At the end of June I visited Spain with my girlfriend, for 8 days.  It was a wonderful trip.  We stayed at a hotel in Torremolinos, which is about a 10min. bus ride (route 110) from downtown Malaga.  It is on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean Sea and with a population of close to 600,000 it is Spain’s 6th largest city.  Here there is a subtropical climate with about 320 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 17 °C (during day) in the 4 month winter period. Not bad. Not bad at all!!

We took bus trips to Nerja, Mijas and Salobrena on different days and a train trip to Seville.  I took many portraits of Nanna, my favourite model, in countless picturesque places along the South Coast of Spain.  The food was tasty as well, as we tried tapas (basically they are appetizers), sangria, and some seafood.  Since some of these places were pretty touristy we didn’t mind walking around a bit more looking for more authentic Spanish restaurants.  Our favourite place was probably a little restaurant with a small outside patio that served us deer meat and squid along with a local beer. The prices in Spain were not that much cheaper than back home.  Wine and beer are cheap there, however and can be found in grocery stores.  I just loved it here along the Mediterranean Sea with the white painted houses and turquoise waters.

It was great to get away from Toronto and see some culture in Europe.  Seville had a more European classical type of vibe with their countless alleys, cobblestone streets and colourful apartments.  Nanna found it a little too closed in though and would have preferred a bit more open space, such as we are used to in North America.  People seemed to be friendlier as well as the general pace of life is a tad slower as well, and i’m sure the climate along with siestas has something to do with that 🙂

Here are some pictures of our adventures.

         Toronto Photographer : Nerja, SpainToronto Photographer : Nerja, Spain : tilt-shift pictureToronto Photographer : Nerja, SpainToronto Photographer : Nerja, Spain : snorkellingToronto Photographer : Malaga, Spain Nanna Minasyan in an alleyToronto Photographer : graffiti in Malaga, SpainToronto Photographer : Malaga, Spain Toronto Photographer : Mijas, SpainToronto Photographer : riding donkey in Mijas, SpainToronto Photographer : old man taking a stroll on street in Mijas, SpainToronto Portrait Photographer : Paul Krol in Seville, SpainToronto Photographer : Seville, SpainToronto Photographer : Seville, SpainToronto Photographer : beach in Salobrena, Spain

  • July 19, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    habeeb - very good,ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    Costas - Awesome work, found this while looking for tilt shift photos on flickr.ReplyCancel

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