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The showers at the Hotel Nazaries are amazing. Floor to ceiling glass with six shower heads -- it's a wonderful experience. It all changes though when you get out of the shower to find that water has run all over the floor of the marble floored bathroom and it's slicker than black ice on the highway! I nearly killed myself when I slipped while reaching for the towel. To top it off, I used what I thought was mouthwash after brushing my teeth only to find out it was cologne.
The breakfast buffet at the Nazaries is quite nice. Lots to choose from with wonderful fresh fruit.
Today I explored the Centro Granada area. I walked past the fountain commemorating the meeting of Queen Isabel and Christopher Columbus prior to sailing off to America.
After lunch, I walked down the Calle Elvira to the Puerto Elvira -- the gateway through the old walls of Granada through which Ferdinand and Isabel entered the City of Granada to begin the drive to push the Moors out of Andalucia.
I stumbled upon a spice market set up in the alley near the Cathedral that was a true sensory experience.
As I was leaving the Cathedral area, I was surrounded by gypsy women handing out rosemary sprigs and wanting to read my palm. I let one give me a reading (nothing specific or interesting) and then she demanded monedas. I searched, but no coins to give her, so tried to give her a US dollar, my smallest bill at that point. She demanded Euros -- and I showed her I had only a 10 Euro or a 50 Euro bill. She grabbed for my 10 Euro bill, and I asked for change -- cambio. She demanded the 10 first and then would find change.
I walked back to the hotel, got a change of clothes, and it was back out to meet my friends for dinner. We went to a restaurant near the Cathedral called Kunini. I had a wonderful local special, sopa del ajo (garlic), and grilled sea bass. For dessert we had strawberries and mangoes. It was a great meal -- accompanied by some great Spanish wines - an Albarino (white) and a Tempranillo (red). The waiter even brought me a shot of pacharan for my after dinner drink, gratis. Pacharan is a liquer made from sloe plums -- delicious and an excellent digestive! I highly recommend Kunini.