Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Welcome back to Granada!

The bridge along Carrera del Darro, Granada

Hello hello hello from 27 degree London! (crazy)

Oh, it's been too long. Sorry about my somewhat sporadic posting lately, ever since I got back from the land of sun, tapas & flamenco, I have been working 11 hour days AND had a weekend trip to Brighton so I haven't had much time or energy to put here.

But here I am... With my first post from my gorgeous Easter getaway to one of my homes away from home: Granada, Spain!

There are a lot of pictures so I'll keep the wordy part short - join me on a visual journey (dun dun dunnn) of my first day back in Granada...

View of Sierra Nevada from the house
My favourite Spanish family ever
Cute Spanish alleyway - Granada is full of them.

We started off by going to my all-time favourite restaurant called Sancho for lunch...

           
Cheeky little monkey!
Our tapa at Sancho - migas with seafood and grilled peppers.
My favourite Spanish food EVER - salmorejo at Sancho
Delicious chicken salad at Sancho
Yummy meat & potatoes (forgot the proper name) at Sancho
Chicken in a port wine sauce at Sancho

...followed by a lovely stroll around the city centre.

Plaza Trinidad looking mighty fine
Colourful buildings in Plaza Bib Rambla
Granada Cathedral
Pablo & Carlos

My holiday was at the perfect time as Katie, the new au pair, just arrived so we got to get to know each other which was awesome! She's super lovely (fellow kiwi!) and has a blog too - check it out here.

Katie & me
Gorgeous building
           
A fountain in Plaza Nueva
Some street musicians in Plaza Nueva

Katie and I decided to make the most of the beautiful, hot weather so we spent our afternoon walking along a gorgeous little street called Carrera del Darro and through the Albayzín neighbourhood...

Carrera del Darro ("Paseo de los Tristes"), Granada
Flowerpots outside windows along Carrera del Darro, Granada
           
Some random dressed-up donkeys in Granada
           
Exploring the gardens of Palacio de Los Cordova, Granada
Exploring the gardens of Palacio de Los Cordova, Granada
View of the Alhambra from the Albayzín, Granada
           

...coming to Mirador de San Nicolas, a picturesque lookout from which you can see the Alhambra and across the city of Granada.

View of the Alhambra from the Albayzín, Granada
View of the Alhambra from the Albayzín, Granada

There are certainly worse views, right?

View of the Alhambra from Mirador de San Nicolas, Granada
Looking out over the city from Mirador de San Nicolas, Granada

With the sun lowering in the sky and the temperature dropping a few degrees, we decided to make our way back down into the heart of the city, stopping along the way in Calle Caldereria.

           
Albayzín, Granada

Calle Caldereria is a bustling street housing some of Granada's finest tea & shisha cafés, as well as an eclectic mix of Moroccan-style shops. We wandered around, naturally favouring the shops with the gorgeous colourful lanterns...

Colourful laterns on Calle Caldereria, Granada
           

... and finishing off our day of food, sunshine and walking, with a smoothie from Greens & Berries.

           
Puerta Real at dusk, Granada

I could not have asked for a better first day back in one of my favourite cities ever, with some of my favourite people ever. If you wanna see more photos in full resolution, I've uploaded them to an album here.

More Granada posts coming soon!

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