Fieldtrip Files: Ronda

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Ronda

Where: Ronda, Spain

When: February 2015–My sister and I arrived in Granada, stayed for 3 days and traveled to Seville for the next 6 days.  Seville was homebase for the latter part of the trip and we took two days for field trips to nearby Cordoba & Ronda.

Weather conditions: Mid to high 60s F but in the higher altitudes it was very breezy and cool.  The sunshine just poured over us throughout the day-perfect walking weather.

How did I get there? My sister booked a small group excursion on the internet which included city pickup and drop off and travel to Ronda with a guide.  We had a stop in Zahara–one of the remaining white villages.  The excursion also included a walking tour with a local Ronda resident and a visit to a winery for a tasting, the bullring tour, and a church once the site of a mosque. Tip: Always confirm the booking when you arrive into your city.  We waited at the pick up site for almost two hours.  We finally called to find out that the travel agency we booked through never followed through with Spanish travel agency actually executing the trip.  Luckily for us, the tour guide was reached just as they left Seville and they turned around for us.  We were so lucky!

How long?: We were picked up at approximately 8:30 am (8am if things had gone as planned) and we were dropped off in the city center by 5:30 pm [we were in good hands with Jesus as our driver ;)-his name was really Jesus].

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Cityscape Destination: Seville

Where:  Seville, Spain

When:  February 2015

Weather conditions:  high 50s and close to 70 by the end of our stay in the city–beautiful walking weather–you only feel too warm when exerting yourself in full sun

How long?:  6 days 5 nights (second leg of southern Spain tour)  travelled by train from Granada to Seville

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Fieldtrip Files: Cordoba

Where: Cordoba, Spain

When: February 2015–My sister and I arrived in Granada, stayed for 3 days and traveled to Seville for the next 6 days.  Seville was homebase for the latter part of the trip and we took two days for field trips to nearby Cordoba & Ronda.

Weather conditions: 65 F+ throughout the day, breezy, and beautiful sunshine beaming down on us

How did we get there? 45 minute train ride from Seville and quick taxi ride to the Mezquita. It was a self directed tour of the city–we wound up just starting from the Mezquita and walking back to the train station–slowly winding our way through the narrow, twisty streets and making many stops along the way to significant historical sites.

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Quiero tapas , por favor………

On my recent trip to Spain, my sister and I skipped the usual introduction to Spanish culture bypassing Madrid and Barcelona and ventured to Andalucia or southern Spain.  Spain is well-known for their tapas bars–tourists love the small plates that come with the drinks.  Tapas in the past were free and we did receive a free tapas one night, but generally there is a tapas menu nowadays.  J and I generally ate tapas every night except the night in Seville we decided to go Italian–which was a very good decision it turns out. Continue reading