On our way to Portugal and then back to the Basque Country,
we visited several absolutely incredible cities/towns/villages in Spain.
I only snapped a few shots while we passed through,
but although I didn't have time for full on photo shoots,
I did have enough time to fall in love with España.
Please enjoy these few pictures from various Spanish cities.
Where my dream of seeing real life Spanish flamenco dancers came true.
Salamanca was one of the most picturesque cities I've ever seen, and yet its beauty was on such a large scale
that it was impossible to capture in a still photo, no matter how wide your lens.
Even at night they had the lighting designed to illuminate their magnificent buildings as if you were on a movie set.
Pamplona is most well known in America for the 'running of the bulls', but as I found out there is so much more going on there,
including a flourishing Basque culture (and re-opened Basque language schools! (see picture))
and tons of incredible Spanish architecture that has been seamlessly blended into the modern infrastructure
(including the 16th century citadel that has been turned into a public park that I ran at every day).
Camino de Santiago
While in Spain we kept hearing about the Camino de Santiago and so decided to embark on our own 5 day pilgrimage.
Walking is such amazing exercise! It was so awesome to just be without phone and other technology
(except for a few photos I snapped) and just walk and think...
through the absolutely gorgeous landscape of northern Spain.
People had come from all over the world to walk the Christian pilgrimage trail
that 'peregrinos' (pilgrims) had been walking for over a thousand years.
No, this isn't the Spanish Disney Magical Kingdom, it's the totally real, absolutely incredible town of Olite, Spain.