Ruby woke up early to try and get advanced tickets online to the Alhambra but they’re sold out for a few days so we’ll try to go in person first thing in the morning tomorrow! After that we just chilled for a bit until we motivated enough to head out for a self-guided walking tour around town. We wanted to explore the Albayzin area of town which stretches and twists its way up the hill that faces the Alhambra. We got an awesome workout walking up the steep winding streets! This area was once where the Muslim rulers (7th century BC) lived before they started to develop the Alhambra in the 13th century. We stopped multiple times to admire the many remaining relics of the Islamic period; these can be seen in the gates, houses, ceilings and statues of this area. One of the most distinct is the wooden detailed “mudejar” style ceilings which are of Islamic origin and geometric in pattern which can be found in some of the buildings.
Our favorite part of the walk was the Mirador San Nicolas where a band was playing some covers of the gypsy kings (which always reminds Ruby of Neej) and other flamenco music while people danced in the square. We loved the gorgeous vistas of the Alhambra from here and can’t wait to explore the interior tomorrow. The low point was when we stopped for a snack and ordered patatas bravas with our wine—as Tony said “these patatas bravas are what I would get if I ordered them at a truck stop in Texas” LOL! When we walked down the other side of the hill it was easy to find our place because it’s just next to the huge cathedral in the center of town! When we finally made it back to the hotel, Ruby stopped for a siesta while Tony went to find a skate shop to set up his new board. With his board all set up, he’s ready to find a park.
We could hardly wait for dinner but we didn’t leave until 9pm which is the standard Spanish time to start eating. We strolled over to Salinas Gastrobar (where we ate last night) and ordered our first round of wine. .along with it came a delicious de-constructed hamburger YUM! Ruby was suffering from “the grass may be greener” so Tony sent her off to check out some other tapas spots while we waited for our shitake mushroom salad. She came back cured of her affliction and could now thoroughly enjoy our meal when she realized that all the other places around here served the same classic tapas at unreasonable prices! On round two came our fave “costillas de cero” for free again- YUM! We’d been eyeing the lobster risotto and couldn’t resist. It came out with the lobster tail on top. . Tony promptly took that out of Ruby’s eyesight and placed all the lobster meat on the plate. The lobster meat was super fresh! We were tempted to get dessert at Salinas again but decided to check out the pastry shop around the corner . . . so glad that we did. They had the most amazing chocolate cream puffs . . . we had to buy some extra to go with coffee in the morning We love the streetlamps here in this city and were glad for the light they provided on our walk back.