Photos from Spain
The problem with modern photography is that it’s sooooo easy to take soooo many photographs. Unlike the old days where film afforded you at most 36 photographs before you needed to change, the modern “slide night” could end up lasting several days and several nights. To make it easier when I catch up with friends over the next few weeks, and when they ask to see some photographs from my trip to Spain, here are my favourites.… Read the rest “Photos from Spain”
Toledo and Madrid
Since I first began researching this trip, a visit to Toledo (about 50 minutes by bus south of Madrid) has been high on my list of priorities. I’d seen photographs online which indicated a town of great beauty. On top of that, there was the story of a town that was once the capital city during the middle ages, which continues to undergo significant restoration work, and which has become a major tourist attraction.… Read the rest “Toledo and Madrid”
San Sebastian and Bilbao
After a couple of days visiting San Sebastian and Bilbao, we’re on the train headed back to Madrid. In common with the trip from Barcelona to San Sebastian, the trip takes about five hours, and once again, we’re passing through the vast countryside of Spain.
At first, the landscape from Barcelona to San Sebastian was largely flat.… Read the rest “San Sebastian and Bilbao”
On arriving in Barcelona a couple of days ago, one of the first things we did was pay a visit to Park Guell, designed by the renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. Even though I thought it was very good, it was a little disappointing, since some parts of the park were closed off for renovation.… Read the rest “Gaudi Friday”
Fiesta Nacional de España
With recent moves for Catalan political independence, it’s an interesting time to be in Barcelona. In common with our own “national day” there were lots of people walking around the city draped in the national flag. In stark contrast, the Catalan flag dominated the buildings, often accompanied by a sign with some kind of political statement about democracy.… Read the rest “Fiesta Nacional de España”
At about ten o’clock last night, I checked the time. “Happy Anniversary”, I said to Sue, congratulating her on twenty-four hours in Spain. “Cheers”, we all said, as we raised our glasses. And what a whirlwind twenty four hours it had been.
After meeting Sue late last night at the airport, and checking in to our hotel, the Hotel ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas, we had a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant.… Read the rest “Hello Barcelona”