A business trip to Madrid

As an American, going to Madrid on a business trip is the bee’s knees. I’ve never been there before but I do love Spain in general after our trip to Andalucia at Christmas. I love that there’s a dentist living/working upstairs from this candy shop! This was a ceiling light fixture in our hotel…I feel like someday I will layer this over something else in Photoshop and it will be awesome. And finally, the cut/curled stems of some flowers in the hotel…

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Andalucia day 8: Estepona

Today I’m in Madrid for a work meeting. Spain is still lovely, as it was when we were in Andalucia…which makes me remember that I really ought to post the final installment from our Andalucia trip! So without further ado: day 8 was New Year’s Eve! We spent the day doing two things: 1) nothing, and 2) going to the spa. We spent the evening buying food for our little en-suite picnic and ringing in the new year. It was absolutely perfect. We stayed at the Gran Hotel Elba Estepona which was a tremendous deal since it was the off[…]

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Andalucia day 7: Ronda & the mountains

The final leg of our journey took us south from Cordoba, through the mountains and particularly through a town called Ronda, to Estepona on the coast. The drive to Ronda was uneventful, but the town, and its bridge, was out of this world. Seriously, this was the view from the parking lot where we stopped. When we left Ronda, we drove up into those dramatic clouds. I pulled over because I just had to shoot. While we were stopped I did some macro shots of the raindrops… …followed by a shot of Lefteris being really focused. Late that night we[…]

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Andalucia day 6 part 2: Cordoba

After the Mezquita, we went for a walk around Cordoba. Mostly we saw tons of gardens. We found an adorable/disturbing mural. Then we had a coffee in a square that was apparently very popular during the Inquisition, but is now fun for kids to play soccer in. Later on in the night, we went to see a flamenco show. The show was totally, completely awful. But on the way we found a little secret garden. Finally, in the morning, we had some churros and were on our way! Earlier: Day 6 part 1: the Mezquita Day 5: Sevilla Day 4:[…]

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Andalucia day 6 part 1: the Mezquita

I’ve obviously fallen behind on posting about Andalucia; there are still a few more little adventures to go. Today: the Mezquita! Ahhhhh, the Mezquita. So bizarre and so beautiful. Here are the Cliff’s Notes: around 600 AD the building was started as a Christian church. In 784, it was built in earnest as a mosque. Leaders added on and on and on to it over the following centuries until it reached its current dimensions in 987, filling it with giant arches of granite, jasper, onyx, and marble. It was turned back into a Christian church in 1236. Then the weird[…]

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Andalucia day 5: Sevilla

We stopped in Sevilla for only a nice long afternoon. It is clearly a great place, and one I’d love to go back to, but we had only a few days left and some things we really wanted to see, so Sevilla got short shrift. Still…it was gorgeous. Like everything else we saw on this trip. The city is filled with orange trees, all of which were bearing fruit (some of which were being harvested). We even saw a kid with a balloon (in keeping with a theme from earlier days). Sevilla is the home of the world’s largest gothic[…]

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Andalucia day 3: Algeciras port and ferry

Normally the port where we spent the morning hour wouldn’t get its own billing, but this was such a photographic goldmine that I had to mention it by name. Ever since I learned that one could take a ferry from southern Spain or Gibraltar over to Morocco, I’ve wanted to do it. And it was more than I even imagined. On the ferry, we got a first taste of what was to come. I love, love, love the light on this crane and its reflection. We unmoored and got our first view across the bay toward Gibraltar. Oh my god.[…]

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Andalucia day 2: the mountains and the coast

Day 2 (Christmas day!), we got up early enough to have some more churros with chocolate and exchange gifts. 🙂 Then we drove south from Granada to the coast, then drove west along the coast enjoying that amazing Mediterranean light all the way to La Linea. We were kind of wandering around on a back road when we saw a bridge. It quickly became clear that standing on that bridge, there was a view of another bridge… …and lo and behold, a third bridge above us! When we hit the coast, we were pretty much thrilled. It was kinda warm,[…]

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Andalucia day 1 part 2: Granada

After thoroughly wearing ourselves out at the Alhambra on Christmas Eve, we went for a walk around town and did a little street photography… I’ve been playing with this tight-aperture-equals-starburst-sun-at-shadow-edges trick. You’ll see this again… There were people walking through the streets selling balloons. I didn’t know it at the time, but balloons would become a recurring theme on this trip. I loved the storefronts. Color! Light and geometry again!

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Andalucia day 1: the Alhambra

For this year’s Christmas/New Years holiday trip, I consider the flying day “Day 0” because 1) we got up at 3 to get to the airport, so we were completely out of our minds most of the day, 2) the plane actually got turned around in the air and sent back to London because there was a medical emergency (I hope the person is all right), and 3) we didn’t really do anything of note other than get the car and get our (my) first taste of driving in the tiny Spanish streets of Granada, which was quite enough, thank[…]

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