Alhambra take two, and sunset at the Albaycin

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view of the snowy Sierra Nevada behind Granada from the fort at Alhambra
We enjoyed our breakfast at the hotel, the croissants were small and So tasty, I must had 3 or 4 of them! Afterwards, we walked toward the Plaza de Bib-Ramba, next to the Cathedral (which was closed to the public today), so we settled for the Royal Chapel nearby. Well, not really settled, it is a fine sight to see, with the tombs of Queen Isbel and King Ferdinand. Above ground are the marble tombs with the Queen and King carved, lying peacefully on top. There were also the tombs of Philp the Fair and Juana the Mad (who succeeded Isbel and Ferdinand). Their son Charles V has his palace in the Alhambra. He is also known as Carlos I in Spain. His reign merged the Holy Roman empire with the Spanish empire. And his son Philip II built El Escorial and made Madrid the capital of Spain.
Alhambra viewed from the hotel roof in the morning
Anyway, so it was a big deal to have these important people entombed here. The real coffins were underground, take a few steps down and we could see them, not fancy, just plain coffins. There is also a high altar here, and a treasury with important pieces of history, sword of King Ferdinand, Isabel's prayer book, her jewelry box. No photos were allowed in there.

We also visited the old silk market Alcaiceria next to the Cathedral, a mass of narrow streets with shops, reminiscent of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, but smaller. The caravanserai site was small, and not much to see, I am disappointed to say. But the Plaza de Bib-Ramba was a large and lively square, with open air restaurant tables, clowns with balloons, people with strollers, kids playing, a very fun place to watch the world and people.
Plaza de Bib Rambla
Buildings around the square were colorful too.

We headed down the Calle Reyes Catolicos and at the intersection of Gran Via de Colon, is the Plaza de Isabel Catolica, with a statue of Isbel and Columbus. Then toward Plaza Nueva, and Plaza Santa Ana, where the local TI (tourist information) office was. We sat at the edge of Plaza Nueva for a little while, enjoying the nice day. Then we stopped at a restaurant, only remember its partial name Taverna Gasto??? de Sergio to have some tapas and a glass of tinto de , summer wine, light and tasty. Then we walked up the hill to the Alhambra again for our day tour at 4pm. Since we were here last night, we knew our way around, and went to the entrance of the Palace to get in line for the tour. To see the palace again in daylight was a different experience of course, but also we benefited from familiarity from last night, and enjoyed our time there more I think because of it.
Seats in front of the Cathedral for watching processions
We were able to see more clearly all the water features at the Alhambra. The ceilings were brighter in the day for better viewing. The walls and ceilings and archways were all incredibly beautiful, and detailed. Just imagine how much time it took to have all these details? There were windows where we could peek out and see the city of Granada below, or Albayzin area across the Rio Darro. There were no furnitures in the palace now, so one had to use a little imagination to envision what it looked like when it was occupied with Moorish Kings and their harem.

