photo of the week
Every week I'm on the road I choose a photo of the week. Sometimes it's a fantastic photo, other times it's all about what that shot meant to me. Be sure to let me know what you think.
Someone told me on the Camino that you have to book your Alhambra tickets early as it sells out. What they didn't tell me was the definition of early. I tried around 8 days before we wanted to go and it was completely sold out. OMG - panic set in. This is the one thing I wanted to see in Spain and I'd left my run too late. So many websites, tour enquiries and grey hairs later I ended up booking our tickets on a multi-tour package. Was wildly expensive as we considered that the other two tours over the next few days would be probably crap but you only live once right?
Turns out there is a reason 8000 people visit the Alhambra every day. Its stunning and of course amid all the photo's the lions do kind of stick out. I must admit to a fair amount of photoshopping for this one. There was restoration works going on, there was a million people and everyone was very pushy shovey, however I did manage to get about 15 shots, which I merged (to remove the people) and I got a few shots from the other side and put that in behind the lions so you can't see the scaffolding.
The Alhambra is amazing and while the lions are probably not the most interesting part they are the most iconic for sure.
It was a gloomy rainy day in Madrid this day and I clearly overcompensated for that when I took this pic. However.... I love how its made the palace disappear into the sky. I love how the trees have really dark creepy trunks and I love how the green grass seems just a tad too green. This building is gorgeous and just makes you want to have a summers black tie cocktail party with 120 of your closest friends. So lovely and I can only imagine what it must look like under candle light.
Brad arrived this week and it was a week of highs and lows (the lows mostly for Brad with no training), however, while we arrived in Santiago on the 14th I will post a special article on that, so I've picked another photo that shows again the spiritual nature of your camino. We intended to do the extra 8kms the day we arrived into Sarria, however there were those who didn't intend to, accidentally took the wrong turn and did a 28km day when they were hoping to do 20. In my opinion it was totally worth it. The Samos Monestery is spectacular. We arrived in time for the tour, which was incredible and learnt the history, saw through a good amount of the monastery and of course the church. Despite the building burning down in the 50's the exterior was of course OK and they have rebuilt very well. Sadly for the church what was once 80 monks and 40 novices is now 8 monks with one trainee. The entire place is incredible but this first view on the way down into Samos takes your breath away. It was without a doubt worth the extra 8km.
After leaving the meseta you are slowly climbing, however that doesn't really register until you get to O'Cebreiro. Its a stunning village atop the alps (around 1400 m I think) and leaving there in the early dawn you get the most fantastic views out above the clouds. So cold but so fresh and and incredible days walk.
Jenny - photography lover but someone who hates lugging around HUGE camera's so my images are all from my Olympus OMD or my little Sony digital.