Friday, August 5, 2016

Granada and Seeing The Alhambra

The opportunity to see the Alhambra was one of the main reasons we took this itinerary. Since Granada is about 2 hrs from the port of call, we decided to take the ship's excursion. We had an excellent tour bus guide and a fantastic lunch afterwards. In between ... well not so great.

We started out in decent weather and went through some beautiful countryside.

The weather changed when we got into the mountains. Whether it was the weather (drizzle) or the guide we had at the site (probably more that than the weather) we were disappointed. OK, call us crazy. Everybody raves about seeing the Alhambra. For us, it was a distraction of a sea of umbrellas and a tour guide who didn't know how to keep his group together. I think we spent more time looking for him than actually looking at the building. And then he would say things like 'look at this." Look at what? Where?

I have to say the gardens and the view from the hillside were spectacular. I honestly think because we had such a wonderful guide in Seville for the Alcazar that we just couldn't appreciate the Alhambra with the lousy guide we had. (And, yes, I did fill out the review form when we got back to the ship.)

Whatever the reason, it is now checked off our bucket list.