We wanted to hit the central market, but when we got there it was closed for the day. After a late lunch, we walked towards the old town taking notice of the medieval buildings and the old cathedral. We made our way to the Torres de Serranos, the only remaining part of the city walls, then took a walk through Jardines del Turia park back to the hotel.
|The Central Market|
|Old town in Valencia|
|Torres de Serranos. Entrance to the old town.|
|In the park.|
|Joe & Lori with the aquarium and bridge in the background.|
|The Imax theater/planetarium and the opera house/theater|
|The Science Museum|
We found ourselves excitedly running through the museum looking at the many different exhibits we could touch and play with! Among other things, we found out how many centimeters high we can jump, how hard we can kick a soccer ball, our balancing abilities, and how many decibels loud our screams are.
|Joe testing out his voice|
|Practicing his surgical skills|
|How hard can Lori kick the soccer ball?|
|Really cool space exhibit: me, Joe, Jon|
We spent a good two hours inside, but had to leave... Grenada was calling our names and it was a five hour drive away. Driving through the countryside of Spain is gorgeous, with flat land around us and mountains from the Sierra Nevada in the distance. We passed a few sunflower fields and always pointed out the metal bulls on top of nearby hills that seemed to show us our way.
Grenada is located in the south in the region of Andalucia. What we first noticed about this city is that while it is big, it still had that quaint feeling to it. Our hotel was located down a very narrow, car-free street with restaurants and small boutique shops around the corner. One particular store that caught our eyes (well just me and Lori) was a shop filled with new and fresh spices and teas. Grenada also seems to be a young and vibrant city, with many people dressed nicely, sitting outside having sangria with some tapas before dinner. It was also the only city where we didn't see any beggars or gypsies roaming the streets harassing people for money.
|Our hotel, down a secluded street|
|A pretty cool streetlight making the streets glow|
The next day we went to the Alhambra, an Islamic palace and fortress built in the 9th century that sits on top of a large hill named La Sabika. It is made up of gardens, streams, fountains, a mosque, and a palace, all within a fortress wall and bordered by 13 towers. Jon and I have been to our fair share of palaces, castles, and fortresses in Europe, but this was so very different from all of the others we've visited. The decoration of the Alhambra consists of Arabic inscriptions and colorful geometric patterns, along with many columns and arches. Very intricate and detailed designs cover the walls.
|Columns from Palacio de Carlos V|
|Outside the palace|
|The Throne Room|
|Patio de los Leones|
|Patio de Arrayanes|
|Sala de Dos Hermanas|