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Granada and La Alhambra (photos)
Granada and The Alhambra have whetted the sensibilities of Romantics for generations, and at this place along the Sierra Nevada mountains, one finds that there are fewer places to better understand the Saracenic and Gothic which run so deeply and obviously in the culture of Spain.
Washington Irving wrote that the Alhambra was “so often and so minutely described by travellers that a mere sketch would probably be sufficient to refresh [our] recollection.” I would posit that it is so thoroughly mentioned (and visited) that most descriptions fail to describe it properly, risking the banality of package tourism. I share Irving’s dislike for ciceroni, so we toured the gardens and rooms of the Alhambra, as well as the Sacromonte cave district and Albaicin, with our own eyes and curiosity, eating and drinking all the way. Here are a few photos of the Palace and its surroundings.