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  • Day19

    Granada Cathedral

    July 16 in Spain

    The Granada Cathedral could not be constructed until the Christians had regained control of Granada in 1492. The foundations were laid in 1518 on the site where the mosque had stood. The Cathedral was one of the first to be built in the renaissance style whereas most of the Cathedrals that predated this one were built in the Gothic architecture of the Middle Ages. This Cathedral was therefore cutting edge architecture. To stand in it is to feel that one is standing in a Greco Roman temple of massive scale due to its classical influences which at the time were new and untried.

    The wealth and history of Granada and its art are on display in this building.
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  • Day17

    Granada

    July 14 in Spain

    Granada is one of the most important historical places in Spain. It is here that the Moors held out for so long against the Spanish. It was in 1492 the Ferdinand and Isabella finally overcame the Moors and returned the city and the region to Spanish (and Catholic) rule.

    It was also in 1492 the Christopher Columbus received royal support for his trip to the new world, something that would lead to untold riches for Spain and change the world forever. It was also in 1492 the the Jews were expelled from Spain. 1492 was a busy year here in Granada.

    The Jewish history is fascinating in this place (before 1492). More on that later.

    I went on. Tour of the gypsy area of the city, which is outside the old city walls, and where gypsies have been living in cave houses for many centuries. They are still there and have a history of providing labour and agricultural services for the city for many generations. The area of the city is called Sacremente. There are fantastic views of the city from that hill. The main attraction of the city, the Alhambra, can be seen clearly from the gypsy hill.

    The Alhambra is the old Moorish palace which became the palace of king Ferdinand and queen Isabella when they took the city back from the Muslims.
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  • Day18

    Alhambra in Granada

    July 15 in Spain

    The Alhambra is a fortress and palace which is on a prominent hill in Granada. It is the most popular tourist destination in Spain. When we arrived at our hotel yesterday we were told all the tickets for the Alhambra were sold and the next available ticket was in about five days. We were told this waiting list was short because it is the heat of summer. In the autumn and spring the waiting periods can be five weeks. Not to be easily deterred, I got online yesterday evening and discovered a source for tickets for a tour for today. They were expensive but I wasn’t coming to Granada to miss out on seeing the Alhambra. So I bought them. I was very thankful we did. It is a very memorable tour. Don’t miss it if ever you are in this city.

    The Alhambra began life as a fortress in Roman times, then began to develop as a citadel of large proportions during the Muslim rule. The Sultan built a citadel and a palace to impress visitors and create an impregnable fortress to withstand any invader. It served its purpose. The fortress was never taken. The Spanish king and queen Ferdinand and Isabella retook Granada from the Muslim ruler in 1492, the final city in Spain to return to Spanish rule, but they could not take the Alhambra despite besieging it, and only succeeded with a negotiated surrender of the city. The deal struck was that all citizens of the city, including Muslims and Jews, could continue to live peacefully in the city if the Muslim king surrendered the fortress and palace. The deal was struck. The Spanish honoured the agreement for a short time, then the Inquisition began its work and Jews and Muslims could only stay if they converted to Christianity.

    The palace still retains its Muslim architecture combined with a renaissance palace built by Charles V, Isabella’ grandson. There isn’t just one palace, but a complex of palaces, a fortress with three levels of walls and Impregnable gates in medieval style, gardens, water pools, a complex system of bringing water from kilometres away which still flows through the palace, the gardens and to city today.

    The tour went for three hours and we felt like we were only scratching the surface of this huge citadel. It was an amazing place that brought Granada’s fascinating history to life.
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  • Day19

    Museum and Flamenco

    July 16 in Spain

    I visited a museum of the Inquisition and Sephardic Jewish history in the evening, followed by a flamenco concert.

    The museum told the tragic story of the Inquisition coming to Granada and targeting Jews and Muslims who had chosen to stay rather than flee. They had to convert. They were known as conversos. The Inquisition tested whether they had really converted or whether they were merely putting on a facade of conversion in public but still practicing their own religion in private.

    The Inquisition had the power of the church and the king behind it so it’s power was enormous and much to be feared. The museum explained the process of trials and punishment in gruesome detail. There is very little left of Jewish people or culture in Granada as a consequence of the efficacy of the Inquisition.

    After visiting the museum and seeing the sun set over the Alhambra, I went to a Flamenco concert which was a fascinating insight into a very Spanish form of music and dance which has its roots in the amalgam of the cultures of gypsies, Moors and slaves here in Granada. The guitar playing, the dancing, castanets, foot stomping and Flamenco costumes are amazing.
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  • Day18

    More of the Alhambra

    July 15 in Spain

    Some more photos of this amazing palace and fortress.
    Our guide was excellent. Her name was Irene. She reminded me of Priscilla in her younger days. She spent seven years studying to be a guide. She told us that the financial crisis of a couple of years ago has made it very difficult for younger people in Spain to get a job and many of her friends have had to go abroad to find employment.

