Granada and the Alhambra Palace

I’m sorry to have kept you guys waiting, but after a combination of school work, a subpar Internet connection, technical blog difficulties, and some more traveling (to Barcelona — to come in my next post), I’ve finally had the chance to finish this blog from my visit to Granada last weekend.

I loved Granada. When I was walking through the streets and could hear Arabic music being played on the radio, I couldn’t help but have flashbacks of the summers I loved to spend in Beirut, Lebanon. And my favorite part of Granada had to be the Palace of Alhambra. Located on the top of the Assabica hill — and what a long, hot climb it is up there — the vast palace is adorned with countless patches of vibrant gardens, and constructed in beautifully detailed Arab architecture. Beautifully detailed is an understatement. Almost all the walls are covered by carvings of Arabic script and patterns. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, if walls could talk. Then there is the breathtaking view of the entire city  you can see once atop of the hill. I’ll let you guys see for yourself.

Oh, and if you were wondering, I got an A on my Spanish final exam — and for my overall grade in the class  🙂

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Alleyway stores that sell magnets, clothes, leather bags, and other craft trinkets

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La Real Chancilleria

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Starting our long hike up to the Alhambra Palace

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Flowers from one of the palace gardens

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Cityscape from the top of the hill

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There were many fountains throughout the palace grounds

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Carved walls from the Museo Angel Barrios

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A ceiling in the Museo Angel Barrios

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Another ceiling with star shaped openings

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Granada cityscape

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The FAU gang, minus a few who didn’t come on the trip

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The beautiful Palace

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Palace walls

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This section of the palace was under maintenance, but you can still see a glimmer of color reflecting on the wall…imagine how it looked when the whole window reflects colors!

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All throughout Spain, you can find drinkable water fountains like this. So cool and refreshing, not to mention saves you money from spending on water bottles!

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A church in Granada

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We all got back to Madrid early in the morning last Monday, so my friends Nathan, Marcelle and I treated ourselves to this tasty gelato! Then I came home to this feast!

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Salad, and pasta…

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…with oven roasted chicken legs

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Delicioso!

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