Street art by Bordalo II in Lisbon, Portugal.

Street art | Lisbon, Portugal

This bee by Bordalo II is not difficult to find. There are more of these sculptures with various other animals in Lisbon and some are more challenging to find. If you’re a street art lover, I can only recommend that you wander around Lisbon to find more of these beauties.

Cristo Rei (Statue of Jesus Christ the King) in Almada opposite to Lisbon, Portugal.

Cristo Rei in Almada | Lisbon, Portugal

This photo was literally taken from our kitchen window. We were staying in one of the Airbnb’s in Bairo Alto, which gave us a clear view of the Tagus River, 25 Abril Bridge and the Statue of Christ the King located on the opposite shores and Almada.

Vilnius winter photo of The Church of St Anne; Lithuania.

Church of St Anne | Vilnius, Lithuania

The Church of St Anne is famous for its representation of a flamboyant and brick gothic architectural style in Lithuania. What was fascinating was that the exterior of the church had remained almost unchanged since the 15th century, when it was erected. Thanks to St Anne Church, the old town of Vilnius can potentially be signed to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The Gloriette and The Neptune Fountain in Vienna on a Summer’s day.

The Gloriette and The Neptune Fountain | Vienna, Austria

The Gloriette ensemble located up on the hill and The Neptune Fountain are part of the park surrounding Schönbrunn Palace – a must-see in Vienna. The outcome of this picture was more than what I had expected. The air on this day was hazy because of the heat, however, this haziness gave a glow to the marble statues on The Fountain and The Gloriette itself creating such a beautiful canvas.

Paphos Castle with a sculpture on Cyprus Island.

Paphos Castle | Cyprus

This Medieval Castle is one of the most recognizable landmarks from Paphos. It is situated on the side of the harbour and is an absolute must-see for visitors (also from inside) in this town. The Paphos Castle dates back to Byzantine Times when it was built as a fortress for the city. Today, the Castle serves as an artistic centre.

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.

Vladimir Vysotsky Monument with Millennium Bridge in the background in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Vladimir Vysotsky Monument | Podgorica, Montenegro

It seems that this country loved this artist – as his statue is one of the very few in the capital Podgorica. The shiny posture of the singer stands out on the yellow ground of the park along the river. With The Millennium Bridge in the background, it was an excellent composition for a photograph.

Cervantes monument rear side, in the middle of Plaza de España Madrid.

Spanish Literature Monument at Plaza de España | Madrid, Spain

I could not leave the Plaza de España without taking this photograph. The fountain at the feet of the sculptures was enlightened in gold which strongly contrasted the late evening along with the black night sky in Madrid. This contrast of colours and significance behind the postures creates a unique impression of what impacted the worldwide literature of the art of Cervantes.

Cervantes monument with Don Quixote and Sancho Penza in the Plaza de España in Madrid during the night.

Cervantes monument in the Plaza de España | Madrid, Spain

This monument was built in the middle of Plaza de España, in the centre of Madrid on one side of the Gran Via. During the day and in the early evening, this area was crowded with tourists. In the late evening though, more locals would be passing by, so the square would be considerably quiet – perfect for shooting photos and viewing the Statue of Cervantes at a closer distance.

Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, with a bronze statue looking into the deep blue sky.

Statues on the Almudena Cathedral overlooking modern Madrid | Spain

This image was taken from one of the balconies of the Almudena Cathedral while on our February trip to the capital of Spain, Madrid. The sculptures on the terrace were very dominant – distinctively larger than an average sized person. They depict evangelists, Christian Saints and members of the Royal Spanish family. Standing at over two meters high, some of the statues had their “faces” directed into the sky – as if they were looking over the city into infinity.