These are some great photos I found on the Internet. They give an idea of the feel and magic of the city. This is right in the city center.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis river separates the old part of the city to the north from the newer section to the south. Our regular bus stop was just to the right.

Down_town_Granada_riverDuring the hottest part of the year these large pieces of cloth are hung above a number of the narrow streets in the old part of the city.

the-steem-in-granadaThis is a view of the old city from the Alhambra. It really is that wonderful.

Granada view of old city

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One tradition  I wasn’t aware of involves all the groom’s friends dressing up in the same outfit. We have seen groups dressed as bullfighters and other characters. These guys were with Aladdin (not in the picture).

Every Saturday we have been in a town center we have also seen at least one bride walking around in a wedding dress and posing for photos in historic or eye-catching public places.

We’ve both fallen in love with this city. I visited it when I was young but never got to know it like I have now. Like most places I have seen these past few months, it has modernized without losing its heart or its essence. Spain seems to have caught up with the rest of Europe without forfeiting many of the best things about it.

Andalusia remains spectacularly attractive, from its natural beauty to its Moorish heritage. It’s easy to understand why there are so many ex-pats living here, most of them hidden away in picture-postcard villages in the many valleys among the mountains.

The Alhambra is Spain’s No. 1 tourist attraction. We had to spend a day there but the endless stream of visitors rather took the shine off it. As in Córdoba, what the Moors left behind is far superior to what the Christians tried to put in its place.

X Alhambra leonesThe world-famous lions are back after some restoration work. This was the area reserved for the harem and their master.

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Another place that was new to me, about an hour’s drive east of Granada. Look it up and read about it. Thousands of cave houses, and caves once inhabited by cavemen.

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I had never been to the Balcón de Europa. It was full of tourists. It is a truly beautiful spot. BdeE beach 2 BdeE beachBdEuropa rocksThe statue is of King Alfonso XII, who christened  it the Balcón de Europa during a visit in the late 19th century. X rey de españa (more…)

As a young man, I assumed  would spend a lot of my life in Spain. After “best laid plans” and all that, it didn’t happen. I ended up much further away from home. Well, this year unexpected things occurred and I find myself back in Spain for the first time in 38 years. And not only back in Spain but in my favorite bit of it: Andalusia.

It’s been a real homecoming for me, and my wife is also enjoying  getting in touch with her roots.  A visit to Córdoba and the Mezquita was inevitable. The Patio de los Naranjos. The Moors’ palm trees were supposedly replaced with organge trees to please the queen, Isabel la Católica.

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When I entered the main building, it took my breath away – I literally gasped.

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Mezquita big archThis was the view from La Calahorra, the tower at the south side of the Roman bridge that is now a small but very interesting museum.

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Link to The Guardian article

Four women have lunch in the roof garden on Adelaide House, overlooking the River Thames and Tower Bridge, circa 1934.

Photo taken in 1934