Weekend in Caen France

Refection of a boat; black and white image; copyright jmeyersforeman

Refection of a boat; black and white image; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We arrived in Caen a couple of days ago. We have been busy seeing the sights and visiting the historic sights and memorials. For now I will show you this reflection of a small boat and hope that you are having a great weekend. I hope to show you more of Caen France early next week.

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!

 

The Pinta; Baiona Spain

The Pinta; Baiona Spain

While we were visiting Baiona Spain we learned that the Pinta, one of the ships sailing with Christopher Columbus had arrived in where to announce to Europe that they had discovered the new world. The citizens of Baiona were the … Continue reading

FEVE; across the north coast of Spain

FEVE Train; northern coast of Spain

FEVE Train; northern coast of Spain 

Yesterday I mentioned we were travelling on a narrow gauge rail line operated by FEVE. Best described as quaint, it is used by commuters, school children as well as a few tourists and travellers. If follows what has been described as the rugged northern Spain through coastal towns; we have visited Ferrol, and Ribedao and Gijon.

view from the FEVE Train

view from the FEVE Train    

Accompanied by the clicky-clake of the train wheel and the gentle rocking of the car we watch the beautiful countryside amble by. I do say amble as the train travels at a leisurely pace, slow enough we can enjoy the view of hills, towns and hidden beach coves as they passes by.

foggy countryside of northern Spain

foggy countryside of northern Spain 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday; Chasing Pigeons and Black and White Photography

chasing pigeons

chasing pigeons

I might have mentioned this before but I love watching kids chase the pigeons. it is especially fun when I can stand close to the action and capture a few images. So it will be a wonderful day! More images of children chasing pigeons are available for viewing and purchasing through jmeyersforeman photography.

We are on the road again, taking the narrow gauge train run by FEVE along the north coast of Spain, following much the same route as the Camino North from San Sebastian west to Ribadeo. It isn’t likely that we will make this pilgrimage so we thought we would have a look at the country side and stop in some of the towns. I will tell you more about it when I have photos.

this weeks wordpress photo challenge; extra extra  “a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture”

All for now, Happy Friday the 13th to you.

Portimao Portugal

Lighthouse at Portimao Portugal

Lighthouse at Portimao Portugal 

We visited Portimao Portugal near the end of February 2014, the weather is a little like the weather we are having in Baiona Spain.

It has been rainy over the last couple of days, so we haven’t ventured too far from the balcony of the apartment we rented, but that is okay. I have had time to work on some image, do some key-wording and sorting in Bridge, and even watch some tutorials.

I hope you are enjoying your Friday, where you are.

Circular Staircase

circular staircase

circular staircase 

Staircases are, at least for me, visually interesting. The have rhythm of line, and a symmetrical balance that is pleasing I suspect because predictability, and ease at which the eye can move around the photo. Circular staircases have an added interest a vanishing point that draws the viewer’s eye in so naturally to the focal point. This staircase seems to be two stair cases wrapped into one, and one of the more interesting staircase I have seen in a while.

Exhausted

Exhausted

Exhausted

Have you ever had one of those holidays; a new place, so much to see, so little time. You have a checklist of places the guide-book or tourist office has recommended, and by the time you get home you have a camera load of photos, a suitcase full of trinkets, two sore feet and a blur of memories!

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these two young people. We were sitting enjoying our morning coffee at a little cafe in front of the Cathedral. These two, early for the opening, sat down, and before long were sound asleep against one another, and they slept like this for probably twenty minutes. About five minutes after the Cathedral doors opened they woke, stretched and headed inside, just guessing they collected for more photos and trinkets and memories, after all that is what holidays are all about, aren’t they?

What holiday place so intrigued you that you came home more exhausted than when you left?

ps. for all those back home who know us, we have not yet exhausted ourselves, I am sure you will be surprise to hear, we have learned to pace ourselves!

Granada Spain

cobblestone staircase in black and white

cobblestone staircase in black and white

On our walk up to the Alhambra in Granada Spain, we found and walked another cobblestone staircase, the metal hand rail in the middle adding to the abstraction of lines and pattern. In the early morning the sun had not yet created harsh shadows.  This was the first part of the trek up the hill, but the only section that had the lovely staircase worthy of photos.

Processed using Nik Silver Effects Pro I was able to increase the contrast and bring texture of the beautiful little stones.

Retired

retired

retired

We were at a little port town called Ayamtome Spain, on a Sunday, and to say call it a sleepy little town, would be an understatement. Most of the stores and markets were closed. There were a few people around the plaza’s, one young guy said that tourist season is not yet in full swing and many of the hotels were still closed. The tourist information was closed so it was hard to get any information about the town.

As walked along the coastline we did come find this boat grave yard – there were a three or four old boats of different sizes well past the need for repair,  and not likely to return to work any time soon. This beauty was the most interesting of them.

It has given me an idea for a new series, titled “Aged”  I want to show the beauty of old and worn, thing past their prime. Everywhere we have travelled we have been drawn to the beauty of the past, some places more aged and or more worn than others. There is still so much to explore.