Peter is a
better juggler than Andrew. We wait for the bus to Granada as we pass the time, entertaining
passengers. The journey will take us three full hours.
By the time we arrive in the Granada
bus station it is early evening. It isn't a long walk to the camping, where we
set up our tents. Then we catch a bus downtown and find something to eat. Mmmm,
those lovely Spanish tortilla's!
After dinner it's too late for another bus. All a bit tipsy from the wine we
decide to walk our way back, but this turns out to be quite difficult. Nobody
had bothered to bring a map or watch the route closely, so the only option left
are the road signs. Streets are empty at this our, especially when we leave the
After some time our groups split up or loose each other, and five
of us end up wondering through Granada
alone. We walk for more than ninety minutes! We must have been walking in
circles for sure... then finally we reach the camping and get some sleep.
Mozaic in the Alhambra
Early next day we climb the steep hill that leads to the Alhambra. It costs me quite some sweat but
yet I reach the top in one peace. It's a long walk but certainly a must. Though
there are tourist busses driving up and down I feel anyone riding them is just
We decide to have our breakfast pick nick here at the gates of the palace,
among the morning mists hanging under the trees.
La Alhambra is
even more beautiful than I possibly could imagine.
I would like to describe the
atmosphere, light and architecture, but I'm afraid no words exist to do so. Even
a painting or picture could not reproduce this place in its true form: pure. The
Mesquita (which was truly wonderful) is meaningless compared to this huge
palace. I feel like its a building with no baroque, no golden ceilings and no pretensions.
Yet at the same time, it is breathtaking and extremely overwhelming. A masterpiece
in peaceful beauty.
The Alhambra just before sunset
I assume this place was build for Allah, he must be satisfied. I which I could
live here, among the engraved walls, pillars and the fountains. I might dream
In the afternoon we leave the Alhambra
and take a walk uphill, into the Albaicin quarter and its white houses,
decorated with flowers. Under a tree in the shade, sitting on a little square,
high above town, we found ourselves a place so hard to reach even tourists
don't come here anymore.
This is an area were only true Spanish people live,
and where shops are build for them, not for visitors. It's a small square surrounded
by cafes and terraces. But it is siesta now and everything's closed.
View at Granada's quarters from the Alhambra
People living here are older than the ones in the centre. Most of them are really
old. It's amazing to see them climb the low stares and hills with so much ease.
Welcome at plaza Langa.
We find a small restaurant and enter the terrace. This is no fancy place at
all, but the waiters here are so happy to meat our large group of costumers
that they treat us as kings. Rushing through the kitchen they try to find us
all cutlery as quick as possible. Almost everyone receives forks and knives of different
sets, of different colours and forms. But we are seated and order paella for
Some waiters climb the tables to pick fruits from the trees and hand it to us
as desert, we get drinks from the house as well.
This place is called La
Higuera. I will write a review of it soon.
When the night falls we
pick nick uphill, where we have the most wonderful sight on the Alhambra and the snowy tops of the Sierra
Nevada behind it. The palace is lightened at night and glows out
over the city. With the sun going down behind us we sing songs for everyone who
likes to hear it (and for those who don't). This was an unforgettable day, and
an even more remarkable night.
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