Shopping in Granada and Loja

Calle Reyes Catolicos, Granada

Paseo Salón, Granada

On Thursday morning we visited Granada for the first time since early July. Normally we visit the city once or twice a month but in the height of Summer it is too hot to stroll the baking streets. The Poet Lorca described July and August as Granada’s worst hour. This week the temperatures have eased slightly and it was quite pleasant to wander around the streets, do some shopping and have a light tapas lunch in the Albaicin (old Moorish quarter). The City was still relatively quiet  as the 50,000 students who study here have not yet returned to the universities but there was colour and bustle in the main shopping streets although only a few people along the leafy paseos.

Shopping in Loja

Calle Las Tiendas

Loja this morning was a complete contrast. There were not many people around as the locals are spent out after last week’s fiesta. Just like the centre of Granada the streets of old Loja around the Plaza Constitución and Plaza Joaquin Costa are lined with some lovely old buildings. This used to be the shopping centre of Loja but as the town has grown all the hypermarkets are on the outskirts of town near new blocks of flats and the shopping centre has spread in that direction. Now the streets of the old town comprise of empty shops beneath the often crumbling facades of once elegant buildings. There is barely a shop open in the lovely old street  Calle Tiendas (street of shops) and most of its old buildings are in bad state of decay.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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