Rupit (Catalonia)

Posted on May 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Rupit (Catalonia)
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A few weeks ago I went to visit the Sallent waterfall, I was a little bit disappointed because there were not much water but the path to the waterfall starts in Rupit; and trolling around this medieval town with the old stone houses and natural stone streets is always a pleasure.

The town grew around the castle of Rupit, in a narrow ridge above the river and some streets are climbing up the hill. Nowadays, the only visible remainder of the castle is this vertical wall behind the houses in the photo.

If you ever visit Catalonia this is a place that you don’t want to miss. It’s only at 100Km from Barcelona, and it’s worth to spend one-day visiting the town and the beautiful surroundings.

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The Cathedral Basement (Girona, Catalonia)

Posted on May 23, 2015 Leave a comment

The Cathedral Basement (Girona, Catalonia)
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Every year Girona is filled with thousands of flowers to celebrate “Temps de Flors” (Flowers Time), one of the most important Catalan flowers show. In this latest 59th edition, 185 different free exhibitions were opened to the public for more than a week. Most of the spots are in the open air, so tourists can appreciate them while strolling through the heart of this beautiful city; and others are inside historical buildings and patios like in the case of this photograph.

After a few years closed because of archeological excavations The Cathedral basement –one of the most emblematic spots of the festival– it has been reopened. It’s quite impressive, when I got inside the basement the contrast between the colorful grass and the doll tones of the walls amazed me.

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Montblanc Medieval Festival (Catalonia)

Posted on May 12, 2015 Leave a comment

A Lord from The Montblanc Medieval Festival

 

A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of the most important medieval festivals in Catalonia. During two weeks, the ancient streets and squares of Montblanc –a well-preserved medieval town with the whole set of walls and towers– are festooned with the colors of four noble houses; and embellished with the noble flags and standards.

There are a lot of performances around the city; you can also see how real craftsmen and artisans worked and those days; enjoy a medieval banquet; or simple enjoy the pleasure of discovering the hideouts and old buildings of this city. However, the most important act is the performance of Saint George’s Legend by local actors and actresses.

These are a few examples of what you can see on the festival, check the full gallery here: Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015.

 

knights Fight - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

The King - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

Innkeeper - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

Horse Riders Knights - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

Lords - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

Essences and Incense Merchant - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

Scrivener - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

Blacksmith - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

Eagle - Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015

These a few photos from this event, you can also see the full gallery on this link: Montblanc Medieval Festival 2015.

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Carpe Diem (Barcelona, Catalonia)

Posted on May 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Carpe Diem (Barcelona, Catalonia)
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I took this photo during a morning stroll in La Barceloneta and the Olympic Port in Barcelona. This part of the city is full discotheques, clubs and restaurants. Therefore, when I first saw this colorful “Carpe Diem” sign I was not sure about what it was but it catch my eye and I had to take the shoot.

By the way, The “Carpe Diem” it’s a nice restaurant and lounge club. And judging by a lot of Internet reviews a nice place to eat and have fun.

You can also see the Hotel Arts Tower –with a steel armor around it– and the Mapfre tower in background of the photo. Both, with an identical height of 154 meters, were constructed around 1992, just before the Barcelona Olympic Games. In fact, the Hotel Arts is part of la Barceloneta district but the Mapfre tower was constructed as a part of the Olympic Village of Poblenou.

It’s also noticeable the odd form of the ‘Peix D’or’ (Golden Fish) in front of the Hotel Arts; a large metal sculpture designed by Frank Gehry.

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La Foradada (Cantonigròs, Catalonia)

Posted on April 26, 2015 Leave a comment

La Foradada (Cantonigròs, Catalonia)
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A few weeks ago, I received a photo of a friend in front of this beautiful waterfall. I had been thinking about visiting this spot for a long time and when I saw the large amount of water in the photo, I could not resist visiting it on my next free day.

It was not the best day to take photos—the clouds were covering the sky like a grey blanket and it looked as if it would start raining at any time. However, I am happy with my decision. I had a nice time taking photos in a place worth visiting.

La Foradada, which literally means ‘with a hole,’ was named after the big hole in the rock face in the left side of the photo. With a 15-meter fall, it is quite impressive and in the summer, it is a great place to swim and cool off.

You can find this beautiful waterfall in the Collsacabra region, not far from a little town called Cantonigròs situated in central Catalonia, which is a peaceful place about 100 kilometers from Barcelona.

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Rosemary Flowers

Posted on April 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Rosemary Flowers
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It is that time of year when flowers are growing everywhere, which is the perfect excuse to take out my macro lens and snap a few colorful photos in my garden.

This particular rosemary flower did not come up as I expected. However, using overlays of wood textures, I was able to create this beautiful image. I am quite happy with the result and hope you enjoy it as well.

As you may already know, rosemary is as tasty as it is beautiful. It has been used in Mediterranean cuisine for thousands of years. If you have the opportunity, try it on a focaccia, roast meat, or with any other recipe—it is a delicious spice.

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Agbar Tower (Barcelona, Catalonia)

Posted on April 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Agbar Tower (Barcelona, Catalonia)
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It’s curious; even though I live near Barcelona, I’ve only been there to take photos twice in my life. Perhaps it is because I am not much of a city dweller. But this year I am going to change that; I’m preparing a series of visits to Barcelona to photograph its most emblematic locations—many beautiful and sometimes forgotten parts of the city.

I took this photo of the Agbar Tower on a recent visit. This tower is part of the city skyline and one of the typical tourist attractions; but when it was constructed it was not immune to criticism because of it shape. In fact, the building is not only known by its name, but it is locally also known as ‘el supositori’ (the suppository), ‘l’obús’ (the shell), and other unflattering names.

I believe that the best time to visit the tower is at night, when a nice display of moving colors covers the building. At 38 stories and 144 meters tall, it takes 4500 luminous devices, which can operate independently using LED technology, to cover the tower. These lights enable the generation of animated images on the outside of the tower.

If you ever come to visit Barcelona, this should be one of your obligatory stops.

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