A Trip to Granada

Arriving at Granada

Calle Constitución

Yesterday the Asociación de Anglo-Parlientes de Loja organised an outing to Granada to see the Matisse exhibition at the Alhambra. We met at Loja station and boarded the 1020 train to Granada. It was a beautiful, sunny, winter’s day, perfect for a visit to the city. Disembarking from the train at Granada, we were greeted by a splendid view of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nervada, glistening in the sun like a giant meringue.

Outside the Alhambra

We walked from the station, through the bustling city centre and up the hill to the Alhambra. It was extremely busy with throngs of tourists enjoying the sunshine. Although the exhibition was free, we had to queue to enter as only so many people were allowed through at one time. The exhibition was magnificent. Matisse was the most famous for Les Fauves (Wild Beasts) and, although I didn’t really like the decorative simplicity of the paintings for which he’s best known, I loved the portraits and pencil and charcoal drawings. It gave me fresh inspiration for my own exhibition of paintings in Granada next month – www.paintingsofgranada.wordpress.com.

Carmen de los Mártires

After the exhibition, we walked to the nearby Carmen de los Mártires and strolled around the  beautifully laid out gardens. From here there were stunning views of the City and the Sierra Nevada.

Everyone needs a drink

We walked back down to the City centre for a late tapas lunch. We thought we would try the Calle Navas which we call the street of bars. This was packed with diners and the tables outside were all occupied. We noticed that the temperature was displayed as 21C on the neon signs. We tried a couple of the bars before walking back to the station to catch the 1725 train back to Loja.

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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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