|Andalucia November 2000
Granada is at around 2000 feet above sea level, heading toward the Sierra Nevada,
the highest mountains in Spain. Therefore it was cooler and wetter there than
in Seville and Cordoba. The Alhambra is the marvelous collection of palaces,
fortresses, castles, and gardens on a hill overlooking Granada. Next to the
Alhambra is the Generalife, the summer estate of the rulers for many centuries.
Granada occupies a special place in Spanish history as the last stronghold of
the Moors before they were finally defeated at the end of the reconquest --
by Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1492. A plaque on the wall next to one of the
many marvelous views (the photo with the Sierra Nevada in the background was
taken at this spot) says "Give alms, woman, for there is no grief in life
like being blind in Granada". We stayed two nights in a hotel (Cuevas
el Abanico ) which is located in caves in the old gypsy quarter, Sacromonte.We
were amused by the restaurant which advertised "fish and chips" in
a garbled English to Spanish to English translation.
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