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VELVET SUNSET – VÅGSØY

Velvet sunset • Nikon D5300 • 16mm • F11 • 1/8 sec • ISO 100

Velvet sunset, silky sea, and crispy rocks. Can this be Norway? Not the Bahamas, not the Caribbean, nor some other exotic beach. This is indeed a white sandy beach in Norway. Along the majestic fjords of this paradise for landscape photographers there are some stunningly beautiful beaches. One of them is in Vågsøy.


ONE YEAR OF TRAVEL PHLOG AND A LOT OF REGRETS

The Côte d’Azur, Venice, Bled and the Soča river in Slovenia, Edinburgh and the Bass Rock, Brighton and the Seven Sisters, London, Prague, the Bastei in Germany, the waterfalls and ravines of Salzburg, the Fjords, hikes and glaciers of Norway, the Dolomites of Italy, and a round trip in Ireland from Dublin to Belfast to Galway to the Aran Islands to Killarney through the Wild Atlantic Way to Cork to Kilkenny and back to Dublin. A very long list of beautiful places I’ve been to and taken photos of, much of which hasn’t made it to the blog.


PICTURESQUE PHOTO LOCATIONS: BLED

Imagine the Alps wrapping around a small idyllic town called Bled. Imagine crystal clear turquoise rivers rumbling below your feet. Imagine an adventurous hike that would lead you to a magnificent waterfall. Imagine being lost on a hillside in a forest but  rewarded with a breath-taking sunset. Imagine taking photos in the crispy-cold morning to catch the first rays of sunlight and the rising mist over a blissful lake. Sounds splendid, doesn’t it? Now imagine we’re going to Slovenia.


ICONIC PHOTO LOCATIONS IN VENICE

Tourists. Tourists everywhere. On the streets, at Piazza San Marco, on the gondolas, in the churches. Everywhere. The city is extremely crowded, even in low-season. So much so that at certain times of the day the police have to make sure the masses can pass through the narrow alleys. Venice is a pulsing with life, but if you’re dreaming of taking photos of tranquil Venetian scenery, you might find it’s not that easy.  But, there is definitely a way to take some impressive shots. Here’s how.


A SIGN OF LIFE

Although I’ve lately been to a few marvellous places , since I’ve been back to school-reality in September, I haven’t really had the chance to post anything here. But, to break my long silence in virtual space, I’ve started working on a new entry about Venice where I had recently spent a couple of days chasing sunsets and hunting gondolas. If you are as impressed by the uniqueness of this small Italian city as I am, stay tuned for a great deal of Venetian charm and some useful photo tips. In the mean time, immerse in this tranquil twilight scene.


QUICK PHOTO GUIDE TO COASTAL FRANCE

Are you fascinated by coastal sceneries and charming rural landscapes? Are you looking for rustic motives? And you also don’t mind enjoying some great food on the way? Then head towards France.

Forget Paris for a while. Although the French capital is a definite must-see, France is much more than Paris only. I’d like to treat you to a quick guide through Normandy and Brittany, two of the country’s 18 provinces that will provide you with an abundance of opportunities to create beautiful images.


10 REASONS TO VISIT PORTUGAL

I don’t doubt that you’ve seen tones of blogs about why you should visit this or that country. This one is one of those posts. I’m also sure everyone has quite different motivations for travelling to a destination but, being a bit self-assured in my ability to persuade, I’m even more certain that you’ll find some good arguments here to go to Portugal. Let’s see if I can win you over.


DJEMAA EL-FNA IN 10 IMAGES

Djemaa el-Fna, the main square of Marrakesh, is the heart of the city. During the day snake charmers and henna-tattoo makers seek the attention of the passing by tourists. In the evening hours the square comes to life and transforms into the ultimate open-air entertainment with dancers, musicians, story tellers, and about 100+ busy food stalls cooking local cuisine. The place to be.


A GLIMPLSE OF MOROCCAN CHARM

Apart from my adventures in Sicily (more to come about that, I promise), this summer I also spent a week in Morocco so I’d like to dedicate this post to the delights of Marrakesh, a bustling city that never sleeps. Mind you, it takes a rather long nap during day time. Joke aside, Marrakesh has a lot to offer, so make sure you’re up for it.


VALLEY OF TEMPELS: ROAD TRIP IN SICILY #2

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Innocent curiosity • Nikon D5300 • 55mm • F11 • 1/160 • ISO 100 • CPL filter

In my previous blog entry I was saying you should not drive in Sicily. But then again, I did a road trip there, so let me tell you the rest of that. Last time I mentioned Palermo and Scala dei Turchi, but before we drive to Ragusa, I’d love to give you a glimpse of the Valley of Temples, one of Sicily’s most popular historical sights – a collection of ancient Greek temples in Agrigento.