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By Tom Schweich


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Tom by the Rio Guadiamar

Photograph taken near El Castilo de las Guardas, highway C421 near N433.

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The desert near Tabernas.

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Sheep in corral, north of Sevilla.

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Between Tabernas and Guadix.

We had stopped in Tabernas for lunch supplies, then drove part way to Guadix before stopping in the pass to eat our lunch. This highway seems to have three numbers: A92, N324, and C3326.

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View from Puerto de las Palomas between Zahara and Grazelema

The castle of Zahara is on the hill at right.

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Olive trees on a hillside between Sevilla and Granada.

I took this shot from the car on the highway. Most of the trees are Olives. I don't know what the other trees are that are interspersed among the Olives.

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Anchusa sp.on the Rio Guadiamar.

I think this might be Anchusa undulata L., but I'm not very good at keying an unknown genus from a photograph. In California, we have A. arvensis, A. azurea, and A. officinalis present as exotics.

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Osborne bull in the countryside of the Province of Cadiz.

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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Between Benaocaz and Grazalema.

Near Villaluenga del Rosario.

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Spanish countryside in the foothills of the Sierra Morena.

Photograph taken from the AVE, northeast of Cordoba.

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Tile that we especially liked.

This tile was in the hotel bathroom in Granada.

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Where we ate lunch in Monesterio.

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Countryside south of Ronda.

Four white towns can be seen in the distance.

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The desert near Tabernas.

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Fields between Granada and Sevilla.

Photograph of olive trees on the north side of A92 between Osuna and Antequera.

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View from pass between Zahara and Grazelema

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Informal picnic area just north of Las Nieves.

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Along Highway N630 north of Sevilla

I think this was between Las Nieves and El Ronquillo. The planted Eucalyptus, an Australian native, attracted my attention.

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Farm along highway north of Sevilla

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View of the Mediterranean coast east of Nerja.

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Mediterranean coast between Nerja and Almeria.

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Ian in tree at Baelo Claudio

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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The road to Puerto de las Palomas from Zahara

Seen from Puerto del as Palomas, the road was fairly steep and winding, but not at all bad if taking one's time.

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Along the highway between Guadix and Almeria.

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Looking east at the Sierra Margarita

This photograph was taken just east of Arcos de la Frontera, as we were on our way from that city to Ubrique.

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Looking southeast along CA531 in the direction of Grazalema.

This photo was taken from Puerto de las Palomas. Looking south, the mountain range to the east (right) is the Sierra Margarita.

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Puerto del Boyar

A pass on A372 between El Bosque and Grazalema.

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Along the highway between Guadix and Almeria.

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Along the highway between Guadix and Almeria.

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adiz

P77 Infanta Cristina in Cadiz

Photograph taken 15-Apr-07.

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Arcos de la Frontera

Church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion

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View west from the high point in town.

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Looking west at Arcos de las Frontera

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View of countryside west of Arcos.

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Baelo Claudio

View of Baelo Claudio from Theater.

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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View of Baelo Claudio from above.

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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View of Baelo Claudio from above.

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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View of market place at Baelo Claudio.

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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View of Baelo Claudio from Bolonia

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

At right is the new visitor center, under construction.

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Columns at Baelo Claudio

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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Group photo at Baelo Claudio

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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Bay of Cadiz

The ferry approaching El Puerto de Santa Maria terminal.

Photograph taken 1-Apr-07.

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Benaocaz

Asphodelus albus Mill. along the highway near Benaocaz

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Iris planifolia (Miller) Fiori & Paol.

This Iris was found along highway A374 between Benaocaz and Grazalema. I had originally identified it as Iris xiphium by comparing my photograph with photographs in Polunin and Huxley (1966). Since then, François M has written me to to say that this is I. planifolia. There was no photo of that species in the book to compare.

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View of Benaocaz from Highway A374

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Bormujos

Interior of the Library in Bormujos

We went to the library to get a book about trees. I think Nacho was looking for information about how big trees got, what they looked like, how to care for them, etc. The library did not have a book about trees, but he did get a book about garden planning. While Nacho looked for them, I perused the travel section, and found that there are many small books about places to go or things to do in Andalucia that we don't have access to in the US.

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Buying strawberries at the market.

We stopped at the market to buy a little fruit. Typically, at the smaller stores, the proprietor selects and packages the amount of fruit that you ask for. Only at the larger markets is the fruit pre-priced.

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Rachel's birthday dinner.

For her birthday dinner, daughter had spaghetti made with Lawry's spaghetti sauce flown to Spain for the purpose, with a lemon meringue pie for desert.

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The Church in Bormujos.

Below the main street of town is the older section with the narrow streets and the church.

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Ian, Rachel and Cheryl at Ian's School.

Photograph taken September 19, 2005.

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View west from the terrace of the Hospital San Juan de Dios.

Photograph taken September 19, 2005.

This photo was taken from the terrace on the west side of the hospital. The in the middle distance is the highway to Huelva. While this photo makes it appear that Bormujos is the end of Sevillan civilization, there are towns to the right and to the left of the distance in this photo.

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Ian rolls down the hill in the park.

Photograph taken September 21, 2005.

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Nacho and Tom work on the fence.

Nacho and Tom worked to remove some of the chain link fence at the back of the yard. The neighbors behind Nacho and daughter are having a garden shed constructed that backs up to the fence. Since most construction is done in brick with cement plaster coating, the back side facing the yard was rough brick and mortar. We needed to remove the chain link fencing so that the workmen can finish the side facing the yard.

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Waiting for the bus in the rain.

