The Alahmbra (Granada, Andalucia, Spain)

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We’re in Granada so what else do you do but start with the Alahmbra. It’s impossible to miss the magnets, paintings and other tourist trinkets with the mirrors and other patterns depicting the Alahmbra. So that’s where we decide to go for our first morning in town. You can either get there by bus or just walk up the stairs.

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I’m glad it’s winter because there aren’t too many people at the Alahmbra. There’s a few bus tours but plenty of space to walk around and enjoy the experience of being here. It all starts simply with a grand garden and pathway lined with hedges. There’s an old convent that has been converted into a Parador (hotel administered by the Spanish government). It’s pretty.

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We stop at a tourist shop and get our photo taken wearing period costumes. It’s a great laugh. The photographer helps us get dressed up and then has us make a variety of poses. But of course we like our impromptu comedic pose the best.

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We continue by exploring the old castle section of the Alahmbra. I love the white towers with narrow windows looking out onto the more traditional brick castle. Have I mentioned yet that I’m crazy about castles?

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The views over Granada from the Alahmbra are fantastic. It’s so different from home with the white washed blocky buildings and old city wall extending far away up the mountainside. This is the view we take in as we eat our sandwiches and oranges for lunch.

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After lunch we get our turn to go into the main palace. Entry is time restricted to allow visitors to enjoy the space without it being overcrowded. This is where we get to look out through the famous windows that are subject to all the paintings and magnets.

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And possibly one of those most famous reflections of the world. Mum has a photo of this same reflection taken in the 1970s. I am curious to see it when I get home.

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But more than anything, the thing that struck me about the Alahmbra were the aptterns everywhere. Patterns on the concrete paths. Patterns on the mosaic walls. Patterns in the ceiling decorations. And patterns in the floor tiles. It’s totally beautiful. We spend about four hours just wandering around the Alahmbra enjoying the sunshine, views and atmosphere.

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