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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring Japan

On September 1st, we took a long flight to Japan. Our plan was to explore the highlights of the country in 25 days. We traveled by train and we walked more than ten kilometres everyday, and even though we arrived to our Airbnb apartments exhausted, we still loved every single bit of it. We didn't have the chance to wander around many rural areas, so I pushed myself and tried to focus on mostly photographing everyday life around the cities we visited.

For photographers out there: Before we left I had doubts about what gear to bring on this trip. I wanted to travel light so I took the Canon 6D for landscapes and the Fujifilm XT1 for urban shots. I had a slight idea of what would happen once we arrived, and I totally confirmed it on the very first day: all these photos (and the other +2000 I took) , except for two of them on this post were shot with the Fuji XT1 with the 18-55mm and the 23mm f1.4. There's something I've learnt from this trip and that is to try to travel light with these tiny but powerful cameras on future trips. 

Hope you like this set! Sayonara!

A light drizzle and the rolling fog

I don't know why I love fog and mist so much. I'm now understanding why I photograph the landscape the way I do. Having grown up in a place where it rains so much, and cloudy days are the usual, I think I'm only trying to portray the beauty of our place even though people complain about our bad weather all the time. For many, shooting in conditions like these may seem a crazy idea, but there's something unique in shooting when it's drizzling and there is fog... I think it's the calmness I feel hearing the raindrops fall from the leaves of the trees to the grass and seeing the fog rolling in through the forest. 

* All this series has been taken with the Canon 6D+ EF24-70mm 2.8

It was worth it

It took me a while to get out of bed but as soon as I saw that the mountains were covered in fog and it was drizzling, I made a coffee, grabbed my camera and got in the car. Two hours later, I got back home, soaking wet and with a few mosquito bites. It was worth it though. It always is.

*Canon 6D with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art.

Barcelona

I recently spent a couple of days in Barcelona. This was my second time in the city, and I really had a wonderful time exploring all the sights. I decided to limit myself by bringing only the Fujifilm XT1 along with the 23mm f1.4. On this brief blog post I wanted to highlight the architecture of some of the most important buildings in the city. I specially loved waking up at 6am to catch the sunrise from Park Güell, the cathedral of BCN and obviously the interior of Sagrada Familia. 

Hope you like them!