Spain

Spain Photos: Memories of Madrid, Toledo, and Segovia

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Spain Photos

Browsing Spain photos from my 2012 adventures in Spain is a great way to pass a dreary wet, cold week in Nova Scotia. Welcome to week 352 (12/7/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.  This week I’m sharing some of my favorite Spain photos. Join me on eclectic visit to Spain through my eyes.

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Spain Photos: Madrid

January 2012 found me in Madrid for 10 days. The bone chilling temperatures and short days didn’t stop me from making the most of my time in the city, and a few towns within easy driving distances. I always enjoy a bit of pomp and ceremony when I’m in Europe and the changing of the guard at Madrid’s Royal Palace did not disappoint. 

 

Pomp and Ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid

“Changing of the guard at the Puerta del Príncipe gate. Royal Palace in Madrid. Since 2007, every Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm (except July, August and the first fortnight of September) you can watch a changing of the guard ceremony at the Puerta del Príncipe gate at the Royal Palace in Madrid. It is particularly dynamic and lively. The drums announce the arrival of the foot guard, who gradually fall into formation accompanied by the beating of the drums. If you’ve already seen the foot sentries take their place in their positions, get ready –this is the moment the mounted guards come on the scene. Spectacular on their mounts, the sentries trot past and gradually take their places. When they are ready and standing in formation in their places, you can’t possibly leave until you see the actual changing of the guard. There is a change of guard every 30 minutes.” (From: www.spaininfo.com)

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Showing Our Love for Barcelona in Photos

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Barcelona, Destinations, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Barcelona Photos

The first thing I read on my news feed this morning was the breaking news of the horrifying terrorist attack in Barcelona. Like most of the world, I am sickened and disgusted by this senseless act of terrorism. My original plan for Travel Photo Thursday had nothing to do Barcelona photos. However, I’ve decided to share some of my photos taken when I visited this vibrant and beautiful city in December 2015, and again in February 2016. Welcome to week 340 of Travel Photo Thursday.  Most of my Barcelona shots are on a hard drive packed in a box making its way from Seoul to Nova Scotia. Do enjoy the few that I discovered on my hard drive.

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Barceloneta Beach

A short subway ride from Barcelona’s downtown core you’ll find this lovely white sand beach with its pungent ocean smells and people in the mood for fun. You can read all about Barceloneta in an earlier post.  

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

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Barcelona’s Barceloneta Beach

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Barcelona, Destinations, Featured, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Barceloneta Beach

When you visit Barcelona, Barceloneta Beach is only a short subway ride from downtown. The fresh salty smell of the ocean and the white, stick your toes in the sand beach, awaits. Welcome to week 286 (7/14/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Let’s have a peek!

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Barceloneta Beach with its palm trees, boardwalk, white sand, and the salt air smells. What more can we ask for?

 

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

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Windows around the World

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Budapest, Canada, Czech - Prague, Destinations, Halifax, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Windows

Windows and doors are favorite photo ops when I’m traveling, and I know I’m not alone. Welcome to Week 280 (6/2/2106) of Travel Photo Thursday. The end of the semester will dominate the next few weeks, so little time for anything else. This post will not be particularly wordy. I think that the beautiful windows speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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I loved the windows in Prague and managed to come away with several beautiful shots. These two I took in the Old Town, where it’s next to impossible to walk more than 30 seconds without taking a photo or two.

Gorgeous symmetry! Prague is also really big on window boxes with lots of lovely details.

 

Curtained Prague

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Barcelona: Arc de Triomf

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 43 comments

Barcelona

Welcome to Week 268 (3/3/2016) of  Travel Photo Thursday, showing off Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf. Classes started this week, so it’s a week of welcoming freshmen to their first day and week of classes, and all things English! Happy to say that I am back to working mornings, and my body clock feels so grateful 🙂 

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Designed by architect Josep Vilaseca, Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf was built for the 1888 Universal Exposition. It served as the gateway to the exposition, which took place in the Parc de la Ciutadella. With its imposing classical shape and decorative detail, today is is considered one of the city’s iconic landmarks. I strolled through on my last day in the city. Although you can see in the photos that people were wearing jackets, it was quite warm. The blue sky, palm trees, and the vibe from all of the pedestrians made for a very festive feel. There was definitely a giddy hint of spring in the air.

 

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

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Barcelona:The World Begins With Every Kiss

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Barcelona, Destinations, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Welcome to 267 (2/25/2016) of  Travel Photo Thursday. This week I take you to Barcelona and “The World Begins with Every Kiss”.

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El Món Neix en Cada Besada (The World Begins With Every Kiss) by Joan Fontcuberta is located just steps from the Barcelona Cathedral, but I never noticed it until my last day in the city. From a distance, it looks like a huge colorful graffiti. Only as I came in closer and closer did it become apparent that it’s actually a mosaic created from thousands of teeny tiny mosaic tiles. Each tile contains the photo of a place, a person, or a moment, which represents an expression of freedom.

 

Kiss of Freedom

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