Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Spain 2008

Desktop holiday for you... European Edition - Spain....

The first highlight when we arrived in Spain was visiting the famed Alhambra Palace.

Alhambra (Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء‎, literally "the red one") is a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus...
Outside the Carlos V/ Charles V palace side of Alhambra...

This palace/ fortress has gone through quite a few hands, both Christian and Muslim, so its architecture is a wonderfully eclectic mish-mash of several influences:
High on a hill...

It had been elected as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1980s, and it's really not hard to see why - it's beautiful!:
One of the beautiful features inside...

Other than that, check out the mindbogglingly AMAZING intricate carvings,.....
One of the domes inside the Palace of Lions ...

.... pillared pathways,....
So majestic...

.... and sculpted gardens,....
Small green maze ...

I wonder where that leads to?...

We even came across a friendly, manja (and slightly chubby) cat enjoying the premises... :)
Meow ...

It was nice walking through the palace grounds and imagining what life would have been like as part of the royalty... :)
(Also, it wasn't super expensive, about Euro 12 - ok lah, not exactly cheap either considering the stupid exchange rate...)

My photos really don't do it any justice, so please do head over to the real thing if you can,... or visit this cool site for a virtual tour.


*hugs* Happy Tuesday!,
J

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6 comments:

  1. tis beautiful! and such a cute cat:D

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  2. it's interesting that if u just look at the pics without knowing where they were taken, u might not guess spain ... or maybe it's just me, since i'd have thought tuscany! :D i like how serene the place looks. can imagine getting washed over by that calm...

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  3. beautiful palace .. too bad i had to give granada a pass during my last trip .. saw loads of moorish architectures in Sevilla, but mayb not as good as Alhambra

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  4. to Cumi & Ciki:
    I know, right?
    I was playing with it and all the time my mum kept nagging: "Don't touch ittttt... You don't know where it's been - it's probably got all kinds of diseases and germsss!"
    (Can you tell my mum doesn't really like animals? Haha...)

    to Sean:
    Yeah - Its interesting because its got such a long history and cultural mix behind it that it doesn't look typically Spanish or typically anything actually! :)

    to Anonymous:
    Hmmmm, well it's hard to compare (I guess all the buildings are beautiful in their own unique way) but the thing about Alhambra is it's huge! Worth a visit, if you can. :)

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  5. This is very impressive. Beautiful, I am very impress to this design.

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  6. Lovely place to visit. These pics are really great and quite motivational to sit and relax in there.

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