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Europe Autumn 2013

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FC: EUROPE | AUTUMN 2013 | OUR AMAZING JOURNEY

1: We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. ANAIS NIN

2: SEPTEMBER 2013

3: PARIS DAWNS AND THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO AND SEE...

4: PARIS, FRANCE

5: BEAUTY IN THE MARAIS IS EVERYWHERE

7: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. SAINT AUGUSTINE

8: Paris is always a good idea. AUDREY HEPBURN

9: LIGHT AND SHADE

10: A LOVELY PHOTO - HOW ABOUT A THREESOME? CREEPY AMERICAN

11: LA TOUR EIFFEL 2013

12: CHAMPS ELYSEES

13: THE COOL CLEAR DAY WAS A WELCOME CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY'S DOWNPOUR

14: A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. THOMAS JEFFERSON

15: FROM THE STREET AND THE AIR

16: PLACE DES VOSGES, PARIS

17: OMINOUS CLOUDS ADDED TO THE ATMOSPHERE

18: Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612.

20: DISNEYLAND, PARIS

21: JUST OUTSIDE THE ENTRANCE

22: Disneyland exists in order to hide that it is the "real" country, all of "real" America that is Disneyland JEAN BEAUDRILLARD

23: SEPTEMBER 2013

24: Fun, joy and happiness are choices, orientations, approaches, attitudes, a way of living in the world, not the world itself DAVID W. JONES

25: LOTS OF SMILES

26: SO MUCH TO SEE IN A DAY

27: Welcome foolish mortals to the Haunted Mansion.I'm your host, your ghost host.

28: Craperhenalia: Typical tourist souvenirs sold at places such as Disneyland KELLY RODGER

30: AND THERE'S SO MUCH OF IT!

31: SO MUCH!

33: ROMA, ITALY

34: The traditional meeting point in Paris to begin the Camino.

35: TOUR ST. JACQUES

36: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

37: QUIET BEAUTY

38: Mouffetard is one of Paris's oldest and liveliest neighbourhoods. WIKIPEDIA

39: MOUFFETARD-CONTRESCARPE

40: Whenever you are in Paris ...return to the Seine and watch the evening sky close slowly on a last strand of daylight fading quietly, like a sigh. KATE SIMON

41: THE SEINE

42: An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

43: LE LOUVRE

44: The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant. T.S. ELIOT

46: MONTMARTE, PARIS

47: LOOKING OUT THE CAFE WINDOW

49: DISCOVERING MOJITOS

50: 'THE BRIDGE OF HELL...' AND ITS HOTEL

51: THE TRIP DOWN SOUTH

52: The town is also the old capital of the traditional Basque province of Lower Navarre

54: OUR FIRST DAY ON THE CAMINO

55: ST JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT

56: The Camino is in your heart, not in your feet UNKNOWN

59: FROM ORISSON

60: THE CLIMB THROUGH THE PYRENEES

61: A LONG WAY UP

62: Roncesvalles is famous in history and legend for the defeat of Charlemagne and the death of Roland in 778

63: SPECTACULAR VIEWS

64: Roncesvalles is still cloaked in its medieval atmosphere JOHN BRIERLEY

65: DAY ONE DONE...

66: STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN...

67: CAMINO, DAY TWO

68: EVERY MORNING WE PULL ON OUR BOOTS, HOIST THE PACK ONTO OUR BACKS AND SET FORTH ON ANOTHER DAY'S ADVENTURE. UNKNOWN

70: Larrasoana... has retained its links to the pilgrim's Way. JOHN BRIERLEY

71: THE RIVER ARGA

72: GOOD TO HAVE A REST... AND AN ICECREAM

73: PAMPLONA, SPAIN

74: PINTXOS...

75: BUILDINGS AROUND PLAZA DEL CASTILLO

76: Pamplona's long and dramatic history has been closely linked with pilgrims, many of who were enticed to settle in the city under special status. JOHN BRIERLEY

78: BEST LUNCH EVER... KELLY RODGER

79: CIZUR MENOR

80: THE WIDE OPEN ROAD...

