Algeciras's chaotic appearance shows the closeness of Morocco (just across the Gibraltar strait)

     

Still life on a Spanish rooftop

     

The only cloud in the area loves to reside above British-ruled Gibraltar

     

The first moments of consciousness

     

Shaded street in Barrio Santa Cruz, the old town of Seville

     

The residents of Calle Verde (Green St) took the name seriously

     

Las Cadenas

     

The colors of Seville

     

Antique shop

     

Spanish kids playing football using a church door as the goal

     

River Guadalquivir

     

Deserted street in the Centro

     

Sevillan Hotel

     

Firefighters

     

Kids playing football outside while adults are watching the match on the pub's TV inside

     

The architecture of the Carthusian Monastery is in stark contrast of the nearby  buildings of Expo 92

     

Monasterio de la Cartuja

     

Night in Seville

     

Evening stroll

     

Late

     

Peculiar architecture

     

Patio de Banderas, a courtyard in the royal Alcazar palace

     

Yellow + white

     

Sunbathing by the arena

     

Cafe in Antonia Diaz

     

Calle Alfalfa

     

Plaza de Toros, the bullfighting arena

     

Streets suddenly become empty on Sunday nights

     

Local eatery where you can sit down on the steps at the back and have various kinds of tapas (small dishes like Gazpacho soup served in a glass with ice) and bocadillos (sandwiches, often with excellent Serrano cured ham)

     

Garbage truck drivers mastering the art of steering a mammoth of a vehicle in the narrow alleys of the city

     

Tapas bar in Triana, a modern residential district of Seville

     

Calle Verde

     

Chaos - view from Giralda Cathedral's tower

     

Twilight

     

White

     

Colorful Santa Cruz

     

Gran Canaria's weather is a year-round Spring/Summer

     

On the road in the volcanic mountains that make up most of the island's interior

     

Sign that surely means 'take a sharp left or you'll die' in Spanish

     

The village of San Nicolas de Tolentino

     

The dunes of Maspalomas are largely made up of crushed shells

     

Down - incredible views approaching La Aldea de San Nicolas

     

Mill in the middle of nowhere

     

Heat

     

Houses perched on top of a hill in San Nicolas

     

San Nicolas de Tolentino

     

The Sahara-like sand dunes of Maspalomas

     

Lobster (la langosta) requires special tools to crack but tastes excellent

     

Maspalomas

     

'Where should we put the mill, José?' 'I think, María, where there's the most demand for flour.' 'Good point, José.'

     

The Canary Islands have a huge network of excellent trails among the mountains, and the less-known areas have very little trafic

     

Not Arizona

     

Downhill among the farms on the mountain

     

On the road

     

Maspalomas

     

Playa del Inglés ('English beach')

     

By the Atlantic

     

The sand dunes in Maspalomas

     

GC-60

     

Spanish appetizers: gazpacho, oyster and mussels

     

Gazpacho, a cold vegetable soup

     

Bus stop at an altitude of 1200m - buses can barely navigate the narrow and winding mountain roads and passes

     

Canarian tapas (a variety of small dishes): wrinkly potatoes (papas arrugadas; a local speciality), mojo sauce, calamari, serrano ham, olives and bread

     

It's just resting (the agave produces this long stem while flowering, and then the whole plant dies)

     

A barranco (deep valley or canyon) on Gran Canaria

     

'Dónde está la zapatería?' 'About 20km from here, son, because we built this village on top of a mountain.'

     

Waiter showing the fish to be grilled to customers

     

The Atlantic Ocean

     

0km at an altitude of 1200m (3600 feet)

     

Standstill in Bobadilla, in the middle of nowhere

     

Night in Bobadilla

     

Bobadilla Blues

     

Barcelona residential

     

Old street in the Poble Sec district

     

Poble Sec

     

Passage de Grácia in the grid-patterned Eixample ('Extension') district

     

La Rambla, the major pedestrian street of Barcelona

     

The windows of La Rambla

     

Corner

     

Alley in Barcelona's old town

     

Highway code

     

Chimneys on top of Casa Milá, designed by Antoni Gaudí

     

Grim chimney

     

Gaudí's abstract forms

     

Casa Milá

     

Abstract statue by Gaudí

     

In the background the La Sagrada Familia cathedral's towers can be seen

     

The inner courtyard of Casa Milá

     

'What's the truth?' - the gate of La Sagrada Familia

     

Barcelonian night on a run-down balcony in a run-down house

     

Poble Sec

     

View from the terrace of El Palau Nacional de Montjüic

     

Frog-angle

     

