Pueblos Blancos – following the white spots in the mountains

It was the Semana Santa week in the South of Spain and the unusual 30 degrees for mid-April. The conditions were perfect to explore the beautiful white villages that are hiding in the mountains of Andalusia.

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Semana Santa in Andalusia

Semana Santa in Andalusia is a very special celebration. For locals it is a life long tradition, inviting to come back home to their own or their parents villages, meet their childhood friends, enjoy free afternoons and extra days-off. For people of faith, this week is a spiritual journey, taking through various stages of excruciation and revival. And for the rest, it is a street spectacle and an opportunity to join the famous Spanish street fiesta.

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Pacific 101: San Diego to San Francisco

If you’re planning a road trip through California then the 101 is your route. It takes longer than a faster alternative – Interstate 5, but having tried both, it’s so much worth the time. Every stop you make – it’s a new scenery, from little towns, to beautiful long Californian beaches to walks though the forests and dunes. It’s a constant change of altitude, green and blue shades but … it’s California…sun stays up in the sky wherever you go (well not around San Francisco – but they told us the heavy rain weekend was bad luck… yeah right…).

The 101 is 2222.97 km long and connects US West’s the south and north through four different states.We (mostly me to all fairness) drove from San Diego to San Francisco and this is how it went:

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Orange County – The Palms Avenue
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Laguna Beach
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Palms trees come in every size and shape
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Happy US
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The Squared Motel
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California Coast
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Reflecting on life – part I
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Reflecting on life – part II
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Almost LA
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Santa Barbara!
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US in Santa Barbara
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101 at its best
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Walk to the beach through dunes
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The Eagle is surveying US
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Happy you
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Happy US
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To San Francisco!!!

And if you put it all in about 40 seconds you get something like this: