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Seville, Spain

Written on: Monday April 27th, 2015

A journal entry from: South Africa, Europe 2015

After a beautiful drive throughout the Sierra de las Nieves mountains we reached the town of Ronda which is dramatically perched on the Tajo gorge.In former years this town was a watering hole for Earnest Hemingway and Orson Wells. It has since become one of the most popular destinations in Andalucia. The town's most impressive sights are its three ancient bridges including the Peunte Neuvo which towers 120 meters above the canyon floor. It is also home to the world's oldest  bullfighting arena. We spent three days there climbing up and down the many stairways, cycling in the nearby hills and eating tapas in the square. From there we continued our explorations of the region's pueblos blancos by visiting the beautiful village of Grazalema which is situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Pinar mountain range. From a cute little campsite just outside of town we, quite by accident, scaled the second highest peak in the region! While eating our lunch at the top we were approached by a solitary hiker who asked us if we minded if he made a little noise. "What kind of noise we asked"? (thinking of dynamite and such). "Bagpipes" he replied. So at 1560 meters we were serenaded by a quite lovely rendition of Amazing Grace. While visiting the next hill town named Arcos de la Frontera we sat at a café near a steep, cobblestoned street and watched an amazing parade of high heel clad ladies on their way to the church below. We saw no skinned knees but I'm sure a few of them must have tumbled one or two times. Our last stop in Spain was Seville which is normally a very beautiful city but we saw it on a dreary, rainy Sunday so it was less impressive than it could have been. We compensated by drinking Tio Pepe sherry and vino tino in a cute little bar.


From Kaylyn on Jan 21st, 2016

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