The Cartajima bus stop.
Sleepy kitty under the bench.
Shooting out the back window in Botz’ van.
We make a quick stop across the street from
the Plaza de Toros, the Ronda bullring.
who also contributed to the completion of the Puente Nuevo in 1793 just blocks away.
The famed Romero and Ordóñez bullfighting families
are historically associated with the Plaza de Toros.
The Plaza is said to be the home of “modern” bullfighting…
where the matador, Francisco Romero, got off his horse, and fought the bull on the ground.
Bronze statues of Cayetano Ordóñez (left) and son Antonio Ordóñez (right) reside at the gate.
Ernest Hemingway was a family friend of the Ordóñez family.
Cayetano Ordóñez and Pedro Romero served as models for the “Pedro Romero” character
in Hemingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises,
and Antonio Ordóñez was the model for Hemingway’s novel, The Dangerous Summer,
which chronicles the rivalry between Antonio Ordóñez and Luis Miguel Dominguín.
One final stop, we deliver Paco to Ronda for his shopping.
After not much luck, y una cerveza stop, Botz locates a questionable locale.
An unmarked, unremarkable entrance to a worn atrium
complete with a taxidermy bull’s head (toro taxidermia),
and a blind, deaf lapdog urinating on the checkered floor.
Clash of the Patterns: bedspread with the ceiling, ceiling with the wallpaper-
After a rest, we head back out into the streets and to the Atlantic!
Zona Peatonal (Pedestrian Zone)
and a sweet checkerboard moto.
Back in the room, Botz enjoys an evening smoke in bed with a grand view of the ceiling.
And so we say, goodnight…