Calle Alfonso and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at night; Zaragoza Spain

Calle Alfonso Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at night; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Calle Alfonso Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at night; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We spent a couple of lovely days in Zaragoza, wandering the streets and seeing the sights.

Sunday night we were out doing some night photography of the streets and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We had visited the Basilica earlier in the day and is one of the few places we have visited here in Spain that did not allow photos to be taken inside, respecting that wish, all we have is the outside view to show you.

All weekend streets were lively, there seemed to be a festival on, and of course Saturdays are a big wedding day this time of the year! One square that we happened on had a great little jazz band playing for a couple of hours, for the price of a beer we sat and listened. It was a great way to spend an evening!

Zaragoza Spain, Jazz in the street; copyright jmeyersforeman

Zaragoza Spain, Jazz in the street; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We are off to France, can’t wait…..

Baiona Spain

Evening Stroll, Baiona Spain

Evening Stroll, Baiona Spain

We are currently visiting the little seacoast town of Baiona Spain. Along the southwest corner of Galicia along the Atlantic Ocean it is a little cooler than the rest of Spain. I have read that the town’s populations is about 11,000 people, but during the month of August where the Spanish people normally take their holidays, the town’s populations reaches almost 50,000! Typical of most summer resorts there are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and of course ice cream shops!

The harbour is such that we can walkout along the beach and get a great view of the town with the lights reflecting on the waterfront. We shall see more of the town tomorrow in the daylight!

Tree lined street of Baiona Spain

Tree lined street of Baiona Spain

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Festival and Amusement Rides at Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Amusement Rides; Santiago de Compostela Spain

Amusement Rides; Santiago de Compostela Spain

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not time to chat, we are enjoying the Festival!

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Sunset, Ciudad of Arts and Science, Valencia Spain

sunset at the Ciudad of Arts and Science, Valencia Spain

sunset at the Ciudad of Arts and Science, Valencia Spain 

Along an axis of just under two kilometres that was formerly the bed of the River Turia, in Valencia Spain, this complex of striking architecture – designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela – and an endless capacity for entertaining and stimulating the minds of its visitors. In its various buildings, known as Ciudad of Arts and Science, people can get to know different aspects of science, technology, nature, and art.

I previously posted about the Oceanografic which is part of this Science and Art Park, it was unfortunately the only building we were able to visit. The building on the left of the image, L ‘Hemisferic is home to an IMAX theatre, a planetarium and a laserium, while the building to the right just behind it is the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is home to an opera house and performing arts centre.

Most nights when we head out to do sunset photos we are alone, the evening settling in around us and the lights of the city start to flicker, Last night it was quite different, while we were standing at the northeast corner of the “pond” that surrounds the buildings waiting and watching for the sunset we were joined by a small class of photographers, experimenting with ND filters and long exposures, tourists from various parts of Spain, Holland, and the US all chatting away, enjoying the sunset and the shared experience of the beautiful evening.

 

 

Tarragona Spain

Tarragona Spain, at sunset

Tarragona Spain, at sunset 

While I have many wonderful photos and stories of Toledo Spain, we have moved onto Tarragona. About an hour south of Barcelona along the Mediterranean Sea, we thought a few days of rest with an ocean view would be a nice change from the hills of central Spain. It has been reported that Augustus Cesar wintered here, and there will be a big celebration during the month of May honouring his life and times on the 2000 anniversary of his death.

 

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain 

The Alcantara Bridge, also known as Puente Trajan at Alcantara is a Roman Stone Bridge build over the Tagas River bears the inscription Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula “I have build a bridge which will last forever, on the archway over the central pier. I don’t know if it will last forever, or of the many renovations that might have been done, but I do know that it has a beautiful reflection with the right light and a calm river.

Toledo is beautiful, I would recommend a trip to see the sights, visit the cafe’s , and meet the locals, I can guarantee you will enjoy your time there, we did! We are off to Tarragona, along the mediterranean, for a little rest, and maybe even a little beach time.

 

 

 

Hunting for the perfect Toledo Cathedral Photo

Toledo Cathedral, Toledo Spain

Toledo Cathedral, Toledo Spain 

Toledo is filled with narrow streets, and it is seemingly impossible to get a great view of the Cathedral. We are either peaking between buildings as we are here,  or looking up at it, as we were in the previous post. So today, I was on a mission to see the Cathedral, and get a memorable image. The image below is from the Alcazar Tower.

Toledo Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral   

We walked out-of-town, crossed the Tagas River on the Alcantara Bridge, a Roman bridge and headed to the Valle Hermitage, high on the hill for a sunset view of Toledo and the Cathedral.

Toledo at sunset

Toledo at sunset 

Toledo Cathedral at sunset

Toledo Cathedral at sunset 

Finally I found the near perfect reflection in the window of the tourist information office. I thought it appropriate the town map was hanging in the window.

reflection in the tourist information office

reflection in the tourist information office

The Medieval Walls of Toledo Spain

Moorish Walls of Toledo Spain

The Medieval Walls of Toledo Spain 

Toledo Spain, only 30 minutes by train from Madrid, is one of the most visited cities of Spain, and inside the city walls of this old city the buildings and winding streets hold hundreds of years of history. Many of the buildings are made of brick, rather than the traditional stone as in many Spanish cities, a reflections of the Moorish history.

Wandering from historic site to historic view points, we walk the narrow streets filled with restaurants and tapas bars keeping an ever alert our eyes and ears for cars and delivery vans also meandering down the narrow streets who are eager to get to their next stop. Built high on a hill the narrow cobble streets seem to be either going up or down, but never flat.

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Here is a view of our quiet street, after dark, and the tourists have headed back to Madrid.

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

I love sunrise, it is a quiet beautiful time of day. I will admit that in my youth I was more apt to witness the sunrise as a close to a beautiful evening! But now, a little older, I awake to see the sunrise, and it is the beginning of a new day. Today, we headed out to photograph the Roman Bridge, and Salamanca Cathedral, but there was not much of a sunrise, it was cloudy and dark, the streets were wet with rain.  This was the best shot of the morning, I decided to give it a textured, painted quality and processed it using one of Kim Klassen’s beautiful textures.  Continue reading

Los Milagros Aqueduct, Merida Spain

Los Miagros Acqueduct, Merida Spain

Los Milagros aqueduct, Merida Spain 

The Los Milagros aqueduct was built between 1 B.C. and 3 A.D., it was 830 meters long and 25 meters high, made of brick and concrete it was faced with granite ashlars. It was used to transport water from the Prosperina lake to the Roman colony of Emerita Augusta know today as Merida Spain. Today about 38 arches still stand.

Los Milagros aqueduct, Merida Spain

Los Milagros aqueduct, Merida Spain  

The Los Milagros aqueduct is one of three aqueducts build in the area, and preserved as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Merida.