Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wanderlust in Galicia, Part I: Green & Gardens

The landscape in Galicia was more dramatically gorgeous than I expected. Vast, steep, rolling hills. It was a constantly impressive sight. My dinky point and shoot couldn't capture any of the immensity of it. Just driving around was one of my favorite things that we did, and we did a lot of it. In fact, I think it's safe to say that the thing I most enjoyed about our travels was taking in these sights and, with them, the relationship between civilization and nature. So many beautiful old structures built with stone and weathered over the centuries, they blend so elegantly with their natural surroundings. Small town clusters are nestled into hillsides and every home has its own vegetable garden and grapevines. For making homemade wine, of course. There is a seamlessness in these places. A simple understanding and reciprocity between a people and their land. It was terribly inspiring. It made me heart-achy for a plot of my own.

The first half of the photos below are from a place called Pazo de Oca, a maintained garden on an old estate. We spent an afternoon roaming its pathways, completely sucked into its gorgeousness. I can hardly believe that someone used to live there. The second half of the images are of random little places and crossroads around Galicia, a sampling of some moments I was able to capture.

1-6/ Pazo de Oca. So many doors!
7/ Me being goofy and some pretty rock.
8/ Most homes did not have greenhouses but this one did and it was right near the road, so I stole a peak.
9/ The best photo I managed to get of a hillside town cluster. Sort of a shame because there were many others that were so much more romantic and beautiful.
10/ A lovely bridge in the middle of a lovely nowhere.
*The images of me were taken by Scott Rounds.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Madrid in Spring

We were in Madrid at a perfect time of the year. I hear that as the spring turns into summer, the temperatures rise, the ground dries out, and vivid green gives way to dusty rust. But the city was so lush in April. Spring in Madrid was gorgeous. We had the most delicious roast lamb I've ever tasted at Posada de la Villa, visited El Rastro, the oldest flea market in the world, wandered the dappled shade of the Real Jardín Botánico. We lingered over drinks and tapas with family, enjoying good laughs and great company. We made breakfast of churros. On more than one occasion. And we walked. We walked the city up and down. It was the beginning of a fantastic vacation. Below are some of my favorite images from the 4 days we spent there.

1/ A fountain near the (amazingly gorgeous) central post office.
2/ City scenes.
3/ The Royal Palace.
4/ Greenhouses at the Botanic Gardens.
5/ Interior of one of the greenhouses.
6/ Cacti.
7/ More beautiful European architecture.
8/ Stairs in Botanic Gardens and a corner of the Plaza Mayor.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm back!

Finally back in action after returning from vacation and catching up on the home/work front. Spain was so fantastic. Beautiful landscapes, delicious food, slower pace of life. It was a great escape. And I took so many photos! I'm having a hard time narrowing them all down to share, but I do have a couple posts in the works about the parts of Madrid and Galicia that we explored. Just to get the ball rolling, here's a photo of me composing an instagram shot some of you may have seen on my feed. You can take the girl out of NYC, but you can't take the prop stylist out of the girl. Or something like that.

Photo by Scott Rounds.