A thunderstorm brings good advice

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Andrew in the gardens

We are starting to make more firm plans these days but once we do they change anyway!  Want to drive up the east coast of Spain staying near the Mediterranean but make a small detour into the Sierra Navadas in search of a scenic camp site for the night.  As we are travelling the inland road a storm brews, we are looking at some spectacular mountains which have glimpses of snow yet again.  Andrew is driving and I am looking at the map and realise that the Alhambra Palaces are in Granada and if we keep going we could visit them.  Mum always said if we get the chance to see them, do it and we thought we shouldn't dissappoint her, so we changed our plan and kept on going.

Now, me in the gardens!
  While climbing on a very good road the rain pelted down and lightning flashed and thunder rolled.  Coming down the mountain a truck had just jack-knifed and other truck drivers were trying to help the guy out of a nasty situation. Coming down the Sierras into Granada we had seen no camping signs and watched the lightning strike power lines several times.  Time for a Hotel we think!

Found one near where the signs started for the Alhambra and checked in.  In the foyer an English couple were waiting out the storm to go out and have dinner and they asked us if we were from Australia.  We then had a long chat where it transpired that they had queued that morning for tickets for the Palaces but failed to make it into the cut!  Arriving at 8.

Water, part of the ambience
15am they thought they would get in but ended up with "gardens only" tickets.  They were dissappointed but told us to ignore the hotel breakfast at 7am as it wasn't worth it, get to Alhambra next day by 6.30am and to take a taxi as parking was very dear.  6.30am?!  We had a hotel bed and I had to get up at that time?

We took their advice and in the darkness the taxi driver pointed us to the queue direction and we found only 500 people in front of us! The ticket office opened at about 8.30am and we eventually struck up conversation with the young french couple in front of us. The first 900 made it in to the morning cut and we had 11-11.30 am tickets to get into the Palacios Nazaries.  At around 9am we set off to look at the Generalife.

Long walled pools
  Formal gardens with roses, horse-chestnut  trees, olives, citrus, spring flowers coming on and water.  Everywhere the element of water is introduced to the gardens to create sound and to add coolness.  It is there in ponds, down channels in the hand rails, it cascades and there are small fountains.  There is a large fortress and the Moors created a palace of great beauty with intricate tiled work and clay relief designs.  Empty of furniture and everyday equipment it is none the less spectaular.  Suggest you learn more via the web as I can't do it justice but our photos might give a little hint.  Thanks to some chance excellent advice we had many hours here sampling the delights.  Thanks Mum too.

 

 

 

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Andrew in the gardens
Andrew in the gardens
Now, me in the gardens!
Now, me in the gardens!
Water, part of the ambience
Water, part of the ambience
Long walled pools
Long walled pools
Boxed hedges
Boxed hedges
A long pool with mountain water
A long pool with mountain water
The water pools and gardens
The water pools and gardens
courtyards in Alhambra
courtyards in Alhambra
Granada
photo by: Chokk