Tour of Southern Spain, Part 2

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DAY 4: RONDA & SEVILLE Our typical breakfast. We stayed at a different hotel practically every night, and yet every breakfast buffet was very similar. But tasty! Give me a chocolate-filled croissant and a good strong cup of cafe con leche any day, and I am a HAPPY girl!

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We drove 2 hours into the mountains to a tiny village called Ronda. I challenge you to find a more picturesque town!! It was truly breathtaking and these pictures do it no justice!

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This is the extent of my photography skillz, but I am quite happy with this picture :)

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Lunch in Ronda was at a fittingly quaint restaurant, where we had THE most delicious salmon, perfectly cooked in a red peppercorn cream sauce. I could have used a few more potatoes though! I <3 carbs…

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In the afternoon, we drove the two hours back to Seville for some “free time”, which equated to trudging in the rain and constantly ducking into storefronts trying to stay dry (impossible). It was actually quite miserable to be honest, haha. The only exciting moment was when we stumbled upon this street filled with wedding gown shops!

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HELLOOOO Provonias (yes, they’re Spanish)!

DAY 5: JEREZ & CADIZ

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In the morning, we visited the Tio Pepe Winery, the world’s best selling producers of sherry, which included a tasting. Blech, I realized that I don’t like sherry at all!

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No idea why I am posing next to this particular barrel. It must have been a good year… and no, I’m not wearing a poncho, it’s a shawl!

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For lunch, we went to this restaurant that seemed to sit in the middle of nowhere… but was surprisingly the best meal we had all week! If you are ever in the Cadiz area, you should go: Restaurante Paloma Blanca. I mean, check out that paella, I think it took 6 men to carry it out!

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Since our tour group consisted of 24 people in itself, we got our very own giant paella! Poor Borton only got that little plate while I got the whole pan, hehe, jk :)

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These ribs were seriously the most delectable pieces of meat, ever. Unfortunately, by the time this dish was served, we had already eaten so much paella that we were too full to take advantage of it’s deliciousness. Regret.

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BUT, not too full for dessert!!! I couldn’t believe that it took us to Day 5 of our trip to finally get some FLAN! It was rich, rich, rich, but I managed to get down every bite.

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This is Jamon Iberico, a Spanish delicacy (aka cured ham of a black Iberian pig). This leg will run you somewhere around $250+ Euros, or $400+ US.

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That afternoon we took a tour of another quaint sea-side town, Cadiz. Yes, this is still Day 5… can you tell how packed our itinerary was? But that just meant we got to see more!

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Windy!

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Walking through Cadiz at night. The Spaniards really take their holiday decorations VERY seriously. Every town we visited was decorated to the nines, it was fabulous!

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To be continued…