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View of the Fanar - Al-Fanar Islamic Cultural Centre; Qatar

The Fanar Mosque in Doha | Qatar

That “spiral” tower in the photo is the “Fanar” mosque, which is part of the Al-Fanar Islamic Cultural Centre in Doha. It is probably one

Qatar - World Cup 2022; FIFA 2022

Qatar – World Cup 2022

The countdown has already started! The FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar this year. It will be the first FIFA championship in an

Sunrise over Lisbon as seen from Ajuda; Portugal

Sunrise in Lisbon | Portugal

For over two years we had been beating ourselves up with thoughts of moving to Lisbon. On the one hand, in Berlin, we had family,

Berlin Potsdamer Platz during daytime; Germany

Potsdamer Platz in clouds | Berlin, Germany

Potsdamer Platz (Potsdam Square) in Berlin is one of the major road intersections in the capital of Germany. It had been destroyed during the Second World War and later during the communist regime, it was quite an abandoned place. Until the day the Berlin wall fell…

Sofia, Bulgaria and Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex as part of Largo

Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex | Sofia, Bulgaria

The Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex in Sofia, Bulgaria is a modern project that was completed in 2016. This is where ancient Roman ruins form a part of the metro station. It is very rare in Sofia to find a contrast as big, especially between the ancient and ultra-modern structures.

Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Initiation Well in Sintra, Portugal. View from above.

Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Initiation Well | Sintra, Portugal

This inverted tower – Initiation Wells, is one of the most intriguing parts of the Quinta da Regaleira Gardens. Climbing this tower was much like climbing any other tower, the only difference is that… it is buried underground. Looking at this photo today now sends a shiver up my spine.

The National Palace of Culture (Congress Centre) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The National Palace of Culture | Sofia, Bulgaria

After two days of being in Sofia, we looked on the map again to see what we could still visit. Just at the end of the Vitosha Boulevard, we noticed a gigantic space that appeared to be a park, with only one large building placed in the centre. This building is known as the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

Vilnius in Lithuania with its cathedral square is the perfect location for New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve | Vilnius, Lithuania

The square was built in the 19th century after the reconstruction of Vilnius Cathedral. It is now the biggest square of Vilnius, a former area dense with public renaissance and medieval buildings. This photo of the cathedral square with the Christmas Tree was taken a day before celebrating New Year’s Eve in Vilnius a few years ago.

Krämerbrücke (Merchants Bridge) in Erfurt, Germany.

Krämerbrücke | Erfurt, Germany

The stone part of Krämerbrücke was built in 1325 but the houses located there have continuously been inhabited during the past 500 years – longer than any other bridge in Europe! If not for the modern outfits of passers-by, you could actually feel a little like you are still living in traditional medieval German city.

A beautiful view on the Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands and Art Science Museum.

The Helix Bridge | Singapore

The Helix Bridge in Singapore; a design inspired by human DNA. This was something very difficult for me to imagine, even before I had actually seen it. This connection of science and architecture stunned me, and I felt that I would not be able to return to Berlin without capturing this rare composition.

Liechtenstein – Vaduz Castle. A Summer visit in the Alpine country.

Vaduz Castle | Vaduz, Liechtenstein

The Vaduz Castle, located in Liechtenstein, was given this title due to its location’s capital –Vaduz. It’s the symbol of the country, a most majestic sight that I have personally experienced and this is also the home of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. Unfortunately, this site is not open to the public, but it is still worth admiring from the outside and enjoying the views of the Alps.

Neuschwanstein Castle during the summer months, Bavaria in Germany.

Neuschwanstein Castle | Bavaria, Germany

Once we returned to the car, at the base of the Alpine foothills of which Neuschwanstein Castle stood, I looked once more behind me. The Bavarian Castle looked slightly isolated on the edge of the rock. I then looked at the sky above – do you see it too?

Berlin Rotes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) during the night, Germany.

Rotes Rathaus | Berlin, Germany

Rotes Rathaus was built in Berlin in the second part of the 19th century, in the style of High Renaissance. I found it particularly interesting that this town hall was inspired by two buildings. First, the architect was inspired by The Old Town Hall of Torn (Toruń in Poland). Second, the towers of the Rotes Rathaus are built in a similar style, as the cathedral towers of Notre-Dane de Laon in France.

Amsterdam Keizersgracht under a bridge during the blue hour, The Netherlands.

Keizersgracht | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Keizersgracht is the name of one of the main canals in the capital of The Netherlands and in my opinion, is one of the most picturesque places to view. The picturesque effect is likely due it being the widest canal, which is in the middle of three main canals crossing Amsterdam centre. Wandering around and observing the lights of the bridge turned on during the blue hour is amazing.

Amsterdam, Montelbaanstoren at sunset – canal view, the Netherlands.

Montelbaanstoren | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Montelbaanstoren is a tower in Amsterdam that sits alongside a canal named Oudeschans. This tower is over 500 years old and was built in 1516 as a part of the city walls and was originally a Watchtower; although this function was only given for 90 years. Montelbaanstoren is also famous, with due credit to a particular painter that you might be familiar with – Rembrandt. He used to reside in an area near the tower and was supposedly very keen on painting this structure.