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Nov 15, 2016 - Ronda

Leaving in our rental car from Puerto Banus, we headed down the coast for 5 minutes before finding the turn off to the mountain town of Ronda, only 50 km, but over one hour of focussed driving up winding hair pin turns to over 4,ooo feet above sea level. We were delightfully surprised at the quaint, bustling, mountain town with ancient buildings and arched bridges. We walked for several hours around the parks, streets, and squares. We skirted several bus tour groups, and snapped pictures of gorges, farm land, and architecture. This town...

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Nov 15, 2016 - Bits and pieces

Just a few updates. It seems to me that when I look back over our journey that it's pretty glamorous. However, we are doing it very inexpensively, overall. We are eating in the condo, making our own meals, and buying groceries probably cheaper than at home. We are renting a car for 60 euros per week, dividing the cost in half for each couple. And this condo which rents out for 950 euros per week, we managed to get for 250 euros for the week, via the travel club that I belong to. Babu seems to be in great physical shape, as he goes for...

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Nov 14, 2016 - Gibraltar

We drove to Gibraltar today and it was great. British, so we could understand, ate a fish and chip meal, took the cable car to the top and back, so we didn't walk down. Saw a couple of monkeys/apes at the top, took plenty of photos, watched the ships go through the Straits, and could see Africa in the mist across the water. We parked our car along the street at the paid parking, on the Spanish side of the city of La Linea, but the meter on our block was broken, so the traffic meter man told us it was free today. We spent the extra money...

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Nov 13, 2016 - Costa del Sol

We find ourselves in the Costa del Sol portion of Spain, having flown from Barcelona to Malaga. The plane fare was one third the cost of the train, so seemed most expedient. Sharon had booked a car for us on line, and after waiting for our turn at the rental counter (many rental agencies doing a very brisk business), and locating the vehicle in the airport garage, we headed out of the airport with Babu driving, and me attempting to navigate. We proceeded to get lost in the maze of off and on ramps, clover leafs, traffic circles, and one way...

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Oct 21, 2016 - Eastern Algarve and High Tides

On Wed (the 19th) we took another tour, this time covering the Eastern Algarve, from Faro (where we landed when we flew in) all the way to the Guadiana River which forms the border with Spain. It was an early morning as we had to be at the gate of the resort at 7:45 for our pickup. We had our snacks made and daypacks ready, so we were up and out the door on time. Too bad the bus wasn’t! We were picked up at 8:05, with another resort guest, a German girl, Uli, who is a pharmacist and on a one week vacation here. Our bus proceeded on to...

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Oct 21, 2016 - First walk of this season

Saturday 15th October Today we took Blue to Su's after walking him a shorter way than usual, we know he'll be on the go all day when he's with Su and Ron. Then off to Casares for a long walk. This time we wanted to do the first route again, but the other way round. We parked at the top of the village in the walkers' car park then walked right down to the bottom of the hill to where the path up the mountain begins. That in itself is about 3/4 mile quite steep descent all the way. The track starts off decent enough, then gets harder as you...

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Oct 20, 2016 - Costa del Sol

Our last night in Madrid we went back to the same sidewalk restaurant as the previous night. As we ate dinner we watched the people rush by. In Sevilla they amble. Lots of people shop for shoes. After dinner, we walk back to Plaza Mayor. Plaza del Sol is busy. One fountain is lit up with blue lights. Sheets of yellow looking like fire cascade down from the fountain's bowl. A Mariache band is tuning their instruments. Hawkers are selling their wares. Sidewalk restaurants are busy. Thereis a police presence. But at Plaza Mayor? A few people...

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Oct 16, 2016 - Costa del Luz

We awke to an overcast day. By the time we had walked the 3 blocks to our car and stowed our luggage it was spitting rain. Finding our way out of La Linea in the poring rain proved easy. We headed over the mountain in search of Tarifa. By the time we stopped at the top for coffee, the rain had stopped and we could see Africa across the strait. We headed down the mountain and into Tarifa heading for the Old Moorish Fort. After walking across the 18th century causeway, we found it closed. So back we went to the car. We could see along the...

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Oct 11, 2016 - On the Road Again

We left Granada the next morning heading back towards Sevilla. Just past Antequerra we turned off on A 384 to drive cross-country to Ronda. We drove from olive orchards with neatly spaced trees to golden patchwork wheat farms in the next valley. Over the next range of mountains we found craggy cliff faces and desert. All along the way we found scattered white sugar cube villages clinging to mountain sides. We had heard Ronda was a nice little hill town to visit on the edge of the Tejo Canyon. It is in fact a bustling city filled with...

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Oct 9, 2016 - La Alhambra

At 4.15a our alarm went off. We left shortly after to drive to the Alhambra. Dawn was at least 3 hours away. When we arrived, there were lots of czrs there alreandy. People were walking towards the site. It is just after 5a and we are 18th in line! Everyone is speaking Spanish around us...and is much younger. We have some O.J. and watch others arrive surprised to see so many people already there. Tours start arriving. They'll get precedence. By 8a we've each had several walks around, found a coffee machine, found out that the couple ahead...

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Oct 9, 2016 - Home Bellavista

We got a good start stopping at Lidl to stock up, then south thru Jaen and on to the outskirts of Granada. From there the road is familiar, getting busier as we get nearer to Malaga, so we took the toll road, which was well worth the extra cash, much easier driving for Roy. We arrived are 5.30, finding the site really full. It took longer to park than usual because our area had so few spaces. 2 caravan owners offered to move their cars which was appreciated and our German neighbour helped me to guide Roy in. We had to catch up with several...

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Oct 8, 2016 - To Granada

Yesterday was a frustrating day. We listened to people tell us over and over that we had to book ahead to see the Alhambra. So Gord attempted to book ahead but was unable to so he tried to book a room in Granada. When 10:30a came with checkout at 11a, he paniced. Instead of heading to Gibraltar we would drive to Granada. So off we went right along the river past terracotta buildings trimmed with white, past beautiful fountains and gardens we hadn't explored across town to A92 to Granada. First rolling hills with huge olive orchards to...

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