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  • Day33

    Fauler Tag in Ronda

    May 21, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Wir haben beschlossen einen " faulen Tag" im Camping einzulegen.Morgens wurden die Waschmaschinen ausgenutzt um Wäsche " richtig" zu waschen und das WoMo wurde vom Sand befreit und geputzt. Es wurde auch viel mit Nachbarn rechts und links geplaudert.
    Am Nachmittag haben wir die weitere Route überlegt und gefaulenzt. Es ist angenehm warm, es läuft ein Lüftchen. Einmal nichts tun schadet nicht.
    Werden heute Abend den Tag mit einer schönen Sangria abschliessen.

    Hier noch einige Bilder von gestern
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  • Day24

    Full day in Ronda - part 1

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We headed out about 9.30 this morning. First we went to the Tourist Information Centre to find out where the path to the bottom of the gorge was, but they don’t open till 10am, so we just decided to cross the Bridge and find our own way there. Turns out it wasn’t too difficult, and it was well sign posted. We found the entrance to the walkway off Plaza Maria Auxiliadora, and followed it down on the western side of the gorge. We also went off the main path onto a side branch that was less well maintained, and this path that took us down until we were nearly under the bridge. It also afforded great views of the waterfall.

    We headed back up to the main walkway, and continued to descend into the gorge until we were in the best spot to get a great shot of the waterfall and bridge. Most of this walk was done in the shade, and while the temperatures were low 20’s. We then started the climb back up. On the way we saw some school kids being taken up in a tethered hot air balloon in the valley below, the balloon was getting up to about 50 to 60 metres, and then descending again to take up another group of students, who all seemed to be enjoying the ride immensely.

    After our epic walk into the gorge and back again we had a coffee and a bit of a rest. We then decided to just wander the streets and see what we encountered.
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  • Day24

    Museum of Ronda

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    The first thing we encountered as we wandered the beautiful narrow streets of Ronda was their Museum, which is housed in a most beautiful building that used to be a palace - Palacio De Mondragón - which has been beautifully maintained. Turns out Friday 27 September was “World Tourism Day”, so we had free entry into the museum. There was an exhibition upstairs that took you through the history of Ronda and about the different groups that invaded, overthrew or built particular aspects of the city. What I was most interested in was the architecture and design of the palace, including the courtyards, fountains and mosaic work. The views across the valley weren’t too shabby either.Read more

  • Day24

    Museo of Joaquín Peinado

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This was the next museum we came across, and again entry was free. Coincidentally he was born in a house about six doors up from where we are staying.

    Joaquín Ruiz-Peinado Vallejo was born in Ronda on 19 July 1898. He showed early talent, resulting in his enrolment in 1918 at the San Fernando’s College of Fine Arts. He obtained a scholarship for three years to study in the Santa María de el Paular Monastery (1921-1923). Once he finished his studies in 1923 he went to Paris, where he settled. He soon entered the Parisian artistic world and came to form part of the Escuela Española de París (Spanish School of Paris), together with other Spanish artists such as Manuel Ángeles Ortiz, Hernando Viñes, Francisco Bores, Pancho Cossío and Picasso (with whom he shared a special friendship).

    Meanwhile, he maintained contact with his friends back in Spain, one of them being Federico García Lorca, who met Peinado in Málaga in 1918, and also Francisco García Lorca, who was a good friend of his. He kept contributing to the Spanish artistic world, participating in the mythical Society of Iberian Artists’ First Exhibition, celebrated in 1925, and in José María Hinojosa’s La flor de California. Málaga’s Provincial Council gave him and José Moreno Villa an arts award in 1929 at the Regional Exhibition of Modern Art, celebrated in Casa de los Tiros, Granada. He also got involved in Scenic Arts, participating in Un Perro Andaluz (1929), in his friend Buñuel’s La Edad de Oro (1930), and, as a scenographer and an extra, in Carmen de Feyder (1925). In 1926 he participated in the performance of El retablo de Maese Pedro de Falla in Amsterdam, alongside Buñuel, Cossío, Viñes, and Ángeles Ortiz.

