CBBH Photo Challenge: Across The Rooftops

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love photo challenges. It’s great fun to spend time reliving memories as I linger in my albums finding the shots I want to use.

Every month Marianne … oh wait! … first I want to congratulate her as she  recently won first prize in a photo contest for this entry …  *YAY! WOOHOO!*  … okay, back on track …

On Marianne’s fabulous East of Malaga website, she has a photo challenge once a month and February’s topic is Across The Rooftops.

That challenge took me back to one of my visits with my (no exaggeration)



beautiful, wonderful, hilarious, one-in-a-million, sister-in-law, Ofra, who lives in a tiny village a half-hour south of Granada, Spain. She went there for a one-week visit 25 years ago and hasn’t left! I love her story!

I’ve spent many hours on her rooftop terrace snapping photos and getting caught up in the sheer beauty of this picturesque part of Andalucia; a half-hour from the Alpujarra mountains to the north and 20 minutes south to the Mediterranean beaches. The first time I won a writing award was for a piece I wrote about doing just that. I’ve never lost my fascination for the colours and textures of those terra cotta tiles, the vistas beyond, and the stories they might hold.

Rooftops like these exist in many countries around the world but the ones I’m sharing here are from the Valle de Lecrin in the south of Spain. I hope you see the attraction!

Spanish rooftops-PSandsPhotos

Spanish rooftops-PSandsPhotos

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viejos y nuevos-PSandsPhotos

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Spanish Rooftops-PSandsPhotos

Ancient rooftops of 11thC Alhambra-PSandsPhotos

Ancient rooftops of 11thC Alhambra-PSandsPhotos

As much as I love the rooftops in Spain, it wouldn’t be moi if I didn’t finish with a rooftop shot from France. Looking down on the vieille ville of Nice is a view I love.

Vieille Ville~Nice~PSandsPhotos

Vieille Ville~Nice~PSandsPhotos

Where are your favourite rooftops? One of the rules of Marianne’s challenges is that you must visit other blogs from her comments and refer back to two of them here.

If you can, take a minute to see the photos they have posted and please tell them I sent you. Enjoy!  

I love the variety here, from Prague to San Diego on http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/cbbh-across-the-rooftops/ 

And Pat’s photography here on every subject is inspiring: http://imissmetoo.me

About Patricia Sands

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. I write women's fiction and keep in touch with readers by a monthly newsletter that also has giveaways and contests. Come and join us by signing up on the right. See you there!


  1. Warm weather roofs! Sunshine on them!!

  2. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at http://wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  3. Thanks for your congratulations (and your vote) in the recent photography competition, Patricia. I still can’t believe I won!

    Many of your rooftops look familiar to me in this part of Spain. The way rooves are constructed here make them very strong and almost impossible to leak. 🙂

    You might want to look at the link to Amy’s blog as it was showing an error when I clicked through to it – and I needed to copy-and-paste to get to your second link. Easily remedied and both well worth a visit 🙂 🙂

    I always enjoy your photo challenges. Your enthusiasm shines through, Patricia. Well done!

  4. I did as you asked and voted for Marianne. Too late. She’d won anyway, but it’s a great photo. I echo her comments about the links 🙁 . I must find some shots of our greatly-battered-but-still-hanging-in-there rooftops here in Laroque, as seen from the church. Moving doesn’t leave much time for this sort of rummaging so it could be a while….

  5. Why wouldn’t you enjoy photo challenges? You take some pretty awesome pictures!

  6. There is something very charming about old rooftops, especially in rural areas. I too loved the views from our hotel in Granada. I felt I just wanted to skip all over them.

  7. Beautiful scenes, and as Fatima mentioned, there is something so charming about the rooftops in the old villages and towns. I do love that shot in France!

  8. Love those! The Spanish views are great and I adore any view of Nice… Thanks — made a nice travel moment while snuggling under blankets and trying to stay warm in our unusually cold southern winter.

  9. Ah, Granada and the Côte d’Azur! What’s not to like? 😉 The last shot is particularly stunning.

  10. I love rooftops and your sample is fantastic. When we stayed in Madrid we were in a penthouse room with a pop-up roof. We stood there and looked out at the rooftops while sipping wine. I’ll never forget it!

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