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Ponte Vecchio by night in Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio in 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

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,

Seljalandsfoss at sunset in winter; Iceland

Seljalandsfoss | Iceland

This photo of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland was taken in February just before the first lockdown in Europe. A day in Iceland in winter

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.

Lisbon - Queijo de Azeitão and Vinho Verde; Portugal

Wine and cheese | Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon delicacies always test the health of our bodies – in particular, our liver. With so many quality bottles of wine and cheese, it’s very difficult to survive just even a day, without trying one of these or better yet – the duo combination…

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon at sunrise

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) | Lisbon, Portugal

Have you ever wondered what MAAT is and what it stands for? This is an abbreviation of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. The purpose of this modern building is to be a space for international dialogue, critical thinking and debate. Located on the coast of Lisbon in Belem, it is easy to reach and is a must-see!

View of Ribeira in Porto from Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal.

Vila Nova de Gaia | Porto, Portugal

Did you know that Port wine does not originate from Porto? It actually comes from Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal, a town across Porto on the Douro river. A more interesting fact though, is that the Port wine is only stored, not produced.

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.

The 25 de Abril Bridge and Christ The King statue on Tagus River – Lisbon, Portugal.

The 25 de Abril Bridge and Christ The King statue | Lisbon, Portugal

The 25 de Abril Bridge connects the city of Lisbon with the municipalities of Almada. It is the 32nd largest suspended bridge in the world. During the day, you will see that it appears as a dark red colour and it reminded me so much of the Golden Bridge in San Francisco. Just behind 25 de Abril Bridge in the municipality of Almada stands a statue of Jesus Christ – as its name emphasises – “Sanctuary of Christ The King”.

The Ponte Vecchio with jewellery shops in Florence, Italy.

The Ponte Vecchio | Florence, Italy

The Ponte Vecchio “The Old Bridge” replaced the Roman Stone Bridge of Florence in 1345. Today it is impossible to be in Florence and not pass by it on foot, enjoying the marvellous jewellery shops that have situated on Ponte Vecchio for centuries. It is also one of the most interesting bridges that I have ever seen because of its construction and the history it carries.

A walk in London on a sunny day in England. Photo with The Shard and Millennium Bridge in the background.

A Walk through London on a Sunny Day | England

Exhausted, but still in the best of moods after photographing London, we sat on a bench on the bank of the Thames and enjoyed the moment. There weren’t any pedestrians yet, so everything seemed so peaceful… For a moment, I realised that this would be a great composition, to capture The Shard under the Millennium Bridge. Unbeknownst to us, we were following the famous “Quins walk” in a big part of our route, to capture the greatest London landmarks.

Spring in Porto, Portugal. A river view of the D. Luis Bridge.

Spring-Time | Porto, Portugal

Many of such colorful boats, as you see in the photo, are docked along the Douro River in Porto. Most of these boats are now just touristic attractions, but back in the day, the Port wine was transported with them. Aside from these small boats owned mostly by Porto wine producers, there are many others in the harbor, which are used now for visiting the Douro valley nearby Porto.

Sunset in Porto with D. Luis Bridge and city skyline, Portugal.

Sunset with D. Luis Bridge | Porto, Portugal

Did you know that the architect who began the construction of the D. Luis Bridge was Gustav Eiffel? The same architect that constructed the Eiffel Tower. The interesting thing however, is that he didn’t actually finish this task. It was his apprentice, Theophile Seyrig who completed the construction.

Vilnius Skyline on a winter evening, Lithuania

Vilnius Skyline | Lithuania

Minus 23°C…. It was this cold for almost a week and then – the river stopped moving entirely! And now, Vilnius was calmer again – the ice bumping sounds now disappearing into itself. It was a weird feeling to stand up there on the hill of Vilnius Castle and suddenly enjoying complete silence.

London Tower Bridge at sunrise, Great Britain.

Tower Bridge | London, England

The best time to see London City is just before the sun rises over this famous capital. It was such an unforgettable experience; waking up at 3am and wandering around several empty streets, that usually bustle with residents during daytime working hours. You could walk, breathe with ease and wait with excitement to enjoy the sun coming over the Tower Bridge.

Karlovy Vary or Carlsbad – The Ultimate Czech SPA Town. A Visit of the famous warm springs.

Karlovy Vary or Carlsbad – The Ultimate Czech SPA Town | Czech Republic

During the Bronze Age, there were already settlements in this western region of Czechia, where Karlovy Vary is now situated. Now in our modern times, Karlovy Vary is the ultimate and largest Czechia SPA town. It is historically famous for possessing 13 hot springs and 300 smaller springs; you can see them on almost every step while walking through the town centre.

Podgorica Millennium Bridge, Montenegro.

Podgorica Landscape | Montenegro

This is a photo that displays The Millennium Bridge and the centre of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Does it not look more like a landscape photo, rather than a typical cityscape picture? You bet! The capital of Montenegro reaches a total of just 200,000 people; a stark comparison to Berlin with its 3.5 million inhabitants. So far, it is the smallest European capital that we have visited, which is quite a change for us.

El Pilar Cathedral and its reflection in The Ebro River during the night in Zaragoza, Spain.

El Pilar Cathedral by The Ebro River | Zaragoza, Spain

The full name of this structure is The Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and in Spanish – Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The façade which you see was built between 1681 and 1872 in Baroque style. When I looked at the lights warmly enlightening this building and the decorative couples, I had a rather One Thousand and One Night Tales moment in my mind, rather than the European Baroque Church.

Government District in Berlin, Germany on a rainy evening.

Government District | Berlin, Germany

The Government District in Berlin, Germany on a rainy evening. I love the strict lines and the very modern and contemporary architectural style. The rain didn’t ruin the picture, instead it added depth to it.

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices BFM in Geneva, Switzerland at night

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices BFM | Geneva, Switzerland

The Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, also known as BFM in Geneva, is a building, which immediately put me under its spell. During an evening stroll through the second largest city in Switzerland the sumptuous illuminated building in the middle of the river Rhône caught my photographic eye in a heartbeat. The BFM was originally constructed between 1883 and 1892 as a hydroelectric power plant and was used as such until 1960.