Stepping into the Madrid airport, I was first confronted with impressive architecture. At customs, I was confronted with pleasant efficiency. Walking into the Spanish afternoon, I was greeted with a mid-day version of l'heure bleue cushioned with beautiful clouds. These were trends throughout the trip.
unlike in Paris). Spaniards are proud of their country and themselves, and give the impression that it's only logical that someone would want to take pictures.
Canon T4i on this trip. I shot with a 17-35mm EF L, and a 10-22mm EFS. Because of the T4i's crop factor, the 17-35 became an effective 27-56mm, and the 10-22 became an effective 16-35mm. (Won't it be a great day when lenses and sensors match again?)
Casa de Carmona as a base, over the course of six days I drove more than 1,100 miles and visited nine towns in the southern part of the country, from Madrid to Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, and points in-between. Spain is ideal for this kind of travel. The highways connecting the towns are very new and well maintained. (Speed cameras abound, however, as I learned from the stack of mail I had when I got home.) It's easy to get from one town to the next. Towns are all navigable by foot, though the walking is demanding. Many towns are built on or in the hills, and the weight of camera gear will help wear down your shoe soles. Even carrying just a few lenses and one camera body wears on the shoulders. Even with space-age plastics, DSLRs are heavy. Large lenses have a lot of glass, which is heavy.
Spain is steeped in rich history, amazing architecture, fantastic light, and great people. If you're trying to narrow down your list of where to travel next, I'm happy to simplify the process: put Spain at the top of the list and start booking accommodations.