81: ONWARD TO CIRAQUI

82: As we ascend there are wonderful views back over Pamplona JOHN BRIERLEY

83: ALTO DEL PERDON

84: As we crest the summit the view west over the Arga valley opens up JOHN BRIERLEY

85: ALTO DEL PERDON

87: DOWN THE OTHER SIDE

88: Here (Obanos) the noblemen of Navarre met in the 14th century in an effort to limit the power of the monarchy. JOHN BRIERLEY

90: LEON

91: Ancient and modern now straddle the banks of the rio Barnesega... JOHN BRIERLEY

92: LEON CATHEDRAL

93: VAULTING AND STAINED GLASS

94: What more glorious picture book could there be than this church, whose illustrations are illuminated by God's own light. H.V. MORTON

95: BEAUTIFUL COLUMNS

96: AROUND THE CITY

97: TILES AND STONEWORK AND STAINED GLASS

99: Mojito 10 fresh mint leaves 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1 cup ice cubes 45ml white rum 125ml soda water

100: BACK TO THE CAMINO

101: ASTORGA, SPAIN

102: Albergue St Javier... is a lovely conversion of one of the historic buildings in the old quarter ... JOHN BRIERLEY

103: ALBERGUE ST JAVIER

104: A wonderful blend of Romanesque, Gothic and later styles. JOHN BRIERLEY

105: THE CATHEDRAL

106: Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator. ANTONIO GAUDI

107: OUTSIDE PALACIO EPISCOPAL

108: PALACIO EPISCOPAL

109: THE PILGRIM'S MUSEUM

110: EL GANSO TO RABANAL

111: TEA TIME AT THE ALBURGUE GAUCELMO AND A HAWK CHAINED TO A CHAIR...

112: CRUZ DE FERRO

113: THE VILLAGE OF FONCEBADON WAS ABANDONED UNTIL FEW YEARS AGO

115: ROMA, ITALY

116: This is another 'abandoned' village brought vividly to life by the modern knight hospitalero Tomas. JOHN BRIERLEY

117: MANJARIN POPULATION: 1

119: WAY UP HIGH

121: ROMA, ITALY

122: FLORA

123: EL ACEBO TO PONFERRADA

125: Ponferrada came under the protectorate of the Templar Order by decree of King Fernando II in 1178 JOHN BRIERLEY

127: VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO

128: THE DRAGONTE ROUTE

129: DRAGONTE 7.OOAM, 35 KMS TO GO

130: THREE PEAKS, THREE VALLEYS AND A WHOLE LOT OF WALKING

131: AMAZING CHESTNUTS

133: VILAR DE CORALES

134: BUCOLIC VALLEYS

135: PART OF THE WALK IS THROUGH A QUARRY

136: It is the 'road less travelled' and on this account will appeal to those seeking a more contemplative way... JOHN BRIERLEY

137: ROAMING CATTLE

138: Villasinde : fountain and bar (knock on door if closed - Celia will generally open)... JOHN BRIERLEY

140: BACK ONTO THE MAIN CAMINO AND ON TO O'CEBREIRO

141: INTO GALICIA

142: ON TOWARDS SARRIA

143: WHERE THE GIRLS WERE WAITING

144: REUNITED

145: MOJITOS AND PIZZA AT THE FUNKY ITALIAN PLACE IN SARRIA

146: AND THEN THE WEATHER CHANGED

147: PORTOMARIN

148: A DREARY DAY

150: FROM PORTOMARIN TO PALAS DE REI

151: A NEW DAY

153: PALAS DE REI

154: Today we cross 6 shallow river valleys and... mostly through woodland JOHN BRIERLEY

155: HORRERO

156: PALAS DE REI TO ARZUA

157: THE MEDIEVAL BRIDGE IS A HIGHLIGHT

159: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. SAINT AUGUSTINE

160: To contemplate the impermanence of our earthly form can be revitalising JOHN BRIERLEY

161: APPROACHING SANTIAGO

162: THE FINAL STRETCH

163: The first part of this last stage is through tall stands of ever -present eucalyptus. JOHN BRIERLEY

164: PLAZA OBRADOIRO

165: The 'golden' square of Santiago JOHN BRIERLEY

166: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

167: WE MADE IT!

168: INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL

169: THE TOMB OF ST JAMES

171: Take time just to arrive. We each experience different emotions on entering the cathedral... JOHN BRIERLEY

173: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. SAINT AUGUSTINE

174: In this square we also find the beautiful Renaissance facade of the Parador JOHN BRIERLEY

175: OCTOBER 2013

176: LAST DAY IN SANTIAGO

177: THE TREE OF JESSE AND MAESTRO MATEO WHO CARVED IT

178: BARCELONA

179: NOT JUST A ONE TRICK PONY

180: PARC GUELL

181: A QUIET SUNDAY AFTERNOON

182: Nothing is art if it does not come from nature. ANTONIO GAUDI

183: MY GIRLS LOVE BEING TOURISTS

184: Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature. ANTONIO GAUDI

187: Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it. CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON

