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Spain 2017
May 26 - June 11

Sevilla - Carmona - Osuna - Alomodvar del Rio - Cordoba - Ronda -
Zahara de la Sierra - Arcos de la Frontera - Vejer de la Frontera - Cadiz - Sevilla

Sevilla, May 26

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616)

Giralda tower and Cathedral
The tower is originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period


Triana district on the other side of the river

view from Torre del Oro

Plaza de Toros (bull filghting arena)

Tapas from La Antigua Abaceria

Plaza de España

nachos for Johan

paella for Weiwei

The Alcázar royal palace

baños doña Maria de Padilla

city of elegantly dressed people

The small terrace of our apartment

procession in Triana

May 28, Camora parador hotel

bull fighting arena of Osuna

the arena of Osuna is a location in The Games of Thrones
(She is a big fan)

lunch in Osuna

The castle of Almodovar del Rio (near Cordoba)

we climbed all towers

small dinner in our (Airbnb) apartment in Cordoba

Mezquita Mosque-Catedral of Cordoba

A Mosque during the Muslim period starting from 786
Catholic temple from 1146 on


lunch with typical Cordoban food at Plaza de la Corredera

Puente Romano

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Statues of the monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand
with Columbus as he prepared to take his first voyage to the Americas.

picnic lunch
Nissan Qashqai rental car

Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería, Ronda


Chinese restaurant Hola in Ronda
today is the Dragon Boat Festival

smurfs from my childhood visiting the blue village Juzcar

Puerta de Almocábar, south entrance of Ronda

Puente Nuevo

dance class

June 1, Zahara de la Sierra

Arcos de la Frontera

ordering cakes from Convento de la Encarnación

(All the sweets are elaborated with our hands)

Vejer de la Frontera

hiking along the coast, starting in Los Caños de Meca

Torre Tavira

The Camera Obscura of Torre Tavira
projects an image on a white concave horizontal screen, like on a table,
which is situated in the centre of completely darkened, black painted room.

Castillo de San Sebastián, Cadiz

Hotel Oromana in Alcalá de Guadaíra

Weiwei goes back to Holland, June 3

I travel to the South-East of Spain

Castle and Parador hotel of Jaén

Jaen is World Capital of Olive Oil
because it is the biggest producer of the oil

Regañas, Andalusian flatbread


Embalse de Negratin

Ojo de la heredad, at cerro Jabalcón
(ojo = eye, cerro = mountain)

Emblase de la Bolera

hiking to Atalaya del Infante Don Enrique


June 5, first part of La Ruta Don Quijote

Castillo de Calatrava la Nueva - San Carlos del Valle - Villanueva de los Infantes -
Alcaraz - Ruidera - Castillo Peñarroya - Argamasilla de Alba

Castillo de Calatrava la Nueva y Sacro Convento

Part one (464 pages) and two (503 pages)

books I have used for planning the trip

Man of La Mancha, musical movie (1972) with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren

Lost in La Manch, documentary (2002) about Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt
to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Spanish comic edition, bought in Aranjuez

Plaza Mayor of San Carlos del Valle

Plaza Mayor of Villanueva de los Infantes


Lagunas de Ruidera

Castillo Peñarroya

Plaza Alonso Quijano, Argamasilla de Alba
Alonso Quijano is the personal name of the famous fictional hidalgo or
knight better known as Don Quijote, the leading character of the novel Don
Quijote de la Mancha, written by Miguel de Cervantes.

At the other side of the square is a statue of Cervantes

Museo Casa De Medrano (unfortunately closed on Monday).
The Medrano Cave can be found here, where Cervantes was held prisoner.
Legend has it that he started to write the adventures of Don Quixote here.

Jun 6, second day of La Ruta Don Quijote
Belmonte - Mota del Cuervo - El Toboso - Campo de Criptana - Alcázar de San
Juan - Puerto Lápice - Consuegra - Tembleque - Castillo Almonacid de Toledo

Belmonte castle, location for the battle with the knights of the mirrors

Mota del Cuervo (seven windmills)

Dulcinea House-Museum in El Toboso
Home to Quixote’s idealised lady, Dulcinea de El Toboso.
Once lived in by a possible model for her: Aldonza Lorenzo de El Toboso

Plaza Juan Carlos I, El Toboso with statues of Don Quixote and Dulcinea

door curtain

Campo de Criptana, ten windmills

Plaza España, Alcázar de San Juan

Venta del quijote, Puerto Lápice
This roadside inn is said to be where Quixote was knighted.
Don Quixote confuses it for a castle.

Upstairs is an exhibition on Quixote, with reproductions of illustrations
by artists such as Picasso, Dali and Cocteau.

Plaza Constitución, Puerto Lápice

Windmills of Consuegra
groups of seven and five on both sides of a castle

fighting the giants/windmills

Plaza Mayor, Tembleque

Castillo Almonacid de Toledo

The last part of today: dinner near Toledo and sleeping in Esquivias.

Street names in Esquivias

Miguel de Cervante´s House-Museum, Esquivias

Doña Catalina de Palacios at Plaza España, the wife of Cervantes,
was born in Esquivias, they got married here in 1584

Cervantes at Plaza Mayor, Esquivias

June 7, Esquivias - Ucles - Alarcon - Cuenca

enormous monastery of Ucles

Alarcon castle, a parador hotel

Cuenca, the Casas Colgadas (hanging houses)


Parador hotel (foreground) and Casas Colgadas behind it somewhere in the middle

June 8, one of the most beautiful routes in Spain
I did this in 2005 in the other direction. With many nice stops.

Albarracin and Las murallas de Albarracín

hiking along the wall

Santuari de la Balma

The CBC is a museum devoted to the spanish film maker Luis Buñuel
in his birth place Calanda ( 1900 - 1983, Mexico City)

June 9, from Aragon to Catalunya

Salvador Dali Statue, Cadaques

Salvador Dali house, Port Lligat (next to Cadaques)

Salvador Dali, found his inspiration here at the Cap de Creus Natural Park

Salvador Dali theatre museum, Figueres

bread shapes


Cadillac, Salvador Dali theatre museum, Figueres

June 10, visiting the museum

12th-century Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià river in Besalu

Barcelona Airport, seen from my last hotel

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