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.
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.
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.
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.