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Isabel's spring break to Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada - photos and trip report

Isabel's spring break to Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada - photos and trip report

Apr 13th, 2007, 03:56 AM
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lolly - you'll have a great trip, and Iberia really was fine. I'll try to get as much of the trip report done as I can before you leave. I have no special tips - you'll see I just wander all over, the highlights in the guidebooks pretty much do a good job covering the main attractions. Just being there is the best part.

Day 3 Saturday. Couldn’t design a more beautiful day. Slept late and when we headed out for breakfast we intended to try a local coffee shop but at 10:00 the one we wanted still wasn’t open yet so we just went back to Starbucks. Sometimes when you’re traveling you just need fuel and convenience. We spent the next four hours at the Alcazar. There are not enough superlatives to describe it. The buildings are fantastic but the courtyards and gardens are really, really amazing. The fountains, pools, statues, the whole setting. Everything – the way the air feels, the way the sky looks, the scents, the sounds of the birds and trickling water. At one point I was sitting on a tile bench soaking up the sun and there were a couple of Americans and a couple of Brits near me and they were fantasizing about the perfect place – the weather would be Spain (at least in March), the architecture Spain or Italy, the food France, the language Russian (?), the men – they couldn’t agree on this one. But anyway, it was funny, and I guess just being in such a setting makes people fantasize about the most perfect place on earth. We had lunch at the café on the grounds – a veggie seafood salad in a vinaigrette. Food was only so-so but the setting was great. After four hours there I still couldn’t drag Allison away so I left her there and I wandered around the Barrio Santa Cruz taking photos and doing some shopping – mostly touristy stores selling fans, jewelry, ceramics, etc. I decided to check out some of the many churches and plazas I had on my “list” – from my months of research. I had made a fairly detailed map (thanks to google maps) but I still got quite lost but did see some nice areas that were definitely less touristy than the area immediately around the cathedral area. My legs were really killing me by the time I got back to the hotel so we didn’t venture out too far for dinner. Pretty much a repeat of the evening before. Walked 12.7 miles according to my pedometer.

Day 4 Sunday. Woke to another day with a sky the color that my family jokes about in my photos that I photoshop it in, can’t really be that blue. But it was. After breakfast we walked along the river from the Torre del Oro north. The other day we had walked along it south to the Parque Maria Luisa. That stretch of riverside is dirty and dull, even some homeless people camped out. What a waste of river front. This stretch north is much better, a nice, newly done promenade, goes past the bull ring, the opera, some nice buildings. The river isn’t a central part of Seville like the Seine in Paris for example. The “good stuff” just isn’t along it. But there were families out, people fishing, etc. We checked out the Plaza de Arms which is the old bus station renovated into a shopping mall. Nice building, but the stores were closed (it was Sunday). Then we went to the Museum of Fine Arts. Another beautiful (pink) building. There was an amateur art show/sale going on in the plaza in front, under the orange and banyan trees. We decided no matter how great the art inside was, on a day like this there was more beauty to be seen outdoors. So we sat in Plaza Nueva and people watched for a while and then Allison decided she wanted to go back to Parque Maria Luisa (she loves parks) and I went exploring more neighborhoods. I found two really remarkable churches – Iglesia de San Jose and Iglesia San Salvador. Both are just a few blocks (in opposite directions) off Calle Sierpes – the shopping street. Outside San Jose there was a huge family of very dressed up people gathering for a christening – the baby in beautiful christening gown. Outside San Salvador the plaza was jam packed with people (several hundred I would say) drinking beer – in addition to several cafes with outdoor seating, there was at least one bar that just put some stand-up tables outside and most of the people were just standing around, but everyone looked like they were having a good time. There was one vendor selling what looked like potato chips, but apparently they were warm and he was dishing them up like they were fries. Anyway, party atmosphere. After some shopping I went back to the hotel. Allison said that on Sunday afternoon the park was packed. It had been almost empty the other day when we were there. In the evening we wandered the Santa Cruz area checking out menus. The restaurants seem to open by about 8 – there were candles on the tables, waiters standing around – but no one eating yet. Closer to the cathedral they seem to fill up earlier (tourists I guess). But as I said, we’re not really foodies, and the food at the restaurants near the cathedral was quite good. And cheap. We got gazpacho (Allison) and salad (me) – it was huge and included tuna, boiled egg, olives, lettuce, tomato, etc as a first course, pork and potatoes in a gravy for the main dish, and fruit and ice cream for dessert. Including wine it was 28€ for both of us.
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Apr 13th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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Thanks for posting more details, isabel. I'm really enjoying your report with all the details of Seville. I appreciate you taking the time to post it!