    His artistic trajectory gave him a prominent position in the Escuela de París: his merits as an artist led him to hold the post of director and vice-president of the Sección de Pintura de la Unión de Intelectuales Españoles (Painting Art Section of the Spanish Union of Scholars). He was also nominated by UNESCO as delegate for the Sección de Pintores Españoles de la Escuela de París (Spanish Painters Section, School of Paris).

    He organized part of the 1946 exhibition Art in Republican Spain, Spanish artists from Escuela de París, held in Prague. From this moment on, both individual and collective international exhibitions became frequent. He was regarded as part of the best French art producers of the time. 1945 was also a time when he developed a personal style which would remain with him forever: alternating with geometric abstract experiments, he highlighted the importance of the model, the accuracy of the drawing, the rationalization of the representation, and the use of watercolour. An exhibition organized by the State Office of Fine Arts brought him back to Spain in 1969.

    Peinado is a central piece in the revision of contemporary Spanish art and the Escuela de París. His work is also important in the exploration of plastic ways of communication, such as neo-Cubism, Lyrical Figuration or Geometric Abstraction.

    He died in Paris on 13 February 1975. I really enjoyed the exhibition which included a room dedicated to Picasso.
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  • Day24

    Casa Del Rey Moro

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We were looking for the Arab Bath house, and came upon this place on the way. As it is privately owned, we had to pay an entry fee, but it was the only one of the day, and it was worth it. The gardens have been beautifully restored and maintained. They were designed for the Duchess by Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier in 1912 (the French architect’s first recognised work in Spain). The Neo-Mudejar style house, an amalgamation of several 18th century homes conceived by the Duchess of Parcent is in disrepair, and currently undergoing restoration.

    Last but not least, there is the Nasrid era Water Mine, which is one of the best conserved examples in Spain. It is below the Gardens - you have to descend in excess of 200 stairs (equivalent to a 20 storey building). It is dark, cool and damp. There are a number of areas where the stairs are spiral formation and it becomes wetter the further you descend. Many of the steps were very big, which is difficult for a person of my short stature, but I managed and it was well worth the effort to see the view of the gorge where the water source is.

    We then had to climb back up - I thought it would be more difficult than it was, and I was surprised how quickly we got back up. After such strenuous work we decided to reward ourselves with a drink and a bit of a relax at Terraza Chill Out Rey Moro, a lovely bar with great views and well shaded.
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  • Day24

    Baños Arabes (The Arab Baths)

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    These baths were built in the 11th or 12th centuries. Their functioning parts vanished centuries ago, but the underground chambers have been partly renovated. Ronda’s Arab Baths are similar to Roman baths, except that steam was used to sweat out pollutants from the body, rather than soaking in hot water, as the Romans used to do. Religious traditions were important to he Moors of Spain we, so A Mosque was located next to the baths. The idea was that the people visiting the Baths would purify and cleanse their bodies, before entering the Mosque to purify their souls.

    The main entrance to the complex overlooks the roof of Arab Baths building, and you can see a number of short humps embedded in the roof. These are the star shaped skylights which let the light in. It looks quite cool when you are inside. The baths were built partially underground to better control the temperature of the building. Hot fires in the furnace room heated water coming from an aqueduct, and the hot steam was then “piped” under the floor of the rooms in terracotta channels (atanores), and then exited from chimneys located before it reached the cold rooms.

    The first section of the Baths was the changing room (the al-bayt al-maslaj). It had a central pool about two and a half metres across, with a series of brick arches surrounding it. The pool itself was a drinking fountain, and not a bath as we might think. Around the edges of this room were wooden benches for chatting and socialising, and against the back wall a series of screens that formed changing rooms. There was also a cold room (al-bayt al-barid), where people could relax and cool down before entering the warm and hot rooms. Part of the tradition of these baths was to spend several hours here, and cleansing the body several times over.

