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Alcaicería de Granada

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    • Day 43

      Kathedrale von Granada

      February 20, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Und schon wieder eine Kathedrale 😇 ich werde noch zum Kirchgänger. Aber diese Bauwerke sind so beeindruckend man muss sie sich einfach anschauen, die Architektur die Gemälde und die wahnsinnige Größe lassen mich immer wieder Sprachlos werden.

      Im Herzen von Granada liegt die Kathedrale der Stadt. Gäbe es die Alhambra nicht, wäre die Kathedrale sicher die wichtigste Sehenswürdigkeit von Granada.

      Die Kathedrale von Granada wurde auf den Resten einer Moschee errichtet, die den Christen bis dahin als Provisorium gedient hatte. Mit der Rückeroberung von Granada, der letzten maurischen Bastion in Spanien, fand die Jahrhunderte dauernde christliche Rückeroberung Spaniens, ihren Abschluss.

      Zwei Orgeln stehen parallel am Ende des Hauptschiffes. Beide haben beidseitig reich verzierte Prospekte. Sie wurden von Leonardo Fernández Dávila zwischen 1744 und 1746 gebaut.
      Nach so viel Kultur war es Zeit für ein leckeres Eis 🍦🍦😀
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    • Day 28

      Tag 28 - Granada

      October 1, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      Als ich heute Morgen ziemlich früh erwachte, hatte ich richtig kalt und als ich dann aufstand, musste ich feststellen, dass ich ein wenig erkältet war. Heute durfte ich auch das letzte Mal nochmals Car und Hotel für die letzte Destination buchen, denn morgen gehts bereits wieder weiter, zum Glück… Ich machte mich um ca. Mittagszeit auf den Weg Richtung Kathedrale und besuchte auf dem Weg dort hin noch ein Denkmal, mit der Hoffnung das ich eine Cafeteria finde, bei der ich frühstücken kann. Die Hotels buche ich jeweils extra ohne Frühstück da ich meistens sowieso zu spät aufstehe. Ich hatte zwar noch nichts gefrühstückt, stand aber vor der Kathedrale und sah, wie andere Menschen einfach hereingingen. Ich wunderte mich, wieso dass man hier keinen Eintritt bezahlen muss und die Kathedrale einfach so besichtigen kann. Als ich dann aber auch hineinlief, merkte ich das gerade einen Gottesdienst stattfand. So konnte ich die Kathedrale zwar nicht richtig besichtigen, da viel abgesperrt war, dafür konnte ich einen Gottesdienst in der wunderschönen Kathedrale miterleben. Schlussendlich war ich sicherlich eine halbe Stunde lang am zuhören was die verschiedenen Pfarrer zu erzählen hatten. Der Gottesdienst wurde sogar von zwei Kameras aufgenommen und auf zwei Grossleinwände publiziert. Anders als bei den anderen Kathedralen, die ich bis jetzt besucht hatte, war diese hier innen schön weiss und ergab mit den goldigen Details eine wunderschöne Kombination. Von der Kathedrale aus lief ich weiter durch die Gassen und Strassen und ass dann irgendeinmal ein Frühstück/Mittagessen. Ich lief noch weiter, bis ich bei der Shopping Meile angelangt war. Bis dort hin sah ich nicht wirklich viel. Die Berühmte Sehenswürdigkeit Alhambra sparte ich mir von Anfang an für morgen auf. So lief ich zurück zum Hotel und wollte im Internet Eintrittskarten kaufen. Mir wurde gesagt, dass ich diese unbedingt Online bestellen sollte, da ich sonst stundenlang anstehen müsse. Online konnte ich keine Schnelleinlass Tickets mehr kaufen, doch ich wusste, dass das Hotel mir ebenfalls Tickets besorgen konnte. An der Reception hatten sie zwar nach langem rumtelefonieren ein Ticket organisieren können, leider aber erst um 19.00 Uhr und um diese Uhrzeit bin ich bereits wieder weg. In Internet stand auch, das die durchschnittliche Wartezeit ganze zwei Stunden beträgt und da morgen Sonntag ist, gehe ich von noch mehr aus. So werde ich morgen mal spontan vorbeischauen und schauen ob ich nicht lange anstehen muss oder ob ich die so ziemlich einzige Sehenswürdigkeit hier in Granada nur von aussen betrachten kann. Das war bereits mein Tag heute…Read more

    • Day 18

      Quéntar to Granada 18.6km

      October 6, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We set off this morning, just before daybreak, with the usual concert of dogs barking.

