JUNE 13 2013
I biked into GRANADA, I thought I was close to the Hostel. I look up this alley with lots of Moroccon shops, this guy is trying to sell me some pot I say noand ask him if the Granada OASIS HOSTEL is up this road, he shakes his head no. I continue on, hike up these step streets with steps, with the bike, YES. I finally get a couple of Moroccans to helpliftmy bike trailer up some step stairs and Im there.
Was sharing a room with 3 Australian women.
So I sign up for the LOS CAHORROS waterfall hike
WE CROSSED 3 SUSPENSION BRIDGES, ONLY 3 AT A TIME ON THE BRIDGE.
This was a really good hiking group,everyone got along and helped each other on the tough parts.
WE HAS TO SCOUCH ON OUR BUTTS ON CERTAIN PARTS
PATRICK THE ROCK CLIMBER FROM QUEBEC TRIED TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT LOOKING THAN IT WAS.
AFTER LUNCH THE GROUP SHOT MINUS THE PHOTOGRAPHER (me)
All & All a great hike and adventure, thanks to Matt our fearless leader.
Now its time for ALHAMBRA the reason for coming to Granada. They’re sold out nearly everyday, but sell a few tickets for cash at the door early. So I get up at 6 am, sunscreen, lunch already made pack is packed.
WORKING THE COUNTER AT THE HOSTAL IS FELIPE, WHO IS SOUND ASLEEP
A short bus ride and Im there, 2nd i line.
THE STONE PATH STONE WORK WAS BEAUTIFUL
The best piece of art was this chair. It was in a glass case and I asked if I could take a photo, NO. So at the shop I asked if they had the postcard,again no. So I hang around for awhile and I see them remove the cellophane from a new book. Soon she shows me a photo of the chair and I tell her yep, thats it. I ask if I can take a picture, Yes!, the law in spain is you can take 5 copies from a published book. so heres the photo.
THE CHAIR WAS FOUND FOR SALE AT A FLEA MARKET AND DONATED BACK TO THE MUSEUM. ITS ALL IVORY INLAY AND EXOTIC WOODS, ITS AWESOME.
I LOVE THAT INTERLOCKING ARAB INFLUENCED TILE DESIGN
HERES SOME IMAGES
I wanted to go to the GYPSY CAVES after Alhambra. I get back to the Hostal and there is a free tour run by Mike from Krakow,Poland. he was a VERY well informed guide. Het lived in one of the caves for 16 months.
THATS ALHAMBRA ACROSS THE CANYON.
THOSE WERE A SET OF STAIRS WE CLIMBED.
THIS IS A FAMOUS STREET ARTIST FROM GRANADA, EL NINO DE LAS PINURAS
HERES MORE OF HIS WORK
SO 2 DAYS IN GRANADA 2 HIKES AND A MAJOR MUSEUM, ALHAMBRA. I KILLED GRANADA AND IT KILLED ME, I NEED A VACATION!
MORE PHOTOS HERE
BIKE BASICS, I have been trying not to fold my bike and see if you can ride a regular touring bike. Ive put the bike on a 1 hour train ride without breaking it down, so far. Well thats about to change, I have to ride the midnight train and pay an extra $130 for the bike. Well, I want to take the day train so I can see the countryside from Granada to Barcelona, Thats $150 with bike concealed as a suitcase or I cant ride the day train, NO BIKES on the day train. Its a super fast train, why not the Bike? Good question that I also have.
Next Posting will be BARCELONE