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Stone Walls, Northern Spain |

One of the many things I love about travelling is the diversity to be found across our planet – diversity of people, language, culture, food, weather and landscape. So often, our food and culture is influenced by the landscape around us. If you are surrounded by sea you will likely eat lots of fish and seafood, if you have boggy earth you will burn turf. And if you have fields full of limestone, you will build walls. Travelling through northern Spain, close to the border with Portugal, we encountered these stone walls. I was immediately reminded of the stone walls found across the west of Ireland and which I thought were unique to our fair isle. The Spanish construction is a little different – I don’t think I have seen walls constructed around big stones in such a uniform way in Ireland. But the resemblance is striking. Amidst all the diversity there are always similarities. We’re not all that different, really.

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Stone Walls, Northern Spain |

Stone Walls, Northern Spain |

Stone Walls, Northern Spain |

Road Sign, Northern Spain |

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  1. Amy #

    Incredibly beautiful landscape!

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    October 22, 2015
  2. drystane dykes – a lot of hard work to build no doubt! Lovely photos.

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    October 11, 2015
    • Drystane dykes was an expression I hadn’t heard before. What a lovely term – you can really hear the Scottish accent as you say it!

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      October 11, 2015
  3. I’ve got a minor obsession with walls … the Irish exacerbated this many years ago. Now I feel I need to travel to Spain to see these which are different to anything I have ever seen before … I can think of worse fates!

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    October 10, 2015
    • Indeed, Osyth – a drive through southern France, over the Pyrenees and across the top of Spain is definitely time well spent!

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      October 11, 2015
  4. I’m with you when it comes to liking diversity and I make every effort to find it.

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    October 10, 2015
  5. Love the sign to Portugal!

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    October 10, 2015
    • I know – it’s hilarious! For a whole new country, just turn here!


      October 10, 2015
  6. Lovely walls, and beautiful reflection on how those boundaries do not keep us away from exploring new territory and broadening our creative horizons. Best wishes x SB.

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    October 10, 2015

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