adventure

Trip to southern Spain

I've been to the south of Spain a few times, but never on a proper cultural holiday. So this is what we did last week on a quick 5 day road trip around Merida, Sevilla, Zahara, Grazalema, Ronda, Setenil de las Bodegas, Granada, Sierra Nevada, Alpujarra granadina, Consuegra and Toledo. It was great to spend sometime with wonderful friends, visit lovely places and eat delicious food. I definitely want to go back again very soon because I feel like there's so much more to explore!

Since we mostly visited towns and cities, I barely took any landscape photos. However, I concentrated on photographing quaint and colorful corners and streets of these places. What do you think?

Camera: Fujifilm XT2 // Lenses: 16mm f1,4 and 23mm f1,4

Faroe Islands

We went on a 21 day road trip from the Basque Country all the way up to the Faroe Islands and it was the best type of adventure to heal our minds and hearts. These are some of the memories from this wonderful place. 

Winter wonderland in Switzerland

One week roaming this beautiful country in our van

And just like that we are back from Switzerland. We left one week ago and we got back home last night. This was our third time to this beautiful country and the third time we traveled around its quaint little towns in our van. 

The first day we drove for over eight hours and we stopped near Lyon (France) to spend the night  on one of those big gas stations along the highway. We were very close to Geneve but my husband had been working the morning shift and we were tired to continue driving. After a good night sleep we ventured onward to one of the most beautiful valleys in the country, a place we visit every time we return to Switzerland, a tiny village called Lauterbrunnen. This time though, we took a train that goes to the Jungfrau (4158m). This train goes all the way up to the highest train station in Europe at 3454m, but we decided to stop in Wengen where the views where already incredible.  

This valley is very close to Interlaken, another favorite spot of us. Interlaken is a little town in between two lakes and there are tiny villages around them, just like this one below, called Iseltwald. 

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The next day, we drove to the other side of the mountains of the Jungfrau region. Our plan was to take a cable car all the way up to the viewpoint of Eggishorn (2927m) from where you can sit and stare for hours the Aletsch glacier. Unfortunately, once we got there, they told us that the top was covered in clouds and that it would be impossible to see anything. The worst was that it was already Tuesday and the rest of the days except for Friday (our last full day) the weather forecast said we would be having rain and snow. I have to admit that made us a bit sad, but it also pushed us to change our plans and search for other wonderful locations to explore. 

Until we made it to Italy. That is one of my favorite things about Europe... it's so easy to have breakfast in one country, lunch in another and spend the night on a third one. And all of them are so unique and beautiful.  We drove along Lago Maggiore (Italy) and suddenly we were surprised by the beauty of a little town called Cannero Riviera, and we didn't think about it twice, we found a camping by the lake where we spent our third night. 

It rained all night, and the sound of rain against the roof of the van was so relaxing... But when morning came we needed to get back on the road to drive through Valle de Verzasca. We were surprised by the magical fog over the lake and the mountains. The colorful towns along the road had such a unique mood. It was truly special, and perfect for the kind of photos I like to take. 

Our first stop of the day was in Lavertezzo. I'm sure you've already seen photos of this quaint little village of only a handful of houses and emerald color river that flows through the entire valley. 

The color of the freezing water and the big stones of the river are already perfect, and the stony bridge that connects both sides of the river is pretty unique too.

At the end of the road that crosses Valle de Verzasca, there were mountains also covered in fog. But that whole morning, even with pouring rain was so beautiful. We had to stop every few kilometers to take in the views around us and photograph a bit more. 

In the afternoon, we drove the to the famous town of Sankt Moritz, the famous ski station in Switzerland. On our way there, we were greeted by a white landscape, with frozen lakes that made everything feel so desolate, yet so peaceful at the same time.  

The next morning it was already Thursday, and even though it was still raining and snowing, we wanted to get closer to the Aletsch glacier and Zermatt area, because we were expecting good weather for Friday. So we woke up in time to watch the sunrise over a lake and then headed out towards Fribourg to spend the day and get some chocolate and cheese there... Always a must, if you are in Switzerland. 

On Thursday night we slept on an empty camping by the town of Fiesch. We watched the sun go down and stars lit up what would be the coldest night of our trip. We had static heating installed on our campervan so we slept pretty warm and comfy though. 

The next day, the sun rose around 7.30am and we got ready to get to the top of Eggishorn and then drive to Zermatt to catch a train to the Gornergrat glacier where we had lunch looking at the famous Matterhorn. 

I think it was the perfect ending to our week exploring the beauty of Switzerland. In the end, we were able to see everything we had planned, and a bit more. That's the best thing about roadtrips, you never know what lies ahead, and the road is part of the journey too. 

All these photos were shot with the Fujifilm XT2, along with the XF16mm f1.4, XF23mm f1.4 and XF18-55mm.

Edited with Forged presets by Tribe Red Leaf Studios who were kind enough to team with us and support us through their Field Trip Program. I'm very grateful to be part of such a wondeful collective. 

Hope you liked our little adventure!

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

We drove to the desert

I had been planning to go back to this wonderful place for a few months now. It's 2.40hrs away from home and it's called Bardenas Reales. An incredible arid and desolate place that offers incredible photo opportunities. My brother and I are both on holidays at the moment, so I asked him if he wanted to tag along and he quickly said yes. We packed our lunch, water bottles, mountain boots and cameras, and we headed out early in the morning. 

It wasn't cold, about 8ºC and very windy, but totally worth it, don't you think?. The light kept changing constantly, the clouds came and went, and by the end of the day it ended up raining. However, I only wish this place were closer, so that I could drive around and explore all those peaks more often.

Hope you like this set and let me know in the comments which one is your favorite.

All these photos were taken with the Fujifilm XT10 and the 16mm f1.4

A quick road trip to Andorra

A few weeks ago we received our new camper van, so obviously we were beyond excited to go on a little road trip to test it out. We decided to drive to Andorra, which is 6 hours away from where we live and we had never been to this little country. 

We left on Thursday afternoon after work, and got to the ski station Ordino-Arcalís at around 11pm where we spent the two nights. Waking up there was wonderful and the night in the camper van warm and cozy. It was incredible to have breakfast surrounded by such beautiful scenery.

After checking out some of the views we decided to walk around other villages like La Cortinada and Ordino. In the evening, we decided to take the cable car to go to the top of the mountains near Encamp where we watched the sun go down.

The next morning we woke up again at the same location as the first night. This time, the sunrise was more special. At first it looked as if the clouds wouldn't let the sun go through, but then the skies opened up to let the purple light of the sunrise. It was misty and really cold, near -5ºC, but that didn't stop us to go out to make some photos before preparing the breakfast. 

Later in the morning, we drove to Andorra La Vella and then we wandered around the frozen lake Engolasters. The weather was about to change, so before heading back home, we drove up to  Port d' Envalira to check the snowed in mountains one last time. 

These are some of the photographs I made on these two days. Hope you enjoy them!

* A collaboration with Hemper. Thank you so much for these beautiful handmade backpacks!

* All photographs taken with the Fujifilm XT10 and my new XF16mm f1.4.