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Granada: Abadia del Sacromonte

I took the tour because it was included with my Granada Pass. I had not heard of this place prior to planning my trip to Granada. I knew they had ancient manuscripts from quickie research on the internet and the Secret Granada book. The tour disappointed me because they only showed us about a dozen ancient texts – I was dreaming about walking through rows of massive shelves filled with ancient texts.… Read More

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Granada: Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte

The houses were a striking contrast to typical Granada homes. Not just because they were caves. The homes in Granada were very private and inward focused. A typical Granada home has high walls with no windows around its perimeter. The house is built around the inside of the perimeter wall, facing inward to a central courtyard. The cave homes were the opposite. The homes were carved from the mountain side where it curved around forming the homes into a sweeping semi-circle. The houses opening on the community shared spaced in the center.… Read More

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Granada: Visiting the Alhambra, Generalife, & the Nasrid Palace

I read a couple books about the Alhambra to learn it’s history prior to visiting so that I could skip the guided tours (and the cost) and do the self-guided option allowing me to focus on photography. If you opt for self-guided, you can go at your own pace and stay in the Alhambra, or gardens, or Nasrid Palace until closing time – buy tickets with an early entry time. This allows you time to stand around while large tour groups flow past you, and then take photos with substantially fewer people in the way between these groups.… Read More

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Granada: Palacio de Dar Al-Horra

Palacio de Dar Al-Horra, located in the Albaicin neighborhood, was the last house tour of my visit to Granada. The last day of my trip, at the end of an entire week of sightseeing in Granada – yes, I bought tickets for the Alhambra for two days – yes, I’m an architectural junkie. So, tired, I arrived at the palacio, and it turned out to be one of the best of the many palacios that you can visit in Granada. The house has quite a few exhibits inside in contrast to many of the houses that are open for tours that have only empty rooms.… Read More

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