This morning we are on the AVE from Sevilla to Madrid. We arose early, and after packing, walked in the rain to the bus stop in Bormujos. We took the Bormujos-Sevilla bus to the bus station at Plaza de Armas in Sevilla.

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Ian plays in the garden.

Photograph taken September 20, 2005.

When it cools off everyone comes outside. Ian likes to play in his back yard, especially in the dirt in the vegetable garden.

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Development plan for Ciudad de Universitario.

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Looking west, highway to Huelva.

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Housing development in Bormujos.

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Taking a walk in the neighborhood.

Photograph taken September 20, 2005.

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Outdoor café in Bormujos City Park.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Ian plays in the Bormujos City Park

Photograph taken September 21, 2005.

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New houses on a street in Bormujos.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Hardware Store in Bormujos

At the hardware store, we bought Nacho a pair of diagonal wire cutters for the next time he needs to work on the fence.

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Ian goes to school.

Photograph taken September 20, 2005.

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Hacienda Belen, Bormujos Olive Plant.

The Hacienda Belen was formerly the place where locally grown olives were brought for pressing and preservation.

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Rafa salts the sardines while they cook.

Photograph taken September 17, 2005.

This afternoon we joined daughter and Nacho's neighbors for an afternoon barbeque. They had gotten some sardines at the local supermarket and were barbequing them. The sardines were a little bigger than we think of sardines. They were about 8 inches long. The cook dipped then in olive oil and then scattered salt on them while they cooked. They were really good. Nacho also made a tomato salad. And daughter made some dipping sauce for the barbequed chicken, using a recipe from the Canary Islands: cumin, garlic, paprika, tomato and vinegar.

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Duplex in housing development.

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Rachel and Kiko

At home in Bormujos we met Kiko the cat, and visited a bit. Cheryl and daughter started going through all the things that Cheryl had brought in her second suitcase: lots of baby clothes, diapers, etc. As I was starting to fade fast just sitting on the couch, I decided to take a walk. I walked all around the development containing daughter and Nacho's house, over to the hospital, down to the University, up to the MAS supermarket, and then home again. This took about a half hour, and helped wake me up a bit.

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House on C/ Pablo Cosso Calero, the main street of Bormujos.

The older houses in Bormujos tended to the one or two stories. Almost all had a flat roof with stairs to the top so that the roofs could be used for a patio and to hang clothes out to dry. Many of the house fronts were decorated with tile, sometimes in a very elaborate design.

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Downtown Bormujos.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Thinking about trees in Vivero "La Menara"

I think Nacho and daughter are settling on a Granado (pomegranate), a peach (melocoton) tree and a lemon tree. Since they don't have a lot of space, it would make sense to select trees that also gave fruit back. We also drove back to the nursery in Bollullos "Vivero Los Azahares," and took a look there. This nursery did not have so many trees, but it did have a good selection of smaller shrubs. Here, I learned that vines are called "rampantes" somewhat like the English adjective "rampant." They had some very nice Trumpet Vines, in the genus Bignonia, also related to the Catalpa and the Desert Willow.

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Vivero "La Menara"

Just up the street from the "polvero" was the "Vivero La Menara" or nursery. This was a very good one, with both fresh and mature stock. They had several species of what we would call "locust trees," but none that I would identify as the Robinia pseudo-acacia that we plant in the US. One tree was listed as a “Catalpa” but not otherwise identified as to species. I was interested in the Catalpa because the Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) that I see in the Eastern Mojave may be in the same genus depending upon what is meant by “Catalpa.” I think also that the tree stock in the nurseries is much more mature that those a US nursery sells, perhaps 7-8 years, and heavily pruned, whereas I think US nurseries mostly sell younger trees that have not been pruned.

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City Hall of Bormujos.

The city hall of Bormujos is a relatively new building on the main street of town.

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Card from barbershop.

I went out to the barber shop "Peliqueria de Caballero" of Juan Antonio Perez, on the main street of town Calle Pablo Cosso Calero No. 28 in Bormujos, and got my hair cut. Requested "dos millimetros sobre todo" and the barber did pretty well. Looks just like a haircut in the US, or EEUU, depending upon your point of view.

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Bormujos - Weeds

Borago officinalis L. in Bormujos (Sevilla), Spain

Photograph taken February 15, 2004.

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Borago officinalis L. in Bormujos (Sevilla), Spain

Photograph taken February 15, 2004.

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Cerinthe major L.in Bormujos (Sevilla), Spain

I found this plant in the vacant lots within Ciudad Universtario, Bormujos, and in lesser numbers in the old olive grove west of Hospital San Juan de Dios del Aljarafe. It has alternate clasping leaves, and purplish flowers with a slight purple blush on leaves near the flowers.

The plants I collected in Bormujos do not fit neatly into the species or into cultivar 'Purpurescens' as it looks to be intermediate between the two or perhaps something different.

Photograph taken February 15, 2004.

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Fedia cornucopiae (L.) Gaertner in Bormujos (Sevilla), Spain

Photograph taken February 15, 2004.

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Fedia cornucopiae (L.) Gaertner in Bormujos (Sevilla), Spain

Photograph taken February 15, 2004.

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Cerinthe major L. in Bormujos (Sevilla), Spain

Typically the species is described as having yellow flowers (Polunin and Smythies, 1973). However, the plants in Bormujos had purplish flowers. There is a cultivar typically called C. major 'Purpurescens' that is commonly found on the Internet, or possibly a variety C. major var. purpurescens Boiss. which is described as having purple flowers, bracts and foliage (Polunin and Huxley, 1966). IPNI (http://www.ipni.org/) does not list var. purpurescens as being published and therefore it may be that 'Purpurescens' is simply a cultivar.

Photograph taken February 15, 2004.

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Cadiz

Ian plays on the beach.

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

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The Cristo from the Iglesia de Carmen at the Iglesia de San Agustin

Photograph taken 1-Apr-07.

When the Jesus float and Mary float went by the church doors, they stopped, and turned to face into the church. The Mary float, in particular, would sway in place, and then lunge forward toward the door.

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Older building with tower.

Photograph taken 1-Apr-07.

Many of the older buildings had small towers on top, so that merchants could watch for ships entering port.

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The "costaleros" under the Cristo.

Photograph taken 1-Apr-07.

The Cristo stopped just at it entered the Plaza de San Agustin. The “costaleros” set it down and then take a break. Sometimes, they change out the “costaleros” and those relieved from the service race ahead to carry the “paso” up ahead.

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Shipyards "Astillero Puerto Real" near Cadiz

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

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Natural park along an estuary.

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

I'm not entirely sure where this photograph was taken. I think it was on Highway 443 just west of Puerto Real.

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Looking southwest on Avenida del Campo del Sur

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

This view is generally out to sea from the south side of the Cadiz peninsula.

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Looking east along Avenida del Campo del Sur.

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

This view is toward the cathedral (yellow dome) and the mainland.

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The Cristo at rest at the entrance to Plaza San Agustin

Photograph taken 1-Apr-07.

This was the paso of Borriquito (Little Burro), from the Iglesia de Carmen, and it depicts Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem on a little burro. It is the first “paso” of Semana Santa in Cadiz. They left at 4:00 PM and after passing through the Cathedral would return at Midnite. This was not a large paso consisting of only a few hundred Nazarrenos, the two floats, one for Jesus and one for Mary, and band for each.

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Lunch in Cadiz

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

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Cheryl, Rachel, Ian and Nacho in the cathedral square in Cadiz

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

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View of Cadiz from the ferry

Photograph taken 1-Apr-07.

The cathedral is just right of center.

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Fishing from a reef near Cadiz

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

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The market in Cadiz.

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

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Coffee in the Cathedral Plaza of Cadiz.

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

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Guitarist in the cathedral square.

Photograph taken September 24, 2005.

There was a guitarist set up in the square with a small amplifier, who was quite good and as he said, he could play everything from Back to Eric Clapton.

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Calzada Romana

Nacho at the Sendero

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

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Sign at Trailhead.

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

This path goes from Ubrique to Benaocaz along a Roman road. This road communicated the primitive populations of Iptucci (in the current location of Prado del Rey, about 15 km northwest), Occurri (Ubrique) and Lacibula (Grazalema), and forms part of a group of roads that united all the mountain towns that today have been lost. These roads comprised branches of a main road that connected Corduba (Cordoba) with Carteia (Algeciras).

In Benoacaz there is the possibility of continuing further toward Grazalema at the trailhead of Salto del Cabrero (Leap of the Goatherd).

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The Calzada continued up the hill toward Benoacaz

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

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Casares

View of Casares from A-377.

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Cordoba

View of Alcazar.

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The Alcazar in Cordoba

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The Ave in Cordoba.

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View of Alcazar in Cordoba.

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Rio Guadalquivir in Cordoba.

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The Alcazar in Cordoba

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The Andalucia Express at Cordoba.

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Inside Hotel Albucasis.

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Hotel Albucasis

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Cueva de la Pileta

Fern(?) at Cueva de la Pileta

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Ranch below Cueva de la Pileta.

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Cheryl and Rachel with our tour guide at the entrance to the cave.

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Aristolochia at Cueva de la Pileta.

I don’t think it's Aristolochia sempervirens L. (A. altissima Desf.) because the leaves are smaller, the flowers are more dark, and more horizontal.

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El Puerto de Santa Maria

Playing baseball in the front patio.

Photograph taken 31-Mar-07.

Using the big bat, and the large soft beach ball was a great idea for teaching how to bat.

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Fishing from the beach promenade

Photograph taken 1-Apr-07.

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Ian's grandparents.

Photograph taken 16-Apr-07.

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Dorado with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and oil

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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Getting Churros in El Puerto

Photograph taken 15-Apr-07.

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Playing on the beach

Photograph taken 2-Apr-07.

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Ian plays on the monkey bars

Photograph taken 30-Mar-07.

This was a very nice, large park that was surrounded by an iron fence that kept the children safe in the park. Many days between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM we would go to this park, where there would be many children that Ian knew.

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Looking across the water to the Rota Navy Base from the beach at El Puerto de Santa Maria

Photograph taken September 25, 2005.

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Rachel prepares the Dorado for lunch.

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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Lunch in El Puerto de Santa Maria

Photograph taken September 25, 2005.

From the road, I would not have thought this would be the place to go for lunch, because the parking was a very sandy and rough dirt road, and the building was nondescript on the outside. But off the road, and inside the building, was a very nice open air restaurant. There were awnings and shades, so inside was very pleasant. No gazpacho here either, as I think the season for gazpacho has passed. I had the Pollo al Ajillo, this would be the Garlic Chicken. Turns out it was marinated in sherry (a local flavor) and deep fried in garlic. Very very tasty, but definitely not heart healthy. Cheryl had a swordfish filet. It also was tasty and moist, not dry like the swordfish steaks we sometimes get in the states. daughter had a fish-kebob, with a kind of whitefish. Nacho had a steak that looked pretty good, also.

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Orobanche near the beach at El Puerto

Photograph taken 12-Apr-07.

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Coloring Easter Eggs.

Photograph taken 2-Apr-07.

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Little ferry boat en route to Cadiz.

Photograph taken 15-Apr-07.

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Gaucin

View of Gaucin from beside the highway.

After passing by Casares, the next town in view was Gaucin across the Rio Genal. Down again on the highway, across the river, and then back up the other side to Gaucin perched on the ridge. We stopped at a market for some food for snacks and tomorrow's breakfast. Then we drove thru the narrow streets looking for sights to see, a mistake! Back at the highway, we turned north on A 369, riding the ridge between the Rio Genal on the east, and Rio Guadiaro on the west, to Algatocin.

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Geography

Map of Las Alpujarras

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Geologic Map of the Alpujarra Region


25 - Micaesquistos grafitosos con granates (M. del Veleta)
26 - Anfibolitas, serpentinas, micaesquisitos y marmoles (M. de Mulhacen)
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Gibraltar

Crossing the runway into Gibraltar

Photograph taken 5-Apr-07.

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Getting ready to enter Gibraltar from La Linea de la Concepcion

Photograph taken 5-Apr-07.

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Residential area in Gibraltar

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Heading back across the runway to leave Gibraltar

Photograph taken 5-Apr-07.

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Granada

Looking the other way, we liked the yellow color of the building on the right.

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View south from Mirador de San Nicolas.

Puerto del Suspiro de Moro is in the left-center where the ridge merges with the valley floor.

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Plaza Nueva with the Alcazaba of La Alhambra above.

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At a tea shop in the Albaicin.

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Sierra Nevada from Granada.

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View of Granada from El Alhambra.

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Gardeners on the slopes below La Alhambra.

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Small street in the Albaicin.

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Granada - La Alhambra

Cheryl's camera view from the Mirador de San Nicolas.

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The Alcazar (fort) at the Alhambra.

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Patio de la Acequia

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Gardens at the Generalife

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La Alhambra from Mirador de Nicolas.

This is my amateurish, highly processed mating of two photos. I think I must have a piece missing between the two photos.

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Courtyard.

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Court of the Lyons.

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Courtyard.

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Patio de la Acequia

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The Generalife from below.

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Gardens at the Generalife.

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Grazalema

View of Grazalema from across the canyon.

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Six little girls entertain us in Grazalema.

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The men of the church carry the Cristo.

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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View of Grazalema from above.

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Plants on a porch in Grazalema.

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Church in main plaza.

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Rachel in the main plaza of Grazalema.

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Checking the map after visiting the ancient column

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

The mysterious ancient column is in the lower center of the photograph.

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Church in main plaza of Grazalema

Photograph taken 7-Apr-07.

This is the smaller church in town. On this day there was a crafts fair in the church.

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Crafts Fair in Grazalema

Photograph taken 7-Apr-07.

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Crafts Fair in Grazalema

Photograph taken 7-Apr-07.

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View below the town of Grazalema.

Photograph taken 7-Apr-07.

The old road on the right side may have been a Roman road.

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View across the valley at Grazalema

Photograph taken 7-Apr-07.

The building in center is a Villa Turistica.

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View of Grazalema from east of town.

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

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The public laundry in Grazalema

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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The Roman Fountain in Grazalema

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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Older style of house painting in Grazalema

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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Older grillwork on a residence in Grazalema.

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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We take the walking tour of Grazalema

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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Tom photographs an orchid on the trail.

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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Ian on the trail.

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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Hiking above Grazalema

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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Trailhead for Llanos de Endrinal

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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Grazalema street under construction.

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

We hiked up to the top of Grazalema. Near the top of the city, the street was being replaced. I thought the construction was interesting. Over the ground, they put a layer of wire. Then stones with rought mortar. Then I expect they will come back and place a finish coat of mortar.

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Common orchid in Sierra de Grazalema.

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

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The women of the church carry the Virgin.

Photograph taken 6-Apr-07.

The Virgin was carried by the women of the church. Until now, we have seen the virgin carried only by the men. So we think this might be something unique to Grazalema, or maybe to the smaller towns.

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Italica

Detail of Mosaic Floor in Italica.

Originally, I thought this was a "terrazo" floor. However, since I posted this photo on the web, I've been told that this is more properly called a mosaic floor. The small pieces of stone are called tessera.

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General View of Italica.

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Detail of Mosaic Floor in Italica.

Originally, I thought this was a "terrazo" floor. However, since I posted this photo on the web, I've been told that this is more properly called a mosaic floor. The small pieces of stone are called tessera.

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Detail of Mosaic Floor in Italica.

Originally, I thought this was a "terrazo" floor. However, since I posted this photo on the web, I've been told that this is more properly called a mosaic floor. The small pieces of stone are called tessera.

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View of the coliseum.

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Jedula

Cerveceria El Confesionario in Jedula.

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

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Jerez de la Frontera

Plaza de Peones, Jerez de la Frontera

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

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Interior of the Cathedral

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

When we entered the cathedral, the organist was playing the Bach's Little Fugue. I think this was the first time I've heard the music of Bach (a Lutheran) at Mass in a Catholic cathedral.

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Olive press in the Alcazar

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

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Olive press in the Alcazar

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

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Garden in the Alcazar

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

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The Alcazar in Jerez de la Frontera

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

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Interpretive history at the Alcazar

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

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Arena

Photograph taken 13-Apr-07.

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Mock sword fight.

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

The actors staged a sword-fight to represent the time that Spain reconquested Jerez from the Moors. Ian liked the Spanish soldier, and watched the sword fight intensely, and then wanted to say “Hola!” to him.

