El Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) circa 1600s
Today we took a day trip to Ronda, an ancient city that crowns two steep hills divided by a deep cavern. This natural defense against invasion made the city one of the hardest to conquer during the Reconquest by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel. This bridge (seen above) is the highest one that spans the chasm and is the iconic symbol of the city. Ronda is one of the “pueblos blancos” (white villages) that nestle high among the hills. Known for its famous torreros (bullfighters), wine, and furniture makers, Ronda is a picturesque hike through the past.
Someone’s 22…in London!
I apologize for the lack of posts. October was a whirl of leaves and travel! I traveled to:
- Toledo–a medieval monument of a city famous for its distinctive gold jewelry and its metal workmanship (WETA had the swords and the Ring from Lord of the Rings fashioned here)
- Castilla de La Mancha–flat plains enclosed by ridges dotted with the Don Quixote blue-and-white windmills (and modern wind turbines)
- London–a metropolis that defines the word “cosmopolitan” with its diversity and yet maintains the steady assurance of being British
- Paris–an enchanting city of street markets, palaces of art, and the ever-rolling Seine.
Needless to say, I have a lot of updates to do, but stay with me–I’ll make it worth your while. I have hundreds of pictures and countless stories. I will try my best in the last few weeks I am here to tell all in retrospect. Even so, I may “drop off the map” once again if the world beckons and I answer the call of, “Carpe diem!”
Un Torero (Matador)
I have seen this poster all over Sevilla. I think it must be a relic from Semana Santa or La Feria in April. Every time I see it I see the face of President Obama! Is it just me going crazy as an American in Spain or do other people see it too? I know I am asking mostly Americans this question, but I am curious if anyone else sees the resemblance too.
Known as “Las Zetas”, this large art piece presides over a whole square block smack in the middle of a historic district. Some people consider it an eyesore, but I enjoy the naturalistic elements and the feeling of space the piece creates in a crowded part of town. “Las Zetas” literally means “The Mushrooms” (or “The Zs”) in Spanish, and the latticework of the wood and metal appears more or less like the underside of a mushroom. “Honeycomb”, however, may have been a more appropriate name. Regardless of how you interpret its appearance or location, “Las Zetas” is definitely a sight worth visiting if you ever find yourself wandering through Sevilla.
Back in August on our way to Sevilla, we had a layover in Madrid and had the chance to explore. The architecture was so interesting. The fluid “waves of wood” in the ceiling exuded freshness and light, an excellent atmosphere for a major airport.