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




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




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






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




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




'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




Playa del Inglés ('English beach')


By the Atlantic


The sand dunes in Maspalomas




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




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






The colours of a tiny Spanish village


View from the Anaga Mountains near Chamorga


Blue + Green


Game preserve, Anaga Mountains





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






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








The man with the umbrella




In La Laguna's historic downtown




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


Santa Cruz dusk


Off limits




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






Santa Cruz de Tenerife




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'




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)








Lizards holdinf a balcony






Still-life, downtown Madrid


Used books at a newsstand


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




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




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




Fountain, Plaza de Espana


Elegant facade on Plaza Mayor


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


The Retiro park




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






Alley in Córdoba


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




Local Spaniards in Cordoba






View from the Alhambra, the moorish palace of Granada


The Alhambra complex


The gardens of the Alhambra




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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