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In May 2002 my wife and I journeyed from Huddersfield in England's industrial north to rural Galicia. Join us on our journey and immerse your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of this remote and little known region of Spain.

Digital Exposure II – Summertime in Galicia: a photo blog
08 October 2014 @ 11:13

Have you ever wondered why so many Spaniards choose Galicia to spend their summer vacation? Imagine if you will; long, hot days, comfortably warm evenings, traffic-free highways, and outstanding natural beauty. With autumn just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on another wonderful summer in Galicia. Here are some of my favourite snaps of the summer. Why not leave a comment and tell me which your favourite is.

The carretera nacional 120 is the main arterial road passing through the area. I became so bored waiting for a car to pass, I took the photo anyway.

1. Stress-free driving along traffic-free highways             1. Stree-free driving along traffic-free highways            

A summer stream meanders its way through the Galician countryside.

             2. Golden reflections

One of the best ways to explore the river Sil is by boat. Our favourite departs from Os Chancis. It’s an intimate experience for up to 10 guests and includes an onboard wine tasting. Floating past vibrant vineyards; sipping the local wine – perfect.

             3. River cruising

Ribadavia is a beautifully preserved medieval town. Wandering through the streets feels like you’ve stepped back in time.

             4. Strolling through the passageways of time

An ideal location to catch up on the local gossip.

             5. The daily news

The changing shades of the river Sil as the sun descends in the western sky.

             6. Fade to grey

Nine lives and forty winks: a day in the life of a Galician street cat.

             7. Taking a catnap

One of my favourite cycling routes takes me along this shady lane.

             8. Lighting the way

Patchy cloud provides the ideal conditions for exploring the picturesque town of Ribadavia in the province of Ourense.

             9. Clouding the issue

The vineyards of the Zona de Amandi in the Ribeira Sacra rise hundreds of metres from the banks of the river. This valley is one of the most difficult places on earth to harvest grapes.

           10. Sun bathing

For over 12 years we’ve driven through the town of Rodeiro on our way to and from the airport without giving it a second glance. When we finally decided to stop and take a look around, we stumbled across this charming town hall.

           11. Rodeiro town hall

From Roman legions to French Legionaries, this idyllic landscape hides a dark history.

           12. River diamonds

A typical Galician landscape: grapes ripen under the watchful eye of the Almighty.

           13. Essence of summer

Evening vapour trails change from white to orange as the sun sets on another perfect day.

           14. The journey home

In the spring of 1809, the bridge at Petin was the scene of a bloody battle between Napoleonic troops and the women of the village. Today the area is a little more peaceful.

           15. Time span

A Cremello horse is nothing if not distinctive. This stunning example was the star of the Escairon horse fiesta.

           16. Ride a white horse

The castle in the town of Castro Caldelas commands outstanding views over the surrounding area.

           17. Keep sake

One of my favourite views of the Ribeira Sacra: the viewing point at Os Chancis. The distant mountains rise over 1000 metres from the river and provide the perfect natural platform from which to generate clean, renewable energy.

           18. Calm and composed

If you missed springtime in Galicia, tick here.

Copyright © 2014 Craig Briggs

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Craig and Melanie own and operate a luxury farmhouse rental property called Campo Verde. To find out more about a stay at Campo Verde and Galicia in general, visit their website getaway-galicia

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Patdean said:
11 October 2014 @ 23:44

The Cremello horse is unreal looking. The first time I saw this photo I thought it was a sand sculpture. Are they all this 'creme' colour?


CraigBriggs said:
12 October 2014 @ 10:25

Hi Patdean,
As far as I know all Cremello horses are this colour. Apparently, and don't quote me on this, they possess two cream gene's. This makes them very rare and even more valuable.
Horses aren't really, 'my thing' but as this beast galloped around the area, mine wasn't the only jaw to hit the floor.


Patdean said:
12 October 2014 @ 18:21

I would love to see one in motion - must check out You Tube. I have never ridden a horse but I think they are beautiful animals and love stroking their velvet noses. My brother had a pony and I often fed it apples and carrots but you had to be quick to avoid a nip from his big teeth.

Cheers


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