Granada and a night tour of the Alhambra
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March 31st, 2010 – by: portia
At the Alhambra, the entrance was at the far end, almost 15 minute walk from the Justice Gate and we had to get our tickets there. They had machines for people who had purchased tickets by credit card, and there was a big line. It turned out that most of these people shouldn't have been in line here, they either did not have the credit card used to buy the ticket under reservation online, or they didn't have any reservation at all. Hmm. That was a good waste of at least another 15 minutes. After we got our tickets from the machine (and tomorrow's daytime tickets too, so we don't have to do this again tomorrow), we walked back to the palace.
The night tours of the Alhambra were something different and looked really interesting from the Rick Steve's tourbook on Spain, and I got the tickets several months ago. There were not as big a crowd, but definitely still many people. The night tickets only included the palace, tomorrow we will come back and see it again in daylight, and also the other parts of the Alhambra. It was well lit, but not enough to read our guide book. So we just wandered around, and enjoyed the somewhat magical atmosphere of this 14th century palace with really amazing Moorish style architecture and designs. The ceilings of the rooms were carved wood, elaborately carved and painted. The walls are ceramic tiles or plaster which were molded, and looked like carvings too.
After spending as much time as we could in the palace, we walked through the Charles V palace next door too. It is a circular structure with a big open oval courtyard in the middle. Well-lit and interesting, although not fancifully decorated as the Palacios Nazaries we just came from.
Before midnight we made our way back into town, and the streets of Granada were still full of people! We stopped at an ice cream store and got some ice cream cones! That was a total surprise when we bit into the cone part, it is so tasty, not the cheap air filled plastic tasting ones we had in the US, but really good! The ice cream double scoop of any two flavors were a large serving, and served well as our dessert before going back to the hotel.
It's really fun to walk around at night in these Spanish old cities, Seville was great, and here in Granada, it was lively and fun too.
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