During the yearly Festival of Lights in Berlin it is not so easy to find a good spot. The composition should be appealing, not too many people should cross the photo and it would better be something which wasn’t photographed a thousand times before. Well, I’m certainly not the first in Berlin who takes a shot of the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) together with the sign for the Pariser Platz. But that evening I liked that combination so much that I shot a complete series of the illuminations from there.
The Memorial of Rebirth (Memorialul Renaşterii) reminds the bloody revolution against the Ceausescu regime in Bucharest in December 1989. Even though the idea of the memorial obviously enjoys wide popularity, the memorial itself had to face critical voices asking whether or not that is the best way to honor the heroes of the revolution.
The cable car to the “Cota 1400” station in the Bucegi Mountains has been a challenge on its own for us. Daria and me, we both suffer a bit from vertigo and such passage high over the valley is not the easiest task for us. The view from up there was awesome and we took a moment to enjoy it and take a few deep breaths – and of course to take some photos.
Bergamo is the town that surprised me the most on all my trips through Italy. It is built in three layers, starting at the bottom of the hill with the new town (Città Bassa). With the bus you can go up to the old town (Città Alta) and here you will discover all the beauty of Bergamo. The view from the old city walls and the architecture within the walls are breathtaking.
The German Bundesrat or Federal Council was one of the buildings I’ve been sold on in this year’s Festival of Lights in Berlin. This photo also was taken a day before the Festival was supposed to start. I wandered around between the Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer Platz until I came across the enlightened Bundesrat.