The Aljafería Palace; Zaragoza Spain

The Aljafería Palace; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Aljafería Palace; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Aljaferia Place in Zaragoza, a fortified medieval Islamic palace built during the second half of the 11th century in what is now Zaragoza Spain, a wonderful example of Moorish Architecture in Spain. While much of the building has been restored to its original beauty, with the intricate doorways and arches, many of the interior doors have been left in untouched. Much has been written about the history and can be found on-line, I have provided a few links. Sunday morning has free admission, and consequently it is a busy time to visit. Guided tours are available in several languages.

I wanted to show several examples of the different arches and doorways; giving me an opportunity to experiment with a different layout, and to create a triptych, toning the background to the same colour in the images. While I like the overall effect, I used web-sized images, for my experiment and consequently have a small finished product for my blog post. Next time I will use the original images and then size for the triptych to the desired size for my post. That should give me some flexibility for my blog post. Unfortunately I am running short of time, too many things to do and see, people to visit with to redo the triptych at this time!

I hope your week is going well.

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…..

Murals and Public Art; Zaragoza Spain

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murals and public art; Zaragoza Spain

murals and public art; Zaragoza Spain 

We have been in Zaragoza Spain for a couple of days wandering the streets and checking out the sites.

It seems that in manyof the cities of Spain that we have visited we have found walls and shutters painted, sometimes to identify a  business or area of the city. You will recall the images of Madrid and of the Camino. Zaragoza is no exception, the area of  El Tubo, in the old part of town, is where we found the painted murals, and where, we also found more tapa bars per square block than any other city we have been in.

It does seem that the Spanish people are not inclined to dull or boring brick walls, and it is wonderful to see the creative expression in corners and narrow streets that might otherwise by boring brick walls!

Reflections, Clouds and The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; Leon Spain

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you might already know that I love to watch the clouds. The constant shape changers affect the light we see, and the weather we are having or going to have. Another favourite subject for my photography and this blog has been reflections, two stories for the price of one, combining what is going on in front of me, as well as behind me.

When we walked up to The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon, I was amazed at the reflections in the colourful glass panels, so clear was the detail it was as if someone knew I was coming and had washed the windows for me!

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman  

just down the street was another building, this one an office building, deep blue in colour…..

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman 

I feel I must tell you that I get some really strange looks from people as they walk by and try to figure out just what I am taking a picture of, some look at me as I have lost my mind, and several time I seen people who have been watching me, go and stand where I have stood (after I have moved on) to see if they can see what I have seen!

It was a great day in Leon Spain!

 

Umbrellas and a Rainy Day in Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain

Red Umbrella, reflections on the streets of Leon Spain ; copyright jmeyersforeman

Even the rainy days in Spain are nice, especially for photos.

Nothing better than wet cobblestone streets for reflecting the brightly coloured umbrellas that people sometimes carry.

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Rainy Day; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Or watching the families walking together.

 

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one of the few days we have needed our umbrellas!

One of the few images we have of us together! We hope you are enjoying your friday.

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Watching the towns roll by from the FEVE train: Asturias Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Just a couple of days ago we were travelling from LLanes to Leon Spain, the gentleman in the photo spoke to us as we boarded the train, the usual “hola buen dia” I greeted him in return, as this is common practise for people in Spain, to greet those as you enter the train or a store. But he continued to talk, and I had to apologized “lo siento, no entiendo” another little bit of Spanish I have picked up! He sat quietly through the remainder of the trip looking out the window and watching the towns roll by.  The at one stop, he suddenly got up and began asking questions, the gentleman in from, told him the town we were at. The train was starting to roll forward when the conductor noticed him and pushed the button for the train to stop and helped the old gentleman off the train.

I have written about riding the trains in Spain before, there are at least a couple of different lines, each with their pros and cons for travelling, and the RENFE website provides lots of information and makes train travel through Spain easy and affordable. But that isn’t the best reason for travelling by train, that of course is the people you meet, and the countryside you will see.  The train lines seem to be used by people travelling to work, shopping or to visit friends,  school kids for outings, going to the beach or the skateboard park in the next town. I found a very relaxed pace to the people we meet on the train, and there is always someone around to help.

The weekly photo challenge on wordpress is between, so I have added this photo to the blog challenge, as this man is clearly between stations!

 

Santa María de León Cathedral; Leon Spain

Santa María de León Cathedral; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Santa María de León Cathedral; Leon Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

Re-visiting the Leon Cathedral. We spent a couple of days in Leon in the fall of 2012 when we walked the Camino Francis from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, and we knew that this was one place in Spain that we wanted to return, and to spend a little more time exploring the city and the historic sites.

It is festival week here in Leon Spain, with plenty going on in the street day and night, and we have been busy enjoying as much as we can!

 

Fuchsia Flowers: Llanes Spain

Double exposure; Fuchsia Flowers:  copyright jmeyersforeman

Double exposure; Fuchsia Flowers: copyright jmeyersforeman 

We were wondering the streets of LLanes Spain, a little seaside town along the north coast in the province of Asturias. The northern route of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela runs through the town, and each day we would see several pilgrims as they passed through town. Llanes is a resort town, and a wide range of accommodation is available as well as restaurants and cafe’s serving daily menu.

There are remnants of 800 year old city walls, unfortunately the tower is now closed, there is a small harbour and along the port you can see the Cubos de la Memoria, however the main attraction is the beaches, within walking distance of the centre of town. It was on the walk home, late one afternoon that I found this large, rather overgrown fuchsia shrub, with the beautiful red and magenta flowers starting to bloom.

Not satisfied with the photos I was getting of the flowers I tried zooming several exposures to get the streaks of light. After merging the two images together I was able to achieve the affect I was looking for, that of the flowers gently blowing in the breeze. Intentional camera movement has been around for as long as I remember it, but digital cameras and the use of photoshop have given me the tools to better achieve the pre-visualized results.

We have moved onto Leon Spain, and we are enjoying our wedding anniversary amidst one of the many great festivals of Leon. We should have photos soon.

Sunset at Llanes Spain

Bill at sunset: Llanes Spain

Bill at sunset: Llanes Spain 

Llanes, Austrias Spain has a very nice little harbour, a couple of nice beaches, and a lovely town centre with wonderful restaurants and shops, it was a nice relaxing place to spend a couple of days.

We were out one night trying to find a nice spot to watch the sunset, and capture a lovely view of the harbour for our memories of this wonderful little seaside town. When I looked back and saw Bill standing in the perfect spot I knew I had my photo. Yes, it could be anywhere, but I will remember that it was taken in the harbour of the lovely town.

Travelling on the FEVE train; Asturias Spain

view from the FEVE Train; copyright jmeyersforeman

view from the FEVE Train; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Asturias, officially the Principality of Asturias, is an autonomous community in north-west Spain. The FEVE train that we have been using for travel runs along the north coastline, with beautiful views of the ocean, rivers, hills, towns. While I have to be quick with the camera, the train does move slow enough to get some images to show you this wonderful area.

We are travelling from Llanes to Leon Spain on the FEVE train today, so I am expecting to see more lovely Spanish countryside.