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My 60 favorite photographs of 2016

Even though the year is not finished yet, I decided to put together my favorite photographs I've taken so far. I've selected them going through my Lightroom catalogue and looking at the work I did in each month. You will see some photographs that I haven't released yet. Some are portraits and others were taken in different cities... And I usually don't feature that kind of work on my website or social media, but it's there, and they remind me of beautiful moments, therefore, they are meant to be on this gallery.

I'm so thankful for such an incredible year. We've had the chance to be in Paris, Strasbourg in France, all over Norway, Sweden, Berlin and Köln in Germany, Mexico City and Guerrero in Mexico and in just a few days we are off to Iceland. I can only hope for more awesome travel plans for 2017 and lots of creativity on my photography, specially now that I'm going to start second shooting weddings. Happy holidays to everyone and see you next year! 

Make sure to check throughout Instagram our adventures in the North!

Solo Roadtrip

Today I went on a solo roadtrip along the coast of the Basque Country. I only planned the first stop, I let the road take me to the rest of the places and they did not disappoint. I got ready pretty early in the morning and found the beach that I wanted to see empty. It is usually a really touristic spot for many who choose to see the unique geology of our coast. Have you ever heard of the flysch? Check it out here

I had been to Sakoneta before when we did a 15km hike along this impressive coast, but I really wanted to find that little road that leads up to a path to the sea. Yep, I did my research last night and found it without any problems. After wandering around the slippery rocks and being very impressed with the roots of the Earth, as I call these lines, I went back to the car and drove towards my second stop. 

I didn't plan to get there but somehow, driving around and seeing how close I was I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad I went! This is the Basilica of Loiola, a historical place known for being the home of Ignacio de Loiola (those who believe will probably know who I'm talking about). I didn't go for religious purposes but because of its dome, in the central part of the building. The inside is just outstanding. Somehow I love the architecture of churches, cathedrals and stuff. And this one is worth visiting, here is why.

I loved it, and I'm so glad the road took me there. There weren't as many tourists as I expected, so I was free to walk around and shoot as many photographs as I wanted. After my quick visit here I decided to eat my sandwhich just outside this place, out in the shade, and also check the road to get to my last spot. I don't know why but I guess I was in the mood for cool architecture today, so I visited the Sanctuary of Arantzazu. A really awesome location in the middle of some of the highest mountains in the Basque Country and built by some of the greatest Basque and Spanish artists. 

Compared to the previous church, which was built in the late 17th century, this is a new building because the construction started in 1950 after it was burnt down in three different fires during the wars. It's not a typical building and that's probably one of the reasons why so many people choose to visit it. 

All in all, it's been a solid 10/10 day. A little too sunny and hot in the morning but the clouds took over in the evening and made the scenery moodier, just as I like it. I only brought one camera with me, the Canon 6D and the 17-40mm. Somehow this was the perfect combination even though I hadn't planned to visit these architectural locations. 

I have something on my mind for tomorrow, too. We are expecting clouds and rain, and who knows if I get lucky, a proper foggy scenery when I wake up. We'll see.

Urban Bilbao

Some photographs taken this month during two quick visits to Bilbao. The city has changed in the last couple of decades, and for those like me who have seen the transformation, modern architecture has taken over the areas where old factories lived in decadency.

*All photographs taken with the Fuji X100T.

*Locations: Azkuna Zentroa, Metro Bilbao, Guggenheim Museoa

Paris, City of Lights

A couple of days ago we just got back from a five day trip to Paris. This was my fourth time in the city, but since my parents in law came with us we had to explore the main attractions once again. Our first stop was at the Louvre, one of my favorite museums in the world, a place that never gets old and where I discover something new everytime I visit. I have always taken a dslr on my international travels, but this time however, I chose to bring the Fujifilm X100T and my new-old Canon Ae-1 film camera. I have made the terrible mistake of lugging around a heavy dslr while exploring cities, so I decided against that and thought I would give it a try to this little, yet powerful camera. 

Probably the most famous churches in Paris are Notre Dame and Le Sacre Coeur. However, there's a little gem hidden behind the palace of justice, very close to Notre Dame where only a few decide to visit. This church is called the Sainte Chapelle and I think it deserves a quick visit if you happen to be in the city. 

But I still believe that whenever I have the chance to walk around a city the best part is always in its streets. No matter where you look in Paris, you are surrounded by classical buildings full of history, little alleys behind huge wooden doors, cobblestone roads and charming little cafés... that make your trip even more memorable.

 

 

Memories from India

This month's blog is about India and our trip there in February 2013. I had been dreaming about going to India for several years when I finally convinced my husband to visit it along with a quick trip to Nepal. It was as I had imagined it: beautiful, intense, noisy and mind blowing. We didn't have a long time to explore the whole country so we had to decide what we wanted to visit. We really wanted to see the Taj Mahal so we focused on visiting Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. We traveled by train; we spent a crazy amount of hours in them and we sat in every possible class (and there are apparently 8). All in all, it was an incredible trip and I would love to be back one day. These are some of the photographs I took on that trip. Enjoy!