The umbrella festival of Agueda, Portugal was a destination for me ever since I saw a photo of these umbrella lined streets three years ago on the Internet. Marketed as a music and concert destination for younger kids, the town gets crowded with tourists during the month of July. Continue reading →
Bullfighting would be more likely associated with Madrid, Spain than its architecture. However, the draw for me was some uniquely designed buildings and staircases. The bullfights had ended about a month before my arrival. Continue reading →
Barcelona Music Hall Panorama the Palau de la Música Catalana
This magnificent music hall is known to Barcelonians as Palau de la Música Catalana. I walked here late one afternoon in search of tour tickets, only to find the ticket office had closed hours earlier. The walk here took me down some of the many narrow streets which are common in the older sections of the city. Continue reading →
We have all seen photos of the Tuscan landscape and the beautiful green or gold rolling hills, depending on the time of year. We visited in the spring so all was very lush and green. Photos of Tuscany were responsible for Italy being such a large part of our initial trip to Europe. In particular, I was interested in the often photographed Vitaleta Chapel pictured above. We stayed at a working vineyard and olive farm in San Quirico d’Orcia primarily for me to have easy access to this chapel and many other vistas. As it turns out, the light was never quite right for photographing the chapel, but the surrounding area was still wonderful.