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A photo for the defiant

A photo for the defiant

Marty’s photo of the day #3930: I shot this photo in Spain, but I think whoever lived here had the same spirit of defiance as the brave people in Ukraine: “Do you think sacking our castle is going to intimidate us into leaving? Fuck you! We’ll build a new one right next to it!”

Sacked!

Sacked!

Marty’s photo of the day #3819: A sacked castle in Spain.

Why we don’t pre-plan

Why we don’t pre-plan

Marty’s photo of the day #3815: The other night, my wife, Deb, and I were talking about the different ways people travel. While some of our adventures, like to Antarctica, were only practical with guides, many of our best adventures happened when nothing was pre-planned. Many people go to places, like Spain, on trips where […]

Castle in Spain

Castle in Spain

Marty’s photo of the day #3504: Me, looking up from below: “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair.” And yes, I did consider digitally inserting the senator from Vermont and calling out, “Bernie! Bernie! Let down your mittens.” (Photographed in Spain)

Castles in Italy

Castles in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3102: When Deb and I were in Spain and France, working on my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, we had great luck finding walled cities and old abandoned castles that we could get inside to explore with no other humans in sight. When we were […]

View from a castle

View from a castle

Marty’s photo of the day #3064: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. Today I have two photos. The first is my wife, Deb, standing on the roof of an old abandoned castle in western Spain. […]

Spanish Castle

Spanish Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #3061: I am on my way to New York, for a college speaking tour. My first flight has been delayed due to a “fuel imbalance.” That’s gives me just enough time to post a photo of my favorite Spanish castle.

Castle sacked? Build another one!

Castle sacked? Build another one!

Marty’s photo of the day #2854: What happens if you are a Spanish aristocrat and your first castle gets sacked? You build another one right next to it. (Photographed somewhere along the back roads of Spain.)

Spanish ruins

Spanish ruins

Marty’s photo of the day #2852: Having visited Spain, France, Switzerland, Andorra, and Italy, I have to say that I enjoyed Spain the most. The reason is that Spain feels less touristy, and it’s easy to get into rural areas, away from the crowds. Also, you can be driving a back road and all of […]

Who knew castles were so effective?

Who knew castles were so effective?

Marty’s photo of the day #2748: Greetings from Seattle! Never in my wildest dreams did I think Deb and I would be here today. Our early morning United Airlines flight out of Milan, Italy was cancelled at the last moment. So instead of taking United Airlines from Milan to Newark to Denver to Missoula, we […]

Our Italy Swan Song

Our Italy Swan Song

Marty’s photo of the day #2747: Greetings from Milan, Italy. Today is our last day in the country, and we spent it in the quiet little town of Angera (45 minutes north of Milan). The town was just what we needed, because both Deb and I had reached our limit of traffic and crowds. We […]

My favorite Spanish castle

My favorite Spanish castle

Marty’s photo of the day #2118: My favorite part of visiting Spain were all the castles that we could just walk up to, and sometimes go inside. This decomposing castle was one of my favorites. We were just heading into Spain from France, when we spotted it in a wide valley, miles in the distance. […]

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