Barcelona

     

The colours of a tiny Spanish village

     

View from the Anaga Mountains near Chamorga

     

Blue + Green

     

Game preserve, Anaga Mountains

     

     

Seaside

     

Kiki the dog with some cacti

     

Atlantic Ocean

     

Part of a Spanish home

     

A long and winding road leads to the isolated village of Chamorga in the Anaga Mountains

     

The village of Chamorga

     

Volcanic rock formations in the Atlantic Ocean

     

Pier

     

Dog

     

Tiny village that can only be reached via a steep footpath or by boat

     

Hiking on Tenerife's northeastern tip

     

Small church in Chamorga

     

     

Farm in the valley (only transport link: boat)

     

Chamorga village

     

Dog on dark volcanic sand

     

Black sand of volcanic origin on the beach

     

On the seaside

     

Footpath

     

Works

     

     

     

The man with the umbrella

     

Scooter

     

In La Laguna's historic downtown

     

Walls

     

The colours of atmospheric Santa Cruz de Tenerife (a lot less touristic city than Playa de las  Américas

     

Santa Cruz dusk

     

Off limits

     

Hams

     

Santa Cruz architecture

     

Ice cream in the (warm) winter

     

Serrano ham is to die for

     

Moonlight Whisky Bar

     

Postmodern Santa Cruz library

     

Each of these hand-made lightbulbs used in Santa Cruz's public squares has a slightly different shape

     

The Mortgage Generation

     

Diver mural

     

The Pink Tacos (slang for female genitals)

     

Bill against domestic violence

     

Stargazing

     

Shoes

     

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

     

Walk

     

In the crater of Tenerife's Teide volcano - the crater is a vast expanse of dry land and unusual rock formations

     

Stone hut in the volcano's crater

     

This hut was built at the beginning of the 20th century and belonged to a sanatorium, built here because the volcanic crater's air was considered good for lung problems

     

Hiking in the Teide's crater

     

An impressive balcony in downtown Madrid

     

The Viaducto bar near the Viaducto de Segovia

     

'Use your bike every day'

     

Blue

     

Street sign in Madrid Street

     

Alternative art in the Retiro park

     

Cheese shop

     

Spanish cheeses are great (here: hard cheese in a shopwindow)

     

Churros and buñuelos - Spanish desserts

     

Casa de Comidas (House of food)

     

Elegant downtown Madrid

     

Sunday afternoon

     

Tiny dog

     

Dog density

     

Madrid's Justicia district at night

     

Homeward bound

     

Vertigo - Gran Vía, Madrid

     

Gran Vía - Madrid's American-inspired avenue

     

Cerveceria (pub)

     

Family

     

Friends

     

Gray

     

Lizards holdinf a balcony

     

Hombre

     

Claustrophobia

     

Still-life, downtown Madrid

     

Used books at a newsstand

     

'The Republic of Dreamers' and other faded books at a mobile bookseller

     

Textures

     

Menu in the Cuatro Caminos (Four Ways) neighbourhood of Madrid

     

Blue and yellow

     

Mural depicing 19th century life right next to an awful 20th century modernist building

     

Señor

     

Pedestrian precinct near the Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate Square)

     

Pensive

     

Fountain, Plaza de Espana

     

Elegant facade on Plaza Mayor

     

Affluent neighbourhood near the Madrid bullring (Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas)

     

The Retiro park

     

Mini-dogs

     

The street of watching the sun

     

The gate to the royal palace, Palacio Real

     

Black and white

     

Strangely many streets in Mardid have been overrun by these stickers, each of which(!) advertises Madrid locksmiths

     

Having a coffee in the Cuatro Caminos neighbourhood

     

'Say no to telerubbish!'

     

Old tiles

     

Beer bottle on colourful Spanish tiles

     

Ticket office at the bullring (Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas)

     

University on legs

     

The entrance to the Department of Physical Activities and Sports at the Complutense University of Madrid

     

'Get your university back' - election posters at the Complutense university

     

The beautiful residential area in Madrid

     

Pub under the Segovia viaduct

     

Wait

     

Walk

     

Alley in Córdoba

     

La Mezquita - a moorish palace dating back to the 10th century

     

Signs

     

Local Spaniards in Cordoba

     

Córdoba

     

Balcony-discordance

     

View from the Alhambra, the moorish palace of Granada

     

The Alhambra complex

     

The gardens of the Alhambra

     

Spain

     

Sleeping Granada

     

Granada's sleepy colours

     

Granada's old town

     

Houses lining Girona's dry riverbed

     

Girona's old town

     

Night playground

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