From Granada, Andalusia, Spain
DAY 9, JUNE 2: A DREAM COME TRUE: OUR FIRST VISIT TO THE ALHAMBRA
An Amazing Gypsy Flamenco Show Caps a Wonderful Day
This morning we set foot for the first in the “pearl set in the emerald,” the beautiful and ancient Alhambra. As you saw from my previous post, I was guided to do this through a musical download that came to me in a dream in early December 2016 [RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA (Memories of the Alhambra), Dec 4, 2016].
And I can now say that the Alhambra is every bit as beautiful close up as it is from a distance.
What the pictures cannot portray, however, are the heavenly scent of the blooming linden trees and other Mediterranean plants. Even the flowers that look like weeds are pretty here and very happy, judging by their height.
Today, we focused mostly on the Alhambra exteriors. Tomorrow evening, we will be able to enter the famous Nasrid palace.
I also got an Alhambra “kulla,” an Inca Quechua term for a stone that will from now on be part of the shaman’s “mesa” (the sacred stones which connect a shaman via “ceke” lines to places with special geomancy that help him connect with his ethereal guides). It is mostly Quartz, and a small inset Quartz stone that’s perfectly polished, like a crystal (see the photo).
Carlos V Renaissance Palace stands out like a sore thumb inside ancient Arabic emirate site
While on the part of the Alhambra accessible to public, we spent much of our time at the Carlos V (Charles V) Renaissance Palace, the last Holy Roman Emperor before he split it up in two – the Hapsburg Empire and the Spanish Empire.
One reason – Carlos V was my father in the lifetime as King Phillip II of Spain. Elizabeth and I paid tribute to him in the crypt of El Escorial which we visited three years ago (see “El Escorial Morning After: Special Shamanic Atonement Ceremony to Clear Phillip II Karma” – https://goo.gl/151V4x).
Carlos V was also Elizabeth’s father-in-law for awhile, when she incarnated as Queen Mary I of England, a daughter of Henry VIII. She was my second wife in that lifetime as Phillip II.
Much of this came together for me actually in Vienna, another city with special geomancy powers. This is an article about it which I penned in the former capital of the Holy Roman Empire’s east wing three years ago (see VIENNA’S SPECIAL GEOMANCY: RE-STITCHING HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE – http://wp.me/p3R16m-DA).
The palace on whose ground walked today was built by Carlos V in 1527 in the Renaissance style. It was intended as (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Charles_V). It was intended to “become a permanent residence befitting an emperor.”
The plan of the palace is a 17-metre (56 ft) high, 63-metre (207 ft) square containing an inner circular patio. This has no precedent in Renaissance architecture, and places the building in the avant-garde of its time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Charles_V).
Alas, that never came to pass. The palace was not completed, and remained roofless until the late twentieth century.
Today, its western European architecture stands out like a sore thumb inside a site built by the Nasrid dynasty (Arabic: بنو نصر banū Naṣr), the last Arab Muslim dynasty in Iberia (Spain and Portugal), who ruled the Emirate of Granada from 1230 until 1492.
PANORAMA VIEWS OF TWO GRANADA HILLS
“Here’s looking at you kid,” said Albacin on June 1.
“Here’s looking at you kid,” replied Alhambra a day later.
Granada is an ancient city built on two hills separated by the river Darro. On the left bank, you see the famous Alhambra, “a pearl set in an emerald,” as the Arab poets described it centuries ago. On the right bank, there is Albaycin, the hill on which our apartment is located.
Yesterday, we had a picture taken of us sitting on the plaza in front of San Nicolas church in Albaycin, with the Alhambra in the background. Today, while touring the Alhambra fortress’ exterior on foot, we had a photo take with the opposite view – that of the Albaycin and the San Nicolas church on the other side of the river.
The opposites attract? You betcha. 🙂 The opposites of all kinds.
A TERRIFIC FLAMENCO SHOW IN A GYPSY CAVE
Tonight, Elizabeth and I attended our second flamenco show in two days. This one was very different from that private show we saw last night. But it was quite extraordinary in its own right.
First, because it took place in a cave in Granada’s Gypsy neighborhood of Sacromonte.
Second, because we sat quite close to the stage. So we could observe closely the tremendous physical effort and skill the flamenco dancing requires, as well as the amazing synergy that went on between the 7 performers. They all put their hearts and souls in every number. And it was their second show of the night. Quite extraordinary!
When they finished, I looked at my watch. It was 11:55 PM. Five minutes before midnight and the official start of my birthday. Life in Granada goes and on and on well past midnight.
Buenas noches desde Granada!
PS: Also in this Gypsy neighborhood, look at this roadside graffiti, which we loosely translated as FEMALE POWER – as demonstrated also by that woman in the picture. As if to prove the point, sho also modeled this Flamenco outfit earlier in the day. 🙂