the alhambra

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isabella and ferdinand... and two other people i can't remember!

i made a stop in capilla real today - this is where ferdinand and isabel are buried.  you can actually go down under ground a bit to the crypt and view their actual coffins - which is neat and creepy all at once.  that´s one thing you don´t see a lot of in the u.s. - bodies and caskets for viewing.  we put ´em in the ground and be done with it.  leave ´em be!  none of this let´s everyone come check out their tomb!  we don´t care who it is!  but i gotta admit, it´s a really cool thing to be able to do...

after an uphill battle - literally it was like a 20 minute steep uphill walk - to the alhambra, i spent the remainder of the day there.  i suppose i could´ve taken the bus, but there was beautiful scenery along the walk so it worked out well!  the alhambra is considered one of the greatest accomplishments of islamic art and architecutre, but i gotta say i was slightly.

just a pretty building...
.. underwhelmed.  between the alcazaba (the fortress), the palacio nazaries (nasrid palace - built for granada´s muslim rulers), and the generalife gardens, i´d have to say the gardens were my favorite part.  a lot of the palace and fortress was in ruins, so i think that in part made it slightly difficult for me to enjoy the...magnificent-ness and wonders that it once was - which i´m sure it was.  i mean you can just look at the structure and see that it used to be something great and powerful.  but even so, i can go to other sights (example: the forum in rome - which is all ruins) and be totally overwhelmed by it all and have no problem seeing what used to be.  but honestly this place just didn´t do that for me.
starting the hike to the alhambra!
  i gotta say i much more preferred the alcazar in sevilla.  to each their own is my motto!

so apparently there are cave people living in granada!!  okay not technically cave people - gypsies.  back in the day the gypsies lived in actual caves in this mountainside area of granada called sacramonte.  and now a lot of people do still live in these caves, but they have built house extensions onto them.  so while i was supposed to leave granada tonight on a night train to valencia, i was enticed by the idea of getting to see a flamenco show in one of these caves so i decided to stay another night here and booked in time at a show.  a russian girl from my hostel (whose name i shamefully can´t remember) and i hopped on this bus, they drove us to sacramonte, and into the cave we went.

  the caves, by the way, have now been outfitted with electricity and what not so no you´re not in some dark place with fear of things coming at you in the dark!  but yes, you enter into this cave tunnel in the mountainside and just take a seat.  the show was pretty awesome!  there were four different girls and a guy that performed, along with two guys playing music and a third one singing his heart out till his face turned red - literally!  i decided i slightly prefer watching guys do flamenco because a. they have to wear heels and get a taste of our side for a bit! and b. they just seem to have a bit more power when they do it.  oh but the outfits are also so gorgeous - on the guys and gals, but especially the girls when they start twirling and the skirts are all flowy...

on the way down we stopped at the mirador de san nicolas - which was this plaza i had gotten lost trying to find earlier that day actually - and looked out over the city.  it had a fantastic view of the alhambra all lit up and pretty at night... 

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isabella and ferdinand... and two …
isabella and ferdinand... and two…
just a pretty building...
just a pretty building...
starting the hike to the alhambra!
starting the hike to the alhambra!
pretty scenery heading up to the a…
pretty scenery heading up to the …
on the grounds of the alhambra.
on the grounds of the alhambra.
just because it said america. :0)
just because it said america. :0)
details of the interior...
details of the interior...
details inside the alhambra rooms.…
details inside the alhambra rooms…
you cant see me but you can see t…
you can't see me but you can see …
granada streets at night...
granada streets at night...
inside the cave!
inside the cave!
shes moving so fast she blurred t…
she's moving so fast she blurred …
the outside extension built onto t…
the outside extension built onto …
the alhambra at night.
the alhambra at night.
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photo by: Chokk