We drove up to La Roda Friday afternoon and went into Ronda on Saturday. There are two ways to get to La Roda from our town and we decided to take the scenic route on the way there. One quick word on the drive. Crazy. Madness. Insanity. Another synonym of crazy. That's all I'm going to say. No, but seriously, you hear of all those wild Europeans that fly around steep mountain curves with virtually no speed limit. That was the drive to Ronda. It was almost constantly uphill with really sharp curves. I take curves faster than most people and I was taking them at 50 km/hr, which felt fast, but the speed limit was 80! I don't know how those people do it.
Anyway, once we got through those mountains we drove into Ronda.
From here we ditched the car and decided to walk around and explore.
Here are some shots of the park:
And some peacocks in a cage:
A little meditative stone circle:
And the view from Ronda! The town is on a cliff and looks out over the landscape for kilometers and kilometers. This one is with two of my travel companions:
And the lovely Bianca looking out:
Here is a nice sideways image of the Plaza de Toros entrance. I'm not sure why it came out sideways. It was taken this way, then I rotated it, and even saved it as a new file. Something apparently gets lost in translation in the hard-drive to blog path. If this causes any neck pain it should make you feel better to know that this plaza is one of the oldest operational plazas in Spain. See? Now the pain is gone. On to the next picture.
A little farther into the city we found another plateau with an equally breathtaking view of the landscape at just a slightly different angle.
To the right and over the rail:
We were lucky enough to be serenaded by this flamenco guitarist while enjoying the view.
The Puente Nuevo is this fantastic stone bridge that spans the gorge and connects the two sides of Ronda.
Here's another of those annoying sideways shots. This one is of the bridge. If anyone has an idea of how to fix this, don't hesitate.
This next shot was taken from the bridge overlooking the city.
This next picture was taken by an older student of Meg's that met up with us. She was a really fun lady and showed us around the town. We found this excellent leather shop, where Meg and Bianca each bought a backpack for around 40 euros. They had some excellent looking jackets and I think if I find myself with some excess change I might go pick one up. Almost all of their products were handmade in Ronda. Anyhow, The Ronda Traveling Crew:
This last shot of Ronda was taken from the bridge overlooking the other side of the city.
After our Ronda excursion we went back to Bianca's town, La Roda, and took a walk out towards the olive groves.
Her town is nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges.