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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

Segovia: The Alcazar

The alcazar is billed as being famous for inspiring the Disney Castle, so I didn’t have high expectations for my visit. I was expecting to gawk and go. But they have a self-guided (audio optional) tour through many of the castle rooms – and the rooms are quite lavishly finished. Good tile work, exquisite wood detailing, etc. Well worth the time and price to take the tour. Don’t just show up and take the famous exterior photo of the west facade.… Read More

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