For a small town, Comillas has much to interest without sinking to the depths of themed parks, experiences or visitor centres.  Most of the information boards are solely in Spanish which is also fine by me – I can admire things for what they appear to be while idly scratching at my many mosquito bites.  I don’t do in-depth analysis or consideration of other cultures, I struggle to keep up with my own. Suffice to say that Comillas is a quite spectacular place with some very fine old architecture and not too much of the modern, at least not at its centre.

On the headland above the bay stands Antonio López y López, the first marquis of Comillas; condemned, like Nelson, to spend eternity atop a stone column – he has the better view. Ubicación, ubicación, ubicación.

These variations on a theme were taken at different times across the same day – the cool winds above the bay relieve the itching 😉

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  1. Tish Farrell · September 11, 2016

    These are splendid shots. I love the depth of light and shade.

    • northumbrianlight · September 11, 2016

      Thanks Tish – needless to say, with time on my hands, much fiddling has been going on 😉

  2. LaVagabonde · September 11, 2016

    I love all of these, especially the third. Has it rained a lot there this summer? I always thought of Spain as too dry for mosquitoes to thrive.

    • northumbrianlight · September 11, 2016

      Thanks Julie. I don’t think it has rained more than usual but Comillas is on Spain’s green coast and I guess higher than average rainfall keeps it that way. Of course, like all chaps, I am stoically suffering in silence 😉

  3. Sue · September 11, 2016

    Great shots!

  4. socialbridge · September 12, 2016

    WOW, stunning photos, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · September 12, 2016

      Thanks Jean – an inspirational place – sadly it is time to head home 😦

  5. restlessjo · September 14, 2016

    Good to know you and the mosquitoes are having a splendid time. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · September 14, 2016

      Indeed we are, thanks Jo – I think mozzys are eating better than me 🙂

  6. MJF Images · September 18, 2016

    I agree. While traveling I prefer to learn about the cultures from everyday people. Nice B&Ws!

    • northumbrianlight · September 20, 2016

      Thanks Mike – my foreign language skills are very limited which is probably why I enjoy the US, Ireland and Scotland the most 😉

  7. enmanscamera · September 19, 2016

    I really enjoyed this series. I think B&W added emotion to some great shots.

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