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Interpretive history at the Alcazar

Photograph taken 14-Apr-07.

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Jimena de la Frontera

Ian has an ice cream

Photograph taken 5-Apr-07.

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View of Jimena de la Frontera from the castle.

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The castle on top of the hill.

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The castle gate.

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Jimera de Libar

View of the valley at Jimera de Libar.

From the base of the town we walked up the highway, away from town, to a small path that then led to the access road to the finca. The road stayed on the contour of the hill as we walked a short way to the ranch. The lot is about 9000 m2. When Chris and Sue bought this was about the minimal size parcel to build a house. Since then the area has been up-zoned to a minimum lot size of 25,000 m2. From the top of Chris and Sue's lot we were treated to this excellent view of the valley of the Rio Guadiaro.

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Sheep moving from pasture to pasture along the main road.

We stopped and parked at the fountain near the entrance to Jimera de Libar. Adjacent to the fountain was a small building with a trough of water inside. I believe this building was a place to wash clothes. While we were waiting, two men drove a small flock of sheep up the main road, through the edge of town, and then up into the hills to graze.

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Chris and Sue on the terrace of their house, Jimera de Libar in the background.

The basic structure of the house is finished and now the house is ready for tiling, windows, etc. As the house is built on a slope down from the access road, the main floor is the upper, with kitchen, living room, and terrace above. Below are the bedrooms.

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Jubrique

View from our window in Casa Rural Maria Muñoz.

I took this photograph in the morning as the clouds began to lift a bit; hopeful that the storm would break up in time for us to enjoy the Sierra Bermeja.

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View of Jubrique from highway A-369 near Algatocin.

The drive up the ridge from Gaucin to Algatocin affording some nice views of Jubrique, Genalguacil, and the Sierra Bermeja. At Algatocin, we turned off A 369, on our road that descended to the Rio Genal and then climbed back up the ridge to Jubrique.

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We build a fire to try to get warm.

We found this cute little house through the web site of Viajes Rural Andalus. It has a combination living room, dining room, and kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. But ... typical of houses in Andalucia, it has no heat. There is a fireplace and wood can be purchased for 9€ a sack, or bring your own, but definitely no heat.

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View out the window.

Cheryl took this photograph to show the details of the small window of our bedroom. In addition to the shutters inside the window, one could open the window wide open by opening the slide locks.

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Cork Oaks between Jubrique and Algatocin

The road from Jubrique to Algatocin descends to the Rio Genal. As the road begins its climb to Algatocin, we found Cork Oaks (Quercus suber), from which the cork had been removed recently. There was also a yard where the cork was apparently stored before processing.

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Cork stored for processing.

The road from Jubrique to Algatocin descends to the Rio Genal. As the road begins its climb to Algatocin, we found Cork Oaks (Quercus suber), from which the cork had been removed recently. There was also a yard where the cork was apparently stored before processing.

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Front door to Casa Rural Maria Muñoz

We met the owner of our Casa Rural at her store "Todo Desde 1000 300 etc," generally called the "Dollar Store." She rode with us down the road a way then back up another little winding road leading to Jubrique Alta, or the high part of the town. Our little house is about half way up in the town, and no more than 250 feet from to Dollar Store on the main road.

The door to the house was in two sections, each with a small "window" that opened. To open the door, we unlocked the little "window" in the right hand door, then reached in and slid to bolt that locked the two main sections of the door.

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La Alpujarra

Rio Trevelez joins Rio Guadalfeo.

Rio Trevelez in the foreground, Rio Guadalfeo in the background.

The highway across the river is A348, from Orgiva through Torvizcon to the eastern Alpujarras.

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The road between Orgiva and Pampaneira

A very good road, but worthy of care and respect.

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The Rio Guadalfeo near Orgiva.

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Rio Guadalfeo with Orgiva in background.

The town on the left is Las Tablones, where there is still an active flourite mine. I took this photograph to show the very broad shallow river bed of the Guadalfeo. The river bed is almost braided, but not quite. Nevertheless, the broad gravel bed indicates that the sediment load exceeds the carrying capacity of the river, at least during periods of normal flow.

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Walking toward Loma de las Palominicas

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Ibex? Mountain Goat?

Way out on Loma de las Palominicas, we saw this animal bounding away.

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La Alpujarra - Barranco del Poqueira

House above the road.

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Looking across Barranco del Poqueira.

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View across the Barranco

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The beginnings of the middle trail "sendero" from Capileira

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Walking in the fog.

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House above the road.

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Final climb to Haza Llana.

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Stable beside the trail.

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Threshing floor to right of trail.

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Sun on opposite bank, under a bank of fog.

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La Cebadilla with Mulhacen in background.

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Puente Buchite

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Bubión and Capileira with Veleta in background.

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Shelter from the light rain.

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La Alpujarra - Capileira

Ice Cream at Café Europa

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Capileira from above on a cool hazy afternoon.

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Succulent in a terrace wall near Capileira

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Goats grazing along the road above Capileira

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Cabin on the ridge above Capileira.

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Dinner at Restaurante Alpuxarra.

For dinner we went to Restaurante Alpuxarra, just across the road from Finca los Llanos. Nacho and I had the Plato Alpuxarreño, which was a blood sausage, another sausage something chorizo, patatas pobres, and a fried egg. I tasted the blood sausage and decided it wasn't for me. The papas a la pobres were fried with onion and pepper and of course lots of olive oil, so while burned in some places they were not crisp.

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Ceiling construction with chestnut beams and slate.

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Rain and snow in the morning.

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La Alpujarra - Orgiva

Buying turron at the crafts fair.

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La Alpujarra - Pampaneira

Small street with grape vines overhead.

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Breakfast of toast with olive oil and pureed tomato.

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Breakfast in the main plaza of Pampaneira

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Rachel and Tom with Pampaneira in the background.

Bubion can be seen in the upper right and Capileira in the upper left.

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Small street in Pampaneira.

Notice the grape vine growing up the left side of the street. It grows to a terrace on the third floor. Note also how the vine has been protected by a plastic pipe. We saw numerous examples of such grape vines growing out of walls and climbing three or four floors above.

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La Alpujarra - Plants

Ranunculus along trail in Barranco del Poqueira

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A bryophyte and a succulent growing together.

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Cistus albidus on Loma de las Palominicas

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Viola (?) along trail in Barranco del Poqueira

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Spurge(?) along trail in Barranco del Poqueira

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Fern along trail in Barranco del Poqueira

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Cranesbill (Erodium sp.) in Barranco del Poqueira.

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Fern in Barranco del Poqueiro

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Juvevile Cistus?

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Campanulaceae (?) in Barranco del Poqueira

I really don't know what this is, but I'm thinking in terms of Campanulaceae.

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Lavender on Loma de las Palominicas

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Asphodelus

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La Alpujarra - Torvizcón

Torvizcón beside its rambla.

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Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum L.) tree in front of bar where we had lunch.

I took this photo to show the Redbud (Cercis sp.) that lined the main plaza of Torvizcón. Later, John M of the California Native Plants list server (CA-NATIVES@CALYPTEANNA.COM) wrote to tell me this tree is Cercis siliquastrum L. Common names for Cercis siliquastrum L. seem to be Árbol del Amor (Granada, Spain), Arbol de Judea (Argentina, Chile), Judasbaum (Germany), judasboom (Holland), Judas tree, Nandumbus (Argentina), and Rosebud (Israel). The common name reference to Judas comes from a legend stating that Judas Iscariot hung himself on this type of tree.

I wonder whether the presence of Judas trees in the main plaza is related to the practice of burning Judas on Easter Sunday.

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La Alpujarra - Valle de Lecrín

Pinos del Valle and the Sierra de las Guajaras

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East end of the Valle de Lecrín.

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Olvera

Butterfly seen along the Via Verde

Photograph taken 7-Apr-07.

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Finca? Cortijo? Near Olvera

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Common flower along the Via Verde

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Working in the olive groves.

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A tunnel on the Via Verde.

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The Olvera station in Olvera.

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Countryside outside Olvera

Photograph taken 7-Apr-07.

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Osuna

View of countryside south of Osuna

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The main plaza in Osuna.

We had lunch down a side street to the right. After lunch, we visited Plaza Mayor shown here, and then walked up to the building seen in the background.

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Rio Guadalquivir

Rio Guadalquivir where crossed by the AVE between Sevilla and Cordoba

Photograph taken from the AVE on 14-March-06.

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Rio Tinto

Los Domingueros have a picnic at Rio Tinto

The white flowers in the understory are Rock Roses (Cistus sp.).

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Rio Tinto from the H 5137 highway bridge near Berrocal.

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Los Domingueros have a picnic at Rio Tinto

The Big Hole (Corta Atalaya) in in the background.

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Nacho and me at the Museo de Rio Tinto

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Corta Atalaya, the largest pit at Rio Tinto.

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Rio Tinto - Plants

Cistus sp. common in the understory.

I think this might be Cistus ladanifer L. It is a very common plant in the understory in the vicinity, even dominant in some areas.

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Ronda

View of countryside northeast from Ronda.

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View of Ronda.

Parador on the left.

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View of countryside northeast from Ronda.

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View of Serranía de Ronda to the east.

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Distant view of Ronda in the late afternoon.

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Looking southeast along the edge of Ronda.

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Carnival in Ronda.

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Inside the Ronda Bull Ring.

For a few pesetas, now Euros, you can tour the ring and the museum of bull fighting, including the display of bloody shirts.

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Shopping Street in Ronda.

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Rota

The Rota Navy Base from El Puerto

Photograph taken 2-Apr-07.

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Women playing cards on the beach.

Photograph taken September 23, 2005.

Cheryl thought she would enjoy playing cards on the beach with her friends.

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The sun sets over the Atlantic while we have a coffee and Ian plays on the promenade.

Photograph taken September 23, 2005.

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The promenade on the beach at Rota

Photograph taken September 23, 2005.

I like the practice of keeping public and private spaces in close proximity and accessible. The public beach on the left, then the public promenade, to the private buildings, many with a restaurant or café on the ground floor, makes the space available for recreation, socializing, and other public use.

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San Juan de Aznalfarache

Inside El Corte Ingles.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Inside Hipercor.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Inside El Corte Ingles.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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El Corte Ingles in San Juan de Aznalfarache.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Inside Hipercor.

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San Luis de Sabinillas

The beach at San Luis de Sabinillas with the Sierra Bermeja in the background.

Down the coast to the southwest, we stopped in a little town called San Luis de Sabinillas. There were a few restaurants open on the beach, and we picked one that had seafood.

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Fishermen placing their nets.

While we ate our lunch we watched the fishermen launch their small boats and set their nets before coming back to shore. They run the keel of the boats up on boards to pull them across the sand. What we didn't learn is how long they leave the nets before they are pulled back in.

