Plaza Espana, Merida Spain,

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night

Plaza Espana, Merida Spain on a Saturday night 

We were sitting having a glass of wine in the Plaza Mayor, here in Merida last night. It was full of kids playing, parents with strollers, and old people walking hand in hand.  Thought out the square there are about 4 or 5 Tapa bars where music was playing, and people were visiting. I decided a long exposure showing people moving about was a wonderful way of capturing the light, and the life of the square.

Plaza Espana, Sevilla Spain in the evening

Plaza Espana, Spain Square in the evening

Plaza Espana, Spain Square in the evening

we had a warm cloudy night as we waited for the sunset and the street lights to come on around the Plaza Espana. Just as the lights came on the carriage stopped under the street light, as if to pose in the perfect light for this final image of the day.

The Plaza Espana, or Spain Square as it is called in English, is  located in the Parque de María Luisa was built in 1928 for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, and it is a beautiful place to spend the day when visiting Seville.

 

Seville Spain

Plaza Mayor, Metropol Parasol.

Plaza Mayor, Metropol Parasol 

There is so much to see in Seville that you would never see anywhere else. Here the Metropol Parasol, often called the Mushroom of Incarnation. It is both beautiful and functional it was built as part of the rehabilitation of the city centre.

boy chasing pigeons

boy chasing pigeons 

It doesn’t seem to matter where you go or what plaza you sit in, there will be pigeons, someone will feed the pigeons, a small child will try to chase them away, and I can’t help to try to get one picture. One of the many subject I like to watch and take pictures of.

Seville Cathedral and Giralda at the Plaza del Triunfo Seville Spain

Seville Cathedral and Giralda at the Plaza del Triunfo Seville Spain 

We sat in the Plaza del Triunfo watching people, the horse carriages and the sunset. By this time of day the tourists and locals alike have drifted away from the square and all was quiet. A beautiful finish to a wonderful day. It was time to find a Tapa bar and a glass of wine.

 

 

Fraser Valley, Vancouver British Columbia

Fraser River, Vancouver BC, Canada,

Fraser River, Vancouver BC, Canada, 

Before going east I had the opportunity to fly to Vancouver, and I wanted to share this lovely view of the Fraser River at sunset.

My idea of inflight entertainment watching out the window, and of course taking photos.  I never really tire of the view, watching the clouds, seeing the landscape from the miles above.  More than likely I will be posting a few more images of what I have seen out the window of the airplane. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I have.

 

La Virgin del Camino to Hospital de Orbigo; 29 k of the Camino de Santiago

 

Camino de Santiago, Leaving La Virgen del Camino on the walker’s route to Hospital de Orbigo, Spain

We left La Virgen del Camino, just outside of Leon Oct 2, 2012 about 8:30 this morning, not too long after sunrise, temperatures about 10 degrees C, a good walking temperature. It had been cool while we were in Leon, and with autumn fast approaching we anticipate cooler temperatures, today we did not need the toque or mittens we had bought!  Our destination was Hospital de Orbiga, 29 kilometers down the road.  We choose the quiet walker’s route, rather than the near the N12o because we did not want to walk near the highway.  It was a very quiet walk, as there was very little traffic, and fewer pilgrims/peregrine’s that we were use to seeing, but we were not alone on the road.

The roses in many gardens are blooming…..

Roses by the road, Oncina de la Valdoncina

About 4:30 pm this afternoon with mid 20 degree C temperatures, we reached our destination of Hospital de Orbigo Spain. A long day and a lot of walking and we were both very tired. After checking in we showered, washed our cloths, and had a nap! About 6:30 pm we walked about town, and found the famous medieval bridge.  Near the bridge is a wonderful restaurant where we have probably had our best pilgrim’s meal since starting our journey!

Medieval Bridge, Hospital de Orbigo at sunset

One of our favourite reference books for the camino has been “Walking the Camino de Santiago” written by Bethan Davies and Ben Cole, updated by Daphne Hnatiuk and published by Pili Pala Press. http://www.pilipalapress.com they have this to say regarding the history of the bridge.

“In the late ninth century. Puente de Órbigo, the multi-arched Gothic bridge that’s one of the most important of the camino, was built-in the thirteenth century, and though it has been destroyed by floods many times since, its appearance remains resolutely mediaeval.

The most famous episode in the bridge’s history is the quest of the lovelorn Don Suero de Quiñones. In 1434, rejected by his lady-love, Suero put an iron collar around his neck as a sign that he was still shackled to her. He vowed to keep the collar on until he had broken 300 lances in fights on the bridge with the best knights in Europe.

Many knights rose to the challenge, and Suero and his friends were kept busy fight- ing them off. The tournament took place during a Holy Year and began a couple of weeks before the Día de Santiago on July 25, the peak time of year for pilgrim traf- fic. Suero successfully defended the bridge against all-comers and eventually reached his 300-lance target.Taking off his iron collar, Suero journeyed to Santiago with his lady’s jewelled bracelet; it now encircles the neck of the statue of Santiago in the cathedral. It’s said that Suero’s story may have inspired Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

The jousting tournament is recreated next to the bridge at the beginning of June each year.”

 

Four Jacks Casino, Jackpot Nevada, Photoblog word challenge

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the Photoblog Creative Photo Challenge this week is “words”  The photo must to contain at least one word for the challenge, so I went digging through the archives and found this from my trip to Yuma a couple of years ago.  I noticed the dark foreboding sky and took it as a sign of my luck at the card table.  Really I am not much of a gambler, I usually go and watch others loose their money.

You can see other creative “word” photos at the Photoblog Challenge website.

Sunset at English Bay, Vancouver BC

English Bay, Vancouver BC, a great place to watch the sunset.  Of course there is so much more to do on or near the beach in downtown Vancouver. Besides the ususal beach activities, like swimming and sunbathing, the seawall runs all the way around English Bay from Stanley Park to False Creek and is used by runners, walkers, cyclists, and rollerblading for recreation and commuting. Not far off the beach, great restaurants, shopping, art and people watching.

 

spring pussy willows, in the spring

warm setting sun,

fuzzy pussy willows,

spring is in the air.

Monday I was visiting Cochrane Ranch, near Cochrane Alberta, the willow trees were past the bud stage, but seemed to have a halo around them when seen in front of the setting sun. It is friday and I am looking forward to a long weekend.