A week ago I decided to get some images of the fountains at the Plaça de Catalunya the most popular square of the capital of Catalonia my tiny country which is on it´s way struggling for independence.
As it was raining but still a rather bright day I tried my new neutral density filter to get long exposure images, the results were not bad but later on during the evening, when the fountains were illuminated in purple colors, I went back to try my luck again. I found the night-view photos much more interesting than the ones made with daylight and decided to upload them.
The difficulty I found was the persistent rain which forced me to try to protect the flat 40 mm pancake lens from raindrops...
Among the many fortified towns of Catalonia, Montfalco Enmurallat is one of the best conserved and spectacular ones, it is a walled town and castel with first historic references from the eleventh century and with no buildings beyond the walls. It is located in the comarca of Lleida and surrounded by vast fields with a predominance of wheat production.
A very recomendable restaurant in the same center of the town allows the visitor to enjoy a memorable day submerging himself in the historic and cultural past of Catalonia and Europe while enjoying the traditional catalan dishes and wines.
Life for innocent villagers during the middle-age was tough, roaming bandits, looting troops of neighbouring war-lords and coming under the crossfire of the wars of powerful and land-hungry kingdoms kept people under constant danger of loosing properties and even worse, their lifes.
Were and how to build a new village using natural conditions was basic and the guys of Castellfollit de la Roca chose well indeed.
High towering basalt cliffs and the confluence of two rivers, the Fluvia and the Tornell flowing deep down on two of the three sides of the place made a successfull attack on their homes rather complicated.
First references mention "Kastro Fullit" in 1096 and "Kastro-Follito" reappears again in 1100, sine then many bloody battles have been fought here.
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