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Lunch at the Seafood Restaurant

We all started with Ensalada mixta: lettuce, onion, julienne carrots and beets, cord, tomato, a little tuna, and olives. Then I had prawns (gambas). I was expecting maybe 6 or 8 like we get in the States, but the plate had 16 gambas. daughter had "lenguado: that we think was Dover Sole, grilled with garlic. Nacho had sepia, small calamari. Cheryl had hake, called "merluza" in Spain, breaded and deep-fried. The hake is very good, but very mild and sometimes needs a little more flavor. When we had merluza in Santiago, they used a bit of paprika for flavor.

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Sevilla

Monument to Christpher Columbus.

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Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares in Sevilla

Photograph taken September 28, 2005.

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Three Roman columns on Calle Marmoles.

Photograph taken September 28, 2005.

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Coffee break in Plaza Alfalfa.

Photograph taken September 28, 2005.

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Me by a jar in the Parque Maria Luisa.

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Casa Robles, C/ Alvarez Quintero 58.

Photograph taken September 20, 2005.

We also found a restaurant where we had accidently eaten the first time we visited Sevilla. It's was called Casa Robles, and when we walked in, we had no idea it was one of the most expensive restaurants --- and best restaurants --- in Sevilla. Also, in Arturo Perez-Reverte's book The Seville Communion, he has his main character eat dinner at Casa Robles.

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Intersection of puerto del Osario and Escuelas Pias.

Puerto del Osario is one of the original gates to the city of Sevilla.

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Small street near Puerto Osario

I think this is Calle Matahacas.

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Scene in Plaza Alfalfa

Photograph taken September 28, 2005.

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Ian plays in the park.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Courtyard in Barrio de Santa Cruz

After the Paso de San Bernardo went by in last year's Semana Santa, we hurried thru the barrio, sort of in the direction of daughter's house, and I remembered looking through a grille and seeing a wonderful courtyard garden. So this year, we plunged back into the depths of the barrio again and, by luck, went straight to the place. Looking at it at length this time, it now seems to be courtyard for a hotel, or a short-term residence. Still very nice and worth a photo.

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The Cathedral Tower with Giralda.

We wandered our way through the barrio -- the former Jewish ghetto of Sevilla -- coming out once at the Cathedral because I wanted to take a photograph of the Giralda at the top of the Cathedral tower. When I gave my talk about "Outdoors in Southern Spain" at UC, someone spoke up and pointed out that the tower of the Ferry Building in San Francisco was modeled after the Giralda Tower in Sevilla. It was first the tower of the mosque in Sevilla, but now is the tower for the Cathedral.

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Coffee in the Parque del Alamillo

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Outdoor café in Parque del Alamillo.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Ian heads down the path.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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General view of Parque del Alamillo.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

The tower and cables in the background support the Puente del Alamillo, which crosses the Rio Guadalquivir.

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Ian sits in the dirt at Parque del Alamillo.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Plaza in Barrio Santa Cruz

Photograph taken September 20, 2005.

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Lunch at Habanita

We had yet another fine meal at Habanita; this time with part of Nacho's family. From right to left is Nacho, his brother Julio, Nacho's nephew Julio or "Julito," Nacho's father Julio, and niece Marta.

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Students in a plaza behind the Cathedral

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Relaxing in the park during the poetry reading.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Little train in Parque del Alamillo.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Lunch at Habanita

From left to right is Cheryl, daughter, Pamen, Marta, and Julito.

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Calle Sierpes.

Photograph taken September 20, 2005.

In late September, many the street shades are still in place. daughter drove us into the city center. We walked past Plaza Nueva, and then onto the main shopping street, called "Sierpes." We bought a few souvenirs, and then had a coffee at a cafe. We tried for the toast with tomato puree here. Ordered "tostada con aciete y tomate." But when they brought the toast, it had thin slices of fried green tomatoes, instead of the tomato puree. That has a little disappointing.

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Tom holds the sewing machine in Plaza Nueva.

We found the right El Corte Ingles building, and the sewing machines upstairs. They had a basic model with a few features that Cheryl wanted. When we asked to buy it, they brought out a different model. It was close; it was model 1416 when we had picked out model 1406. We had some discussion in Spanish. The thing is that early in the year all the stores have sales (rebajas), and they are very predictable, but not necessarily clearance sales. For the sewing machine model we picked out was last year's model and therefore not on sale, but the model the salesman brought out was a new model on sale (nuevo modelo en rebaja). He even took the new 1416 model out of the box to show us feature by feature that it was the same as the 1406 model. So we bought it. The salesman made a very clever carrying handle out of tape, and we set forth thru the narrow city streets with sewing machine in hand.

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Main street of Sevilla.

Photograph taken September 20, 2005.

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Street Sign

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City walls in the Barrio Santa Cruz

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Poetry reading in the park.

Photograph taken September 18, 2005.

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Orange trees on the streets of Sevilla.

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Street below the Cathedral.

We had a very nice dinner in the restaurant on the corner. Just up the street to the upper right is Casa Robles, where we had several additional excellent meals.

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Nuns and a horse carriage behind the Cathedral

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Inside Hotel Simon

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Children paying with a Fisher-Price barn and farm animals near the Torre de Oro.

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The Altaria arrives in Estacion Santa Justa, Sevilla

Photograph taken 30-Mar-07.

Because it was Semana Santa, the Altaria was full from Madrid to Sevilla. Therefore, we took the AVE to Sevilla, and then transferred to the Altaria for the remainder of our trip to El Puerto de Santa Maria.

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Sidewalk café.

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Row apartments along a street.

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View of the waiting area of Estacion Santa Justa

Photograph taken 30-Mar-07.

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Restaurants on the edge of the Ghetto de Santa Maria.

