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The postcard bridge
09/01/2011, Ronda

The Puente Nuevo (New bridge) was built in 1751 and took 42 years to construct. It spans the El Tajo canyon and looks spectacular. We were too hot and bothered to walk down from the town for the best views so I have downloaded a picture off the net - cheat! - better than my snaps.

What a view!
09/01/2011, Ronda

One of the many spectacular views to be seen in Ronda.

Chilling out.
09/01/2011, Ronda

I took lots of photos of Don Bosco's garden with even Alex saying he wouuld like a garden one day.

Birthday treat
09/01/2011, Ronda

Alex treated me to a trip up in the mountains to visit Ronda a town that clings to the cliff edge with spectacular panoramic views and a famous bridge spanning the gorge. We caught the bus to Algeciras, then took the train up to Ronda, the journey was about 1 ¾ hours through deep gorges, Sue had told us to sit on the right hand side of the carriage for the best views of the surrounding countryside.

We had tapas and the best churros with chocolate I have had so far in Spain. There were lots of touristy things to do, there is a Bull-fighting museum and lots of historical buildings you can visit but we opted for wandering through the streets and parks soaking up the atmosphere and beautiful views, including the famous bridge in the photograph. We did visit Don Bosco's garden 1.50e each, a pretty, peaceful haven over looking the valley with several spots where we sat to rest in the shade away from the blistering heat - worth every cent!

We arrived back at Algeciras station at 21:30 with the train running 2 minutes late and thus missed the bus back to La Linea due to leave at the same time. We sprinted across the road in time to see it draw out of the station, thankfully we still had the 22:30 bus to take us back to the boat. Not wanting to sit in a dismal bus terminal we set off to find something to eat and found a bar round the corner where we shared Secreto de Cerdo which was delicious and some cool wine. The waitress was great and promised to make sure we had time to eat the food before the bus departed.

The Rock
08/28/2011, Gibraltar

Apes grooming at the visitors centre.

More Tourism in Gibraltar
08/28/2011, La Linea

My son Alex is here for almost a week. Yesterday we went up the Rock by cable car, bright blue skies and not a cloud in sight so we were baking. We saw more of the apes than on my earlier visit with Jack last year. For me the view is the thing and it was clear right across to Africa, we spotted dolphins in the bay as well.

There were lots of other tourists snapping the apes grooming each other, they have some disgusting habits which I chose not to photograph myself but this was very popular with many. Here is one of the younsters in the fountain at the visitors centre.

We planned to come down the Mediterranean steps but couldn't find them, Jeff said they were not easy to spot unless you had come up them first and he was right. Alex and I trudged down the winding road, dodging Blands tour buses, sipping what was left of our water and finally made it to the bottom with calf muscles aching. Alex remarked that we should have bought a return on the cable car, it was only £2.50 more - he was right. A pity we missed the steps as although they are steep people say it is well worth the effort and no doubt a lot quicker than by road.

I treated Alex to a cold beer and excellent pizza at Mama Mia before catching the bus back to Casemates. I gather that now buses between Casemates and anywhere apart from the frontier are free.

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