      In Dúdar, we stopped for a Colacao and a manzanilla. Not sure whether this gave us the energy to climb the steep slope after Dúdar, but we did it.

      Once we reached to top, we walked along a ridge, with fantastic views on both sides. The ridge led us down to an olive grove, which we walked through. We then followed the río Darro, on a nice path where autumn colours were starting to appear.

      The highlight of the day is arriving in Grenada. We chose to go to the Abbey at Sacromonte first. We had visited it in February 2019.

      From there, we got our first glimpse of the Alhambra. As we followed the Sacromonte road down to the río Darro, it stood high on the cliff above us.

      We went down to the cathedral, and the closer we got, the bigger the crowd grew. Quite a change from our walk during the last few days.

      We're staying in the Albaycín area for two nights. This will give us a rest day, and time to enjoy Granada. We won't go to the Alhambra, we visited it in 2019.
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    • Day 46

      Heißes Andalusien

      June 9, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Andalusien wartet mit 2 tollen Städten und super heißen Temperaturen auf uns. Wir bezogen für 3 Nächte einen kleinen Campingplatz mit Pool in der Nähe von Granada und besichtigten dann mit dem Fahrrad und zu Fuß die Stadt. Das größte Highlight war definitiv die maurische Burg Alhambra. Von außen wirkte das Bauwerk zwar eher schlicht, die Innenräume und -Höfe des Nasridenpalastes waren aber umso verzierter mit bunten Kacheln, Fresken und arabischen Schriftzügen. Ziemlich beeindruckend wie viel Arbeit und Zeit man hier früher in die Verzierungen investiert hat. Granada an sich fanden wir aber auch sehr lohnenswert und von der Stadtgröße her angenehm- viele kleine Gassen warteten darauf, entdeckt zu werden. Es gab zwar auch unzählige, immer gleiche Touriläden, aber auf dem Albaicin- Hügel, dem ältesten Stadtviertel Granadas, fanden wir auch hübsche kleine Kunstateliere und Straßenkünstler.
      Zwei Stunden Autofahrt entfernt liegt Sevilla. Wir hörten von mehreren Seiten, dass wir die viertgrößte Stadt Spaniens nicht verpassen sollten. Nach 2 Tagen Granada bei schon heißen Temperaturen hatten wir allerdings gar keine Lust mehr auf Stadtgetrampel. Deshalb ließen wir uns nur einen Nachmittag bei 42 Grad relativ ziellos durch die Gassen treiben. Das, was wir von der Stadt gesehen haben, war allerdings ziemlich schön-an jeder Ecke gab es etwas cooles zu entdecken.
      Angesichts der heißen Innlands-Temperaturen entschieden wir uns dazu,nach dem Abendessen noch weiter zu fahren und betraten dann 22 Uhr erstmals portugiesischen Boden!

      PS.: Die schönsten Bilder waren leider Hochkant und konnten somit nicht eingefügt werden :/
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    • Day 299

      Granada, Spain

      March 3, 2023 in Spain

      In the 13th century Granada became the capital of the Emirate of Granada under Nasrid rule, the last Muslim-ruled state in the Iberian Peninsula. Granada was conquered in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs and progressively transformed into a Christian city over the course of the 16th century. This was part of the Spanish conquest by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. They looked to spread Christianity throughout Spain and make Spain an entirely Christian country. This effort was called the "Reconquista." They took Granada from the Moors, which was the very last Moorish stronghold in Spain.

      When Christopher Columbus was looking for a patron to finance his expedition to the East Indies, he actually did also visit with the Moors in Granada. However given that the Catholic Monarchs of Spain were at the doorstep they declined. The city was peacefully handed over, as we already said in 1492. After this handoff in January, Isabella and Ferdinand used the wealth accumulated from Granada to fund Christopher Columbus' expedition. This is why the two dates coincide. At least our tour guide at the Alhambra said so.

