|Our journey: Altea, Gibraltar, Malaga, San Pedro, Ronda|
|Kuki cat watching Blue Planet II|
|Lunch with Jean and Jimmy in Malaga|
Still we arrived, checked in, parked the car and were only a few minutes late to meet Jean and Jimmy. It was lovely to see them and catch up, we had a late lunch before they walked us round the port and shopping areas. We picked our spot to watch the Christmas lights to music, twice nightly performances, first at 18.30. Very good, glad they'd mentioned it, as we may well have missed it if we'd been on our own. Back to our little apartment with a beer and some roasted chestnuts as neither of us was hungry.
|Christmas lights and music in Malaga|
|The Alcazabra in Malaga|
Met J&J at 18.00, not to watch the lights again, though lots of people were going to. Finding each other was tricky! Got our dinner before they all headed into the bars though so that was good!
Next morning, off to Ronda, but the usual route is virtually past J&J's door, so we took them home to San Pedro, near Marbella. Saw their current rental apartment and the outside of the one they are buying, that we have been invited to stay in when we next come visit. Really nice atmosphere in the town, so look forward to that.
|Malagas bullring from the Gibralfaro|
|The battlements of the Gibralfaro|
|Picassos statue in his Malaga birthplace (with some random children!)|
|Malagas unfinished cathedral. The right hand tower is finished, but the left hand tower is not there, and apparently never will be. The roof is also unfinished, but apparently there are plans afoot to build that|
|The roman theatre & Alcazaba in Malaga|
|Jean & Jimmys new apartment in San Pedro|
Straight into bed, which was warm enough, but very hard to get up out of, though fortunately by the time B had made coffee the sun was on the balcony, so we ate our breakfast out there which was actually very pleasant.
Off to begin the 16km we've walked today, lots of little paths, down the gorge, up the gorge, round the gorge, through the old town, round the old town......there are many pictures, but actually not that many words!
I guess I'll have to wait for him to finish culling his pictures and post this and then, if we are not blocks of ice, we'll go out and find some dinner. Probably more tapas as it does seem to be the tapas capital of Spain! Expect it to be really busy as it's another public holiday today, the day of the Immaculate Conception, so there have been lots of people about!
|The Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda|
|Puente Viejo bridge (old bridge) in Ronda|
|In the crazy La Lechugita bar|
|A hot air balloon passed by our bedroom window this morning. I managed to run out on the balcony and get a photo in the cold morning air|
|Our walk down into the gorge beneath the Puente Nuevo bridge this morning|
|Right down in the gorge, looking at the river opening of the Casa del Rey Moro|
|Walking the narrow path beneath the bridge|
|Back in the gorge again showing its sheer cliffs. We particularly like the pigeons nest in a hole in the rock top left|
|From the top in the old town|
|The Puente Viejo bridge|
|The classic shot of the bridge through the arch. We had to take our own even though the sun overexposed the top|
|The other group part way up their climb. They are relatively short but worth doing. Something for us to do when we have our campervan next year and revisit!|
|This is the Puente Arab deSan Miguel bridge, the third and final bridge in Ronda and the one we drove over to get our car from the old to new town|
|Going down the stairs in the cave through the cliffs of the Casa de Rey Moro to get to the river access 100m below|
|One of the lookouts overhanging the edge. They look so benign when you are standing on them, but from a distance they look ridiculous!|
A panorama from the gorge