We sadly left Santiago last Thursday to continue visiting friends and exploring new areas. Our first stop has been in Granada where we have expat friends from Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately, they live up in the Sierra Nevada mountains and local weather prevented us from connecting. Instead we decided to visit the Alhambra, an Arab fortification and a later palace, which was completed for the Sultan of Grenada in 1333. It is a stunningly beautiful study of Arabic architecture, design, and art. It is all set in beautiful gardens that were not as striking in early February as they would be in the Spring and Summer. But, still worth a visit as the throngs of tourists attested to. Off by bus to Malaga (and warmer, dryer weather 😊) at noon tomorrow.