Andalusian Dreams // Home Spain Home tour - Part I / by Amr Tahtawi

After roaming Spain for the past May-June i can't seem to get enough of this Oriental, being-at-home feeling. In fact i'm still overwhelmed by the unforgettable experiences and memories so i'm updating my calendar for another rounds to come.

We started our spanish Adventure this year fresh in beautiful Barcelona, bride of catalunya and traveller's playground waiting to be explored and of course heavily photographed. From the dynamic city streets filled with icons like Casa Milà to relaxing spots of nature's beauty within the city like Parc de la Ciutadella it was clear expectations was met. Then came the highlights of our Barcelona experience; Airbnb awesome location with the uplifting Port Vell view. My other favorite highlight was Eatwith experience where you get invited over to a local's house and eat with them after you watch the delicious cooking and spend sometimes networking and getting to know more about the culture of the city all for a reasonable cheaper-than-restaurant fee and let me mention how kind and generous our hosts were, I would highly recommend it for your next travel destination.

A walk in Parc de la Ciutadella will bring peace and some awesome shots along.

A walk in Parc de la Ciutadella will bring peace and some awesome shots along.

The huge fountain pool of Parc de la Ciutadella.

The huge fountain pool of Parc de la Ciutadella.

Port Vell view at the blue hour.

Port Vell view at the blue hour.

A sampling of The vast landscape seen through cars, buses & trains

After a great fast 3 days in Barcelona we took a train to Zaragoza, a very interesting rich city founded by the famous Caesar Augustus and full of secrets yet to be revealed. It's highly recommended to get lost in Zaragoza's narrow alleys for street art wonders ( I'm currently writing a blog post about it ). One of the iconic images Zaragoza offers you is Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. From the moment i saw the Basilica i wanted to capture it's majesty dancing over the famous Ebro River with a beautiful sunset. Along with the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona the Basilica is simply Awe-inspiring. According to tradition, it goes back to the era of St. James who saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary instructing him to build a church on the spot. It's four towers and massive dome peeking between buildings and along the horizon, calls you as you enter the city. make sure to visit the breathtakingly massive interior decorated by some of Spain's most famous artists like Francisco de Goya. then cross the river through the roman bridge to watch a range of colors on the facade at sunset from the other side.

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar - a spanish hulking baroque wonder - Zaragoza

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar - a spanish hulking baroque wonder - Zaragoza

Running is a highly celebrated sport in Zaragoza, so pack up your running shoes for your next visit - Zaragoza

Running is a highly celebrated sport in Zaragoza, so pack up your running shoes for your next visit - Zaragoza

The Famous Ebro river is always smiling at sunset - Zaragoza

The Famous Ebro river is always smiling at sunset - Zaragoza

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Our next destination was the outdoors of spain, specifically the pyrenees mountains region yet the plan changed to unleash more overlooked gems within the spanish cityscapes.

So we took the bus toward Madrid for a one day stop and it didn't disappoint. In fact it was an exceptional day for shooting the highlight of the city, the one and only Egyptian Temple of Debod. We were treated to a dream of timeless colour spectrum among the cloudy skies before it started raining right after the magic was gone.

Madrid ride was over soon but with a single day full of photographic and cultural revelations we were more than happy. Add a birthday surprise party for my Partner in crime and the closure was fantastic.

Now Andalucia is a whole awesome story of it's own that's why i'll share it As another post. so stay tuned for Home Spain Home 2014 tour - Part II and if you'd like me to buzz you when it's out just join the mailing list at the bottom of this page.
Inside National Geographic store - Madrid while checking our next stop ( Córdoba ) on the huge wall map.

Inside National Geographic store - Madrid while checking our next stop ( Córdoba ) on the huge wall map.

The city buildings meeting Ancient Egyptian Treasures - Madrid

The city buildings meeting Ancient Egyptian Treasures - Madrid

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