In August and September of 2011, my wife, Marilyn, and I visited Spain for a holiday. We spent 5 very enjoyable weeks driving ourselves around, visiting cities, towns and villages all over the country.

During our visit we discovered that we really like Spain. It’s a clean, safe and friendly place with delicious food and the most amazingly varied landscapes. Having traveled from one end of Spain to the other, the dramatic and constant changes in geography made us feel like we’d visited about 5 different countries but without the attendant hassle and the inevitable jetlag.

This is part 1 of our 5 week exploration. In this part we visit Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Almagro, Cordoba, Alcala la Real, Granada, Salobrena, Ronda, Grazalema, Sevilla, Italica and Merida. We travelled from Barcelona to Madrid on the high speed AVE train.

The film was captured in high definition using a Sony HDR-FX1E camera and was composed using the Panavision aspect ratio. It was post-processed using Final Cut Pro and Magic Bullet Looks.

The music in part 1 is by Steppenwolf, Warren Zevon, Sigur Rós, Clint Mansell, Oasis, Paul Kelly, Ennio Morricone, Tommy Guerrero, Air, Anton Karas, Dr, John, Elliott Smith, Bernard Herrman, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Satyajit Ray, Jean Michel Jarre and the Rolling Stones.

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