Sunday, May 03, 2009

ronda

On our way to Ronda, looking back at the coast.Ronda has the oldest bullfighting ring still used. This city was a favorite hang out of Earnest Hemingway and Orson Welles. After Welles died, his ashes were scattered in a bullring in Ronda.
Ronda is an ancient mountain city with stunning views.

The "new" bridge was started in 1751, finished in 1793. There are two other famous bridges: the Roman bridge and Old bridge.
Walking down to the Arab baths, dating from the 13th and 14 centuries.



Approaching Ronda, the landscape reminded me so much of the illustrations from one of my favorite children's book, "Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf. Lots of beautiful cork trees. But the trees don't have little corks hanging down in bunches like in the book. ;-) It turns out the illustrator, Robert Lawson, used a view of the city of Ronda in the illustration of Ferdinand being brought into Madrid on a cart! The Disney short based on the book has even more Ronda scenes.

2 comments:

Mallory said...

"Honey! We're going to Spain!"

ProMom said...

C, thank you so much for posting these photos! I love the history lesson too. I learn just by reading your blog. It's a beautiful thing!