Back from Holiday

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Work and everyday life is calling again – as is my blog and all yours (and I am sorry I have not been able to follow up any of your postings the last couple of weeks). Thanks for your patience while I have been away. It’s been good to be away from everything, though, if only for a couple of weeks. Breaks are necessary to regain power and to recharge our creative minds.

These last couple of weeks I spent with my family in Spain on the south-east coast called Costa Blanca. We were based in the small town of Villajoyosa which is an old fishing village with a lovely old town painted in all the strong colours of the palette. Our stay in Villajoyosa coincided with their annual festival Moros y Christianos which is a re-enacting of medieval times. According to popular tradition the festival commemorate the battles, combats and fights between Moors and Christians during the period known as Reconquista which dates from the 8th through the 15th century. Surely fun to watch even though it also felt a bit awkward to witness a celebration of an expulsion of a group of people that still are abundant in southern parts of Spain.

During our holiday, we not only stayed in Villajoyosa, but went on a ramble around the near vicinities. We visit the historical city of Valencia, the third largest in Spain, we entered some of the exquisite caves in the area and we climbed El Castell de Guadalest, to mention a few. The old town of Guadalest is resting on the top of what looks like fragile rocks. In 1644 an earthquake destroyed the castle that mounts over the town, and later that same year another movement destroyed part of the town. Even more, but smaller earthquakes about a hundred years later took more of it. Now what is left of the old town is perched on the top of those steep rocks still remaining.

The holiday was good and relaxing, and I feel very ready to get back to regular business again. Of course I took pictures during our stay in Spain, but this was more than anything a family event, thus photography had only second priority and I did it more for fun and for capturing the family on tour than anything else. Nevertheless I post a few of the pictures here.

I look forward to slowly getting back into reading your blogs again, and I hope you have all had a fantastic summer as well. A quick reminder before I end now: Remember my picture critique is still open if you have photos you would like a feedback on.

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155 thoughts on “Back from Holiday

  1. Welcome back, Otto!! Feels nice to see you again. Spain looks such a beautiful place in movies and pictures; I am sure you had a great time there with your family.
    And these pictures are just awesome. I specially like the first couple of pictures.

  2. Du har hatt en meget fargerik ferie, og jeg likte spesielt godt raden av “gamle” krigere. Og ble direkte misunnelig på ditt bilde av klokketårnet i Guadelest. Mye bedre enn mitt fra den gang da med Kodachrome.

  3. Nice to see you and to hear that you had a nice holiday… Welcome back dear Otto. These photographs are so beautiful, Thank you, have a nice week, Love, nia

  4. Wonderful set of images that give a peek at the town’s ambience. Your post tells me that the holiday did its best to charm and give you memorable experiences with family. Welcome back to your blogging journey.

  5. I looked at the photos before I read even a word of the blog, and thought to myself, gee, that really looks like Spain! The Moors threw me off the track momentarily, but as I read about Moros y Cristianos I remembered the festival. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Would love to go back to Spain myself some day.

  6. welcome back, sir Otto. 🙂 seems like you had a good travel. do rest some before you tell us of your wonderful experiences in Spain. am sure, there are other interesting pics, huh? 😉 warm regards…

    1. This was foremost a holiday, so photos weren’t my focus so to speak, although I of course took plenty. I will have to see if more pictures are worth using in a post later on. Thank you for the kinds words.

  7. Spain… omg… SPAIN! I’ve always wanted to go to Spain. And you’ve family there. Awesome.

    Welcome back 🙂 Your pictures above, as ever, are stunning – clear, colourful, live.

  8. Oh to swim out to sea and look back to that wonderful scene! Lovely to have you back Otto and so pleased to know you and your family enjoyed such a relaxing time!

  9. Welcome back, Otto! I love your images but the multi-colored houses with beach umbrellas and the distinguished festival participants are my favorites. I just love how you do people.

  10. Wow, beautiful photos, I just adore those colours!!!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time 🙂

    Rohan.

  11. Hi Otto — what a great welcome back! I was smiling from your very first photo. So bright, so vibrant, so full of attention and life. And I couldn’t agree with you more on this line, “Breaks are necessary to regain power and to recharge our creative minds.” Glad you took some time off, and equally glad to see you back!

  12. how charming to spend your holidays in such a historical place, Otto. is the last photograph part of the “old town of Guadalest?” the vibrant colors on the buildings…lovely! ♥

  13. Wonderful photos; especially liked the faces of the costumed men. The last photo looks like something from a fairy tale, & is a superb composition! Glad you got a break & feel refreshed; that is so important for all of us.

  14. Great photos. Your holiday sounds lovely and it was fascinating to your in depth account of the history of the area.

  15. Thanks for sharing a bit of your vacation with us. I love the wonderful colors, that “stacked” look of the houses all lined up like a child’s blocks, and that great clarity you have on these photos. Anything but realism would have destroyed their look. Very nicely done, Otto.

  16. Welcome back Otto and it is great hear that your batteries are recharged and that you have had a wonderful family holiday. Thanks for sharing the images and I have to say an enjoyable read as ever.

  17. I love the images in this post. So rich with color! Welcome back, Otto. I know you’ve been back for a few weeks now. I took a short break, too, and am finally getting back into the swing of things. 🙂

  18. Wonderful picture of the castle at Guadelest. I am moving to the Costa Blanca next month somewhere around the Villajoyosa area a happy coincidence to come across your post. Stunning work, you walk the beauty way.

  19. Such vibrant colors in these images. I especially like the intensity of the men in their costumes, but the buildings with their varied colors are a close second.

  20. When I see town saturated with color like Villajoyosa, I also think of the barren building codes in some communities that allow only certain colors. The city looks vibrant just LOOKING at it!

    1. The old town of Villajoyosa is indeed very vibrant, but I don’t know if the colourful house are a result of regulations or just the owners’ own incentives to make an eye-catching place to live in.

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