We are into our last week in the beautiful city of Granada. It's been such a relaxing time and we've really enjoyed it here. Granada is a very walkable city so we like to walk downtown and see new things. Here are some sights we've seen on our walks as well as the sights from the Feel the City Free Walking Tour we took today.
On one of our walks we wanted to check out the Capilla Real or the Royal Chapel of Granada. We had heard it was very beautiful inside and while we were in Barcelona, Ann-Marie of Runner Bean Tours had told the kids all about Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. When she heard we were going to Granada, she mentioned we should go to the Capilla Real and see where they are buried. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, though, it was closed for the siesta break (1pm-4pm).
As we were standing outside looking at the sign, in swooped two ladies that started speaking rapid Spanish and handed David and I each sprigs of rosemary. The one lady was pointing from my palm to my family as she talked and pressed the rosemary into my hand as a 'gift'. (If my brother is reading this right now, he will remember a very similiar thing happening to us, but with roses, in Rome). We were stuck. No matter how many times, I tried to give back the rosemary with many "gracias" thrown in, but it was no use. We were told we needed to pay for the rosemary. The two euros I finally gave were not enough and the woman asked me to pat my pockets to see if I had more! I refused and we hustled out of there. So, for all those going to Granada, do as our guide from the Walking Tour later told us - don't even look at the ladies with rosemary. Don't catch their eye and they can't catch your's.
We went back earlier the next day to go inside the chapel (hustling by the same ladies as the day before) and it was beautiful. These photos are from online because there are no photos allowed. Not only are Ferdinand and Isabella buried there but their daughter and son-in-law are, too. Sadly, their daughter didn't have the happiest life or the best nickname. Known as Juana la Loca (Joanna the Mad), it's still disputed whether she was actually insane. The rumours could've started when her husband (known as Philip the Handsome!) died and she refused to part with his body. After that her father shut her up in solitary confinement for the rest of her days. That certainly wouldn't have helped any mental imbalance but it did seperate her from the Philip's the Handsome's dead body.