We will pick up where I left off, with Adrienne forgetting her purse on the train and sprinting back for it, then returning to the platform.
We took a taxi into the city and to our hostel. He let us get ready for the day in the bathrooms, even though our rooms weren't ready, then we headed out to get breakfast and explore.
I was listed as "Laurew" on the board. Perhaps he'd heard my nickname, "Lauren Lerew."
The pictures for Granada will be a little out of order, because I will be doing a purely dancing blog, and a palace blog (or 2), so this is the blog about everything else from both days in Granada.
Oh, and of course there will be a photobomb blog.
Day 1 in Granada was probably the best day of the trip. It started with us just wandering around town, then we witnessed a
cross-dressing bachelor at his bachelor party, then ended the day by stumbling on a group of older people dancing in a square together and having a blast. It was wonderful. The dancing will be in the next blog, but for now, here's the rest of the day 1 and 2.
Our hostel was right by the Placa Nueva, which is pretty much the center of the town. We stopped and got breakfast. We were served by a very nice waitress who called us "chicas" then wandered around town for a while.
Granada is an amazing city. It's so beautiful. There is wonderful architecture, cute shops and restaurants, beautiful squares and side streets. It's extremely colorful. It's definitely near the top of my "best places I've visited" list.
We headed over to the cathedral.
We stopped back in to the hostel to check in. Our hostel owner was very sweet and funny.
This guy walked by with a parrot.
I did not, I've just had so many blisters that my heals are permanently red.
I got some water with my dinner and immediately poured all of it onto my lap. I had to ask for more ice. He asked why and I said "because I spilled all my water." He found that hilarious. Like bent over at the waist hilarious. He asked if that was a normal situation for me and I said "yes.." and he continued laughing.
As we were leaving, Anna knocked over the sign at the entrance to the restaurant. Of course, he looked over and started laughing. I'm sure he thought we were ridiculous.
Afterwards, we got desert. Anna led us to this restaurant, since she'd been there before. She referred to it a chocolate muffin fountain. It was amazinggggg. On the left is the chocolate fountain muffin. You stabbed it and melted chocolate came out. To the right is the ice cream and hazelnut powder. Yummm.
We went to lunch. Anna fell asleep on the table and I knocked my water over again.
Isabella on the left had a larger dent in her pillow, which they say is because her head was bigger.
here, but it doesn't really do it justice.
The museum was really interesting as well. It had Isabella's box, which is said to be the box she gave to Columbus, filled with jewels, for him to sell to pay for his journey. There were also paintings by Botticelli and other famous painters and Isabella's prayer book. Very cool.
We then walked around a bit more, found that cute church below, then headed back to get ready for the Flamenco show, featured in the next blog. It was another fabulous day in Granada.
Granada turned out to be one of the best places we went on the trip. I hadn't intended to go there until Anna emailed me and said, "You have to make time for Granada. It's my favorite place in Spain and you will not regret going!" And I am SO glad I listened to her.