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Here goes another set of pictures I took some time ago, also in the summer of 2015. The weather was nice enough to do some visits to coastal places in Norfolk, a region here in England I like lots. This time was in Cley Next the Sea. I went there with a friend, and we walked a lot. I even felt I burnt my skin, a thing that rarely happens here in UK. We visited the marshes, the town, an old abandoned church. I’m not a believer myself, but I do enjoy taking pictures inside churches and similar places. The atmosphere, light, sense of peace and tranquility… I don’t need to believe in anything to actually feel… something. I don’t need either to invent strange reasons or imaginary friends to explain these feelings. Of course, we ended in a pub, having a nice meal and some beers. Simple pleasures are the best ones… 🙂

Time for some holidays. I won’t be able to update this blog very often for a while. But in the meantime, you can have a look at my twitter stream to get an idea of possible future posts. For example, recently I got a new mobile phone. My previous one had a very crappy camera, but this new one has some potential. I may post some of my experiments and tests. Mobile photography is something that I haven’t tried too much, apart from the usual selfie or a picture of something I need to buy in a shop. Also I had a bunch of pictures not published yet that now are online on my flickr account. I need to sort them out and write some comments about them. Please let me know if there is any particularly interesting for you, ok? 😉

 

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I didn’t want to go to this place when I was a child. This place was scary, at night you could hear noises.

They are rats, my grandparents said to my brothers and me. But also, I heard that at some point, decades ago, maybe during the Spanish civil war, a priest came to make some prayers for I don’t know what, and since then, those noises ended. Much later,  we came here to play and try to scare our friends and cousins. And we had to be really careful, just because the wood on the floor was quite broken in places, and you could fall to the room just downstairs. I visited this place during my summer holidays, and somehow, I felt really old.

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Medina Sidonia was our base for exploring Cadiz. Well, it wasn’t exactly an expedition.
We were on holidays, so the plan was just visit some places, go to the beach, eat good food, etc. Nothing more adventurous, to be honest. Just spend a good time in a place we didn’t knew. Its funny, because I have lived in Huelva, the province next to Cadiz, for many years when I was a teenager. And I did never visited Cadiz at that time. Now, after more than 20 years, I do it as a tourist. Medina Sidonia is a place with a great history, that spans for more than 2000 years. It is placed on top of a hill, a very strategic place for resisting battles during long years. At the end of the day, those hills are really hard to climb. Uphill narrow cobbled streets are not the best thing for walking with beach sandals. But as a reward, views like this can be waiting for you.

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Possibly, the best beach I’ve ever been. And I’m not the only one who thinks that. Just search for this place on google, and you’ll see this beach appearing in all sort of rankings and lists. And still, it feels pretty isolated. There is just a tiny road that brings you there. And the food in the restaurants close by is good enough. At the end of the day, you must climb the gigantic dune and watch the sea of pine trees in front of you.

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I really have enjoyed this trip to Spain. I think I’ve done something like 4000 Km in just three weeks. Cadiz, Albacete, Leon and Madrid have been the places I have visited. The white walls shown in the first picture are in Vejer de la Frontera. It is one of white towns in Cadiz and they are called that way for a reason. The dune picture was taken in Bolonia’s beach, also in Cadiz. I can honestly say that it’s one of the best beaches I have ever been. The windmill is in Pozohondo, Albacete, my place of birth. The fourth picture is a place in Leon province I often visited with my family in the past. Sadly now the restaurant and hotel is closed (damn economic crisis) but the views are still there. And finally, the statue picture is taken in a park in Madrid I had never visited before. El capricho is called.

I filled 2 memory cards with pictures. I have loads of editing and processing to do… 🙂