So, my plan to re-visit Alhambra didn’t pan out. I took the bus up there, but was told it was sold out for the day. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. It just means I have to come back one day! So, here it was, 11:00 am and my train doesn’t leave for Barcelona until 9:57 pm. That is a long day to fill when it’s raining and you aren’t really sure what you want to do, and have pretty well already walked the entire city over. So, I walk down from Alhambra rather than take the bus. That ate up, oh, 20 minutes! Then I just wandered around looking for a restaurant that said “wifi zone” in the window. Not as easy as you would think! I just wanted to find a place where I could plant myself for a good 3 hours and nurse a drink or some lunch and do some blog stuff, googling and emailing. So I wander and wander… I wind up at the viewpoint where you can get a view of Alhambra. Nice, still sort of bitter about the Alhambra so I wander away after taking a couple of photos. So I walk for about an hour and a half, just looking in shop windows when finally I find a little Arab tea house that has a wifi sign! Yay, yay! So I go in and find a table. The service was delightfully, wonderfully slow! I say this because I wanted to stay there for as long as possible, so if it was their fault for not being attentive, then so be it! So I had lunch and spent almost 3 glorious hours just sitting and writing and people watching. At about 4:00 I hit the streets again. There must have been some sort of religious holiday today because almost all of the stores were closed, which is probably a good thing for me… boredom can lead to shopping you know! At around 5:00 I remembered this place I wanted to try that has chocolate churro’s. I thought I could kill an hour and warm up! So delicious. I’ve only noticed a big churro surge here and in Malaga. I can’t remember seeing them in Madrid or Seville. These were so light and airy and just a little bit greasy but so good. And the chocolate sauce was not that sweet, and sort of had the consistency of a very thick hot chocolate. Now, as I’m sitting here in the train station writing this, I feel a little ill just thinking about them, but at the time they were very, very good! Or mui bueno, as I told the churro man. The only thing that really sucks about the rain is that there is absolutely nowhere to sit outside. Because it rains so little here, there aren’t a lot of overhangs to stand or sit under so you just wander around like a wet rat looking for shelter. Now I’m just waiting for my sleeper train to Barcelona… let’s hope I have some nice, non-snoring bunk mates.
The Royal Chapel of Granada. This chapel has some of the most beautiful Flemish paintings in it, and houses the tombs of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabelle of Castile. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but the tombs were just incredible!
I spent a lot of time in the neighbourhood of Albayzin, which is the old Moorish quarter right across the river from Alhambra. There are all sorts of spice shops, textiles, jewellery, and smoke shops around. Really cool vibe,it was my favourite area of town.
View from Mirador de San Nicholas area.
More streets of the Albayzin.
The photos on this day are so dreary because of the weather, so I thought this was cute and cheery!
Iglesia de San Juan de Dios.
Puerta de Elvira. It’s from the 1th century, and was once the main entry point to Granada. It was used as a military and customs check point in the day. It leads right into the Albayzin neighbourhood.
Granada had the best graffiti I’ve ever seen in one place. They even try and paint over the ugly, pointless graffiti, which is the first time I’ve seen that in Spain. There must be a couple of artists that are prolific, because it kind of got to the point that I could recognise the artists’ style. Check the new tab “Graffiti” to see more!