It sounds like a wonderful time. I hope I have beautiful weather as you did!

This weekend, I'm going to look through my travel books & come up with a little plan of what I want to see. Not that I'll necessarily follow it, but it's nice to have a rough idea (at least I think so). I agree with you - sometimes the nicest times are just wandering around, just enjoying the atmosphere.

When I come up with an itinerary, I will post, so if you could take a look I'd appreciate it.

Looking forward to reading more of your travels. Thanks!
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:31 AM
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I know this is taking me forever, but I want to get it done for myself, and hopefully someone someday will find something useful in it. So here's another day.

Day 5 Monday - We got breakfast and explored a little more before checking out at 11:00, we had the hotel call a taxi to the train station. It seemed to take longer than I expected, maybe the construction caused him to have to detour a bit. The meter said 6,97€ but then he pushed a button and it went up to 9,15. We didn’t bother to argue but that’s why I generally prefer buses or walking whenever possible. We had reserved our train tickets over the internet but because it was the first time I’d used renfe we couldn’t print them out, had to pick them up at the station. There’s a separate section, just past the main area where you buy tickets, with guys at desks, that’s where you pick up pre paid tickets. Their computers were “down” so we had to wait a while, fortunately we were very early. The train station had a few stores, etc we browsed in until our track was posted (about 20 minutes before scheduled time). Then you just go through a quick security check (bags through xray machine). Train is very comfy, AC, and it took about 40 minutes to get to Cordoba. At the Cordoba station we went across the street to the bus station to get our bus tickets to Granada for Wednesday. No one spoke English but I just handed over a piece of paper with the time, date and destination and got the tickets with no problem. Very cheap – 11,40€ per person. Then we got a taxi to our hotel (10 minute ride, €5). This was definitely worth it.

We went right back out again to explore. The end of the street the hotel is on is Plaza del Porto – a small square (no benches, etc) but with a really interesting fountain in the center and a gorgeous stone building behind it – which turns out to be the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum was closed (siesta) but the courtyard was really nice. We walked along the river to the Mezquita – that route was a mistake – ugly, traffic, etc. We discovered going a block up from there is a much nicer walk. Anyway, I was very disappointed to see the Roman Bridge totally covered in scaffolding. The view of the Bridge and the Mezquita from the opposite bank of the river was something I was really looking forward to. Oh well. The Mezquita is huge – huge. We walked all around it, mostly we were looking for something to eat, but since it was about 3:30 not much was open. We had to settle for ice cream for lunch – ah the sacrifices of travel. We ate our ice cream in the Mezquita’s orange treed courtyard, by a fountain. Then Allison decided to go back to the hotel for a nap and I ran around taking photos. I intended to just wander the Juderia but somehow ended up all the way up at Plaza de las Tendillas – a nice “modern” (19th C?) area with some beautiful buildings. The center (which normally has a huge fountain, according to photos I’ve seen) was having staging set up. Probably another preparation for the holy week festivals which seem to be going on all over Andalucia this week. The area between the Plaza and the Juderia is mostly pedestrian shopping streets, but not as nice as those in Sevilla. I walked along the Jardin Victoria, a nice long narrow park.

I met up with Alllison at 5 and we went into the Mezquita. The pictures really don’t do it justice – it’s amazing. The vastness of it’s size, the beauty of the arches. It was also pretty interesting to see how the Catholics put their chapels all over it, not to mention the cathedral right in the middle of it. Muslim arches framing Christian chapels. Definitely kind of a schizophrenic feeling – is it Muslim, Christian? To me it was just beautiful architecture. The cathedral part was closed off (how many weeks is it till Easter?) but you could look in. I had wanted to climb the bell tower, and you must have been able to do so at one time since I’ve seem many photos taken from it, but apparently not anymore.

