Cathedral of Saint Julian of Le Mans (France)

Posted on November 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Cathedral of Saint Julian of Le Mans (France)
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This beautiful cathedral—dedicated to Saint Julian of Le Mans, the city’s first bishop—is located on the northeastern corner of the old town. It sits atop a slight ridge that is dominated by cobbled streets and half-timbered medieval houses.

I must say, I am very happy to finally have the opportunity to photograph this stunning building. I have visited the city several times since 2007 and this is the first year the building hasn’t been under repair and surrounded by scaffolding.

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The Houses on the River Onyar (Girona, Catalonia)

Posted on November 5, 2014 Leave a comment

The Houses on the River Onyar (Girona, Catalonia)
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Girona is a great city to visit because it offers spectacular images: from steep alleyways, streets lined with porticos, interesting squares, and the Cathedral, there is much to see. However, the most emblematic image of the city is the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar River.

Because of their beauty, these houses are often photographed. But with such a colorful view and with my camera at hand, I could not stop myself from capturing them as well.

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Yellow Foot (Craterellus Aurora)

Posted on October 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Yellow Foot (Camagroc, Craterellus Aurora)
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Fall is the best season to forage for mushrooms in Catalonia. This year has been bountiful and the forest has been filled with people carrying out wicker baskets full of beautiful mushrooms.

After I had filled my own basket a few days ago, I photographed one of my favorite mushrooms, the Yellow Foot (“Camagroc” in Catalan).

The Yellow Foot is an amazing mushroom. It has a strong flavor, making it perfect for use in many different recipes: from omelets and risottos to stews and soups. Not only is it delicious, it is beautiful.

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La Serra dels Bufadors (Catalonia)

Posted on October 19, 2014 Leave a comment

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Recently, I had a fantastic time exploring “La Serra dels Bufadors,” a mountain range located near Santa Maria de Besora between the Osona and Ripolles regions.

The views are spectacular high in the mountain range. What is more incredible, however, is the strange inner corridor you can find between the peaks. It appears that, at some point, the mountain cracked and split apart, creating a unique and fragile micro-ecosystem.

Holes can be found in the soil. Passing them, we could feel cold air escaping and, sometimes, we could feel how the air whistles inside. This whistling noise is where the name Bufadors (blowers) comes from.

Many of the principal holes have been explored by speleologists. However, because of the unstable terrain and the danger that it represents, the interest in studying and exploring them has decreased.

Click on the next video for more photos and footage from this amazing place! I welcome your comments!

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Never Ending Summer at ‘La Fageda d’en Jordà’ (Catalonia)

Posted on October 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Neverending Summer at La Fageda dèn Jordà
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Today I visited one of my favorite forests in Catalonia. “La Fajeda d’en Jordà” is a beautiful place and each time I visit, I discover new secrets. It’s almost flat—it is covered by small hills of varying sizes, known locally as “tossols”—and full of small paths.

The idea was to capture a fantastic set of autumn photos. However, like the past few years, the weather has had different plans…On this visit, the temperature was too high—it looks like summer—and only a few leaves are starting to change the color.

The forest is part of the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of the Garrotxa Territory. If you like nature, live in Catalonia, or are planning to visit Barcelona and the surrounding area, I definitely recommend making a detour to this beautiful forest. You will enjoy it!

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The Puigmal seen from the ‘Collet de les Barraques’ (Catalan Pyrenees)

Posted on September 27, 2014 Leave a comment

The Puigmal seen from the ‘Collet de les Barraques’ in Catalonia
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Recently, I was foraging for mushrooms near the ‘El Collet de les Barraques’ in the Catalan Pyrenees. I wasn’t very lucky with the mushrooms, but I was happily surprised by green tones of the season on the landscape—the summer was ending and I decided I was wiser to capture photos instead of mushrooms.

On the left, you can see the peak of The Puigmal. At 2,909 meters, it is one of the highest peaks in the eastern Pyrenees and acts as a natural border between France and Catalonia.



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Streets of Mura (Catalonia)

Posted on September 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Streets of Mura (Catalonia)
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Mura is an idyllic village located inside the beautiful natural park of ‘Sant LLorenç del Munt I Serra de l’Obac’ in the province of Barcelona. As nearly all the houses are made of stone, it reminds one of medieval times.

A narrow set of streets, stairs, and ramps were constructed around the Sant Martí Church a long time ago to create the village we see today. It is not very big—you can tour the entire village in just a few hours—but the trip is worth it.

By the way, What do you prefer to visit while traveling, small picturesque towns or big cities?

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