The real Christmas party in Spain is a big fiesta during the Epiphany

I had an opportunity to join a party that entire cities and towns in Spain celebrate during the Epiphany. The fiesta is called Reyes Magos (three kings or three wise men). The main event is a parade that travels through a city’s main streets in the evening. I joined the fun in Elche, Costa Blanca.

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Where to travel for, how to view and photograph the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a spectacular phenomenon that occasionally lights up the sky in the far north. Green, blue, red, violet and shades of these colors dance in the sky, forming shapes and pulsating like a work of art. Seeing the lights is a magical moment that you won’t ever forget. No photograph or video can reproduce the impressive play of lights. Here are tips (extracted with permission from the travel guidebook to Lapland) to finding, viewing and filming the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights in Kilpisjarvi, Lapland, Finland. Photo by Carsten Frenzl Read the story “Where to travel for, how to view and photograph the Northern Lights”

These big and small camera models of 2017 are the best for travel

Right after a credit card and a passport, a camera is perhaps the most important thing a traveler must remember to take along on a trip. Well, there are many other important things to pack, but especially people who travel frequently or for work, use a camera in so many ways that it really is an important tool on the road. Here are suggestions for cameras that have been tested to perform well in various travel situations.

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How to find, view and photograph the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a spectacular phenomenon that occasionally lights up the dark sky in the far north. Green, blue, red, violet and many shades of these colors dance in the sky, forming shapes and pulsating like a work of art. It is pure magic to see the lights, an experience you won’t forget. There is no photograph or video that can show how impressive the real thing is. Here is a how-to-guide (with permission from the Lapland travel guidebook author) to viewing and filming the Northern Lights.

NOrthern LIghts in Rovaniemi, Finland. Arctic Circle in Lapland
The Northern Lights in Rovaniemi (Photo Copyright Visit Rovaniemi/Rovaniemi Tourism & Marketing Ltd)
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For steady outdoors and travel videos, Google Pixel 2 smartphone has an amazing stabilizer

Good cameras come with optical image stabilization (OIS) feature that reduces handshake and general movement caused by the person who is holding the camera. The result is smoother video clips and sharper still images. OIS has its limits, and that’s why stabilizers have been made available as accessories both for large cameras and smartphones. These electronic stabilizers let the photographer walk, cycle or drive while shooting a video. Now, Google’s engineers have managed to pack all the modern image stabilizing technology into the new Pixel 2 smartphone.
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Travel photo gallery: Andorra on the Pyrenees Mountains

Andorra is a small, beautiful country on the Pyrenees Mountains. The capital Andorra la Vella is located in a valley at about 1000 meters / 3280 feet, but there are higher mountains around the city as well as valleys at lower altitude than the capital. If you approach Andorra from France and drive from the border along the main road to the Spanish border, you will cover 50 km / 31 miles fabulous scenery in Andorra.

Andorra is located on Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
Andorra is located on Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
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