Due to this being a travel day, our meal times were off, and we really had no lunch so by 6:30 we were starving but of course nothing was open yet. We found a store selling wine, olive oils and various gourmet items like nuts, candies, meats, olives, etc. We started to put together a “picnic” dinner till we realized we didn’t have a cork screw, no refrigeration for any leftovers, etc. so we canned that idea. We bought some nuts and went and sat on the back steps to the Mezquita to think about our options. It was getting cold and dark and any restaurant openings were still an hour away. And then we noticed that right there, only 10 or 15 feet from the Mezquita was a – Burger King. The only time I’ve ever eaten at a Burger King/ McDs type place in Europe was 5 years ago when my then 12 year old daughter insisted we had to try an Italian McDonalds so she could tell her friends. But we were so hungry. And you know, it was the best Whopper I’ve had in years. After dinner we wandered around, but the feeling is defiantly not that of Sevillas, very few people out and about, not terribly well lit, no benches around the Mezquita – it was a Monday but I don’t know how much that had to do with it. We made it an early night.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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Isabel I think your report is terrific. The longer the better in my opinion. I like all the details people put in their reports, it lends insight to how they travel, their observations, etc. It's what makes it interesting. So looking forward to more. Just peeked at your pix again, they are fab!
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Apr 16th, 2007, 01:30 PM
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laartista - Glad you're enjoying it. I tend to not be able to get through people's long reports unless I am going there. Then I can't get enough. So that's why I'm posting all these details. I want to type them up for myself anyway, and I figure someone planning a trip to the area might find some stuff useful.

Day 6 Tuesday – Today’s destination was the Alcazar, but first we wanted to see the Plaza de la Corredera and the Roman Ruins, both about a 10 minute walk north of our hotel. The area immediately around the ruins was under construction so you couldn’t get a good look really, due to the fence around it. But the setting also detracted – some large, fairly modern apartment/office buildings. So not terribly impressive. I was hoping for something like the Roman Temple ruin in Evora (Portugal) which is considerably larger, and in a much nicer setting. The Plaza de la Corredera was fairly impressive – quite large, very orange/red color. No benches or fountains but the building surrounding three and a half sides is nice, several cafes with outdoor tables. We wove our way through the Juderia to the Alcazar which took about half an hour. The Alcazar here in Cordoba is nothing compared to the one in Sevilla, not even close, much more of a medieval castle like building, not really any Moorish influence. You only got to see a few rooms, but could climb a stone spiral stair case (one of my favorite Euro experiences, I think I’ve climbed about a hundred by now) and walk along the upper areas. The gardens were nicer, still not even close to what there is in Sevilla, but some nice pools and fountains and a few statues amongst the greenery. Afterwards we went looking for the Baths, which are in a separate location but included in the Alcazar ticket price. First we found the stables, then we found a church with a stork nest on top, then we found a palm tree with a stork nest on top of it. Finally found the baths, not much to see. We wandered the Juderia for a while, found some ceramics shops and one fabulous leather shop (off Calleja de las Flores). There were some incredible pieces in there – furniture, jewelry boxes, wall pieces. All we could afford were books (40&euro and bookmarks (€3), we each got one of each. I lusted after a jewelry box but it was €300 so a bit more than wanted to spend. Although now I kinda wish I had.

By about the 5th day of travel I usually start to need some serious fruits and veggies so we stopped at a small grocery and got oranges, kiwis, and bananas and had a lunch of that and the nuts we had bought the day before. Quite healthy and yummy, and left room for ice cream later. I left Allison in the room and went in search of some of the churches and plazas. One of the most interesting is the Plaza de la Capuchinos with it’s iron work cross surrounded by lanterns. Plaza de Colon, which on the map looks like a large traffic circle is actually a very nice park with a huge fountain and lots of benches. Took a little sunny siesta there for a while, watching people play with their dogs and kids. There’s a very Baroque looking Convent de la Merced on one side of the Plaza, and the Malmuerta Tower on the other side (part of the old town walls). Also in that area is the church of Santa Marina, with a working convent and a plaza with a statue of a famous toreador who was apparently born in Cordoba and died in the ring (name escapes me at the moment). All of this is very close to the Palacio de Viana which is a museum of sorts that features 15 courtyards. Cordoba is famous for it’s courtyards and this is supposed to be the best example of them. They were lovely, and I’m sure in the summer with more in bloom they are even better. There were a lot of really nice things in this area and very few tourists. I really do think most people just day trip in to see the Mezquita and then leave. I’ll admit that is certainly the highlight, and compared to Sevilla and Granada, Cordoba is less wonderful. But I’m glad we had the two nights so I could explore a little. If time were an issue though I wouldn’t take it away from the other two cities. After resting up and fetching Allison we had dinner at a place on the street between the hotel and the Mezquita, seemed a little less touristy than the area just around the Mezquita. I had paella followed by a delicious chicken in salsa dish and Allison had soup followed by fried calamari. We both had a good, but soup consistency, custard for dessert. All this, including wine for €9.40. The fixed price meals in Spain, at least in Andalucia, all seem to come with dessert and wine and are really cheap compared to most of Europe. Not quite as cheap as I found Portugal to be, but a very good deal nonetheless. After dinner we walked around the Mezquita area again, very few people out and about, not at all like Sevilla. But it’s definitely cooler here, not sure if that’s the reason or if, as I said before, more tourists do Cordoba as a day trip.
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Apr 17th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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Hi isabel,
I'm still reading your trip report with great interest since I leave for Spain in a few days.

