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I just found these gorgeous pictures of different places around the world...They are so uplifting when you breathe in those intense colors of nature...Enjoy them...

1. Bonn, Germany

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Photo Credit: Adas Meliauskas

At this time of the year many people still look out the window and see endless layers of snow and ice. If you’re currently freezing, allow these images to warm you up with the reminder spring will soon be on its way.

2. Molyvos, Lesvos, Greece

The perfect place to get lost over a cup of coffee and great conversation.

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Photo Credit: Jay21310

3. Tunnel Of Love, Romania, Caras-severin

Once an abandoned train rail, this location has since turned into The Tunnel Of Love, one of the most romantic destinations on Earth. It is believed by many that if two lovers walk through the tunnel hand-in-hand, all of their wishes will come true.

The trees were formed long ago, back when the train still ran through these parts. Three times each day the train would roll on through, eventually shaping the trees as they are now.

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Photo Credit: Andreea Vintila Kostova

4. Stockholm, Sweden

This tree-lined street sure looks pretty in pink…

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Photo Credit: Hector Melo

5. Cullinan, South Africa

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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Kendall

6. Porto Alegre, Brazil

There are so many trees lining this urban street it looks like a forest!

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The perfect place to live if you are conflicted about living in the center of it all, or out in the middle of the forest.

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Photo Credit: Stephen Messenger

7. Spello, Italy

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Photo Credit: Nicoletta

8. Valencia, Spain

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9. Grafton, Australia

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Photo Credit: Jo Hitchin

10. Washington DC, USA

You can’t deny this one has been tampered with via Photoshop. Everything in the image has been cut to grey scale except for the leaves, but it’s a beautiful tree lined street regardless!

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Photo Credit: Paul Frederiksen

11. Jerez, Spain

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Photo Credit: Aidan McRae Thomson

12. Nafplio, Peloponnese, Greece

This stunning street goes well with the whole feel of Peloponnese, Greece. The seaside town loaded with important historical moments is also brimming with an unmatched romantic charm.

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Photo Credit: Wilson Lu

13. Brisbane, Australia

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Photo Credit: Tamara Turcan

14. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

The amazing Sagano Bamboo Forest stretches 16 square kilometers and is considered one of Japan’s most beautiful natural environments. Not only is it a joy to witness, but also the sound the wind makes as it blows through the thick bamboo is music to the ears.

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Photo Credit: Andreea Vintila Kostova

15. Taiwan

These pups appear to be enjoying a romantic stroll down this beautiful tree-lined street, how dog-gone sweet!

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Photo Credit: Sue Hsu

16. Positano, Italy

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Photo Credit: Agnes Alsua

17. Milton Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe

This gorgeous street in Zimbabwe stands out for its magnificent canopy of colors.

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Photo Credit: jez bennett

18. Wisteria Tunnel, Japan

A walk beneath this tree proves rather magical, as the huge wisteria blossoms hang overhead like a sky made of brilliantly colored flowers.

For the most spectacular views of this garden, located 4-hours from Tokyo, you should visit between late April and mid-May.

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Photo Credit: Andreea Vintila Kostova

19. Kaluszyn, Poland

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Photo Credit: Piotr Tymiński

20. Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Photo Credit: kaiti lane

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Comment by amparo alvarez on February 14, 2020 at 1:45am

Six-mile-long Tarifa Beach is often thought of as one of the most beautiful in Andalusia. It is famous for its great kite-surfing conditions 

Calella de Palafrugell’s beautiful seafront. The Costa Brava fishing village is unsurprisingly very popular with tourists

Comment by amparo alvarez on February 14, 2020 at 1:41am

I was here in  Baqueira in 2015 not too far from France on the other side of the Pyrenee Mountains...It is an astonishingly beautiful place..You feel you are away in another world...Getting there is so breathtaking, yet very dangerous and exhausting going up up up and so many curves...

Comment by amparo alvarez on February 14, 2020 at 1:30am

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Pyrenees, Spain

Comment by amparo alvarez on February 14, 2020 at 12:56am

Spain - Beautiful Spain

Ronda, Spain

Spain - Ronda town view

Cordoba, Spain

Spain - Casares

Casares, Andalusia, 

Spain - Basilica del Pilar


Spain - Valencia

Valencia, Spain

Spain - The beautiful city of Madrid

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Spain - Colourful Spain

A house in the south, Spain

The top picture is of Cuenca, Spain

Comment by amparo alvarez on February 14, 2020 at 12:13am

Returning to the Picos de Europa


Category: Places, Spain, Stories

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It has been five years since I went to the Picos de Europa. Five years during which I have constantly hassled my brother, a mountain leader based in the French Alps, to come and see this beauty with me.

We finally made it last autumn.

