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Capricho Espańol 2!


This trip to Spain was a celebration of my 30th wedding anniversary, so of course I went with my hubby. Especially for him, it was a well-deserved vacation.

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)….

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Cuba Olé!

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: mophotoartist@gmail.com. Olé!


Day of Reckoning {Denver Womens March} January 21, 2017

 















Nature as Metaphor

What DO I see in Nature?  Beauty…becoming my metaphor for melancholy.  Not depressing, rather, embracing the fullness of being fully present.

Reservoir Reflection

 


#bestcityintheworld (Barcelona…or San Sebastián?)

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…


Philly, my city of birth…

I WAS BORN HERE (Philadelphia), but my family left shortly thereafter and moved to Paris. Then, as a grade-schooler, we moved back to the Philadelphia area, where I remained through middle school.  So in a way, I could call this home… Philadelphia City Hall Each morning I rise pretty early by Philly standards (that’s what I’m seeing anyway), and take a nice run, walk through center city to the Schuylkill River Trail, armed with my iPhone (Hipstamatic app, John S lens, Blackeys extra fine film). Except last Sunday morning, with no traffic, I shot the above City Hall with ProHDR and edited it a bit in Snapseed.

I’m kind of impressed with Philadelphia.  I love that it seems to have an eating venue for every mood and type of diet…and the coffee ain’t too bad either! Oh, and the gelato is spectacular!  In the next phase of my life I want to live on Sansom Street, eat out every night for dinner, followed by the world famous CAPOGIRO gelato …YUM. GOTHAM? This shot of St. Mark’s was also shot with ProHDR, then converted to B W in Snapseed.  Can’t recall how I got the vignetting, but I like this building–it reminds me of something I would see in the fictional Gotham City. Check out the LOVE sculpture… LOVE selfies


Sevilla…feed your creativity! (This adventure can be yours too…keep reading)

Watch for our iPhone Photo Tour…

mudéjar detail

mudéjar detail

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).


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