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Basque Country

As I talked about over the weekend, this time last year I was in the Basque Country to photograph Elizabeth & Ryan’s Wedding. I don’t get the opportunity for such an amazing trip very often so I made the most of it and rearranged my schedule to spend the next two and a half weeks documenting the uniqueness of the region. I couldn’t have been luckier in stumbling into the Fiesta season with raging parties in each of the port/ beach towns I encountered along the coast. I’ll steer clear of wading into the politics of the Basque Country and just say that the uniqueness of the region, and it’s people, were astounding and I couldn’t have been luckier with my timing as the towns put on brilliant displays of their culture and character. I look forward to returning again soon.

Fog shrouds the hills surrounding Mendata

Fog shrouds the hills surrounding Mendata

Young Basque boys perform a traditional dance at a festival (Par

Young Basque boys perform a traditional dance at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Paresi (Busturia)

A Basque gentleman at a festival (Paresiko Jaiak) in the town of Pouring txakoli - sight-unseen and without a drop spilled - at B

A Basque gentleman at a festival in Paresi | Pouring txakoli – sight-unseen and without a drop spilled

Delicious tapas at Bar Gorriti in Donostia - San Sebastian

Delicious tapas at Bar Gorriti in Donostia - San Sebastian

Tombola del Jamon on the Paseo Nuevo in Donostia - San Sebastian

Tombola del Jamon on the Paseo Nuevo in Donostia - San Sebastian

Portside restaurant in Donostia - San Sebastian

Portside restaurant in Donostia - San Sebastian

Plaza de la Constitucion in Donostia - San Sebastian

Plaza de la Constitucion in Donostia - San Sebastian

Semana Grande fireworks exploding over Donostia - San Sebastian

Semana Grande fireworks exploding over Donostia - San Sebastian

Pelota (pelota a mano - handball) match as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Pelota (pelota a mano - handball) match as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Pelota (pelota a mano - handball) match as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

Pelota (pelota a mano - handball) match as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

An elder parishioner at Santa Maria de la Asuncion in Lekeitio A Basque gentleman in traditional attire at the Fiestas de Andra

An elder parishioner at Santa Maria de la Asunción in Lekeitio | A Basque gentleman in traditional attire at the Fiestas in Ondarroa

A traditional Basque dance performed as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A traditional Basque dance performed as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A pyrotechnics performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

A pyrotechnics performance as part of the Fiestas de Andra Mari in Ondarroa

The Basque town of Ondarroa celebrates the Fiestas de Andra Mari

The Basque town of Ondarroa celebrates the Fiestas de Andra Mari