My first night in Granada, they hosted a dinner for all the tutorial speakers on the roof of the San Anton Hotel.
The view of the sunset from the roof was lovely!
The following day, during the lunch break, I went exploring with a friend I'd met on the flight out. This is the main cathedral in Granada.
The cathedral was beautifully imposing from all angles.
This is one of the antichambers, I think.
The ceilings were higher than they needed to be for the average person.
The organs were impressive.
I would have liked to hear what came out of these pipes.
This is one of my favorite HDR shots of a cathedral that I've taken.
Once we had finished with the church, we wandered off, looking for a place to lunch.
Werner & Dena
Here is my friend, Dena, with another friend of hers we met while wandering.
Back at the conference, we enjoyed our afternoon coffee break from the tutorials.
Here are a couple of fellow tutorial speakers, Simon and Alan, with one of Alan's students, Antonis.
That evening, we enjoyed some of the sights before finding a place to have dinner. Dinner in Spain generally starts about 10ish at the earliest, which was difficult for myself and many others to get used to.
I was so jet-lagged that night, I can't even remember what I did, exactly. I think I went to bed.
The following evening, they had the official welcome reception, which started with a tour of the main tourist attraction, the Alhambra.
The Alhambra is an amazing mix of architectural styles, many of them from Arab and Muslim traditions.
The fact that the palaces stood on a hill made sunset a spectacular time to visit.
As the guides repeated many times, "water is wealth" in this society, so a display of pools and fountains was the ultimate statement of who is richest.
You have to see this place to believe it.
The ceilings were modeled in a stalagtite style, and the filigree that covered every surface was mind-boggling.
People split into several groups of 30 or so in order that the guides could take us around.
After the tour, we walked up to a reception area where they served us drinks and some light hors d'ouvres. Having not eaten since lunchtime, I'm guessing a lot of people were having trouble standing up after an hour or two of this. Here are the SIGGRAPH representatives sent to recruit people from the conference. Dena and I left just after this photo to go find a place to eat.
The following night, we headed up through the gypsy quarter to have dinner at a restaraunt on the top of the hill, which featured flamenco music and dancing. Here are some of my friends from University College London.
I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a few photos of the Alhambra from the other side of the valley.
Here we are having dinner.
The following night, we were on our own again, so I met up with some friends from UCL and headed out to find a nice place to eat.
The night in Granada is more active than the day, at least on a Friday.
While we were waiting for Franco to join, Celine visited a local shop.
Here we are at a nice little patio restaraunt on a small square up in the hills.
This is me trying snails for (almost) the first time. They were good, if a bit fussy to eat. Franco liked them to, despite his expression.
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