Archive for July 23rd, 2009|Daily archive page
What I played with during siesta time in Granada.
GRANADA, the ALHAMBRA, and LACK OF LUGGAGE/CAMERA FAILURE/SICKNESS
The trip to Spain gets a 2 while Granada gets a 10/10 and was the most amazing structure I have ever seen (it just eeks out the Eiffel Tower, although that is still another structure every human should see). The trip itself gets a two as I didn’t have luggage for 60% of my trip and let me tell you that shopping for fat girl clothes in Granada is one of the lower rungs of hell, also camera failure and severe sickness/pain on the way home sucked. Granada itself is a maze of tiny streets and cobblestone (in the old part of the city). Downtown different streets had different lighted designs or chandeliers and was an explosion of activity at night, when darkness fell. I used industrial strength sun block which was like grease paint. Gelato shops were on every corner it seemed, and I highly recommend pistachio or lemon. The dried ham in the region is intensely flavorful, but is very hard to chew. I didn’t eat out much, one meal a day, as I had breakfast at the hotel I stayed at, and skipped lunch or had fruit. Hotel Mate Leo is a great place to stay. I was on the fifth floor and highly enjoyed my stay. The receptionists were all very helpful and several called and tried to help me with my luggage travails. In fact I didn’t ask them, they volunteered. For the price and location (dead center) I loved the place and will go back again. I realize that July is not considered a great season to visit, but I found the heat bearable since it was a dry heat. The piece de resistance is the Alhambra a complex that is made up of the old fortress, Nasrid Palace, and the Generalife. The fortress is amazing and the oldest of the three, boggling the mind that it is still standing after so many years. The Generalife had gardens that bring tears to the eyes and don’t miss the water escalator, which is stairs with cold water running down troughs on either side . The most amazing and most visited structure is Nasrid palace. I won’t bother to describe it in detail as I am still viklempt just thinking about it, but I will say it is patterns everywhere and every time you think they have reached the apex of human design, you go into another room that leaves you breathless and speachless. It was humbling and worth every walk up the hill (you can take a bus, but I recommend the hill.) It was in every aspect beautiful and compelling and I hope you have a chance to visit.