Palazzo Pubblico in the center of the city-state of San Marino

Palazzo Pubblico | San Marino

Palazzo Pubblico | San Marino San Marino Palazzo Pubblico, is otherwise known as the “public palace”. This 19th-century building is the seat of government of San Marino, a country surrounded by Italy. Its representation can be found on the two-euro coin....
The Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) in Lisbon; Portugal

The Monument to the Discoveries | Lisbon, Portugal

We were very lucky to see the Monument to the Discoveries following its renovation, which was accomplished a few years ago. This shot was taken during a winter sunrise; when the sun was rising just behind the monument, softly enlightening the limestone statues. You could almost imagine the Portuguese discoverers, setting sails early in the morning and leaving the safe Lisbon shores to explore the new lands.

Piazza del Duomo at sunrise – Milan, Italy.

Piazza del Duomo | Milan, Italy

Milano Duomo is the 5th largest Cathedral in the world and among this list of five – it is the oldest Cathedral. The day before I took this photo, we were enjoying some “Spritz” with a friend in a rooftop bar. From there, we had a view of the top of the Cathedral. From a bird’s eye view, you can see the many sculptures that are decorating the Duomo Towers.

Porto Praça de Carlos Alberto on a sunny day, Portugal.

Praça de Carlos Alberto | Porto, Portugal

We almost passed the square of Carlos Alberto in Porto without realising. We changed our course and slowly walk in and around the Praça de Carlos Alberto. The brilliance of the colors and cheerful atmosphere of this find, set us in the perfect mood for further sightseeing of Porto but there was more of this square to be seen.

The Monument to the Discoveries with stars above Lisbon, Portugal.

Stars over Lisbon | Portugal

The Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon was built to honor Portuguese discoveries. It is located on Tagus river in Belem from where sailors would depart for new geographical discoveries. On the statue, there are 34 sculptures of sailors with the largest figure on top – the sculpture of Henry the Navigator.

The Liberty Statue in Nicosia, Cyprus – EOKA Fighters releasing Cypriots from British rule.

The Liberty Statue | Nicosia, Cyprus

The upper section of the ensemble displayed the personification of freedom. The female statue figuratively looks over 2 EOKA fighters who are opening the gates of a prison, as shown. I was deeply impressed at how much detail the postures had been designed and at how much the relief of independence was constructed on their faces. In a moment of reflection, you could almost “breath in” the atmosphere of joy and freedom.