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Return to Andalucia but why Cartajima?

Why Cartajima? It was just after the terrible events of 9/11 that I was moved to make a change in my life. I swapped sexy, sophisticated San Francisco for a remote Andalucian hamlet. Rather than power walking around Stow Lake … Read More

Cartajima Tales or a Picnic with Jesus

A Picnic with Jesus

A Picnic with Jesus Just like those pilgrims who gathered to go to Canterbury in the fourteenth century, the people of Cartajima get excited about embarking on a pilgrimage, a picnic with Jesus in fact! Not in “Aprill, with his … Read More

where do sweet chestnuts come from

Where do Sweet Chestnuts come from?

Where do sweet chestnuts come from? The remote unknown Alto Genal valley, quite close to Ronda, is home to the small boutique hotel Los Castaños. The inspiration for the name of the hotel was the sweet chestnut trees that cover … Read More

Cartajima: Village of Champions, Fountain of Inspiration?

Cartajima Village of Champions

Cartajima Village of Champions One would never imagine that the tiny village of Cartajima pictured above, resident population less than one hundred, could have produce a high percentage of champions. In each case, the inspiration for the excellence is elusive. … Read More

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Andalucia´s Undiscovered White Villages

Andalucia´s Undiscovered White Villages Off the tourist trail and far from the crowds (madding or otherwise ♥), the Alto Genal Valley, in southern Spain near the touristy town of Ronda, is a secret. Not even Condé Nast has discovered it! … Read MoreRead More

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