Thursday, July 2, 2015

Granada Sounds in Southern Spain

Traveling with my husband I had the pleasure of visiting  the southern Spanish city of Granada, Spain.  It is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia.  Many visitors come to see the Moorish castle of Alhambra and the international music festival in June.  Granada is full of sights and sounds along the streets of old town, in the restaurants and open air concerts.
Getting There

We took a train from Seville and after about an hour we heard the voice of  a nice man saying, 

 "The train will stop and you will take a bus the rest of the way to Granada." 

  I saw this man working on the train so I'm not sure if this was routine or diverting a problem.

It was part of the adventure because the bus had better views than the train of golden sunflowers rustling in the wind.
  Andalucica  purple gray mountains sculpting the land of olive trees and sunflowers.
Spain replaced Italy as the top olive oil exporter to the United States and Japan.
Spain is one of the largest countries in southern Europe and ranks second in elevation.  Andalusia grows warm weather crops such as cotton, tobacco, and sugarcane.  You hear the sound of plantation owners of generations past carrying on the traditions of farming.

First we settled into our lovely Hotel Anacapri. It use to be a mansion so the lobby looks like a home with light coming in to give life to the plants and a soothing fountain gurgling Spanish water.  
Sunflowers of gold adorned our room.
We sat off to explore the city of Moorish architecture.  
We strolled along winding roads to find the Granada Cathedral.
There's a chapel where the royal Queen Isabella was buried with her husband Ferdinand. 
They gave permission for Columbus to set sail to America. 

The chapel played adoration music as followers contemplate their lives. 
The air was filled with the scent of fresh picked flowers and peace.  I didn't want to leave but it was time to explore new places in oldest part of the city.

Flamenco dancers were just outside the door.  The music comes from Gypsies who lived in Spain but it has become part of the flavor of Spaniards.  
Graceful movements express different emotions of joy and sadness.

The flamenco dress was an explosion of color as 
Spanish guitar guided their steps.
The sounds of a power tool cutting wood to make lovely furniture for Granada homes was part of the winding roads of culture.
It was time for shopping in Alcaiceria, home of the great Bazaar of Granada. It started with the exclusive right to manufacture and sell silk in the sixth century.  
I heard the sound of money clinging as I purchased turquoise placemats for our dining room table.

Next came the sound of a friendly waiter taking our order for paella and mixed salad.  Knifes chopped fresh vegetables cut locally.
Sitting at a square we heard the sound of children giggling as their parents watched with adoration.  
 We heard the whistle blow as the leader of a bridal party marched in unison of matching pink tutu skirts and bobbling balls, saying congratulations to your new life of marriage.

As evening fell below the Alhambra Moorish Palace music fell upon our ears.  Spanish guitar flowed Moonlight Sontana, a song I played as a child.  A lively man playing familiar tunes with his brass saxophone finished the evening of sounds.  Come to Granada to discover the sounds you might encounter on a June evening.  

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