The Alhambra is one of Europe's most impressive buildings and, as such, is a touch busy. To regulate the flow of visitors you have to buy your tickets in advance and then get given a specific time slot on a specific day. Woe betide you if you miss your slot.
Not a problem... We knew all this and booked in advance to get the time slot we wanted. However, when we went to collect the tickets something had gone wrong and we had bought tickets for nearly a month later! Obviously, no tickets left for today. Not a happy camper! First job is to sell our tickets for the future back to the Alhambra.... Didn't cost us anything so a small plus.
There was one small silver lining. You could still book for the night-time slots. By the time we had gone round the Generaife (Which means overseer's garden in Arabic) we had bucked up at the thought of coming back later when it was fully dark.
I have to say it was excellent and in many ways better than going during the day time. Would like to do both in one day to compare and contrast.
Just for the purposes of comparisson here is a picture taken a few years ago when Gill and I toured the Alhambra in the heat of summer.
Before we could go into the Alhambra itself we had to queue and put up with these views over the city.
Before going into the Alhambra proper we went around Palacio de Carlos V. This was built post Moorish Spain and is very different in style to the rest of the Alhambra. It is a circular building built within a square. Followed, again with a day time comparisson.
One of the most impressive things about the Alhambra is the level of detail in the plaster work. Not only is it intricate it also goes on forever. The scale of it is unbelievable.
One of the things it is famous for is the use of Arabic writing which is repeated to create patterns.
We'll finish up with some carved arches...
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.