Granada - Day 2: The Alhambra

by Becky D. May. 25, 2011 3206 views

This was my favorite day of our trip - I know this is an incredibly long entry, but please scroll all the way through to the bottom, or click on a photo and use the Next button. We spent the entire day wandering around the palaces of the Alhambra and the grounds, soaking in the incredible details. Then we met up with mom's friends and had a delicious dinner in the Albaicin, a hilly neighborhood of Granada with a spectacular view of the Alhambra.

A little bit of greenery mixed with sunlight to start our day

Mom, taking it all in. This was her umpteenth time at the Alhambra, so she knew to let the long line go ahead of us while we sat and enjoyed the view before heading in to the Nasrid Palace.

Gorgeous roses kept us company while we waited in a long line.

Just another stunning window. Check out the shadow of the bird that flew through my shot. There were birds everywhere!

Looking straight up a wall

So many kinds of patterns …

Not a great shot of mom since it's so backlit, but trust me, she has a big smile on her face.

I think this was my sister's favorite day of the trip as well. I've never known her to be as much of a shutterbug as mom or me, but she took a zillion great shots of every kind of detail.

The Room of the Comares

Looking through an archway through the Room of the Two Sisters. There are several legends about why it's called this, and one of them has to do with two giant slabs of marble that make up the floor on either side of the fountain in the center of the room.

Looking up towards the dome of the Room of Two Sisters - this is one of my favorite shots from the whole trip

I waited in a doorway for a long time to get this shot. I had to wait for a cloud to pass to get the light I wanted, and I had to wait for a long stream of tourists to enter through this doorway. Worth it.

Looking out an arch of the Room of Two Sisters towards the Court of Lions. I know this shot looks a bit fake, but it's very real. I used a mode on my camera that compensates for highlights and shadows - otherwise the foreground would be dark (backlit) and the sky would be too bright.

Mom and my sister

The gardens of the Generalife

Reluctantly, we left the Alhambra after spending the entire day. Then we headed back to our hotel around 6 or 7, and had a much needed siesta. Then, several members of the family that mom lived with in 1970 met us in the lobby of our hotel for a visit. Mom had gifts for all of the grandkids, most of whom she was meeting for the first time, or seeing ‘kids’ she hadn't seen in 40 years (or only once in 1979). It was a very lively scene! About half of them left, and the rest of us took a steep bus ride up to the Albaicin, a neighborhood on a hill overlooking the Alhambra. At dusk. It was gorgeous! This shot looks up the hill to a tiny church on a very high hill - San Miguel Alta

The view of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada from the Albaicin

The view of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada from the Albaicin

Mom was expecting that we would sit in a plaza and chat over tapas like last night, but they took us to a lovely restaurant, and the 11 of us ate on a patio overlooking the Alhambra! It was really breaktaking!

Mom brought her laptop to show photos that she took of the family 40 years ago. And check out that view! It was great to see the Alhambra from a distance after wandering through it all day. Gotta get back to Granada some day …

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