Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
ANyone been to the Alhambra
Old 11-04-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,649
ANyone been to the Alhambra

DW and I are going on a bike tour in Spain next week. The tour ends in Granada where I have reserved tickets for an afternoon visit to the Alhambra. I have seen film documentaries about the Alhambra and know it is not to be missed. But I don't know whether it is worth reserving a night-time ticket to the Nasrid Palaces. We are only in Granada for a day so it would mean visiting during the afternoon and then returning the same night. Has anyone here gone? Is the night visit spectacular? Better to spend the evening arount town?
__________________

__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-04-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Oklahoma
Posts: 64
Lucky you for it is a magical place - def. top 10 in my world travels - and one of the most beautiful & historic monuments in Europe. I was overcome by the architecture and interiors as I strolled from room to room....simply astonishing! I beg you not to miss the tour. Afterwards, I stood, transfixed by the experience, in the beautiful gardens, and was approached by a man who turned out to be a Swedish surgeon on holiday. We toured the cobbled streets of the charming town - fell in love and voila' - he became my fiance' four months later...alas, former fiance' now, as Europe is no place for a cowgirl!!! sigh.....

I suggest that you buy the book, South from Granada, by the English writer, Gerald Brenan, written in 1919 when he toured and lived in the area. Try Amazon for a used copy.

Oh how I wish I could join the two of you!
__________________

__________________
slimm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2008, 01:28 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,072
Yes - is an awesome place - get your tickets ahead of time on-line - that way you don't wait - I did not go at night as I really wanted to see the architecture - the place is sprawling - much larger than I anticipated. In fact, we had flown to Jerez and driven to Granada from Seville. We then drove through the Alpujaras south to the coast and then drove along the coast back up through Andalucia to Seville - we stopped at a roadside vendor in the Alpujaras and bought the nuts with honey and the best olive oil I've ever had - it was drinkable.

In any case, the Alhambra did not disappoint - I had wanted to go there since high school Spanish class. Awesome place - considered an architectural wonder. The rooms with the tiles and the three dimensional texture on the walls and ceilings were amazing --- and then the gardens with the fountains - loved it. Also, the history - it was a Moorish palace (Islamic) and when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella came to power, they took it as a palace of theirs.

Interesting side note and trip if you can - the cathedral in Seville has some of the most amazing gold and silver statues and 'chapels' I've seen. It also has a 'statue' of Christopher Columbus's coffin being carried by acolytes and is in homage to the riches he brought Spain (even though he's originally Genoese!) from the sponsorship of Ferdinand and Isabella - weird thing - I had been in Ecuador and gone to their cultural museum (which had a lot of gold adornment for the indigenous people) and they had complained that all of their gold and silver had been spirited off to Spain......I was a bit skeptical as there was quite a bit of gold in that museum...when I went to that cathedral in Seville, however, I had a little more respect for the Ecuadoran's claims.

In any case - wonderful history, beautiful architecture, beautiful scenery and awesome food - what's not to like? As Nike says - DO IT :-)

Enjoy - Vaya don Dios.
__________________
Deserat aka Bridget
“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” - George Orwell/Winston Churchill
deserat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2008, 02:20 PM   #4
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Oklahoma
Posts: 64
My apologies Don, I never answered your question re: night visit. In my opinion, the tour is better during the day, as this time of year it won't be blistering hot.
AND
the" spacial" sense of the architecture, mosaics, gardens is optimal during the daylight hours

spend the evening in an intimate restaurant recapping the day with a glass of wine and a local specialty..... I'm sooooooooo envious!
__________________
slimm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2008, 07:00 PM   #5
Recycles dryer sheets
mews's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 477
Years ago, when I was a senior on high school.

I want to go back.

Hell, I want to live there ....

ta,
mews
__________________
mews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 06:17 AM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,649
Thanks for teh advice. I have my afternoon tickets reserved. I will skip the night visit and hit some bars and tapas instead.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 08:31 AM   #7
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 310
I will echo others here in saying that the Alhambra is not to be missed. Just breathtakingly awesome! I read "Tales of the Alhambra" while enroute and it made the experience better. Definately see it in the daytime hours.
__________________
shoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 05:04 PM   #8
Recycles dryer sheets
Ultimate Cheapskate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 134
Don - It's probably too late, but one of my favorite places to stay on the face of the Earth is the Parador which is actually in the Alhambra. Take me with you and I'll fix your flats and true your wheels!

Stay Cheap!
-Jeff Yeager
__________________
Ultimate Cheapskate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 05:37 PM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,649
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultimate Cheapskate View Post
Don - It's probably too late, but one of my favorite places to stay on the face of the Earth is the Parador which is actually in the Alhambra. Take me with you and I'll fix your flats and true your wheels!

Stay Cheap!
-Jeff Yeager
VBT handles the hotels and the flats so I am covered on both. If past performance is a guide, the hotels on the bike portion will likely be great. The last night hotel in Grenada will probably be nice but not great.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 05:38 PM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 310
Ultimate Cheap I stayed in the parador at the Alhambra that you spoke of. The view was amazing!
__________________
shoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 07:01 PM   #11
Recycles dryer sheets
Ultimate Cheapskate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 134
Quote:
Originally Posted by shoe View Post
Ultimate Cheap I stayed in the parador at the Alhambra that you spoke of. The view was amazing!
Shoe - Was that you in the bar, ordering moor(ish) drinks?
__________________
Ultimate Cheapskate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 07:26 PM   #12
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 310
Not a chance Cheap! I was 17 and with my Mom!
__________________
shoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 07:01 AM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,649
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultimate Cheapskate View Post
Shoe - Was that you in the bar, ordering moor(ish) drinks?
Moorish drinks? I thought alcohol was a no-no for Muslims
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 08:35 AM   #14
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 898
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultimate Cheapskate View Post
Shoe - Was that you in the bar, ordering moor(ish) drinks?
Could have been my wife and me along with a German tourist, if you were there in October of 1980.
__________________

__________________
Someday this war's gonna end . . .
ChrisC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:52 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.