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First stop on this Spain journey is Barcelona, capital city of Catalonia. It is an important cultural center, renowned especially for its architecture, particularly the works of Antoni Gaudí and Montaner, both of whose works have been designated World Heritage Sites. The people are friendly, the food is spectacular, and the beaches are bustling with activity. And, it seems, everyone is an art lover (or at least a lover!).
MOVING right along…we took the train to Pamplona (Iruña, in Basque), a wonderful little city in its own right, first stop in the Basque Country and home of the famous Iruña Café–in what’s known as Hemingway Corner–and the ancient Citadel with walls spread throughout. I believe it’s most widely known as the location of the “Running of the Bulls”, which takes place every July. Oops, missed it this time around!
Then, we boarded another train to the NEXT best city in the world…San Sebastián/Donostia (in Basque) ! This is truly my favorite place. It is close to the region which my husband’s family hails from, which is another reason that we are here. And I’m enjoying seeing familial similarities in the people here.
Honestly, San Sebastián seems to have it all. Beautiful weather, beaches, ocean bay, picturesque marina, little mountains, a super clean and interesting old city. The Basque museum is fabulous: San Telmo Museum, contains everything you need to know about Basque culture. It was here I learned about the “Construcción Vacía” (Empty Construction) movement and fell in love with its form, substance and simplicity. I’ve got two examples below, one by Eduardo Chillida, the other by Jorge Oteiza (both Basque artists).
Lastly, folks here are really into fitness, they run, bike, swim, hike–we would fit right in. Maybe we will come back and stay someday…
Watch for our iPhone Photo Tour…
SEVILLA in Andalucía, southern Spain, is home to the Alcázar de Sevilla. The Alcázar was originally a Moorish fort, then later a palace and now a World Heritage Site. The palace is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. This is a photographer’s and historian’s delight. Also here is the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.
They say that ‘flamenco is in Sevilla’s blood’…and this is evident everywhere in this lovely Spanish city. Our own Salli Gutierrez of Spain-Connection.com, is a flamenco dancer and well-connected with the dance scene in southern Spain.
But the thing I love about Seville is its unique sort of energy, a quirky mixture of Euro-modernism wrapped in ancient, exotic structures. The people are light-hearted, the food an incredible adventure in varying tastes. Our room was in a delightful hostel (hotel) right downtown, but so very quiet. Then, just one step out the front door and we were in a different time in history. Pure magic!
This adventure can be yours too! Maureen and Salli of www.Spain-Connection.com will be leading a GUIDED PHOTO TOUR from October 4 through 13, 2014. Sign up now at spain-connection.com to spend 9 days with Maureen, Salli, and the camera of your choice (iPhones welcome!). Space is limited, so sign up right away. (PS: all above photos above taken with iPhone, courtesy, Maureen).
In the heart of Andalucía, southern Spain, lies the medieval city of Córdoba, with its rich history, culture, and architecture. I’ve always wanted to visit there but never got around to it until now…and it was worth the wait.
The Mezquita (Great Mosque/Cathedral of Córdoba) of course is the destination, visited and photographed by thousands every year. I found the architectural styles fascinating, but what truly drew me to it was its history.
Here is my traveling partner…I caught her relaxing before we headed out to see the sights. It seemed to capture the mood of Córdoba.
This adventure and guided photo tour can be yours too! Sign up now, space is limited: www.Spain-Connections.com.
Save the date! October 4 ~ 13, 2014
(meetup in Madrid)
Well, this blogging thing has not gone according to plan! I had decided that I would only take two iPhones and an old iPad (no computer), for ease of travel. After all, the whole point of this trip is to shoot iPhone on the move. So now that I’ve done this, I know what problems to anticipate.
The iPad is great for storing images for backup, but not so great for accessing and navigating a WordPress blog. I’ve had to email my favorite images to myself and then using Salli’s computer, upload the images to my WP site.
Long story short…I’m a week late in posting images, but I can still tell the story. Traveling with Salli from www.spain-connection.com has been a joy. She really knows her way around and shares her love of the country and culture through her energy and enthusiasm. Stay tuned for more excitement from Sevilla, Jerez and Cádiz!
One of my oldest and dearest friends spends her summers at 9 thousand feet, (sort of ) near Guffey, Colorado. That would be about 2 hours west of Colorado Springs. In one day we had sun, wind, clouds, torrential rain, hail, sleet, snow, cold.
I love this place. It speaks to me through the clouds, native gramma grasses, the trees that grow so strong at this altitude. In the natural world, the strongest survive here. Bye for now, friend.