::Charles said,"We could take this picture in Illinois"
::This hedge was incredible! The boys wanted to stay and play here, but we had just barely started our day!
::The older kids abandoned us, but we kept running into them periodically
::Phin loves maps so much and spent quite a bit of time figuring out where we were at any given moment
::This was an old Moorish bath house
::There were lots of stray cats wandering around and the boys loved chasing them
::This was the Alcazaba (say that with your theta, por favor) a military fortress and towers
::Hey look! I was there!
::The Palacio Nazaries -- So amazing!!!! We liked it better than some of the gaudy, ornate, flamboyant, dazzlers further north (I'm looking at you Versailles), but I suppose it isn't fair to compare because they're just completely different. This one didn't have any furniture or anything so it probably looked a lot different when people were living there.
::We were quickly abandoned once again and left with the two littles -- which is fine. We're not quite as much of a spectacle with only two children in tow. The boys loved looking at all of the intricate carvings and repeatedly pointed out the different patterns that they could find.
::I loved this room -- the ceiling looked like a beautiful starry night
::In this same room there were 12 little alcoves and they all had different patterned tiles
::In several places they had a table where kids could learn about and touch the different types of carvings
::There were fish in all of the pools so that was entrancing
::Ooh! A siting!
::They were clearly getting tired of me asking them to pose! But look at that tiny tree -- kawaii!
::I wanted to take a fantastic picture of this hallway with the arches' shadows, so I waited a bit for that girl to move, but she wouldn't! I finally let it go and carried on and saw that she was standing in the Alhambra checking facebook! I saw her later sitting on a bench doing the same thing. It was funny.
::Hey, I was there! Phin is perfecting his selfie- face
::I like taking pictures through doorways, haha!
::Another picture, wah wah
::The light was so wonderful that day!
::Look Mom! Take my picture!
::If you look really closely, you can see the boys running through this maze -- they ran a lot!
::Hey, there's that knocker thing-a-ma-jig again, let's try to touch it one more time!
::Wouldn't it be fun to go up two different stairways?
::There is Phin on the opposite side!
::They wanted to stay and play here all day!!!
::Off to the next place!
::A garden! Let's go play in there!
::Must touch water in every fountain
::There's the last palace across the way
::He's practicing winking!
::This fountain had water coming out of monster mouths, hilarious!
::Looking at the map whilst descending stairs -- talented!
::The last picture and then my phone died. Matthew very sarcastically remarked that he couldn't imagine how that could've happened...
::And then we had an uproarious adventure finding some food for dinner, our hotel for the night (on an extremely narrow street), then finding a parking garage and almost getting stuck between two columns (I failed to get a picture of that because it was so stressful! And we didn't think we'd ever get the van out), but then we made it after a 600 point turn and it doesn't look too bad at all, does it?
Tune in for day two!!!