Although it was a short five-day trip but that was enough for him to at least see all the places that had blown me the first time I went there. To be honest, I was also expecting  feedback from a world-weary mountaineer, hopefully confirming that the Picos are truly special.

Landing in Asturias Airport, we collected our car rental and set off for the glacial lakes of Covadonga, our first stop. The snow was already on the ground, but being confident we decided to hike all the way to the Collado Jermoso hut, celebrating our arrival with a small bottle of Cava chilled in the snow.

On the next day we walked through the spectacular Cares Gorges, all the way from Poncebos to Caín. Starting pretty early, the only other living things we came across were a couple of goats. After a fortifying meal in Caín, we set off along the same path back to Poncebos. It felt like a totally different walk, a kind of leisurely, relaxing walk with one spectacular vista after another.

Finally, to end on a high note, I took my brother to the south of the Picos and the Liebana Valley. We booked at Posada San Pelayo, a superb small family-run hotel located in a peaceful village between Potes and the iconic cliffs of Fuente Dé.

Most hotels in the Picos have character but this one really is in a class of its own. Surrounded by a breathtaking mountain scenery, this posada beautifully blends traditional Cantabrian style (rust-red tiled roof, soft yellow walls and timber terraces overflowing with geraniums) with contemporary comfort. And views…

As soon as we arrived we were warmly welcomed by Lourdes and Aquilino who showed us to our room, complete with private terrace, and views… We were in good hands. Being nearly winter, a fire was roaring, a game of chess, a fireside chat and glass of Rioja was waiting for us.

The night was so deeply silent that I forgot where I was: hidden in the crinkled mountain foothills of northern Spain’s Picos de Europa mountains. Probably my favourite memory of this visit was opening the windows of my room the following morning to see the mountains in front of me.

After breakfast, we asked Lourdes some advice about the best walks and places to visit around the Posada. Unfortunately the cable car at Fuente Dé was closed due to maintenance work, so high mountain treks were not on the menu. Instead, we went for an easy walk around the medieval village of Mogrovejo. This is the poster-girl of Cantabrian villages, recognised as one of Spain’s most beautiful, and a regular filming location. ‘Heidi: Queen of the Mountains’, which was released earlier this year. A classic of its genre.

Despite the mountains being so spectacular, we only came across a couple of other hikers each times we were out in the hills. And the access was amazing, to wake up in a beautiful posada and be out hiking in isolation within minutes is a rare and wonderful thing.

In the end, it was the Liebana valley’s scenery and architecture that won my brother’s heart. All those red-roofed villages where traditional lifestyles and the tranquility of nature blend perfectly were a real highlight to him. We both felt as if time had slowed down for the first time in a long while...

Comment by amparo alvarez on February 14, 2020 at 12:10am

What a wonderful day in the Picos de Europa


Category: Places, Spain

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Our two newest team members, Luisina and Laura, travelled together in June to the Picos de Europa to see for themselves why Pura clients love these little-known Spanish mountains.

Before joining the team at Pura Aventura, I have been reading about the majestic Picos de Europa. But honestly, I had never heard of them before getting into the Pura website!

Lost at the back of my mind were comments made by Spanish friends, talking about mysterious gorges carved deep in the mountain, challenging walks and forgotten villages.

I had “walked” around the Picos de Europa with the help of intrusive Google maps. But, well… there are no photos, nor 360° views that can closely compare with reality. Driving through the Hermida Gorge was quite a welcome. Neck hurting, trying to look up from the car to catch the summit of the massifs, any screen research I had done was left far behind.

We enjoyed walking along shady paths from village to village across the Liebana Valley.

It was like walking back in time… every step further from Potes was like moving decades away from the present. In every little village there were from 4 to 6 houses. Red geraniums thriving in every window and entrance door. We barely saw people around, either other walkers or locals. A single sleepy cat was the constant in every settlement we passed, as if guarding the past, making sure things were exactly as left there before, not letting any memory escape.

We met a few locals that day, each one lovely and caring. Nobody in a rush… there is no metro or train to catch!

They checked if we knew the way, and were happily giving directions in Spanish even before we asked.

Pedro jokingly tried to recruit us to help trim the weed to feed the animals, explaining that they gather the fodder (forraje) in summer to then feed the cattle in winter. We also walked past the Invernal (de Tolibe); one example of the shelters used in winter to keep the cattle warm and safe.

As we were lucky enough to be there in June, the wildflowers were in bloom, painting the landscape with exuberant colours. Walking down meadows carpeted with wildflowers felt surreal, like being in a movie… I felt I was on the set of The Sound of Music…

What a wonderful day!

