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Today, we did something different–we drove. Picked up a car at the train station and a handy voice GPS–after fifteen turns and four round-abouts in three miles, Kathy said, “This device single handedly saved our marriage.” She would have been navigator without it, and undoubtedly would have made a few navigation errors, much to my chagrin–but with GPS, no chagrin.

None of that means the driver did not make errors–just kidding–I don’t make errors, just ask my wife. We had an excellent day. Spanish highways are quite good–the signs are clear and consistent and the pavement wonderful. But, the scenery, ah, the scenery. First Seville city and then quickly the countryside. Rolling hills and olive orchards and then green fields. We saw a real castle, just sitting there lazily in a field. We looked at each other–a castle, really! As we gained altitude the rock outcroppings amid pastures and fields were a harbinger of the Serrania de Ronda range to come. Soon cliffs and lakes and hairpin curves and several hundred feet drop offs were our companion for several hours and it was wonderful.

Then we saw it–the Mediterranean. I did not know that the mountains came practically to the water’s edge, but in this part near Marbella they do. Our first driving adventure and it was sweet and a little daring, but a great experience. WEG

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9 Comments

  1. Sounds like a wonderful drive. Great pic of Kathy! Looks like beautiful views.

  2. Debbie Linfield says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and your posts. They make me smile. Great picture of Kathy, by the way. Have fun.

  3. Nancy McCollum says:

    Another excellent adventure!

  4. Nora says:

    I take it you had an automatic. I had a stick when there & had a dickens of a time finding reverse. Did you see all the windmills on the mountains? Miss Spain greatly. Enjoy your stay.

    • wgraumann says:

      Hi Nora, Wayne here. No, I drove a manual shift and I made sure and ask the Enterprise attendant how to use the stick shift reverse before I left the lot:-) We drove a small French car, but it had plenty of up front leg room and is really quite comfortable. No windmills where we drove today. I can see why you miss Spain–we will also. I really had no idea who wonderful it is. Here I am a history buff and had not considered that Seville was the send off place for American exploration and the controller of gold and commerce to the new world for Spain–hence a wealthy and majestic city. We have also found the people to be welcoming and kind. We are in Marbella for four days and then back to Seville. Later we go to Granada and Cadiz and Gibraltar and Morocco before heading to Florence. Where are you now?

  5. Al & Eva Gerhardt says:

    What a beautiful lady in such a spectacular scene.

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