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.
I'm willing to bet that 90% of tourists to Spain don't visit Zaragoza. We decided to spend a day there on the way back to Madrid from Pertadella. We loved the small city and the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in particular is stunning. Its Barouque style has a large African overture and the mosaics on the dome are incredible. Really worth the visit.
Brad and I spent 5 days on the Costa Brava coast. We actually stayed inland at a gorgeous little medieval village called Peratallada, however we drove the 15 mins to the beach a few times. It is November so it is very quiet but its still incredible to us that this coastline is 2 hours from Barcelona and people only come in the summer. Huh?? It is truely stunning coast though. Loved having the beaches to ourselves and while it would have been great to have somewhere to eat (everything was closed) it was still warm enough to lie on the beach, reading our books and not getting sunburnt. Loved this part of Spain and while I'd love to come back I"m not sure if I could do the summer crowds now I've seen it so pristine.
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.
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.