Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greetings from Granada

A bright hello from Andalucia...I am currently touring the magnificent city of Granada, set against the glorious Sierra Nevada mountains. While here, I visited the awe-inspiring Alhambra Palace, a World Heritage Site built in the 14 century, boasting elaborate Moorish architecture and idyllic gardens on a vast complex that overlooks the entire city.

One could only imagine what the palace must have been like centuries ago while in its prime. Royalty weaving their way through the extensive hallways, echos of laughter, secrets and debate heard through the ornately carved stucco walls, golden honeycomb domes shadowing polished marbled floors, poetic gardens painted with shades of eden, beautiful queens dripping with diamonds and the king sitting upon his lofty throne.

Alhambra translates as 'Red Castle' in Arabic, a name given to it due to the reddish tinge on the palace walls. The original colour has faded over the years, along with some of the ornamented interiors - lost to weather, wars and the sands of time. The building is still in excellent condition and has been well restored. It is a perfect example of Spain's rich and decorative history and has to be one of the most impressive ancient marvels that the country has to offer.

These are some photos I took of the palace and the surrounding gardens.

53 comments:

Kassi said...

Wow! What gorgeous photos, Sam! It looks like you enjoyed your trip! :)


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Adeola Naomi said...

Fantastic!!!!!!
Great pictures!!!
You must have had a blast!
Kisses dear.

Cathy said...

These photos are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing the beauty :)

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KONSTANTINA TZORTZI said...

lovely pictures :)
xoxo
LS

The Sunshine District said...

Such beautiful photo's! Have fun :)
xo jac
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Squared said...

I Love Granada!! It is such a beautiful city <3 Can;t wait to go again!! I'm glad you are having fun there!!
Love,
AngelaSquared

Cinnamon and White Chocolate said...

Oh, lucky you! You are having a lot of fun, lovely pictures, hope there will be more...:)

Ember Drake said...

Wow it looks like such a beautiful place! And such lovely photos! Hope you're having a brilliant holiday hun! :-)

Em
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Natalija Rushidi said...

It looks amazing! x

TRENDSURVIVOR said...

The place looks magical!!! I would love to go there!
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Roberta said...

That place is amaizing1
Hope you are enjoying it!
Jave a great day!
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LifeStyle Journal by Kate Frenkel said...

Wonderful trip!!!!!!!!
What a beautiful place!
Have a nice day!
Kate

Dana said...

WOW! I am actually left speechless by the awesome beauty of these landscapes... I know you are enjoying yourself! Thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful sites.

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Dana

Miu said...

So beautiful!
I loved being there and wish I could go back instantly!

Pratishtha Durga said...

This place is breathtaking! Would love to visit and see ... Such beautiful pictures!

Fashion Tales.... said...

I have not been there, but want to go! Such marvelous photos Sam ... looks like it was an excellent and art filled trip.

Emilie said...

Amazing post, I want to go there! You describe it so lovely and the photos are also beautiful! Looks like a great trip :)

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EYECANDYSTYLE said...

Such a grate place! Nice to see some inspirational pictures from your trip:)

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Daniella said...

Hi sweetie,I hope your well and having a wonderful time! I miss you and your lovely blog so much I really hope it's not long until my Internet provider sorts my Internet out!! These pictures are truly beautiful,it looks like an incredible place to visit ! I can just imagin all the history! :)

Take care,Daniella xox

Bea S. said...

Omg, you have been here in Spain :D
Such a wooooooooooooonderful place and city!! I was there two years ago haha
Lovely pictures! :)

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Sydney H. said...

Omg these are photos are beautiful!!! :)
I want to go here!

-Sydney xo

Uliana said...

Great photos! This place looks amazing :)

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Punctuation Mark said...

That place has always been on my to go to list!

Dominika said...

That's such a spectacular view! I have never been to Spain before, but I wish I could go someday :) have fun, sweetheart!

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rolala said...

The Alhambra Palace and gardens look absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing your experience! Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Andalucia Sam!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Love the greenery of the scenery. These gardens are brilliant!

Sootjeelina said...

It looks beautiful!

xoxo Sootjeelina

Fydez said...

Oooh, it's beautiful! The place looks magnificent. X

Filipa said...

Hi Sam, you are nearby... Granada... cool... i see you like it... it really looks nice!! i don't remember ever visiting Granada... have to when have the chance!!
XOXO

Bailey Schneider said...

Love the photographs! What a beautiful place! Have an amazing time x
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Style Servings said...

Woooow it looks amazing!

Wardrobe Girls said...

wow, so beautiful!


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Carrie said...

woooow! it's so beautiful. thank you so much for sharing these photos with us.

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Skinny Moonstick said...

Stunning photos! I always enjoy traveling and discovering unseen places! Hope you have a lovely time there!
Good luck!

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VintageDanielle said...

Breathtaking photos. I would LOVE to have seen the place in its glory day, where's a time machine?!

Marie Martell said...

Wow! Amazing photos Sam! Beautiful place. Sounds so wonderful to be touring these unique locations. Happy your having a nice time! Thanks for taking the time to stop by, always good to hear from u! Miss ya! Enjoy! Take lots of pics

xo Marie
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Wil Harris said...

This place looks and sounds amazing. You took some beautiful pictures. They can be featured in a book!

Sarah said...

What a gorgeous place!

Rahul Bhatia said...

Sam, this was just a lovely encapsulation of your exotic journey through Spain:) Hope you has a great time!

Lady Misch Masch said...

beautiful post
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Miss J said...

Waou.. v impressive!

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Miss J said...

Waou.. v impressive!

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Yannick said...

hello, hello, hello :D

Just found your blog and i think its really cool & amazing, keep go for it! I have to follow you! :))

Maybe u got time to check out my blog?! Would be really cool

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Anna said...

Ahh Sam what an incredibly beautifully written post - your writing style drew me in and kept me there.. How exciting that your sharing your adventures, I adore living vicariously through anyone who is holidaying while I'm stuck at work :) Gorgeous photos, hope you're having an amazing time.

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Jayme and Mendi said...

Gorgeous photos!! YAY...so happy to see where you are vacationing! We hope that you are having an amazing trip!!!

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jamie said...

wow, these photos are so beautiful! thanks for sharing! wish i could be there, too =)
hope youre having an amazing time!!


xx james

Fashion-Bridge said...

Wow! it looks absolutely amazing! I love Spain and travelled a lot over there but unfortunately I've never been in Granada! It seems a fantastic city! so old, full of history and beauty!enjoy your time there dear and take a lot of photos for us;)

Xx

Alexandra

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Lolita in the Mix said...

Beautifull city! Have a great time there!!

xoxo

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TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Oh my, how gorgeous does that look! Looks like another beautiful destination to put on my travel list!!
xx


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Nicole said...

How magnificent Sam! Looks like you're enjoying yourself :) I love history, and it's hard for one not to imagine what this place would have been like sooo many years ago! Fascinating!
xxx

Ema said...

Stunning pics! Hope u having a good time!! Xx

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

oh wow! it is beyond gorgeous! thanks for sharing these with us. Enjoy!
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Lila Moonlight said...

How nice, I was in Granada in April, but only for day trip from Malaga. So we couldnt see inside Alhambra palace. We liked Granada so much we want to go back and also arrange a skiing trip in Sierra Nevada : )