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Narrow street in Barrio de Santa Maria.

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Habanita Restaurant

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View to the south.

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View to the south.

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View to the north from the Cathedral tower.

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Sevilla - Alcazar

Rachel and Cheryl at the entrance to the Alcazar.

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Gardens of the Alcazar.

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In the grounds of the Alcazar.

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Standard view inside the Alcazar.

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The oldest wall in the Alcazar.

The Cathedral with the Giralda in the background.

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The Giralda was under maintenance in 1999.

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Sevilla - Plaza de España

Looking across the central plaza.

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Plaza de España

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Julio, Nacho, Maria Jesus, Rachel, and Cheryl at Plaza de España.

We met Nacho's parents, Julio and Maria Jesus, at the milirary residence in Sevila. From there, we walked through Parque Maria Luisa and then part of the Plaza de España. At the Plaza de Espana, there are tile displays for each of the provinces of Spain. We stopped and took this photo at the tile display for Pontevedra. Nacho’s mother is from Pontevedra. The tiles depict a scene from the history of the city. Unfortunately, I did not write down the event in history.

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Detail of tile display along promenade.

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General view of Plaza de España

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Sevilla - Rio Guadalquivir

Rio Guadalquivir at the Triana Bridge

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Sevilla - Semana Santa

Virgin Paso from San Bernardo

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The Virgin Paso leaves Cristo de Burgos.

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The Cristo Paso of San Bernardo

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Waiting to enter a church to see the pasos

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Beso de Judo: Four Guys and an Olive Tree Lurch Around the Corner

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Virgin Paso in Iglesia de la Anunciacion

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Garden of Gethsemene

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Cristo Paso "The Mocking" in Iglesia de la Anunciacion

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Los Nazarenos de San Bernardo

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The Virgin paso in Candelaria

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Nacho, Rachel, Amalia, and Cheryl at Candelaria.

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La Bofeta "The Slap"

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Family Watching The Pasos

Some of the nazarenos have candy to hand out to the children. This girl and her little brother have collected a pretty good sack of candy.

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Sierra Bermeja

View of Estepona from Puerto de Peñas Blancas

At the pass called Puerto de Peñas Blancas we could see under the clouds to Estepona and the Mediterranean.

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Road to Puerto de Peñas Blancas from Jubrique.

The road to Puerto de Peñas Blancas from Jubrique winds 18 km, in and out of three or four large valleys, forested with oaks at the lower elevations that give way to pines at higher elevations. I would estimate the elevation at this point to be about 1000 meters.

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Puerto de Peñas Blancas

We arrived at Puerto de Peñas Blancas (Pass of White Boulders) amid the coulds, wind, and a little bit of rain. Unfortunately we could not read the old iron sign that was flapping in the wind.

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Entrance to Paraje Natural de Sierra Bermeja.

We arrived at Paraje Natural de Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja (Natural Area of Royal Peak of the Brown Mountains) during the end of a passing storm. This entrance is right at the Puerto de Peñas Blancas. Signs point to a refuge ("refugio") located 4.5 km up the small paved forest road.

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View of the Sierra Bermeja from the A-377 between San Luis de Sabinillas and Casares.

As we were leaving San Luis de Sabinillas, on our way to Casares and Gaucin, we could see that the storm on the Sierra Bermeja had cleared.

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Close-up of needles on Pinsapo.

Individual needles are 2-3 cm in length.

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Pinsapo (Abies pinsapo Boiss.) in the Sierra Bermeja

The Pinsapo (Abies pinsapo Boiss.) was not described until 1837 by the Swiss botanist Boissier. The tree is thought to be a relict from the warmer, wetter mid-tertiary (10-20 million years) and is found in only three places in Spanish mountains that receive much more than an average rainfall. The other two places are the Parque Nacional de Grazalema, and the Parque Nacional de los Nieves, both of which are nearby and considered also to be in the mountain ranges of Ronda (Serrania de Ronda).

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Refugio Agustin Lozano

The sign at Puerto de Peñas Blancas indicated a refugio 4.5 km down the little road into the park. This was the Refugio Agustin Lozano, at an altitude of 1230 meters. We drove in and found refugio with the bathrooms unlocked. When we opened the door to the refugio, we were surprised to find someone inside with a fire going in the fireplace. They were two caretakers who said the almost did come and open the refugio because the weather was so bad. We had a cafe con leche, except daughter who had a hot chocolate.

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Sierra del Caillo

View of the Sierra del Caillo

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

The road is A 374 from Grazalema to Ubrique.

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Pigs along the highway to Villaluenga del Rosario

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

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Valley on south side of Sierra del Caillo

Photograph taken 8-Apr-07.

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Tarifa

Cathedral in Tarifa

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

They were setting up for a "paso" later in the evening.

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We look across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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Ian in front of our room at Hostal El Levante.

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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View of the Moroccan Coast from Tarifa

Photograph taken 4-Apr-07.

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Triana

The Giralda across the Rio Guadalquivir from Triana.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Triana Bridge from the Triana side.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

Unfortunately, it was a little cloudy today. Imagine this with a sparkling blue sky.

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Nacho and Ian in an outdoor café in Triana.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Nacho and Ian relax on the river in Triana.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Street in Triana

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Outside a large tile shop.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Inside a small tile shop.

Photograph taken September 22, 2005.

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Ubrique

Overview of Ubrique

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Zahara

Town of Zahara and countryside.

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Town of Zahara.

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Embalse de Zahara, a reservoir near the town of Zahara.

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Date and time this article was prepared: 7/31/2017 9:45:06 AM