      They plundered the treasures of Granada which would later help finance Christopher Columbus maiden voyage to the New World.

      The most important thing to remember when visiting Granada is that it is hilly with steep staircases. Allow for a lot of extra time when walking north or east away from the Carrera del Darro towards the Mirador (viewpoints). Heading south or west can be pretty fast though.
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    • Day 17

      A Night of Flamenco

      March 15, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 66 °F

      Hello FindPenguinites! I am here at my very small keyboard my iPhone with a new post. I had not written as Monday there was little to convey and Tuesday a Chicago friend arrived for a short visit.
      Wednesday I was up early for my personal training workout. My trainer keeps pushing m limits with higher intensity workouts. However, he does not dare make me do burpees. Later this morning Mar the condo manager was to bring mybtrain ticket she had printed for my trip to Seville. She is so sweet. She also brought small round custard filled pastries baked this time of year in celebration of Easter.
      After she left we took public transit to the Sixt branch to pick up the rental car. I was expecting an Audi A3 we’re offered a BMW X2 but drove away in a new Peugeot 3008 SUV. Nice vehicle except for the numb steering response. Otherwise functional.
      It was 1:30 for our drive NE to the City of Granada A hour and a half trip. Great driving on the autopista across mountain tops and through some long tunnels. Scenery was majestic with the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance framed by the bluest of sky. The surrounding hills and slopes dressed with orchards of olive trees.
      I had a reservations at the Alhambra Palace Hotel located at the foot of the El Alhambra historic site.
      At 6:30 in evening we took a long downhill walk into the Albaicin area of the city to see a flamenco show. The Albaicin is the old Jewish quarter of Granada.
      I have seen flamenco on previous trips always enjoying them. The most innovative was the Dracula story by a touring flamenco troupe in Miami Beach. This show like the others was filled energy and emotion. The performers especially the woman dancer conveyed such great feeling. Her dark eyes piercing into ours as we sat spellbound by her movements, the communicative strength of her heeled dance shoes striking the wooden floor with force. Her arms waving around her sculpted face while her fingers snapped with the rhythm of the dance.
      Then there was the singer/poet/storyteller with a mane of peppery curly locks singing with a deep voice whose words faded in memories of the past. These words s string of mellifluous beads reverberating through the subterranean vault that my Apple Watch warned me of dangerous high decibels. Well having hundreds of rock concerts it didn’t concern me.
      I was lucky to understand what he sang. One song of everyday life about his daughter and he sailing on a paper ship to build a mountain home for them, his guitar and dog. Some songs sad tales while other songs about friendship, brotherhood and God. All these songs carrying the gypsy culture from which they arose. Touching, warm, beautiful but with the force of a wandering people.
      There was also the masterful guitarist who working the string retelling an obvious story. It too held the same emotional impact as the singer and dancers. And lastly the male dancer with strength in body language who like the woman could whirl in a new direction in keeping with the story, the clapping, and rhythm of the guitar.
      The show lasted an hour . The tiny vault filled with applause as the performers bowed and exited the stage.
      We were energized but now faced the steep uphill climb to the hotel.
      It was cold and I was wearing a short sleeve polo nearly shivering in the 50 degree evening temperature. But bounded by towering evergreens and two channels of running water we climbed. The rushing rivulets induced a meditative state that temporarily encapsulated me against the cold brushing my bare arms.
      Tomorrow the tour of El Alhambra almost 20 years to the day I first visited Granada.
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    • Day 17

      Day 14: Quéntar to Granada

      May 10, 2023 in Spain

      Day 14, from Quéntar to Granada, 21.4km (counting all the detours).
      The last day of three beautiful stages, this one did not disappoint.
      The sound of the water of the Río de Aguas Blancas accompanied us as we left Quéntar. We followed a nice path along vegetable gardens and vineyards. It was too early to find anything open in Dúdar. So we didn't linger and started the steep climb. Fortunately, it wasn't yet too hot.
      A pause at the Canal de los Franceses, the remains of an aqueduct so called because it was built during the Napoleonic invasion, and the climb continued.
      At the top, we walked along a ridge. The acacias ( we think that's what they are) add a lovely touch of yellow to the beautiful landscape around us.
      Everything that goes up must come down, and we walked down to cross the Río Darro near the ruins of Jesus del Valle, a hacienda originally built by the Jesuits. A path through olive groves, then another along the Río Darro, finally lead us to the Sacromonte.
      As we are already there, why not visit this historical monument? The visit was enhanced by a flamenco concert in the cloister.
      And to top off the day, we arrived in Granada with breathtaking views of the Alhambra.
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    • Day 66

      Granada

      June 5, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Früh am Morgen ging es los zu einem schönen, vor allem aber langen Tagesausflug nach Granada in Andalusien ... die Alhambra muss aber noch ein paar Jahre auf uns warten.
      Wir haben uns stattdessen von zwei handlesenden Damen Geld abzocken lassen (voll aggressiv die Mädels), ich habe mir eine Hippi-Büx gekauft und dann geht's wieder nach Santa Pola 😀Read more

    • Day 28

      A “ Menu del Dia” & Free Tapas

      January 30 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Did I mention that tapas are free here with a drink? With every round of drinks, you also get a free and delicious small plate of food. It’s part of the local food culture.

      Tapas can range from something as simple as a plate of olives or potato chips to a bowl of stew with bread. In Granada, some of the tapas we ate or saw included fried fish, soup, olives, ham, croquettes and even mini hamburgers.

      If you are smart and don’t want to spend money on food all you have to do is order the caña, a small beer, 8-10 oz. It’s not quite equivalent to a can of beer. The benefit of ordering a caña is that it still comes with a plate of tapas. Yes, it’s smaller, but it’s also cheaper. The caña is the perfect companion to tapas. Lol.

      Our hostess suggested a great place for tapas in Granada called Las Bodegas Castañeda. It is right in the middle of the old town, just around the corner from Plaza Nueva.

      It looks like the kind of place that would be a tourist trap with Its decor - legs of ham ready to be sliced at the entrance, stuffed bull heads, big barrels made into tables and plenty of wood. It looked a bit like a movie set of a tapas bar, designed to bring in tourists. But I think that we were the only tourists there.

      So, we went in to get a drink and try their Menu del Dia (menu of the day) , for around $18 Cdn each. We ordered an Alhambra beer and a new drink for me - Tinto de Verano, red wine, soda, lemon and ice. Mmmn. So refreshing. Of course, two tapas came with the drinks called Migas. And olives and toast. Delicious. Will we really need a big lunch?

      Next came the menu choices - 5 starters, then 5 main courses and small dessert. Oh, oh.
      But we had already walked 8 km and it was 3 pm…

      I chose a salad (enough for a meal) and Chris chose a vegetable stew (like ratatouille). Both were so tasty. Can we eat more?

      Our main courses were ribs over potatoes and a chicken in sauce dish over couscous. It was so good and I felt like another Tinto de Verano!!! Guess what another tapa came with it - some bean dish that neither of us could even think of eating!

      Then a dessert? No way! We got it to take home with us - a small traditional pastry that is soaked in Sherry. We saved that to have later with our tea.

      What a meal! We’ll have to walk another 8 km after I recover from my Tintos!
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    • Day 298

      Cathedral of Granada and Sagrario Parish

      March 2, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Construction of the Cathedral began 26 years after Granada exchanged hands to the Catholic monarchs. There are actually 3 separate attached temples in the same "building." The Cathedral itself, the Sagrario Parish, and the Royal Chapel.

      The Cathedral had a beautiful white washed marble interior and beige exterior. The Sagrario Parish was more off white inside, and while smaller, had MASSIVE pillars inside (at least compared to their relative size. For a small Parish it was quite beautiful inside.

      We actually didn't learn about the Royal Chapel unto our last day. Surprisingly Isabella and Ferdinand were entombed in that very Chapel. It must have been their wish to have their final resting place be the place were they completed the work of their ancestors and finished the "Reconquista" of Spain from the Moors.

      I was lucky and found a gap in tourists enough to get a photosphere of the Sagrario Parish Church. The ceilings were amazingly detailed and the pillars were huge and very imposing.
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/12rNdbPe9QGNa74L6
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Alcaicería de Granada, Alcaiceria de Granada

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