenade. La route est valonneuse, des collines à petes de vues et toutes, plantées d'oliviers. Il n'y a pas un pouce carré où il n'y pas d'olivier. Sur le dessus des collines, au points les plus hauts, des tour de guets datant de l'époque des califes - avant 1492, date à laquelle les rois ont...

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May 26, 2013 - The Alhambra and olive oil

We took a taxi to the Alhambra, where we met our guide, Fernando. We spent about 3 hours exploring the complex and gardens. Alhambra was a city in its own right, comprising a military area (alcazar), judicial area (hall of the ambassadors), and living and working area (medina). The Christian palace of Charles V was built in the Alhambra to symbolize the triumph of Christianity over Islam. Many parts of the structure date from the 14th century. Much has also been destroyed. Fernando asked us to focus on the walls and ceilings, many of which...

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May 25, 2013 - Granada

Another train ride today. This was from Seville to Granada and took about 3 hours. The Spanish countryside is very beautiful, with olive trees as far as the eye can see. As we neared Granada, we could see the Sierra Nevada-a snow covered mountain range that contains the highest mountain in Spain. We had a bit of time to settle in before we went for a walk in the Albaicín (old Arab) quarter, with our charming guide, Carmen. This area of the city is high on a hill. We are glad that we took a taxi up the hill and walked down, rather than doing...

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