Ponte Vecchio by night in Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio in Florence | Italy

Ponte Vecchio in Florence | Italy Florence, Italy Florence’s Ponte Vecchio or “Old Bridge” was probably one of the first bridges spanning the Arno River. Its history is therefore not straightforward. It was destroyed in 1345 and rebuilt anew. During...
Al Thakhira Mosque near Al Khor; Qatar

Al Thakhira Mosque | Qatar

Al Thakhira Mosque | Qatar Al Khor, Qatar The mosque located in the town of Al Thakhira is one of the oldest historical monuments in Qatar. The town itself is located just outside of Al Khor and if you are in the area, it is worth making a stop here. The traditional...
Al Zubarah Fort - UNESCO; visiting Qatar

Al Zubarah Fort | Qatar

Al Zubarah Fort | Qatar Qatar Al Zubarah Fort is located in the ancient city of Al Zubara, whose history is closely linked to pearl fishing in this area of Qatar. The fort is located on the northwest coast of the Qatar Peninsula – 105 kilometers from Doha. Al...
Souq Waqif traditional market - Doha; Qatar

Souq Waqif – Doha | Qatar

Souq Waqif - Doha | Qatar Doha, Qatar If you visit Doha, there’s no chance you won’t see the new West Bay city center. Keep in mind, however, that the “real Qatar” is not just modern skyscrapers, but also traditional parts of the city like Souq...
Ingolstadt city center with the Old Town Hall. Bavaria; Germany

Ingolstadt city center – Bavaria | Germany

Ingolstadt city center - Bavaria | Germany Bavaria, Germany We had the opportunity to visit Ingolstadt in Bavaria, Germany during our trip to Italy via Germany. Ingolstadt, had something special about it – on the one hand it is one of the oldest cities in...
Lagos (in winter) in Algarve - Christmas in Portugal

Lagos – Algarve for Christmas | Portugal

Lagos, Algarve for Christmas | Portugal Algarve, Portugal Is the Algarve in Portugal only beautiful in the summer? Well, no – in winter you should also visit southern Portuguese towns like Lagos, Ferragudo, Albufeira, etc. They have a completely different charm...
Basilica di San Domenico in Siena, Italy – a summer’s day.

Basilica di San Domenico | Siena, Italy

Who doesn’t think of Tuscany when they hear of hills and vineyards? The interesting thing is that it is not just the wineries that are built on the hills – the cities take advantage of the terrain. Siena is one of them – you could walk through the old town and enjoy the view of the sights from a distance.

Picture of Kotor Northern Gate, taken just before sunrise.

Kotor Northern Gate before sunrise | Kotor, Montenegro

Built in the 16th century as a memory of Kotor’s victory over the well-known Turkish admiral Hajrudin Barbarosa, it’s impressive that the Northern Gate is still in excellent condition. As typical for medieval times construction, next to the Kotor Northern Gate there is a moat with turquoise water. I chose this spot in the valley under Saint John’s Hill for my photo session because it offers a clear view to Kotor Fortress.

Picture of the Kotor Fortress in Montenegro.

Kotor Fortress From St. John’s Hill | Kotor, Montenegro

The entire complex of towers, gates, ramparts, etc., together with the Castle of San Giovanni and Kotor Old Town is part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1979. Unfortunately, Kotor Fortress has been damaged by several severe earthquakes but also because of erosion. If you plan to climb up St. John’s Hill in order to reach the Fortress, be very careful and watch your steps.