The photos below are what we saw.
A put on
my wide angle lens to get this shot of the bridge at Ronda.
the street was the Parador, which was our first choice, but full
square in Ronda.
fountain in the square. There was some fellow there doing
an interview. We were not close enough to hear the
talk-track, so we just walked on.
street packed with tourists.
walked down the street to a public view point and got this view
of the Ronda bridge.
point on the opposite side of the canyon was packed with
hotel, the Don Miguel, is to the right of the bridge.
of Ronda built the walkways on the canyon rim.
view point we could see the green fields to the east.
area had a substantial bed of roses that were in bloom.
The early morning rains had left dew on the flowers.
clear sunshine, the color of the roses was strong. We
returned to the hotel to get access to our rental car. The
hotel staff had parked the car in their "private lot" which was
really the basement of a building down the street. Since
the bellman had parked the car, I assumed that he would go and
get it for me. Wrong. I was given my keys and a
cursory set of instructions for finding the car. I walked
past the entrance to the car park the first time as it was
unmarked. I finally realized that the open door was likely
the parking area although I could not see the car. When I
went inside the building, I discovered that the car had been
parked in a narrow area with less than 2" between the driver's
door and the wall. The passenger door was perhaps 5" but
not enough to open to allow entry into the car. How the
fellow that parked the car left the vehicle is unclear, but what
IS clear is that I had to enter through the rear
passenger door and weasel my way over the seat into the
front. Then, getting out of the garage was a
challenge. The pillars that held up the floor above the
garage were irregularly spaced requiring a many-point turn to
weave my way through them. Once on the surface streets,
the challenge was working through the crowded one-way
streets. My only possible egress required going into a pay
parking garage and exiting on the far side. Many turns
later, I was back at the hotel. Our rental is an Opel
Astra, which is a 4-door mini-station wagon with front wheel
drive. The turning radius sucks, so driving that car
through tight streets is "tight jaws".
traveled north from Ronda toward some Roman ruins. Along
the way we went through a small town that supposedly had homes
built in tunnels carved into the volcanic tufa. We did not
see those homes, but from a viewpoint over this small town, we
got a quaint view of the Spanish countryside.
possible that the "houses under overhanging cliffs" listed in
the tour books are the places next to the cliff face. From
the overlook of the town, we continued on to a more remote area
that had a set of Roman ruins.
ruins were high on a hill and from the parking area we had a
commanding view of the countryside. Sadly, we determined
that the ruins were closed, so we decided to just look at the
was a huge blooming plant, possibly Flowering Anise.
flowers were in full bloom and there were many species to see.
small purple flowers were everywhere.
were several red blooms that were quite interesting. Note
the birthday cake structure in the center of the flower.
different purple thistle-like thing.
was another specimen of the red flower, in a somewhat better
actually getting ready to depart when this English woman came up
to us and told us that we could just hop the fence and go up the
hill -- they did. So, we hopped the fence and went up the
hill. Each pile of stones was something that collapsed.
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