    Next was the warm room (al-bayt al-wastami), which was where people could relax and enjoy a massage, be pampered with perfumes, or sit in a pool of slightly warm water. This room was warm but not steamy. Mats and cushions were available to use, as well as wooden benches around the walls, and several tables for massage and therapeutic treatments by trained slaves were situated next to some of the columns. The hot room (al-bayt al-sajun), was the last room. This room has a pool at one end where water from the aqueduct was splashed over the hot floor creating a very humid and steamy atmosphere in the room.
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  • Day24

    Siesta time!

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After we finished exploring the Arab Baths, we started the trek back to our apartment and, of course, we had a mountain of stairs to climb and it was very sunny and hot. We first crossed the Puente Viejo, which is the oldest of the 3 bridges that span the 120 metre deep chasm that carries the Guadalevín River and divides the city. It was built in 1616 and it currently is only available to pedestrians. Once over the bridge - which do have lovely views - we started to climb the stairs in the Jardines de Cueñca towards our apartment. There were several spots to walk down to the gorge to see views of the Puente Nuevo, but I was over it all, and just wanted to get back to he apartment for a cool drink and rest. In the evening we again just popped down to our local tapas bar for a quick meal and a glass of wine, as we want a fairly early night as we have the bike tour tomorrow morning.Read more

  • Day23


    September 26, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We arrived in Ronda around 1.30pm, and José gave us a quick tour around the city pointing out some of the key landmarks and recommending a couple of restaurants. He then dropped us off in our street which is right near the bridge (Puente Nuevo), the centre of all the action. As we were a bit early, and the apartment was still being cleaned, we walked up the street to a local tapas bar and decided to have some lunch - it turned out to be a great decision, as the food was fabulous, the wine and beer cold, and the two young guys who ran it really friendly.

    Our apartment was ready by 2pm, but as we were having fun trying a range of tapas, we weren’t in such a hurry and, as we only had to walk about 25 meters down the road, there was no rush.
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  • Day24

    Lunch time in Ronda

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After a morning of climbing, walking and exploring, we decided it was time for a bocadillo (sandwich) and a non alcoholic drink. We found this little Bodega called Casa Don Curro that was like an Aladdin’s cave of wine, cheese, charcuterie and other delicious treasures. It was tiny with only two small tables and we grabbed the free one. As soon as we entered the store we were offered some cheese to taste which was delicious so my bocadillo was cheese and tomato and Ian had jamon and cheese. It was one of the most devious sandwiches I have had. We decided not to have any wine as there was still a bit of walking and exploring to do after lunch. The owner was very friendly and encouraged us to try a pastry from Ronda when we had our coffee. Left the Bodega fully satisfied and reenergised to take on what the rest of the day had to offer.Read more

  • Day67

    Ronda - ein Hauch Nordafrika

    September 12, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nach einer surreal anmutenden 1,5 stündigen Reise, durch schier endlose Feldlandschaften des hügeligen andalusischen Hinterlandes, kamen wir in der Kleinstadt Ronda an.
    Bekannt ist Ronda vor allem für seine Lage: Die maurisch geprägte Altstadt, La Ciudad, liegt auf einem rundum steil abfallenden Felsplateau. Die Altstadt ist vom jüngeren Stadtteil, El Mercadillo, durch eine beeindruckende knapp 100 m tiefe, vom Río Guadalevín gebildete, Tajo de Ronda genannte Schlucht getrennt. Überspannt wird der Abgrund von drei Brücken: die Puente Árabe („Arabische Brücke“), die Puente Viejo („Alte Brücke“) und die bekannteste, die im 18. Jahrhundert erbaute Puente Nuevo („Neue Brücke“).
    Die Mehrzahl der historisch bedeutenden Bauwerke beeindruckt mit ihrer Mischung aus nordafrikanischen und spanischen Traditionen und ist als Ganzes ein sehenswertes Beispiel für die Architektur und Stadtentwicklung vieler andalusischer Städte.
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Ronda, RRA, 29400, Ронда

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