Saturday, November 6, 2004

Photos from Spain

As promised, I'll uploaded some photos from my trip to Andalusia two weeks ago. The Star Tour pics will follow soon. :)


The Atlantic Beaches
Especially the first days we went to the beaches near Benalup. Below you can the Bolonia bay, where the old Roman city Baelo Claudio was once situated. The last three pics are from a beach a bit north, from El Palmar and the Trafagar lighthouse.

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The Roman city remains

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Me relaxing...

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...and Mom went swimming

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Very find sand

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Our long shadows...

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...and my foot print

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Mom at El Palmar

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Near Bolonia

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Beach at...

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...the Trafalgar Lighthouse

Benalup
This is the small village where Jesus and his family lives and where we stayed for the days.

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Jesus Finca: La Orativa

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Mom & Mules

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Jesus & Jolle

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Angela, Jolle, Jesus, Mom, Simone

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Angela, Simone & Jesus

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Jesus & Manolo

Parc Natural de los Alcornocales
Benalup is situated in this Nature Park, which is famous for its forests of Cork-oak trees. The landscape has a lot of hills and rocks.

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The rock of Medina-Sidonia

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The corc-oak tree

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cork harvest

The mountains
When leaving the coast and driving into the mountains, we visited the famous white villages, which are mostly situated on a hill for defense reasons.

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An old monastery near Alcala

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Near Grazalema

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The white village Ubrique

Ronda - a white village
Not just one white village, but the most beautiful. People say. We also liked it a lot. It is situated on an two immensely high rocks, separated by a deep canyon, and connected by old and impressive bridges.

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The big old bridge

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Andalusian pottery

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Famous Jamon Iberico

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Iron door bell

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The old city wall

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The big bridge from below

Gibraltar
One day we went to the British enclave on the Iberian peninsula. It was an interesting experience. Not the city itself, but the high rock, which lies strategically in the strait. From the top you can see the Mediterranen See, the strait, Spain, Africa - and a lot of cute apes, which live here.

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Approaching the Rock

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In the city

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Reaching the top

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Mom...

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...talking with...

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..some apes.

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Panorama from the top

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Ape on a tree watching...

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...the sun go down.

Tanger, Morocco
Another day we took the chance to visit Africa. A day trip to Tanger in Morocco, started from Tarifa. We visited the old town, the markets, a typical restaurant etc. Quite a touristic trip, but a nice first impression of this culture.

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Arabian Architecture

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Snake musicians

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Eating a Moroccan dish...

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...while listening to the band.

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Crowded streets...

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...full of life.

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Small shops...

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...and traders.

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A bakery

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The last stop for us tourists :)

Sevilla - the capital
This city is the heart of Andalusia. It has an immensely huge old town, which is more like a labyrinth, where you easily get lost. A lot of old houses which show that this town was once the richest city on the peninsula.

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A "solid city map"

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A typical house with patio...

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...seen from the Giralda,...

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...the third biggest cathedral...

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...in the world.

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The huge...

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...Plaza de Espana...

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...with a map of Andalusia.

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A large rubber tree.

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A church wall

Coto de Donana
The national park Coto de Donana is the most important refuge for birds migrating to Africa. We made a Jeep Tour through the park, along the beach, over the dunes, and along the lagoons. The latter haven't been fully under water at this time, so we didn't see much birds. You have to come in November or December for that.

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Our jeeps

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The sand dunes

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I'll leave for the Bonnfinanz TeamCup in some minutes. On my return from the N├╝rburgring on Sunday I'll visit Kai in Hamburg, so I'll be back on Monday earliest. Have a nice weekend, Jolle!

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