España - Spain

What can I say about Spain in such a small space except GO, but don't go during the summer! 

Consider travelling through Spain in the winter. The celebration of Christmas and New Year’s can be delightful in Spain.

February in Spain brings a whole new experience than what you've been used to. 

You'll be in for a treat!

The renowned Sitges carnival starts on the 24th of February with the arrival of the  King of Carnival into town and ends when he leaves on Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent. Along with colourful costumes, you can also enjoy the celebrations all through the streets of Spain.

At the end of February, this glorious flamenco festival is hosted by Jerez. With its large Gypsy quarter and Moorish castle – Jerez s the very heart of Flamenco with the soul of this traditional style – said to be an area encompassed by the cities of Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera and the barrio of Triana in Seville.

Portugal and the Azores -- Coming 2022

Portugal and the Azores -- Coming 2022

In 2019 Condé Nast Traveller Chose Portugal As The Best European Destination. From a landscape photographer's perspective, it is not hard to understand why. With the diversity of landscapes and rugged coastline and relatively small size, Portugal is easy to take in especially when one embarks on a self-drive tour.

When most people think of Portugal the Algarve comes to mind with its red-cliffed coastline and idyllic whitewashed Moorish villages dotted with lattice chimneys and orange groves. Porto is Portugal's second-biggest city, and very different in character from the capital, Lisbon. Porto is unpretentious and unashamedly commercial obstinately clinging to a slightly time-worn way of life.

The Azores, nine tiny atolls of black lava rising from the depths of the mid-Atlantic have been described as the Hawaii of Europe and the reasons are not hard to see. Their breath-taking natural landscapes are truly wonderful.

On São Miguel, known as the green island you'll experience crater lake fed waterfalls tumbling down basalt cliffs and rivulets coursing down rain-forest covered hills, to lush green pastures dotted with cows the Azores are a landscape photographer and gardeners dream. The other island crosses a spectrum of biomes. Tiny Santa Maria is an island of fine white-sand beaches. Terceira, the heart of the archipelago first settled in 1450 is a wild and hilly island with many walking snd hiking trails. Much of the island is a nature reserve with a patchwork of small farms and stonewalls. Another island is Faial. It is close to the tectonic divide between the European and North American plates. Faial can be considered the westernmost point in Europe (from a geophysical perspective)

Venice --Tra la gente

Venice --Tra la gente

Weaving amongst the millions of tourists that flock to Venice each year are the residents of Venice. Those 50,000 or so people who live, work, and play amongst the six districts or sestieri. Every sestieri has its own distinctive offering. Something a little different and distinctive wherever you wander.

With the rise of tourism in the early 20th century Venice’s resident population declined sharply. With most buildings being high maintenance that required money to be preserved, many of the locals moved out to the mainland.