page 8 -- Ronda

Ronda was arguably our favorite stop. We came here expecting to do some hiking and were not disappointed.

Nadia leads the way as we explore the valley to the west of town.

Looking back at town from the valley we see Puente Nuevo, the inspiration for chapter 10 of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, wherein townspeople were flung from the top of a cliff above a river during the Civil War.

Puente Nuevo, built in 1793, connects the old Muslim town, on the right, with the newer town on the left.

As the shutter clicked, the camera was taking a dive off of a narrow metal fence post and into the dirt. Nadia fished the thing out of the field, unharmed except for a grinding noise it now makes when the telephoto lens moves.

We followed this road down to a "coto," or hunting preserve.

We went through a small forest... of the trail were a little overgrown....

... and came out to a new view of the mountains.

Out amongst the sheep farms and olive groves.

We backtracked up the road to Ronda....

... and approached town by going right under the bridge.



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