After visiting the palace, we went to the Alhambra fort, and climbed up to for a great view of Granada and the snowy Sierra Nevada mountain behind the city.
the cathedral was not open
Then we walked through the gardens of the Alhambra, past the old medina (market) ruins in the Alhambra toward the entrance gate. Then we decided to walk to the Albaycin, the view point of St Nicolas to see what the Alhambra looked like from that famous spot. Supposedly Bill Clinton's favorite place from when he was a student visiting Granada and he made a point of bring his family here during his visit as president in 1997. Supposed to be one of Europe's most romantic viewpoints at sunset time, it was way too crowded to be romantic in my view. People were drinking and lying around, and it's party atmosphere. We found the next door Grand Mosque to be a much better, quieter place, and the view is about the same. So we staked out a place along the overlook and had some tea from the mosque's shop, and waited for the sunset! We stayed there until the sunset past 8:30pm and then headed down the Albayzin to look for our dinner.
We found the Moroccan restaurant Arrayanes, just as people were getting out of church and crowded the streets incredibly. So it was a good thing to be having dinner instead of fighting our way on the street. Even though it was an earlier dinner by Spanish standards. The dinner was different and interesting and also tasty! I really should have written down all the dishes we had that night since by now more than 2 months later, I can't recall all that we had eaten!
As we made our way back to our hotel, it was procession time again, and guess what, it ran right in front of our hotel (meaning we had a good location, but it also meant that we had to fight our way through the crowds, and waited for the procession break before we could get back to our hotel). Going through the crowd was definitely an experience. Since I got pick-pocketed in Athens 1 year and a half ago, I held on to my pouch tightly and emerged safely.
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view of the snowy Sierra Nevada b…
Alhambra viewed from the hotel roo…
Alhambra viewed from the hotel ro…
Plaza de Bib Rambla
Plaza de Bib Rambla
Seats in front of the Cathedral fo…
Seats in front of the Cathedral f…
the cathedral was not open
the cathedral was not open
nuns outside the Royal Chapel
nuns outside the Royal Chapel
an old beautiful book in the Royal…
an old beautiful book in the Roya…
royal clothing at the Royal Chapel
royal clothing at the Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel
Royal Chapel
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk m…
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk …
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk m…
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk …
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk m…
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk …
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk m…
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk …
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk m…
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk …
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk m…
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk …
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk m…
Alcaiceria, the old Moorish silk …
Plaza de Bib Rambla
Plaza de Bib Rambla
Plaza de Bib Rambla, viewed throug…
Plaza de Bib Rambla, viewed throu…
Plaza de Bib Rambla
Plaza de Bib Rambla
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on Calle Reyes Catolicos looking …
on Calle Reyes Catolicos looking t…
on Calle Reyes Catolicos looking …
a corner of the old Corral del Car…
a corner of the old Corral del Ca…
The gate to the old Corral del Car…
The gate to the old Corral del Ca…
statue of Columbus and queen Isabel
statue of Columbus and queen Isabel
Church at the Plaza Santa Ana
Church at the Plaza Santa Ana
Along the Rio Darro below the Alha…
Along the Rio Darro below the Alh…
tinto de verano, a light summer sa…
tinto de verano, a light summer s…
Taverna Gastro??? de Sergio specia…
Taverna Gastro??? de Sergio speci…
interior of Taverna Gastro??? de S…
interior of Taverna Gastro??? de …
the Granada Gate to the Alhambra
the Granada Gate to the Alhambra
the Granada Gate to the Alhambra
the Granada Gate to the Alhambra
Big fountain at the Alhambra
Big fountain at the Alhambra
detail of the big fountain at the …
detail of the big fountain at the…
The Justice Gate, Alhambra
The Justice Gate, Alhambra
The Justice Gate, Alhambra
The Justice Gate, Alhambra
The Justice Gate, Alhambra
The Justice Gate, Alhambra
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I really like the stone patterns …
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big brass rings on the stone wall…
great dimpled stone walls of Charl…
great dimpled stone walls of Char…
great dimpled stone walls of Charl…
great dimpled stone walls of Char…
walls of Charles V palace
walls of Charles V palace
Charles V palace interior court
Charles V palace interior court
Charles V palace, upper level
Charles V palace, upper level
View of the Albaycin from the Alha…
View of the Albaycin from the Alh…
carved or molded wall in the Alham…
carved or molded wall in the Alha…
arch is intricately carved too
arch is intricately carved too
upper window at the small count as…
upper window at the small count a…
the first, small court as we enter…
the first, small court as we ente…
fountain head at Court of Myrtles
fountain head at Court of Myrtles
molded stucco at the Grand Hall of…
molded stucco at the Grand Hall o…
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the Grand Hall of the Ambassadors…
the Grand Hall of the Ambassadors …
the Grand Hall of the Ambassadors…
the Grand Hall of the Ambassadors …
the Grand Hall of the Ambassadors…
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fountain at one end of the Court …
Court of Myrtles, and Grand Hall o…
Court of Myrtles, and Grand Hall …
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don't trip over this, fountain he…
court of lions
court of lions
fountainhead on the ground
fountainhead on the ground
ceiling at the Hall of Abencerraje…
ceiling at the Hall of Abencerraj…
wall at Hall of Abencerrajes
wall at Hall of Abencerrajes
court of lions, no lions were pres…
court of lions, no lions were pre…
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Kevin sitting at one corner of th…
view of Albayzin abd Sacramonte (o…
view of Albayzin abd Sacramonte (…
zoomed in view of St Nicolas Churc…
zoomed in view of St Nicolas Chur…
Above the Sacramonte, the old Moor…
Above the Sacramonte, the old Moo…
fountain at the court of Lindaraja
fountain at the court of Lindaraja
the exterior of the Hall of Abence…
the exterior of the Hall of Abenc…
view of Granada from the Alhambra
view of Granada from the Alhambra
view of Sierra Nevada covered in s…
view of Sierra Nevada covered in …
on the top of the Alhambra fort, w…
on the top of the Alhambra fort, …
flags on top of the fort
flags on top of the fort
the castle ruins is the oldest par…
the castle ruins is the oldest pa…
on the high point of the fort of A…
on the high point of the fort of …
a cat in the tree
a cat in the tree
this beautiful tree was in front o…
this beautiful tree was in front …
Moorish bath
Moorish bath
a pavilion in the gardens of the A…
a pavilion in the gardens of the …
garden of the Alhambra
garden of the Alhambra
on the way to the Generalife garde…
on the way to the Generalife gard…
sky and trees
sky and trees
The way to Albaycin from the Alham…
The way to Albaycin from the Alha…
The way to Albaycin from the Alham…
The way to Albaycin from the Alha…
The way to Albaycin from the Alham…
The way to Albaycin from the Alha…
The way to Albaycin from the Alham…
The way to Albaycin from the Alha…
The way to Albaycin from the Alham…
The way to Albaycin from the Alha…
The way to Albaycin from the Alham…
The way to Albaycin from the Alha…
The way to Albaycin from the Alham…
The way to Albaycin from the Alha…
Alhambra at sunset from the courty…
Alhambra at sunset from the court…
Alhambra at sunset from the courty…
Alhambra at sunset from the court…
The Alhambra viewed from the court…
The Alhambra viewed from the cour…
The Alhambra viewed from the court…
The Alhambra viewed from the cour…
The Alhambra viewed from the court…
The Alhambra viewed from the cour…
salad before dinner at the Arrayan…
salad before dinner at the Arraya…
Dinner at the Arrayanes, a Morocca…
Dinner at the Arrayanes, a Morocc…
interior of the Arrayanes, a Moroc…
interior of the Arrayanes, a Moro…
green vegetable soup at the Arraya…
green vegetable soup at the Array…
lemonade at the Arrayanes, a Moroc…
lemonade at the Arrayanes, a Moro…
Tajin Cordero (lamb with eggs) at …
Tajin Cordero (lamb with eggs) at…
my dinner of lamb and rice at the …
my dinner of lamb and rice at the…
cobblestone road, middle section a…
cobblestone road, middle section …
night street scene near Plaza Nueva
night street scene near Plaza Nueva
procession goes on near our hotel
procession goes on near our hotel
float of the procession
float of the procession
procession viewed from our hotel r…
procession viewed from our hotel …
Granada
photo by: Chokk