Sunday, May 17, 2009

Carmen de los Martires - Granada's Enchanted Garden

The Carmen de los Martires is a 19th century villa and grounds situated just below the Alhambra. Part of the grounds are maintained as the villa is occasionally used for official receptions. However, the vast majority of the gardens are almost abandoned. As a result, it's an intriguing place to wander, evoking memories of The Secret Garden or Sleeping Beauty. There are beds of irises and alleys of roses surrounded by ivy and weeds, a fountain singing to itself in the centre of long-forgotten pathways, and grottoes swathed in moss and mystery. A peacock struts proudly along a pathway, loudly proclaiming her royal status.
The wooden panel is part of the front door of the villa.

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