Friday, May 18, 2012

Spain: Malaga, Granada, & The Alhambra

Ron had to work ALL day when we got to Malaga and the poor guy didn’t even get to leave the ship. I lucked out by escorting a nine-hour long excursion to Granada to see The Alhambra. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress that was constructed by the Berber rulers in Granada, Spain during the mid 14th century. 

Our tour took us on a two-hour journey through scenery that may as well have been a part of Southern California that I had just never been through before. It was SO similar! I had to keep reminding myself that I was in Spain and not just driving to Irvine on the 241. The only thing that kept me sane was the vast expanse of olive groves that rolled along the hills on the side of the road.

When we arrived at the Alhambra I was a little disappointed. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect but I wasn’t expecting a historical amusement park and that’s what I felt I had gotten myself into. The place was jammed packed with busloads of Spanish school kids on field trips and tourists from everywhere imaginable. The line to get in was long and the courtyard was so crowded I could barely move let alone keep track of my group. But once we got into the Alhambra itself, the flow of traffic was well directed and our tour leader was an excellent chaperone. I put my camera to good use and took almost 100 pictures. I edited them down to 57 of the best but even at almost half, I still can’t fit them all on this blog. So I’ve come up with a solution. I’ve combined many of my images into little collages so they will load quickly and still give you an overview of the incredible architecture, stunning detail, and breathtakingly sweet gardens I got to wander through that day. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Spain, do put this spectacular complex at the top of your list! Prepare for crowds, and if you can get past the feeling of being part of a cattle herd, then you will really enjoy this place! For now, I hope you enjoy the pictures (and feel free to praise me for my painstaking work in getting as few people in the shots as possible. It was quite the task!). They are much better in their whole and singular form but the uploading process would be a killer. I'll put them on Facebook for those of you who are my FBFs to enjoy in a few weeks when we get home. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I totally love the way you have these pics layed out!! Beautiful!!