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

Salamanca Spain, Plaza Mayor; In and Out of the Shops

In and Outside: Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain

In and Outside: Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain, a hub of activity in the centre of town. We arrived in Salamanca just prior to Holy Week, along with a lot of other tourists and travellers. The squares, markets and streets are busy. The shop windows are lined with goods for sale and reflect the patio umbrellas, tables and people visiting the square. While each of the images are “busy” and may even look chaotic to some, they represent the activity in Plaza Mayor and the city of Salamanca these days.

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Old Town, Caceres Spain

Old Town Caceres Spain, stone walls, cobblestone streets, and church towers

Old Town Caceres Spain, stone walls, cobblestone streets, and church towers 

We spent almost a week in Caceres Spain, walking the street of the old town, visiting the Churches, cafe’s and bell towers; there is so much to show you, but for now just a few of the quiet streets and alleyways….

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Caceres Spain

Old Town; Caceres Spain

Old Town; Caceres Spain

We have spent a few days visiting the city of Cacres Spain, wandering the streets of the old town. Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city’s blend of Roman, Moorish and  Italian Renaissance Architecture.  Thirty towers from the Islamic period still stand in Cáceres I was standing in the bell tower of the Santa Maria, and was able to get a great view of the streets and of the Church of Francisco Javier and it’s two white towers that is visible from almost anywhere in the city. snail_IMG_6880 We are moving through Spain at a snail’s pace, but enjoying every minute, warm sunshine, great food, and most importantly friendly helpful people. We are amassing a large number of photographs, with no time for processing and that is as Martha Stewart would say “a good thing”

For the love of Peacocks; Careres Spain

Peacock showing off

Peacock showing off

We have arrived in Caceres Spain, late one afternoon and we walked around the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town. When we spotted the lovely Peacock calling out, and showing off his lovely plumage as he sat high on one of the roof tops, just out of reach and unbothered by the growing crowd below. It is heard not to stop and watch such a beautiful creature, it is a little like watching a mime in the square, except there was no hat to throw money into….

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2nd Century Glass at the National Museum of Roman Art, Merida Spain

2nd Century Roman Glass

2nd Century Roman Glass 

These delicate glass bowls were just three of the beautiful pieces we found lining the shelves and walls of the National Museum of Roman Art in Merida Spain. Archaeological excavations in Merida were begun in the late nineteenth century, and numerous monuments, statures, and other artifacts have been recovered.

The primary goal was to build a museum that would offer people an opportunity to understand aspects of the town’s Roman heritage, the building is it’s self a unique structure using techniques and building materials similar to, but not a strict imitation of Roman Architecture.

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida Spain

National Museum of Roman Art, Merida Spain 

We spent a couple of hours wandering the three levels of the museum, enthralled by both the building and it’s contents, and would recommend a visit to anyone visiting Merida Spain.

Calla Lilies in Merida Spain

Calla Lily

Just outside the Visgoth Museum is Merida Spain was a lovely garden, and the Calla Lilies were blooming, the garden was lovely. I wanted to share them with you. The Visigoths spread over much of the western Roman Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries, and the museum  owns a collection of more than a thousand pieces of Visigothic art and is one of two Visigothic museums in Spain. It is a must see for anyone travelling to Merida Spain. We have been walking up the Via la Plata on our way to Caceres, the scenery is beautiful, but it cannot beat the lovely Calla Lilies. I hope you enjoy your Sunday.