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GRANADA
Checked into the Alhambra Palace Hotel which is within a block's distance of the Alhambra and is truly one of the most beautiful and elegant stays ever! Took a drink and mini-bus down into the little old-town square

Later, we walked the narrow street to the square and stopped along the way to talk with the merchants, some of whom were from Morroco. In one of the shops we met Francisco Manuel Diaz, a guitar maker of some note.

Next morning we checked into the Granada Parador We were fortunate to book one night at this world-famous inn on the same ground as the Alhambra.

In the afteroon, we took a mini-bus across the valley to the Albaicin. The Albaicin is the old Moorish casbah or "medina" and sits atop a hill facing the Alhambra. It is a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed houses with secluded inner gardens, known as "cármenes". We ventured into an Islamic wedding celebration and met nice people. Our most exciting visit was into a small cafe. [click on > to start small clip]

Next morning (Sunday) we picked up our rental Renault diesel compact at the Granada train station and drove to Jaen (sounds like "hein"). In Jaen we spent one night before, on Monday, driving to Cordoba. One comment, however, needs to be made about our visit to Jaen: As it was Sunday when we arrived, we saw many strollers along the main avenue and noted how very stylishly they were clothed. The shop windows also showed fashionable clothing. As we drove, we were delighted to see the entire landscape dotted with olive trees.

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