From Granada, Andalusia, Spain
DAY 8, JUNE 1: OUR FIRST WALK THROUGH GRANADA FELT LIKE HOMECOMING
Greetings from Granada!
We arrived at our apartment in Granada just before midnight on May 31, after a flight from London via Madrid, and a long cab ride from the Granada airport. Since this is a small privately owned “boutique” establishment, there was no one at the reception. In fact, the only thing we saw was a locked door. Which made Elizabeth very uncomfortable as she confessed the next day.
“What kind of a place are we getting ourselves into?” she was wondering silently while looking at the dark locked door.
We did, however, receive detailed instructions about what to do in case of a late arrival. So all we had to do is follow them carefully. Which was no small feat in a strange place with no light to read by. So my iPhone flashlight came handy.
THE FIRST MORNING
The morning revealed the beauty of our “boutique” apartment and a gorgeous setting which erased the late night fears from Elizabeth’s mind.
As you can see, our 2-story apartment is very charming. Above are some photos we took before heading into town.
Since this was our first visit to Granada, the first thing we did was talk to the apartment owner to get an orientation about this Andalusian city, both geographically and culturally. It was the best investment of our time. Because the owner was VERY knowledgeable and knew exactly what we were looking for.
For example, we learned that Granada is a city built on two hills – Albaycin, where we were, and Alhambra, across the Darro river which partly flows UNDER the center of town. The owner then sketched out on the map a suggested walking route which offered the best views of the Alhambra and Albaycin.
He also helped us secure tickets to the much sought-after PRIVATE flamenco show which only runs on Thursday. And today happens to be a Thursday. “Thank you, our spirit guides,” I whispered silently. This was to be the first of many such “coincidences” during our stay in Granada
We just came back from a 5.5-hour walk up and down the steep streets of Granada. And the place is simply magical. It made me feel like a homecoming, starting with this picture of us with the Alhambra in the background taken from a plaza in front of San Nicolas church.
Can you believe it Saint Nicholas in Granada was our first stop? Talk about spirit guidance. Saint Nicholas is the Djurdjevic family saint-protected and has been for centuries.
We continued our walk from there through the winding, twisty streets of this ancient city until we found ourselves at the town center (Plaza Nueva).
And also evidence of Arabic architecture and art…
And now, here is a video clip with live guitar music we came across right under the Alhambra:
GUITAR PLAYING OVER DARRO RIVER UNDER THE ALHAMBRA, GRANADA
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OUR FIRST FLAMENCO SHOW AT A TOP-RANKED CLUB
On our way to the flamenco show this evening, this is what happened. This taxi had to pull in his side mirrors to squeeze through this street.
The street our apartment is on in Albaycin is not much wider. Last night, as our taxi took there attempts at a three-point turn before turning a corner to get into it, I said to Elizabeth, “this is a donkey trail.” 🙂
Not even a pair of horses would fit in.
On our way back to our apartment from a top-ranked Granada private flamenco show at La Plateria, which runs only Thursday night, we came across this street flamenco performance.
This video was shot around 11:30 PM. The streets of Granada are still full of life.
STREET FLAMENCO MUSIC IN GRANADA – a video clip by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – June 1, 2017
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Also, see some photos from the real flamenco McCoy, a truly fabulous performance at La Plateria. We had to use a pull – our hotel owner’s connections – to get a reservation for the show.