All the details of your report are great - they are definitely helping me in my planning - so thank you!

Great info on Cordoba. I'm just stopping there for a daytrip - but I definitely will have to squeeze in a look at the Plaza de Colon - it sounds lovely!

I also may search out that fabulous leather shop - even if I can only window shop there!

Thanks again, isabel!
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Apr 17th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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Lolly, definitly check out the leather shop, very easy to find. Calleja de las Flores is the ultra-photographed little lane just off the corner of the Mezquita, you'd probably want to see that even if you didn't do much else besides the Mezquita, it's so close, and it's really the most photogenic street in town. It's extremely short so you can't miss the leather shop, there's only about five stores on the whole street. Be sure to check out the back room, that's where all the really expensive, but amazing, stuff is.

Day 7 Wednesday We took a taxi to the bus station (€7). In both Cordoba and Granada the bus stations are quite modern, very similar to train stations in terms of electronic boards with arrivals and departures, etc. The bus is comfy, air conditioned, left right on time and took just under 3 hours. The landscape between the two cities is pretty stark – quite hilly, more so the closer you get to Granada. And covered with olive trees. Allison had never seen an olive tree so was really impressed. I’ve seen tons, but even I was impressed with how many there were – as far as the eye could see, for three straight hours, nothing but olive trees. There were a few random towns, mostly built up a hillside, a few castle ruins, not much else (except the olive trees). Very rural. As we got close to Granada the snow capped mountains came into view, and they were higher than I had expected. Not quite the Alps, but these are real mountains, not just hills. Tons of suburban sprawl as you enter Granada. Bus station is a bit out from the center, a €5 taxi ride to Plaza Nueva, where our hotel was. Very happy with this hotel, at €85 for a double it was our most expensive of the three, definitely the nicest, and that’s still pretty cheap. Huge room, with three huge windows and little iron balconies over looking Plaza Nueva with a view of part of the Alhambra. How cool is that. We both had headaches for some reason (air on the bus, altitude change?) so Allison chose to cure hers with a nap (sensible) while I just had to get out there and explore.

I really like Granada, probably not as much as Sevilla, but I definitely don’t think the only reason to go there is to see the Alhambra. I walked along c/Darro which runs along the river – which is really just a small stream. Stone buildings on one side, stone bridges crossing over to more stone buildings on the other side, plenty of trees and greenery along the river itself. The building stone is mostly earth tones, which after the largely whitewashed or gaily painted buildings in Sevilla and Cordoba gave Granada a really different feel. It somehow felt more “European” as opposed to “Moorish” which is funny when you consider Granada was the last Moorish stronghold, and the Alhambra the ultimate Moorish example in all of Europe. It’s only about a five minute walk from Plaza Nueva to Paseo Tristes at the other end of Calle Darro, which has a good view of the Alhambra and numerous outdoor cafes. In the other direction from Plaza Nueva is a more “modern” (19th C) area around Plaza Isabel Catolica, and then the cathedral. The cathedral is very closed in, with buildings all around it pretty close, walking all around it though I kept coming across first one, then another beautiful little plaza with gorgeous stone and some brightly colored buildings and palm trees scattered all around. I walked through the Alcaiceria – a dense concentration of Moorish/Arabic tourist shops. A few vendors selling spices on tables set up along the side of the cathedral, and a few spice shops.