188: THE VARIETY OF BARCELONA

189: Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world. The fashion and people are just so effortlessly cool. LEIGH LEZARK

190: Colour in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic. ANTONIO GAUDI

191: PALAU GUELL

192: FORM AND FUNCTION

193: LOOKING UP TO THE CEILING

195: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. SAINT AUGUSTINE

196: FOOD AND ART

197: ANGULARITY AND CURVES

198: In the Sagrada Familia, everything is providential. ANTONIO GAUDI

199: SAGRADA FAMILIA

200: INSIDE THE BASILICA

201: LIGHT, COLOUR AND AN ENORMOUS SENSE OF SPACE

202: Don't worry, my client isn't in a hurry. ANTONIO GAUDI responding to complaints about the finishing date

204: OUR FINAL DAYS IN EUROPE

205: GRANADA, SPAIN

207: ALHAMBRA

208: Give him charity, girl, as there is nothing worse in life than being blind in Granada. FRANCISCO ALARCON

209: THE NAZARID PALACES

210: Built during the era of Yusuf I... the entire place (is) situated around the Patio de Comares. OFFICIAL GUIDE

211: BREATHTAKING VIEWS

212: The Portal of the Palacio de Comares... was commissioned by Muhammad V in 1370. OFFICIAL GUIDE

213: BEAUTIFUL EPIGRAPHY

214: TILES AND FOUNTAIN

215: THE PATIO DE LOS ARRAYANES IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES ON EARTH

216: The Salon del Trono... is without doubt the most remarkable room in the palace and in the entire Alhambra. OFFICIAL GUIDE

217: BEAUTIFUL TILES

218: Sala de los Reyes is distributed in a series of rectangular and cube-shaped spaces OFFICIAL GUIDE

221: In this palace, Nasrid decoration reached an extraordinary level. OFFICIAL GUIDE

222: The Sala de Dos Hermanas is covered with one of the most exquisite mocarabe domes in all of Islamic art. OFFICIAL GUIDE

224: The Patio de Lindaraja resembles a Christian monastic cloister OFFICIAL GUIDE

225: AESTHETIC OVERDOSE

227: ROMA, ITALY

228: On the western side of Sabika Hill... rises the Alcazaba. OFFICIAL GUIDE

229: SKYLIGHTS IN THE ARAB BATHS

232: Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful. WASHINGTON IRVING

234: JARDINES DEL PARTAL

235: FULL BLOOM IN AUTUMN

237: GENERALIFE

238: WATER AND STONE

239: SUNSHINE DANCING ON WATER

241: ROMA, ITALY

242: The Puerta de los Granadas

243: BACK INTO TOWN

245: Hesperia Granada Hotel

246: How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra! ERNEST HEMINGWAY

247: MIRADOR SAN NICOLAS

248: RESTAURANT SAN NICOLAS

249: HAPPY 14th BIRTHDAY MAIA

250: GRANADA WANDERING

251: THE COBBLESTONE STREETS ARE INCREDIBLE

253: MUSTONATE, ITALY

254: MILAN, ITALY

255: IL DUOMO

257: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. SAINT AUGUSTINE

259: LA CORTE DEI BRUT

260: PIMPA!

261: A WONDERFUL MEAL, BUT SO MUCH FOOD...

263: LAGO MAGGIORE, ITALY

264: If one has a heart and a shirt, he should sell the shirt to see the surroundings of Lago Maggiore. STENDHAL

265: SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS

266: FERRY RIDE TO ISOLA BELLA

267: These lakes are almost like a lost world. They also have their monsters apparently! OFFICIAL GUIDE

268: TOWNS ON THE LAKE

269: EACH ISLAND WAS MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE LAST

270: For however fanciful and fantastic the Isola Bella may be, and is, it still is beautiful CHARLES DICKENS

271: ISOLA BELLA

272: Wandering the cobbled lanes the old and new collided.

273: NARROW STREETS

274: BORROMEO PALACE

275: The Borromeo family, said to date from before the twelfth century, were counts of Arona

277: ROMA, ITALY

278: The incomparable beauty of this island is something unique in the world. OFFICIAL GUIDE

279: PALACE GARDENS

280: The spectacular formal gardens that were created in the 17th century. OFFICIAL GUIDE

281: MOUNTAINS AND WATER

282: TANA D'ORSO

283: THE TRAIN FROM MILAN TO NICE HAD SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN... AND TUNNELS

284: NICE, FRANCE

285: THE PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS

287: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. SAINT AUGUSTINE

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  • David, Kelly and Maia explore Paris, the Camino de Santiago and Italy
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