My association with Spain goes back over 40 years to when I married my Spanish husband, Bienve, and moved to Madrid. Over the years I have got to know other places too, usually because they are the homes of friends and family: these include Barcelona, Avila, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela in Galicia and Valladolid, where we lived for a few months. Barcelona, setting aside its politics, is a fantastic place to visit, with a completely different feel from Madrid. Its Mediterranean climate is a lot milder, and of course it is a lot smaller and more compact, sandwiched as it is between the sea and the mountains. Low budget airlines have made it cheap to get to and it attracts millions of tourists and also those who want to tarry a little longer living and working there. It’s a photographer’s delight and there is a photo opportunity at every turn – street life, architecture and not least the fantastic natural landscape with the Pyrenees on the doorstep.
There are some wonderful places to visit just outside the city too – Figueras, with the Salvador Dali museum, the monastery at Montserrat, and Girona with its Flower Festival, to name but a few.
Here are a few images from my own visits to the Iberian Peninsula.