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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda November 26th 2018

Today we decided that we’d rent a car for the week to better explore everything around us, plus transport to the airport is ridulously expensive. However, due to my inability to use a manual and experiencing the pleasures of narrow roads winding through the mountains an automatic was our only viable option. FYI automatics are way more expensive to rent than manauls. Goal 2 for return: become proficient in manaul cars including on hills. We found a rental place that wasn’t going to cost us an arm and a leg and decided we could walk. ADVENTURE!! The beginning of the journey was spot on but after a wrong turn, entering a gated community and freaking a realitor out that we were burglarizing the area, hopes were low we’d actually find this rental place. We got to ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda June 9th 2018

There are a few things that cannot escape you in Spain. A house or building may be ‘run-down’ but you can bet your bottom dollar that the door will be immaculate. Another are that the window edges will be painted to have them stand out. They usually have flowers adorning them too. The paths, squares and street roads will be cobble stone with a patterned design for sure. The hit-you-in-your-face or should I say stomach is that they definitely do close down from 2-3 o’clock to 8; even later for some. Also, the variety and number of seating benches available for use. Trees and plants are aplenty in every street. The not-so-good stand-out is that many, many people smoke; old and young. Today we walked various ‘walking routes’ as suggested by a book given to us ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda June 9th 2018

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda June 9th 2018

Ernest Hemingway wrote of Ronda in his book, “Death in the Afternoon”: “… and we shall meet face to face the abrupt beauty of the Tajo … It is to Ronda where you have to go, if you ever go to Spain. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic decoration. A pretty spot. It has been built in a circle of mountains on a plateau; the plateau is cut by a gorge which divides it into two cities …, after the bullfights they carry the dead horses to the edge of this rocky place where the birds, who have been waiting for their turn all day, fling themselves on the remains.” Today, Jane did not fling me from the edge, so I lived to hike to the bottom of the Tajo Gorge with her ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda June 8th 2018

The day began very bumpily indeed. We were up at 5 and reached the train station by 6 for the 6.45 train to Ronda which turned out ‘not’ to be a train but a bus to Santa Ana about halfway to Ronda and ‘then’ it was a train into Ronda. Caused the heart to speed up when, due to language constraints and no English signage, we have out tickets checked and are told, “No, you must take the bus first.” The positive was that we didn’t have to go to the bus station, which is located in another location. As the train pulled into Ronda I saw that there were literally hundreds of people of all ages standing on the platform very close to the sides of the train waiting to greet me. As the automatic ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda April 30th 2018

Last night we impulsively messaged a couple wineries to see if we could schedule a visit, and we were pleasantly surprised to see this morning a response from one saying we could do a tour and tasting today! Our tour was at 2:15 pm, so we started our morning with a trip to another white village, Setenil de las Bodegas, a town in which numerous businesses/houses/etc are literally built into rock formations. We walked around the town and were able to find a place for brunch at a cafe built into the rocks. With the owner not speaking English and the menu being entirely in Spanish, we successfully ordered our meal in Spanish! This was quite the accomplishment, because there were a lot of words on the menu we did not know the definition of in ... read more
Setenil de las Bodegas - C
Setenil de las Bodegas - K
Setenil de las Bodegas 2

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda April 29th 2018

Every time we have the slight opportunity to sleep in, we somehow manage to miss our alarms! Today we slept until about 9:30 am, and went to grab breakfast in Granada. We enjoyed some empanadas and a croque-monsier (traditional French sandwich) before going to try to find some churros y chocolate. Churros & chocolate is a traditional Granada dish that is deep fried churros with hot chocolate on the side to dip the churros in. For breakfast, we definitely weren't quite in the mood, but it was worth trying and pretty good! Typically people enjoy this after a long night of partying at the clubs, but both of us would prefer something else as post drinking/partying food. Cody would want something more savory fried (i.e. burgers and fast food), I'd want ice cream or some other ... read more
Churros and Chocolate!
Ronda Countryside
Ronda Countryside 2

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda April 5th 2018

Hike where people have died, arena where bulls have died, ancient burial sites and a cathedral where there is a dead explorer When I read through this blog entry I notice that a lot of it is about death in one way or another. That was not intentional. Even though death seems to be a theme I still don't think it is neither depressing nor dark. Well, you can read it and judge for yourself. I will begin this blog entry by telling you about my two big disappointments on this trip namely Alhambra in Granada and Caminito del Rey northwest of Málaga. They were disappointments because I didn't get to visit any of them. If you are in Andalucía and wish to visit any of those two places you need to reserve your tickets more ... read more
Ronda's bull fighting arena
Church in Ronda
View from Ronda over the surroundings

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda March 6th 2018

Well we have moved on !Our last day in Marrakech was a lovely one . We found a government store next to the Medina that had all manner of Moroccan crafts at SET prices . It turns out the prices in the Medinas everywhere are @ 3times the price we found there. We were both tired of the bargaining hassle , although we were fairly good at it .It was a pleasure to look , touch and be able to ask questions without being pressured to buy . Our only regret was that it was the end of their day and we had to leave . We did go into the Medina then And found lunch , took a tuktuk ride to a museum...which was closed and a horse and buggy ride back to the hotel ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda October 1st 2017

By Bella We woke up had breakfast and went for another walk of the property, it is beautiful. It has lots of trees. After that we we went on a drive for 1 hour to Ronda which is an old town in the north of Malaga. It is cut in two and joined by a huge bridge. We went on an adventure under the bridge in the rocks. You walked/kind of climbed across and saw a bridge. It was amazing. Then we had lunch, I had pizza. Then we drove home We went for a Swim with dad and Josia it was really fun. There was a little concert with Flamingo dancing it was really cool but it was also really long so we were all tired half way through. Scroll down to see all the ... read more
Lunch with a great view
View
Walking down the hill




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