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Alhambra From Afar – Granada, Spain


Photo of the Day – Alhambra From Afar – Granada, Spain

In order to understand the massive size of the Alhambra fortress, you have to climb to the top of the streets above Granada and look out above the ancient Islamic palaces. The intricate architectural detail found on the inside really blows you away when you are able to see the entire exterior structure in one single view.

Alhambra From Afar - Granada, Spain

A Thousand Archways at Mezquita de Cordoba – Cordoba, Spain


Photo of the Day – A Thousand Archways at Mezquita de Cordoba – Cordoba, Spain

Mezquita de Cordoba is truly beautiful in both physical nature and richness in history. It is a hidden gem to most, but is AbsoluteVisit #53. Brad and I really enjoyed the interior of Mezquita de Cordoba especially the patterns made from the archways inside.

Has anyone heard of this place before? If so, from where?

A Thousand Archways at Mezquita de Cordoba - Cordoba, Spain

Alhambra Courtyard Wall – Granada, Spain


Photo of the Day – Alhambra Courtyard Wall – Granada, Spain

I love Moorish design and architecture. I think it is the most beautiful architecture and Alhambra stands as a true testament to some of the most classic and beautiful Moorish architecture of all time. Built in the 12th Century this once palace and fort is now a massive indoor/outdoor museum which I clearly fell in love with.

This wall in particular caught my eye as soon as we entered the simple, timeless and elegant courtyard. If and when you go here, please take the time to appreciate the incredible hand-carved wall that is in front of you. Breath-taking. On that note, I hope to follow this with several similar walls which I just got to see in Morocco. I’ll let you be the judge on which destination has the most beauty.

Alhambra Courtyard Wall - Granada, Spain

Ham off the Bone at Museo del Jamon – Madrid, Spain


Photo of the Day – Ham off the Bone at Museo del Jamon – Madrid, Spain

This place is delicious. Although not your traditional museum, I must say they have one-upped all other museum’s in the category of interactivity. In what other museum can you actually eat food!

For a dash of seriousness, this is really a restaurant, but its great for a beginners guide to Tapas and some of the very basics of Spanish food. Wine, olives, ham and cheese. As you can see from the photo, legs of Ham hang from the ceiling making for an editable wall-paper that will have you coming back for more.

Ham off the Bone at Museo del Jamon - Madrid, Spain

The Steamy Barcelona Beach – Barcelona, Spain


Photo of the Day – The Steamy Barcelona Beach – Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is well known as one of the top summer travel destinations in Europe thanks to its steamy hot beaches and spicy nightlife that goes well into the late morning hours. Barcelona Beach is without a doubt one of the Top 5 City Beaches in the world, finding its way into conversations with the beloved beaches of Rio, Sydney, Miami and other spectacular urban sandy playgrounds.

I took this picture back in 2010 while exploring this packed paradise. Check out the swanky W hotel in the background. It definitely sparks images of the Burj al Arab, with its similar sail shape, when I look back at this picture.

The Steamy Barcelona Beach - Barcelona, Spain

Archways of Alhambra – Granada, Spain


Photo of the Day – Archways of Alhambra – Granada, Spain

Alhambra is AbsoluteVisit #30 and this pictures helps to show you why. Located in Granada, Spain, Alhambra was once the home to Arab rulers of the Emirate of Granada in the mid 14th Century.

This courtyard was particularly beautiful as the archways give way to a reflection pool that ends with this elaborate, elegant and detailed wall you see in the background of the photo. The tranquility of this particular space is still one that I remember although I was there 2 years ago.

Archways of Alhambra - Granada, Spain

Las Ramblas – Barcelona, Spain


Photo of the Day – Las Ramblas – Barcelona, Spain

Las Ramblas is a beautiful tree-lined pedestrian street in Barcelona. As you walk down the promenade you notice that there are many historical buildings and interesting sites off on the side streets. Streets are always packed from morning until evening and definitely are a must-visit if you are touring Barcelona.

I took this shot with my Nikon 18-200mm lens fully extended to 200mm. A lot of my best shots are taken by stepping far back from my subject and then using a high powered telephoto lens. This creates two creative effects that I love. First, it reduces depth of field (similar to shooting at larger apertures – smaller f-stop numbers). Additionally, it creates compression distortion which essentially makes all of the near and distant objects in the photo appear closer together. Compression distortion works particularly well when taking pictures of long crowded streets (it makes them look much more crowded) and also when taking pictures of mountains (it makes the mountains hover over the foreground objects). Try it out!

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