February 1, 2013 by cmcguigan91
Everyone always asks why I chose Granada. I never really knew before I got here. And now, every day I am so thankful that something drew me to this place of absolute beauty and charm.
Every day, every new place I see or thing I experience, I think, “Wow, this is the reason I am here.”
The past week I have been able to explore parts of Granada. From the Alhambra to El Albaicín, I have to keep pinching myself to make sure it’s real!
No matter how many books you read or pictures you see of the Alhambra, nothing can do it justice. There is so much history surrounding the palace, and the architecture is unbelievable. There is such delicate beauty in the mosaics and designs that line the walls, in the fountains and pools that lie inside, and in the Generalife gardens that surround the palace. Simply stunning.
El Albaicín y el Sacromonte are Moorish neighborhoods in Granada. They are located in the mountains, and many of the houses are built into caves! The streets are narrow and colorful, with little stores and tea shops at the bottom, and whitewashed houses with green trees and gardens as you travel farther up. The Sacromonte area is known for the Flamenco cuevas. Traveling the steep winding roads, the view is unforgettable.
“The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson