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Still walking

Granada

Well I'm a day late yesterday Sunday we commenced the day with a walking tour through the old Arab sook areas of Granada...fascinating history we walked through the Albayzin district dating back to 711.... We walked for 2.5 hrs with a great guide who we had to share with a Spanish speaking group. Bit frustrating but we managed... The Albayzin area faces the Alhambra & is like an open air museum where we lost ourselves on the cobblestone streets which are lined with Carmenes ( large mansions with walled gardens. It survived as a Muslim quarter for several decades after the Christian conquest in 1492.
We then moved on to Alcaiceria the old Muslim silk exchange area sadly what is now there is a 19th C restoration as the original was destroyed by fire. This area reminded me greatly of the sook in Cairo... Tiny narrow cobblestone steets with masses of people. You have to be really careful of wallets etc in this area. The sellers are intrusive but nothing like the Egyptians were.... Haven't had to barter either. I detest that game.
We visited various old old churches including the Cathedral a cavernous Gothic Renaissance building started 1521 .... It was another incredible structure and pure white inside but mucho gold around the altar....
We had struck up a conversation with the other English speakers in our group & the 5 of us decided to have lunch together. Great fun ...an American couple who are currently living in Madrid & a delightful Jordanian Lalia .... Fantastic four hour lunch in which we learnt a lot especially about Jordan. Such a different country than her rich relations....lots of great Spanish food wine & beer
We wandered back to our hotel around 6 ...didn't feel like much dinner so later Bill went out to " hunt & gather" came back with water , lemon fanta & marshmallows .... Strange but we consummed ...
Once again long amazing day but oh so tired....

Posted by Billdeb 06:50

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