One of the main reasons I wanted to visit Spain was to experience Andalucía in the Southern part of the country. For whatever reason I felt drawn to the culture and landscape. Past lives? Who knows? But after experiencing Barcelona we took the train to Cordoba before taking another train to Granada. The highlight there, at least in my opinion, is the Alhambra. This palace and former fortress is considered to be one of the most famous examples of Islamic architecture and one of the best-preserved palaces of the historic Islamic world. Plus, it contains notable examples of Spanish Renaissance design. Sitting boldly on a hill overlooking Granada, it is a must see when visiting. And I purposely selected a vacation rental that provided a view.
Because I knew that the property was very large with incredible history we hired a private guide for the experience. Miriam Figueroa first took us through the Nasrid Palaces which are indeed incredible. Sorry but the photos just don’t do them justice.
The Islamic/Moorish culture is evident throughout. Although the detail and construction appear to be mostly plain and beige, Miriam explained that most of the walls were painted in bright colors.
After visiting the palaces (us and several hundred other people!) we were able to tour the amazing gardens. Visiting in the springtime is great because most of the flowers (roses) were blooming.
As for the food, Thom was incredibly happy because Spain is known for tapas (small plates of all sorts of food). While it was all good (and so was the wine!) nothing stood out enough for me to capture in a photo. Instead a sweet memory for me was the ancient little Tapa Bar we visited one evening. Built into one of the walls next to the Alhambra, we walked up to take a look at it and ended up sitting and enjoying a glass of wine (or two) along with some free tapas.
And last but not least, one of the standout moments of our trip is similar to last week because it involves music and dancing. Walking through a plaza near our apartment filled with restaurants and shops we can across a young man and woman who were dancing flamenco. Their enthusiasm and passion was evident and the crowd was enthralled. The woman was good but this young man was exceptional.
So that’s our journey so far. I hope you enjoy following along.