21.04.2011 - 24.04.2011 18 °C
I think our last post from from Barcelona.... so it's been a few days.
On Thursday we drove from Barcelona to Valencia where we stayed for one night. Valencia's weather was horrible. Cold, windy and wet, and the city had pretty much closed down for Holy Week. Having only an afternoon and evening there, we elected to go to the Oceanografic (AKA - The Aquarium) which is not a bad way to spend a rainy afternoon. The fish displays were pretty cool and went through the different oceans/climates of the world, although the audioguide was a little lowest common denominator. Little about the actual marine life... more a message about global warming and waste management etc. Unfortunately, they also had large marine mammals - buluga whales, walrus... and it broke my heart really because it was obvious they were so bored.
Anyway - Friday - we had a long drive from Valencia to Granada (about 5 hrs), with us on a time frame to arrive and check in. There are religious processions every few hours here over the easter weekend and the streets are closed for those periods. Anyway - made it before the 4pm shutdown for Friday.
Friday afternoon - we basically went walking. There were masses of people around (due to said religious processions), so there is a nice energy to the place. We are staying in Albaycin which is the old muslim quarter. It's really interesting to walk around and here are some pics from our Friday meanderings.
Friday night, we had indian for dinner - weird thing to do in Spain I know... and then wandered the streets with the crowd and got a little lost down the little streets and alleyways - all part of the fun - before finding our way back home again.
Yesterday (Saturday) - I had a shopping pass from Steve... and he was very patient while I wandered around... and even found the handbag store we had passed on Friday night for me.
In the afternoon, we walked up to The Alumbra - the old muslim palace. Alas - no tickets left and in order to see the inside areas, we will have to get up early tomorrow morning and attempt to purchase two of the limited tickets available outside of the pre-purchase arrangements. Apparently, this was something I should have done weeks ago.... but we will see. It's free to enter most of the public areas, so we walked around. Very beautiful - the detailing, the atmosphere. I should mention that Granada has multitudes of jasmine and citrus trees growing, so the air here smells purfumed. Here are some pics we took up at Alumbra.
Last night we had a fun night out bar-hopping and eating tapas. Today (Sunday) - a little slow to get going.
When we did venture out this morning - we were looking at the cathedral when masses of people kind of appeared out of nowhere and we found ourselves in the crowd watching one of the parades.
Happy Easter everyone.