One of my main reasons for wanting to go to this part of Spain was to see the Alhambra ⭐️.  You need to book very very early and we had not done this 😳.  Two weeks before we went, the kind man over the phone ☎️ tried to fob us off  with tickets to the Generalife garden 🌳’does this include entry to the Nasrid Palaces 🏤?’ ‘No’ ‘Are the Nasrid Palaces 🏤 the best part’ ‘Yes’ – it is important to preserve.   After a fair bit of probing he did admit that the best way to get a ticket was to ring him the day before we wanted to go, as they always have tickets the day before ☎️.  I wasn’t superbly happy about this, but we had no choice but to chance it.  The day arrived – I called up the lady 💁 in the ticket office – and NO tickets 😭.  Our only hope now was to go and queue the following morning (the ticket office opens at 8am, and she suggested getting there VERY early 😳).

So I may have made Andy, Max and Laura wake up at 6am ⏰ to drive over to Granada to get into the disneylandesque queue so we could get into the Alhambra ⭐️ – sometimes it’s important to do these things.  It was slightly drizzling ☔️ when we arrived at 7.30am ⏰there was already a monstrous queue 👬👭👭👬.  We split into two parties – 2 to queue for the actual ticket office 👭, and 2 to queue to buy tickets from a machine 👬, and drank some terrible coffee while we waited ☕️.  I am pleased to tell you we did get tickets – the ticket machine queue won and Andy and Max came back triumphantly 🎉.

My two favourite parts of the Alhambra were the Generalife Gardens  🌳- the roses 🌹 were out and it had recently rained ☔️ and they are rather beautiful.

And then of course the Nasrid Palaces 🏤 – there are just so many patterns ⭐️ everywhere, they are quite splendid.

And they have a good gift shop 🏰 – I bought a glasses 👓 case covered in an Alhambra ⭐️ inspired pattern.  Andy suggested they should be selling Al – ham – bras 🐷👙 (that would be bras made of ham in a nice pattern) – sorry for giving your idea away Andy…

I am SO pleased we made it 😍.  And I suggest you book in advance if you do decide to go.

Alice xxx

Generalife Garden
A rose
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greatly enjoying the roses
obviously took some photos
pretty view
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more rose
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and more
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Generalife Palace
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a tile
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I liked the windows a lot
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and all the patterns
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Nasrid Palaces
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👠 the trusty deck shoes
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pretty view
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another pretty view 😉
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ok one more
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Inspector Clouseau tour guide
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a fun book about our friend Federico Garcia Lorca

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