Comment by amparo alvarez on February 14, 2020 at 12:01am

Sierra de Aracena, Andalucia


Stretching north of the provinces of Huelva and Seville is the 460,000-acre Sierra de Aracena nature park, an expanse evergreen oak and chestnut forests, particularly beautiful in spring when the meadows bloom. Aracena's lovely paths are generally lined with either stone walls or wire fences, it keeps the wild boar away from the chestnuts and stops them interfering with the valuable iberian pig stocks. So this is an area which not only looks good, it tastes delicious!

Cabo de Gata, Andalucia


Cabo de Gata Natural Park, in the south easternmost corner of Spain is the only stretch of coastline which is protected by a marine reserve. It is also the only desert in mainland Europe. The hills of Cabo de Gata are long extinct volcanoes which drop down to the coast and are home to flora which is completely unique. And the beaches are not only plentiful but lovely.

Doñana, Andalucia


Doñana National Park wetlands, spread out along the west side of the Guadalquivir estuary used to be 88,000 hectares of royal hunting grounds. More recently they realised that, being a stopping off point for vast numbers of migratory birds, as well as being home to red deer, wild boar and even Iberian Lynx, they should probably protect them. The sleepy village of El Rocio is reminiscent of a Western set, and a lovely spot to fall asleep to the sounds of the nature around you.

Costa Brava, Catalonia


The dramatic "Wild Coast" is a nearly unbroken series of sheer rock cliffs, forested volcanic cones dropping down to clear blue-green waters, punctuated with innumerable coves and tiny beaches on narrow calas (inlets). On a good day here, taking a picnic with you, you can enjoy the luminous blue of the sea contrasts with red-brown headlands and cliffs, and the distant lights of fishing boats reflect on wine-coloured waters at dusk. The light in these parts brings out the artist in all of us. If it was good enough for Picasso and Dalí, it's good enough for us.

La Rioja


Whether walking up to the peak of San Lorenzo, from where you have spectacular views of the plains of Rioja and a series of 2,000m peaks, or walking beneath the cliffs through the sea of vineyards, the most prosperous region of Spain boasts impressive landscapes as well as lovely old towns. The landscapes are actually only "really nice" but after a few glasses of wine you?ll be convinced that this is the most beautiful place you?ve ever seen.

Cares Gorge, Asturias/León


The most famous 12km long walk in the Picos de Europa, is also without doubt one of our favourite places in Spain. A path cuts along the cliff face high above the Cares River which runs right through the heart of the Picos de Europa. In places, the path is just two metres wide cut into a cliff face some 1,500m high. Towards the end of the gorge you pass through a series of short tunnels and over bridges as the path criss-crosses the river below. In summer an enterprising local opens up a bar half way along, keeping the drinks cold in the fast flowing waters of the canal cut into the cliff walls.

Liebana Valley, Cantabria


The defining feature of the Liebana Valley are the many red-roofed villages set against the green meadows and hills of the valley. It's also one of the places in Spain where the way of life has genuinely changed little in many years. You will still see people scything the hay in meadows and cow you will wake up to the sound of cow bells of a morning. Ancient trails cross meadows between villages to this small shrine set on a natural balcony with views over the beautiful valley and mountains beyond.

Fuente Dé, Cantabria


The cable-car at Fuente Dé provides a spectacular ride up 1,000m to the upper reaches of the mountains in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. The contrast with the green valley floor is striking as you step out into a moon-like landscape of splintered rocks, jagged peaks and deep ravines. You will usually see chamois goats perched on the cliffs and vultures circling below. From here you can walk up to a high peak for fantastic views.

Ordesa, Aragon


The entrance to this natural wonder is under the vertical walls of Monte Mondarruego, the source of the Ara River which forms the famous Ordesa Valley. Home to some of the finest walking in the country, its wide range of hikes lead to unique waterfalls, caves, and spectacular observation points. Mountain biking or rafting is also highly recommended here. Autumn in Ordesa is something else - when those beech trees start to colour, these are landscapes which stand up to any in the world.

Aigües Tortes, Catalonia


The breathtaking scenery of this national park is formed by jagged peaks, steep rock walls, and an abundance of high mountain terrain, all of which lie in the shadow of the twin peaks of Els Encantats. Featuring the highest stretch of the Pyrenees, more than 300 glacial lakes and lagoons (Aigües Tortes means 'winding waters') trickle through forests and meadows of wildflowers. From the park entrance, walk up to the pass at 2,562m for some of the most stunning views in the Pyrenees. That's Xabi standing there looking happy with his morning walk.

Comment by Alan on February 11, 2020 at 2:03am

Here's your Therapy for your Mind, that matters to your Heart & Soul.  Thanks' Amp...…. Blessings 2 U. 

Comment by amparo alvarez on February 10, 2020 at 11:54pm

Gaia recommends us to breathe in her colors when we are outside...It helps us relax and be in joy...It is very healing...

Comment by Alan on February 10, 2020 at 5:28pm

Absolutely gorgeous, nice to see God's handiwork. 


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