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We began in Barcelona, then took a train to Valencia, on the Costa Blanca, on the Mediterranean. Then we drove down the coast, through Oliva and Dénia, to Alicante. I have a special fondness for Alicante, not exactly sure why, but it’s a beautiful little town with a walkable old city and a castle nearby. Also, the beaches are within walking distance…aah.
Finally, we took a train back to Barcelona and then returned to Denver. For me, it was a wonderful adventure in iPhone photography. I’m a photographer, and take pleasure in capturing slices of life that epitomize a place or experience. Please enjoy these images of “Whimsical Spain” (Capricho Espańol)….
I traveled to Cuba recently with Salli Gutierrez of www.spain-connection.com, and we had a lovely, adventure-filled time. Salli is a teacher of flamenco and Spanish, so I was grateful to have her along with me. She took some individualized Rumba lessons from a local expert, Damaris (pictured below). Please enjoy the collection of iPhone photos and feel free to contact me for prints: email@example.com. Olé!
What DO I see in Nature? Beauty…becoming my metaphor for melancholy. Not depressing, rather, embracing the fullness of being fully present.
This series was featured on Hipstography.com! Read about it here…
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…