After collecting Allison we set off into the Albaycin in search of the San Nicolas viewpoint, supposedly the best view of the Alhambra. We easily found what we thought was it, ok view, but on looking up we saw an even higher viewpoint with a lot of people on it so we headed up. Got lost. Met a couple (Bev and Bob) from Seattle and together we eventually found “it” – only it turned out to be Mirador de San Cristobal. Bev, Bob and Allison all thought we had found “it”, but the well prepared travel planner (me) knew the church was supposed to be white, not brown as this one was, and the view wasn’t really spectacular. So we looked at the 4 or 5 maps we had between us and pushed on. Even though Bev didn’t speak Spanish either she wasn’t afraid to ask for directions (I’ll have to try that) and in a few minutes we found the real thing. Wow, wow, wow. Yes, it is a spectacular view. Lots of people snapping photos, listening to a couple guys play guitar, and just being in awe of what we were all looking at. The Albaycin is mostly whitewashed houses and it was pretty interesting itself, though the view was clearly the highlight. By this time my feet were starting to hurt so we took the minibus back to Plaza Nueva. Being another travel day, again no real lunch, we were starving too early so “settled” for a kabob place on Plaza Nueva which turned out to be really really good.


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Apr 20th, 2007, 03:48 AM
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Day 8 Thursday We had 10:00 tickets for the Alhambra (purchased almost three months ahead of time, and even back then some time slots were sold out) so we wanted to get there at 8:30 so we could see some of the other areas before the palace. So we actually set the alarm clock (for 7). Breakfast at the hotel was €9 so we went to a café a few doors down. Extremely cheap but very good – coffee and a chocolate croissant for €1.50. We took the mini bus (€1) up to the Alhambra, about a five minute ride. We got there at exactly 8:30 and there was no line at either the prepaid tickets counter or the same day tickets counter. We were almost alone as we walked the 10 minute walk to the far end, the Alcazaba (fort). There was a group of Japanese tourists in the ladies room, but we were all alone in the fort, and almost alone in Charles’ Palace. Yesterday from the San Nicolas Viewpoint we could see crowds, and Bev and Bob from Seattle had to take a 6pm entry as it was all that was left when they booked the week before. But it was delightfully uncrowded when we were there. The limited amount of people allowed into the palace at one time is a great idea, it could be very unpleasant if it were wall to wall people. As it was, if you just waited a few minutes any given room or courtyard emptied out and you could enjoy it in solitude. The palace is quite what everyone says it is – over the top intricate carving everywhere. Must have taken an awful lot of slaves carving nonstop for decades to do it. My favorite areas were the reflecting pools and gardens. Not much was blooming, I’m sure in another few weeks it will be astounding.

We walked down the hill from the Alhambra to Plaza Nueva, only about a 10-15 minute walk. We had enjoyed our dinner the night before so much we went back to the kabob place, only this time we ate outside on Plaza Nueva. In the hour or so we were there we got hit up by 1) guy selling CDs, 2) old lady with religious looking cards looking for donations, 3) gypsy with rosemary, 4) shoe shine guy, and 5) dreadlocked street performers who “passed the hat” after their performance (which was about the worst street music I’ve ever heard). But they all took no for an answer. I often donate to street performers who are performing their “art”, who obviously love what they are doing, and are entertaining. But these guys were just bad singers and sub-average guitar players. Allison went back to the hotel for a while and I went out exploring again. This turned out to be probably the best “secret” find of the whole trip. First I went to Iglesia Santos Justo y Pastor, which is only a 5 minute or so walk from the cathedral. Next to it is one of the University buildings – beautiful entrance and lovely courtyards. Nice plaza out in front of it and the church. Another 5 minutes or so I came to the San Juan de Dios Basilica which turns out to be a working hospital! And it has three absolutely amazing courtyards, the most serene I found, with beautiful slightly faded frescoes all over, fountains, palm trees, the tiled basilica dome framed in the arches – it would have been one of my favorite places anyway, but the fact that it was a working hospital was really awesome to me. To see a wheelchair parked in one of the courtyards, signs for “electrocaridograms” and “laboratorios” was pretty cool. I teach nursing in a college, and all I could think about, in this place and the university down the street, was how awesome it would be to go to work in these settings everyday.

