VLOG | At the Bardenas Reales Desert.

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Like I told you in my latest article, I grew up watching westerns and my idol was Clint Eastwood. I always dreamed about road tripping in the american Grand Canyon, but logistically, it’s not the easiest trip to plan… So when I heard about the Bardenas Reales natural park, kind of like a mini version of the Wild West’s landscapes but located in the Navarra region in Spain, two hours away from the French border, the road trip was planned in a day !
We decided to go by car directly from our primary vacation spot near Toulon, France. We planned on 9 hours of driving, but unlucky us, it took us 12 hours to finally arrive in Tudela, a city close to the park where we booked our hotel. It was very hard for us, and especially for Joey, who was of course, part of the trip.
But the second we arrived in the Bardenas Reales desert, the chaotic trip from the day before was forgotten in a minute ! The landscapes was even better than everything I had imagined : we left the world we knew when we crossed the park borders and started imagining ourselves in those old westerns that are so dear to our hearts, with all those impressive rocky formations, those little sheds made of wood and mud coming from another time, and all those plants and reliefs that we had never seen before… Joey was thrilled too, he could run everywhere and explore those wide and free spaces… If we could have, we would have stayed so much longer… There’s too many things to see over there !
It was the perfect occasion to VLOG again, I loved it so much when I was in Strasbourg, and I wanted to bring y’all with me to discover the Bardenas Reales and the city of Tudela that we also quickly visited the morning after.
I also vaguely tried to select the best pictures to show you how beautiful is this place, but it wasn’t easy because I took over 2000 pictures that day, so I’m sorry in advance for the amount of pictures there !
I hope this will make you want to discover the Bardenas Reales by yourself someday, and if you do, find out all about what you need to know after the pictures 🙂

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Spaghetti Western.

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I’ve always been fascinated by deserts. I’ve seen quite a few since I’m a kid, in South America or North Africa especially, where I traveled when I was a kid. But my fascination for desert really comes from westerns… As a kid, my parents used to show me tons of them. My hero was Clint Eastwood, without any hesitation. The movies from my childhood are Pale Rider, High Plains Drifter, For a Few Dollars More or Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (without Clint though, but still really awesome !). I could watch them in a row, I was just fascinated by the landscapes, the loyalty and bandits stories, the horses running like crazy in those big dusty plains, and Clint Eastwood of course, whom I’m in love with since I’m like 5…  I can completely picture myself sitting in the deserted pub of my parents friend with my brother, obsessed by the finale scene from A Fistful of Dollars, waiting to see who from Joe and Ramon was going to die. So yeah, westerns are really dear to my heart, there was even a time when I always received new DVDs for Christmas, and I was so happy to discover new movies !
So, when I learned about the Bardenas Reales desert in Spain, 2 hours away from the French border and where all the westerns that are lacking budget for the US are being shot, I got crazy and planned our little road trip in a day. It was two weeks ago, and it’s one of the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen ! Of course, we had to shoot an outfit there, the landscape was way too beautiful too pass up ! So here it is today, with a little foretaste of the place, because I’ll be back on thursday with a vlog, lots of pictures and many good places to see there ! I hope it’ll make you want to go and check this place yourself !

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