Burgos² — A Book of Instagram Photographs of Burgos, Spain

Images from Burgos²

Images from Burgos² © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias & Sean M. Madden

“Absolutely brilliant!! It’s a fantastic book, congratulations!
A very complete view on the city, its people and landscapes.”
— Héctor Jiménez, Diario de Burgos

In early December, Sean and I launched Burgos², our book of Instagram photographs of Burgos, Spain. The 144-page hardcover book contains 367 of our 1,400+ Instagram photos of Burgos, both city and province, and is available on Blurb, where you can preview the entire book.

These are the photographs which, in the words of Diario de Burgos journalist Héctor Jiménez, made us “famous on Burgos social networks more than a year ago,” and which inspired Jiménez to feature us in two separate articles — published exactly a year apart, on 25 November 2012 and 2013 — in the city and province’s main daily newspaper. Continue reading

Slow Travels Instagrammed: A Snapshot of Our Nomadic Life through Retro Filters

Above: Auvergne and Aquitaine Regions in France. Instagrammed July and August 2012. Continue reading

Stops Along the Way

Bergerac on the Dordogne

Bergerac on the Dordogne © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias

In mid-April Sean and I drove 560 kilometres (350 miles) north east of Burgos to Bergerac in the Dordogne region of France. Although we’d enjoyed our time in Spain, making friends and immersing ourselves in northern Spanish life, it was time to move on, to return to the UK for the spring and summer, and to run our Write from the Heart writing workshops. Continue reading

Burgos to Bergerac: To Take or Not to Take Toll Roads?

Catedral de Burgos

Catedral de Burgos © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias

Toll roads are to be avoided. They’re costly and dull, and definitely not the route of choice for a couple of slow travellers. Or so we thought before embarking on our drive north through Spain and France on our way back to England.

The day we left Burgos we spent hours sorting, packing and figuring out the Chinese puzzle that is our roof box and car boot combined, but by midday we were on the road to Bergerac. A few hours later than we had hoped, but according to Google Maps we were looking at a journey time of seven hours if we took the non-toll roads.

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Cartuja de Miraflores: Gothic Carthusian Monastery on the Edge of Burgos

Cartuja de Miraflores

Cartuja de Miraflores © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias

We felt like the last people in the world when we stepped out of the car at Cartuja Santa María de Miraflores. Thin grey clouds stretched into the distance and the monastery was as quiet as the air was still. The parking lot was empty, the gates locked and the walls so high we couldn’t see a single sign of simple monastic life.

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