The beautiful scenery of Ronda

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Camping Le //cortijo

Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Monday, June 18, 2012

We had a big day yesterday and it was so very hot, especially for Graham and Carol, so when we arrived home again in the late afternoon we were not suprised that our travel buddies were what we call in Oz " knackered " So made them a cuppa and before you know it , they both fell asleep in their chairs. Carol woke up pretty soon and Graham tried but he could not keep his eyes open. Hence the beautiful photo of this perfect speciment of the male species. Could not let the opportunity go by unnoticed. After dinner Graham was still hot and the only way to stop him whinging was to soak his feet in a bucket of water. We complied and yes , recorded the event. Hope you like it.
This morning we were on our way by 8.30am for the drive to Ronda. Lovely drive. Arrived at the park by 11am, booked in, had a cuppa and caught a taxi into Ronda. Our first impression was what is all the fuss about but once the taxi driver dropped us off in the old town we were pleasantly surprised. Ronda sits on an outcrop of rock in a basin surrounded by mountain ranges, the height and length of which make access to the old town difficult. Ronda is also one of the oldest towns in Spain. Under Muslim rule the town rose to importance as the capital of one of the 5 coras of Al-Andalus. During the 19th century bull fighting became big in Ronda, . Of course it is also a very important tourist attraction these days. The town itself is an absolute delight to walk through. We walked the scenic route taking in the gorge and the famous Puente Neuvo, ( new bridge ) It was build at the end of the 18th century on the river Guadalevin and is a real symbol of the city.
The Bullring arena is one of the oldest and most monumental bullring. It was opened in 1785.
It is all very hard to describe because around every corner something else took you by surprise.  You can sit on the seats and imagine the bull fight and what a colourful display it is. Yes it is still going on today.
Hours later after  everything had been looked at and all the necessary photos taken it was time to walk back to where we started and catch a taxi home. A memorable day for all of us. We are dining at the restaurant here tonight so still more fun to come. If Graham's feet are hot tonight he will just have to poke up with it, 2 nights of his bare toes we cannot handle, we are pensioners after all and too much skin is not good for us.
Off to Gibraltar tomorrow for the day, last one with Carol and Graham  as well. Time goes too fast.

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