Monday, June 24, 2013

The Alhambra Palace

I should have posted about our visit to Alhambra earlier because right now, I can't even remember the names of the rooms we visited. Nevertheless, visiting the Alhambra Palace in Granada is one of the highlights of our Spain vacation last year.  When I was young, my first glimpse of the Alhambra Palace was through the pages of the encyclopedia.  I remember telling myself that day, "I am going to visit this place one day."

And I did.

 If the walls of the palace could talk, I bet they could tell me all the stories and the gossips that passed through it's walls and floors.

According to the palace tour guide, this is the Court of the Lions or Patio de los Leones.  It is the main court of the Nasrid dynasty and it is of the palace.

 The Sierra Madre were covered in fog that early morning we visited the fortress.

I had a hard time taking photos because every single corner, every wall is just worth taking a photo of. I don't know if it was just me or that I felt that my camera was inadequate to cover the palace's beauty.

 The walls of the palace.

 The palace is so beautiful, and I think my photography is such a poor representation of the place.

Irving's "Tales of the Alhambra" was written in the palace.  Apparently, he was looking for an inspiration, and though at that time, the palace was in such a bad shape, he found his inspiration to write his book there.

This is the plaque that marked the room where he did most of his writing.

 I forgot what this meant, but it has to do something with "Allah is Great."

 The is the original floor of one of the palace rooms.  The designs are still there but most of them have faded.

 At the Palacio de Generalife, whilst fountains and flowing water are a common feature around the palace.

Beautiful stilted arches.

 This is the Alcazaba, a fortress, and it is the oldest part of the Alhambra.

After visiting the palace, Kepi and I strolled through Downtown Granada, and I found myself a local chocolate shop.  That bar did not last, as it was devoured during our ride back to Sienna.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Things Got To Change!

It's a humid, rainy and sluggish Monday!  The first thought I had when I woke up was ~ I want to go back to bed.  With much protestation, I dragged my ass to work anyway.  Of course, on the way to DC, traffic is horrible as always; people forget how to drive when it's raining. I can't or I don't even want to calculate how much time I have wasted sitting on gridlock since the beginning of this year. I feel that I have wasted a lot that I could have spent in more productive things. Things got to change!

While I think of change, here's a quick list of what's going on, on my side of the woods:
  • Our house search is over, we found a house we love in Montgomery County.  The house is just 20 minutes drive to the Metro, so it will cut my commute in half. The house inspection and appraisal are done, so all we're waiting for right now is the settlement date.  Kepi and I are very excited and feel blessed.
  • Moving is an emotional process and a stressful chore.  We have started packing the things we don't use on a regular basis. The living room feels big, the bookcases are empty and all the winter clothes are now in boxes. I will miss Pinky but moving on is part of life.
  • I finally got a potted Calamansi (Calamondin) and this one comes bearing blooms and fruits.  I am elated and I keep checking if they're big enough for the picking. I look forward to having real Calamansi added to my "sawsawan" or dipping sauce.
  • This week, we have relatives from Guam excited.
  • I hate to mention this but on June 25th, I'm going for another bone marrow biopsy. As always, my nerves are kicking in this early. Please send me positive thoughts.