After exploring a few more areas I went back for a late siesta and this evening we managed to go to dinner at a respectable Spanish time. Allison had a melon/ham starter followed by pork, I had paella followed by fish, with wine and dessert it came to about €24. We had tickets for an evening visit to the Alhambra so took the mini bus back up for our 10:00 entrance. There was hardly anyone there, maybe two dozen people total. I have to say the evening visit was quite a disappointment. You walk along a very poorly lit path to the palace, then are allowed to see most of the interior, including courtyards, but nothing else. And the lighting was terrible. I suppose it might be meant to be atmospheric, but I didn’t feel it was, it was just dark. You could hardly see anything. If this had been my only visit I would have come away with a totally different impression. I suppose if you visit in the summer, the warm breeze, maybe on a moonlit night, but it was pretty cold and I was not impressed. Considering how wonderful I thought everything else in Andalucia was I guess I can live with not liking the Alhambra in the dark. I also think that given that you only get to see about 20% of the whole, the fact that the ticket price is the same as the daytime one is, is a bit of a rip-off. If anyone is considering doing only a night visit I say don't. It's fabulous in the daytime and you'd miss 90% of it at night.
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Isabel, I am enjoying your report and absolutely loved the pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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Day 9 – Friday, Last Day – Woke again to blue skis, can’t believe we’ve had 9 straight days of great weather. The last few days in Granada had some clouds but mostly sunny, and highs around 23 (75F) each day – some days even warmer. We got a later start than the day before but this mean more restaurants were open so we went to the Pans sandwich shop (looks like a chain) across the street which had wonderful croissants and coffee, again for €1.50. Then we walked down to the “modern” town, down Calle Reyes Catholicos to Acera de Darro which is a wide street/promenade – similar to Las Ramblas in Barcelona. One lane of cars in each direction but with a wide pedestrian area in the center with benches and trees. There were some impressive buildings in this area, a huge fountain, lots of banks and an El Cortes Ingles store – which has a huge grocery store in the basement level. This part of Granada has a totally different feel than the other area, again sort of like Barcelona – no Gaudi but still a stark contrast between wide streets lined with big, beautiful, colorful buildings and the older areas of narrow winding streets and stone buildings. Allison and I split up and I did some more shopping and then headed in the opposite direction from Plaza Nueva. At the end of Carrera del Darro, you turn up Cuesta del Chapiz towards the Sacramonte Barrio. The Casa del Castril, right where the road turns has a beautiful courtyard with fountains, arches, tree lined walks and a nice view of the Alhambra. The main building houses a museum. The Sacramonte area has houses carved into the hillside, which from the street is not always obvious, they look just like any other buildings until you look at them from a distance or at certain angles. There are a few flamenco featured bars but otherwise it’s all residential. Very peaceful and everything is painted white, sort of run down. Most of the rest of the day I just wandered, no agenda. I like days like this, as wonderful as major sites like the Alhambra are, it’s nice to have some days where you have no destination. At one point I got some ice cream on Plaza Nueva and went back to the room and pulled a chair out onto my tiny balcony and sat in the sun, eating ice cream and watching the world go by. Felt almost guilty as the news was reporting a major snowstorm in the US northeast. It was all I could do to not think about the following day’s travel and what was waiting at the end and just enjoy myself.

The End – we had to check out early, take a cab to the airport (€23) (too early to bother trying to take the airport bus, but that would have been considerably cheaper). Granada airport is tiny, only 3 gates, but there was a decent café to get breakfast. Flight to Madrid was uneventful, and we had plenty of time to take the shuttle from the T4 satellite terminal to the main T4 – this is one well planned and organized airport, not to mention beautiful. It does take about half an hour though, to go take the train, walk, through passport, etc (not even sure why we had to do this as at this point we hadn’t left Spain). Our flight was delayed an hour, they were unclear if this was due to weather in NY or some “technical” problem. The flight back to NY was fine although there was a problem with the water system so they couldn’t serve coffee or tea, not sure how the bathrooms were, the one time I used it fairly early in the trip it was ok. But overall a decent flight. NY was the most disgusting mess I’ve ever seen – but if I closed my eyes I could see the blue skies of southern Spain.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 09:38 AM
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Thank you Isabel. Your report was very helpful. Lots of great information. Your pictures are wonderful, as always. This helps me bring things into perspective as I plan for my trip in December. Thanks again.

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Thanks for the great report, Isabel.

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