Adventure-teasing with Windows screen shots

from the Artsology series The Arts Adventurer

It feels like my Dell laptop computer with Windows 10 has been taunting me lately with amazing travel destinations. I get a variety of gorgeous and dramatic photographs via the screen lock image that comes up after a certain time span of inactivity on the computer. This one seems to keep coming up again and again both yesterday and today: it's the city of Ronda, a mountaintop city in Spain's Malaga province in Andalusia that sits on the edge of this cliff above a deep gorge. Without any previous knowledge or awareness of Ronda, it's hard not to see this image and think "I have to go there!"

Ronda, in the Malaga province in Andalusia, Spain

I've got a number of other images of Ronda below ... make sure to note the location of the swimming pool in the 3rd picture ... are you kidding me? What a spot for a pool! The bridge that you see in these pictures was built in 1793 and took forty two years to build. The bridge joins the old Moorish part of town with the newer parts of the city, and is Ronda's most famous landmark. You may have also noticed the "stadium" in that 3rd picture ... it's actually a bullring, one of the oldest in Spain. It was built in 1785 by the same architect who built the bridge: Jose Martin Aldehuela.

Ronda, a cliff city in the Malaga province in Andalusia, Spain

Ronda, perched on the edge of a cliff in Spain

Ronda, a cliff city in Andalusia, Spain

cliff city Ronda, in the Malaga province in Andalusia, Spain

I've been noting a few of the other tantalizing screen shots I've seen lately, including this diving bell in Zingst, Germany, and another dream location also in Spain, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in the Basque Country. I'm making mental notes of these and other places that I would love to someday visit and explore.

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