This morning, Leslie and I had our coffee on the terrace of our hotel room. It was so relaxing sitting there and looking out over the Mediterranean. The constant wave action was soothing. It was soothing last night too. We slept with the sliding door to the terrace open. It was a very relaxing way to fall asleep. It was also refreshing. It was perfect sleeping temperature.
We checked out of our room at about 09:15. Since breakfast was included in the price of our room, we partook before we left. It was a buffet. It was fairly good.
As we headed north to Granada, I made a comment to Leslie that we would probably not see the Mediterranean again as a family. I will see it once or twice more when I go to Barcelona for my quarterly visit.
We made it to Granada at about 12:30. Our hotel is near the city center. The streets are narrow and a challenge to navigate with my 4Runner. The hotel is nothing like the one we stayed in yesterday. That being said, it is very clean and adequate.
After we checked in, we walked south along Gran Via de Colon toward the Cathedral. We arrived right at 13:00, only to discover the Cathedral is closed from 13:00 to 16:00. So we went shopping. We bought all sorts of tourist stuff such as guidebooks, magnets, stickers, knives, inlaid boxes, etc.
As we wound our way through the streets, we stumbled across a small tavern called Masquevino. The Spanish words were run together, but they mean “More than Wine”. It was a small place at the end of a very small street. We sat at a table in the very back. For lunch we just ordered some tapas. We ordered surtido de las croquetas, queso provolone, and canape solomillo buey. The assorted croquetas were good. My family did not think so. In particular, they did not like the one that had blood sausage as one of the ingredients. The provolone was served hot, melted over tomato slices and topped with olive oil. It was served with toasted bread. The canape was a small piece of beef served on a piece of bread. I thought it was all very good. For a starter, the waiter brought some olives and a tapa. The tapa was a cherry tomato on a toothpick. On the other end was an olive. In between them was a sardine. I was the only one that liked that.
When we left Masquevino we did some more shopping to kill time. That was when we found the Alcaiceria. It is an area of mall streets (six or seven feet wide) that are full of shops specializing in north African items. It was like we had stepped into a Medina in Morocco.
We ended up at the entrance to the Cathedral. We waited for 10 minutes or so for the gate to open. I was amazed at the decoration and scale of the Cathedral. My two most favorite areas were the sanctuary and the St. James the Apostle altarpiece. The sanctuary is placed under the main dome of the Cathedral. It is over 180 feet tall…amazing! Another area of the Cathedral that was very interesting was the Cathedral treasury. That is where the gold, silver, and priceless articles are stored. Some of the articles I saw dated from the early 1600s. One of the more gruesome was a wood replica of the head of John the Baptist. After walking through the Cathedral, we went through the gift shop and then walked back to our hotel.
Tomorrow we tour the Alhambra!