Panoramic view of the Alhambra Palace
The Alhambra Palace is the crown jewel of southern Spain's Andalusia province, which encompasses mountains and beaches, and an array of historically important and visually breathtaking cities. The Alhambra is a Moorish palace that exceeded every image and expectation I had for such a place. The grounds of the palace are expansive, and you walk through gardens, and courtyards, and buildings that are engraved with the most ornate carvings I have ever seen. The total experience is like walking through a palace straight out of the Arabian Nights. And sunset only deepens the sense of being in a magical place. The palace sits above the city of Granada, which bustles down below, including a medieval district that overflows with jewelry shops, merchants and middle eastern food. While the palace may guard the city, it's own gardens are guarded by large number of sociable stray cats that are more than happy to sit on your lap if you offer it to them. Switching locations, standing on the terrace across from the Alhambra at sunset, gypsy musicians play flamenco music, and the Alhambra simmers in a watermelon light.