Santa Cueva de Covadonga, Spain

Tucked into a hillside deep in the Asturian countryside, you’ll find the Santa Cueva de Covadonga.

DSC_2701A staircase leads to the chapel and it is worth the climb.

DSC_2686The photo above gives some perspective to the terrain here, which is quite mountainous. Pulling back a little, you can see the altar to the right of the chapel.

DSC_2688This is a place of pilgrimage for many believers. It was impressive to see their devotion and respect.

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Looking over Savaneta, Aruba (video 2014)

I was out gathering sound EFX and stock footage recently and was atop the water tank hill in Savaneta, Aruba. Here’s just a quick look from San Nicolaas to the south, panning past Savaneta toward Pos Chikito.

Beautiful view from up there. Windy, too. So, if you visit that spot, be careful. Bon dia.

Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain

In the village of Meaño, near Spain’s Atlantic coast, you’ll find a great little hotel called Quinta de San Amaro. This is the kind of place to get away from it all. Here’s a look at the swimming pool and main building:

Swimming pool and main building at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Swimming pool and main building at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Although in the countryside, Quinta de San Amaro is only a short drive to Santiago de Compostela and many of the interesting towns along the Atlantic Coast. I stayed in a standard room that you see next:

Standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

The bathroom was also spacious and comfortable:

Bathroom in standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Bathroom in standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

You’ll also find a good restaurant here with seating inside as well as outside that you see in the next photo:

Outdoor seating at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Outdoor seating at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

And take a look at this unique “solar sauna” as I call it:

"Solar sauna" at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

“Solar sauna” at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Inside it was warm and refreshing, a comfortable place to relax, read a book, or meditate:

Inside the "solar sauna" at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Inside the “solar sauna” at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Of course then you’ll want to take another dip in the swimming pool, so here’s another view of that looking out to the vineyards:

View of the swimming pool and vineyards beyond at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

View of the swimming pool and vineyards beyond at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

You’ll have no trouble sleeping here. It was perfectly quiet, the way you’ll want it after a day of sightseeing or sampling the many delicious wines of the region.

Tower of Hercules, Spain

The Tower of Hercules in A Coruña, Spain, is the only Roman lighthouse still in use as an aid to navigation. Of course, it’s had some work done since the Roman’s it built it a coupe of thousand years ago.

Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

There is a parking lot  located several hundred meters from the tower itself. Then you walk along a long promenade out to the tower itself where you pay a small fee and enter the lowest portion. There you’ll find ruins from various times of occupation as well as quite a few steps to get to the top. However, the view is worth the climb.

View to the north from the Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

View to the north from the Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

It can be quite windy here so secure your hair.

View to the east from the Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

View to the west from the Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

And be sure to hang on to your camera.

View to the south from the Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

View to the south from the Tower of Hercules, A Coruña, Spain.

If you’re lucky you might see some ships or sailboats out there. After that long climb up the stairs, head into town for a great meal. You earned it!