  • Day40

    Alhambra

    June 17 in Spain

    Nach der Tour durch die Stadt sind wir zur Alhambra gegangen. Wir haben uns bereits vorgestern Tickets für den "Palacios Nazaries" gekauft, weil diese oft wochenlang im voraus ausverkauft sind. Man bekommt eine feste Zeit für die Besichtigung der Paläste, kann aber schon vorher die anderen Sachen besichtigen. Zuerst sind wir zur Alcazaba, welche der Alcazaba in Almeria sehr ähnlich ist. Danach ging es in die "Palacios Nazaries" für die man eben die Tickets vorher kaufen muss. Das sind die moslemischen Paläste. Es hat sich wirklich gelohnt. Mit soviel Details dekoriert. Man fühlt sich wie in einem orientalischn Märchen. Danach ging es zum "Palacio de Carlos V.", der dagegen Recht schlicht wirkt. Das sollte aber mit Absicht, als Gegenteil zu den anderen Palästen davor, so sein. Zuletzt ging es noch zum "Generalife", eine schöne Parkanlage die außerhalb der eigentlichen Alhambra liegt. Hier befindet sich das Gartenschloss, das ebenfalls im Still der "Palacios Nazaries" ist.
    Die Alhambra ist auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert.
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  • Day40

    Granada

    June 17 in Spain

    Heute haben wir uns Granada angeschaut. Es ging mit dem öffentlichen Bus in die Stadt zur Kathedrale. Danach sind wir durch kleine Straßen geschländert mit vielen kleinen schönen Geschäften. Man fühlt sich schon ein wenig wie in Nord Afrika. Es gibt Gewürze, orientalische Lampen und bunte Klamotten. Danach ging es in das schöne Viertel "Albacin", das Künstlerviertel der Stadt. Wir sind zum Aussichtspunkt "Mirador S. Nicolás" gegeangen. Man hat einen tollen Blick über die Stadt und auf die Alhambra. Die Stadt ist sehr lebendig und hat uns sehr gut gefallen.Read more

  • Day37

    First day of School

    September 11, 2017 in Spain

    First day of school! Kids were amazing! Max & ivy took everything in their stride. Tom needed me by his side but was gaining confidence by the minute. Good signs.

    Ivy's teacher speaks some English. Max & tom are completely immersed in Spanish. Quite funny listening to their take on what happened today. Max thinks his class were talking about pirates but isn't sure. Tom only talked about a boy who blew up a plastic bag and popped it on his head. Ivy did a picture of an elephante.

    An embracing school community with a smattering of parents we could talk to from Canada, US, Holland & Germany. Even one Dad from Melbourne on his second year in Granada with his 4 kids!

    You can see the toll the day had on Ivy. She is really embracing the siesta!
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  • Day59

    Ivys birthday in the alpujarras

    October 3, 2017 in Spain

    We ventured out of town this weekend to the mountains above Granada - the Alpujarras. Little white villages built on steep slopes within a dramatic rocky landscape. We arrived a little bit homesick (missing the grand final) & bus sick (very winding roads) but were revived quickly by our very tranquil & quaint little casa in the hills.

    Ivy celebrated her long-awaited 4th birthday. The boys even trekked to the next village to get her a chocolate cake complete with pink sprinkles!

    Now back to our new 'normal' in Granada. School, Spanish, soccer, music & dance & usually a few to many cervezas!
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  • Day39

    Flamenco

    June 16 in Spain

    Heute hatten wir noch ein großes Highlight - ein Flamenco Abend. Wir wurden mit dem Bus am Campingplatz abgeholt und sind dann in das Viertel "Sacromonte" gefahren. Hier gibt es sehr viele Flamenco Bars/Restaurants, sie werden auch die Gypsi Höhlen genannt. Wir bekommen ein einfaches Vier-Gänge-Menü auf der Dachterrasse des Restaurants mit einem perfekten Blick auf die Alhambra. Danach geht es ins Kellergewölbe und die Show beginnt. Die Gruppe besteht aus zwei Sängern, einem Gitarrist und vier Tänzern. Es ist wirklich beeindruckend welche Emotionen die Tänzer zeigen. Auch das Rhythmusgefühl ist unglaublich. Ein Abend, der sein Geld wert war.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Granada, Granada, Grenade, グラナダ

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