|Paco testing a sword in Toledo, Spain|
Five hours on the bus from Toledo to Granada, but worth every minute as our destination is the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of Granada. Occupying the top of the hill on the southeastern border of the city, it is a beautiful serene place.
Walking through the Alhambra, you not only see the power and vision of the Moors in the architecture, you can feel the significance of the history seeping from the walls. In the Salón de los Embajadores (Hall of the Ambassadors) a breathe caught in my throat as i looked up at the Islamic tile work, knowing that in this square room, Christopher Columbus received Queen Isabel's support to sail to the New World. And we know the enormous importance these voyages were to play in Western history. Wow, be still my beating heart.
|Christopher Columbus was in this room|
|Garden at Alhambra|
|Exterior of Hall of the Ambassadors|
|Entrance to harem in Alhambra|
|Fortress wall at Alhambra|