South of Spain Roadtrip: Granada (part 2)

I thought the highlight was in the Alcazar in Sevilla… but the Alhambra of Granada took our breath away.  It was just GRAND.  SO MUCH painstaking detailed carvings everywhere.  The palace grands was VAST.  It felt endless.  My pictures do no justice, and as I post them now, I so want to take better travel photography.   I let them do some talking now…

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Granada, South of Spain
Granada, South of Spain
Granada, South of Spain
The best part of this trip was FOOD!!! No where in Europe have I had so much yummy food
ALL the time and affordable prices.  So much VARIETY.
Granada, South of Spain
Granada, South of Spain
Granada, South of Spain
Granada, South of Spain
imagine an ENTIRE WALL – nope, walls and walls, of this hand carving!
Granada, South of Spain
Granada, South of Spain
all those carvings!
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and MORE carvings!!! EVERYWHERE.
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ENTIRE WALLS AND WALLS of intricate hand-carvings.
cannot imagine the labour gone into this!
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look up at some crazy carvings on CEILINGS too.  And under the arches.  just everywhere.
THe ceiling on this left photo made me for some reason, think of Narnia. 

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Granada, South of Spain
wisteria!!! learnt that they are chinese and brought it from china centuries ago!
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Granada, South of Spain

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followed a food blog (don’t remember which one) to eat this yummy mint drink
reminded of of the mind yoghurt drink from Spicy Mama in Hong Kong.

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Our dinner – missed eating fried food, sauteed food… yummm
deep fried eels and fried squid – with lots of lemon
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these churros!!! they are basically the western version of the chinese “You Zha Gwei”!!!!
Tasted almost exactly like the Chinese – except they used sugar for topping and at it as dessert.
Funny thing is – Tom hates you zha gwei but he loved this.   WEIRD>
ANd the right is the inside breakfast room of our hotel!

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The next day, we went to the café just below our hotel.  It was 12 pm – so they were not serving lunch.  Only “snacks”
Lunch starts only at 1pm!!  Just like in seom restaurants, dinner starts only at 830 pm.
So we ordered some crostinis – and they were HUGE and FULL of toppings – what a deal compared to Belgium.
But the best was this open bread topped with Cheese and a kind of sugar cane honey that was sooo yumm.
And the coffee was also much more yummy than Belgium.
And I LOVED that they do not eat thick huge dry sandwhiches.  Just one side of bread with a lot of toppings,
butter or a tomato base salsa etc.  NEver just dry.   YUMM

With this day, our trip ended.  I loved this roadtrip so much – it was short, just exactly one week. But we saw SO much.
I loved being in Europe but seeing something SO different and stilll so OLD and breathtaking.
ANd of course- needless to say,  I love that food is SO IMPORTANT here.
Not just for occasions – but for EVERYDAY.
Every restaurant had innovative tapas.   And food was available all the time in most places.
unlike going to france/germany/belgium, almost every other restaurant serving steak / sausage, or the same pasta fares.
here even your “average” restaurant had to come up with innovative tapas!!!
Just like in Hong Kong – a passion for innovation.
you didn’t have to get to a “fine-dining” level to be innovative.
And everything was so FLAVOURFUL and full of VARIETY.
JUst like Chinese/Indian food. 🙂

Oh my goodness.  feelign so hungry.  need to find a good tapas place here.
Don’t know if we’ll get a chacne to be back in Spain – but just food the food I would someday.

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