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Statue commemorating Queen Isabel's meeting with Christopher Columbus

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.

Building along the Carrera del Darro
  I continued walking up the Carrera del Darro up to the Avenida de les Tristes.  It was a beautiful walkway with lots of architecture, trees, stores and people to watch.  High above the Carrera del Darro was the walls of the Alhambra.  I stopped at a local restaurant for lunch called the Taberna Tiacheta and enjoyed a plate of iberico jamon, chorizos, quesos and olives and a glass of wine.  It was excellent.  There was even a quartet there playing music for the patrons.  It was a really lovely way to spend the lunch hour!

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.

Walking along the Carrera del Darro
  From there, I walked back up to the Cathedral of Granada and took the audio tour.  It's a beautiful cathedral, all white and gold.  It is not as dark as many of the cathedrals I have seen in Europe.  Adjacent to the Cathedral is the Capilla Real where Los Reyes Catolicos, i.e. Ferdinand and Isabel, are entombed.  Their crypt is below the floor and below marble tombs.  They are in small wooden caskets that are very small.  It reminded me of the size of the small suits of armor that I saw at the Palacio Real in Madrid on my prior visit.  People just weren't very big in the 1400's!

I stumbled upon a spice market set up in the alley near the Cathedral that was a true sensory experience.

Lunchtime along the Darro
  The spices were displayed in burlap bags on tables.  The whole alley smells amazing -- teas, lavenders, saffrons, flor de naranjas, rose water, etc.  All really wonderful to smell and see.  I bought some saffron and lavender to take home.

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.

Looking up at the Alhambra
  I said no, show me the change -- and she said no.  So, I pocketed my 10 and started to walk away.  She put her hand in my pocket to try to get the 10 -- and I grabbed my pocket and said no firmly.  She started yelling at me, so I smiled and called her a bruja (witch) and told her to go away.  I am sure she put a curse on me after that!

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.

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Statue commemorating Queen Isabel…
Statue commemorating Queen Isabel…
Building along the Carrera del Dar…
Building along the Carrera del Da…
Walking along the Carrera del Darro
Walking along the Carrera del Darro
Lunchtime along the Darro
Lunchtime along the Darro
Looking up at the Alhambra
Looking up at the Alhambra
Walkway to the Alhambra
Walkway to the Alhambra
Walls of the Alhambra
Walls of the Alhambra
Walking toward Taberna Tiacheta fo…
Walking toward Taberna Tiacheta f…
Taberna Tiacheta
Taberna Tiacheta
Old Granada City Gate - Puerta Elv…
Old Granada City Gate - Puerta El…
Walls around the old part of the c…
Walls around the old part of the …
Another Gateway
Another Gateway
Catedral de Granada
Catedral de Granada
Front of Cathedral in Granada
Front of Cathedral in Granada
Rear of Catedral de Granada
Rear of Catedral de Granada
Cathedral Interior
Cathedral Interior
the Virgin Mary in the Cathedral
the Virgin Mary in the Cathedral
Christ and the Cross in the Cathed…
Christ and the Cross in the Cathe…
Spice Market near Cathedral
Spice Market near Cathedral
More spices . . .
More spices . . .
Statue in plaza near Catedral
Statue in plaza near Catedral
Market
Market
One of the main streets in Granada
One of the main streets in Granada
Fountain near Plaza
Fountain near Plaza
Orange tree on street
Orange tree on street
Scottie looking for the Restaurant!
Scottie looking for the Restaurant!
Dinner at Kunini
Dinner at Kunini
Granada
photo by: Chokk