Almunecar - Granada
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April 17th, 2009 – by: edsander
I took today's driving shift through the western edges of the Sierra Nevada mountains. An amazing, breathtaking ride. Sure, sea sides are cool but my own heart beats much faster for mountains, especially if they have snow covered peaks like the ones that lay in front of us part of the route. Combined with the excellent new It Bites album on the stereo this made for the perfect start of a new day.
Passing by a dammed up lake we approached Granada.
After dropping off our stuff in the rooms we made our way into the center of Granada. Fortunately all of the sights in the city lie around the center in an area of roughly one square mile, so everything is within a reasonable walking distance. So while we made our way eastwards we passed many beautiful places (monestaries, churches, squares) and people.
After passing the Royal Chapel and the big Cathedral we made our way to the Albayzin, the old Muslim quarters of the city that lay perched against a hillside below the Alhambra palace. This oldest section of the city, with its steep, winding cobblestone streets, was originally founded in 1227 when Muslims settled here after the Christians had conquered their city of Baeza. At the end of the 15th century Albayzin was again conquered by the Christians and a lot of the churches in this area still incorporate sections of the original Muslim building, like the minaret in the bell tower of Iglesia de Santa Ana.
When we made our way down Calle Caldereria de Neuva it became more than obvious that we were in the Muslim part of town. Everywhere you looked were little atmospheric shops selling Arabic knicknacks, kebab restaurants and ... hold on ... sheesha bars! Just what I needed to make this a perfect middle eastern flavoured afternoon. So after having a quick croissant to fill up an empty stomach and mom, dad and Mark went off to visit the Cathedral (I've never been that interested in the inside of churches), I headed back to a nice sheesha bar I'd seen, ordering an apple waterpipe and pot of mint tea. Excellent ! And a good moment to catch up on some blogging. Unfortunately my old PDA that I use to write travel blogs on crashed when I tried to save the document.
I met up with the rest at the Cathedral after an hour or two.
While mom and dad went back to their room to rest like 'old people' do Mark and I walked to a huge Corte Ingles shopping mall that seemed to sell everything and the kitchen sink. We stocked up on snacks, water, 43 liquor (they didn't have Drambuie), new sunglasses and two Kinder Surprise chocalate eggs. ;-)
In the evening, at 8 PM (slowly shifting to Spanish dinner times), we walked back to the Plaza Bib Rambla near the cathedral for some food. The square where the Inquisition used to burn their victims might not seem to be the best choice for the occasion, but as long as you don't order mixed grill you won't have to think about it too much.
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