Brandenburg Gate in Berlin with roses at Festival of Lights 2013

Brandenburg Gate with Roses | Berlin, Germany

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.

Memorial of Rebirth in Bucharest. The memorial reminds of the 1989 Revolution in Romania.

Memorial of Rebirth | Bucharest, Romania

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.

Bucegi Mountains in Sinaia. View from Top of the Carpathians in Romania

The View on Top | Sinaia, Romania

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 in Italy. HDR Photo from top of Castello di San Vigilio

From the top of Bergamo | Italy

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.

Bundesrat in Berlin Germany. Illuminated at the Festival of Lights 2013

Bundesrat | Berlin, Germany

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.