There’s so much to tell about this trip...and I don’t want to overload you all, so I’ll lay it down in small doses. :)
"Kill the Beast!" (Beauty and the Beast reenactment...:))
Next stop: Consuegra, the main attraction of which is the windmills made famous by Cervantes in Don Quixote. Before getting out to admire these windmills, we read (in spanish, of course) the part of the book where Don Quixote sees the windmills in the distance and is convinced that they are giants and races off to fight them, but in the attempt he ends up falling into a pit until his trusty sidekick shows up to save him. Originally there were 13 windmills, but only 12 stand today, and they each have names--adorable. I loved them. Katie, Megan, and I raced along the hilltop from windmill to windmill until we had seen them all. Then we boarded the bus again, stopped once more for lunch, and finally arrived at our first major city: Granada.
Back to Granada: we arrived in the evening, so rather than site seeing with our director, just us girls decided to hit the town and explore the streets. Here I was introduced to one of my latest loves: shawarma. This is a type of Middle-Eastern sandwich/pita/wrap dealio made with shaved meat and vegetables, similar to gyros--SO GOOD. Definitely one of the food winners for the trip.
Every square inch is covered in these super intricate and beautiful carvings. The archways and windows are glorious.
Mesmerizing honeycomb ceilings.
Katie and I channeling our inner Arabian...
The adorable cobblestone pathways with whom I have a love/hate relationship. Mostly love...We explored all throughout the palace, going in to the different rooms and courtyards, and then we climbed up onto the fortress wall to get a great view of the city. Then we spent a little time in the Genaralife gardens there, and one of my favorite parts was the amazing designs in the cobblestone. There is just so much detail in every little part of this place, which I loved.
Te amo, Granada.Next we went to the Capilla Real to see the place where King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I are laid. It’s been really interesting through our travels so far to note the influence these Catholic Monarchs have had on the entire country. Most of the places we have been you can see their symbols, insignias, and initials everywhere. Their impact was huge, and is of vast importance in Spain’s history. Connected to the Capilla Real is a beautiful cathedral, which we walked around for a little while. my favorite part was this pretty blue ceiling with stars and tons of stained glass windows. :)