Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is an UNESCO World Heritage site in the Northern Ireland.

It’s a remarkable natural rock formation, result of an ancient volcanic eruption that created about 40,000 basalt columns by cooling lava millions of years ago.

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by the Irish giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill involving a fight between giants from Ireland and Scotland.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 5D mark IV, Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction: rugged cliffs into an inspiring view stretch for 8km along the Atlantic coast of County Clare.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 5D mark IV, Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Sunset in Santorini

Santorini is a beautiful Greek island remnant of a volcanic caldera and renowned for its wonderful sunsets.

Here the first part of gallery of Santorini Island, with some shots taken at sunset hour.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D,  Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Kanoni – Pontikonissi and Vlacherna Monastery (Corfù)

A photo gallery of beautiful Kanoni hill area in Corfù, with Pontikonissi island, and Vlacherna Monastery.

Kanoni is located around three kilometres south of Kerkyra city in Corfù island, with a wonderful view on his main attractions: the Pontikonissi  island, and Vlacherna Monastery.

The Vlacherena monastery is a Corfù icon, and was founded many centuries ago on a little rocky island as women’s monastery. Today the rock of monastery is joined to the mainland by a footbridge.

Pontikonisi (means ‘Mouse Island’ in Greek, ’cause his shape) is an islet with the Byzantine chapel of Pantokrator.
According to the legend, Pontikonisi was the boat of Odysseus which was turned to this green rock by the God Poseidon during a storm.

Nearby the hill of Kanoni, the Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, the only airport of Corfù.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D,  Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Paleokastritsa – Corfù (Greece)

The bay of Paleokastritsa is in the North West of Corfu, with his amazing beaches and cristal clear sea.

Paleokastritsa is a small village where the epic poem the Odyssey,  tells that legendary Odysseus (Ulysses) disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time.

A great view and a lovely place to visit and to have a coffee or a lunch, is the La Grotta (grotto) beach bar. This is situated in a tiny little cove with crystal clear, very deep and icy cold water.

There is maybe 100 stairs to go down and up, but a, highly recommended if you are on the island.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Canal d’Amour – Sidari (Corfù)

Nearby to the village of Sidari, in Corfù island (Greece) there is an idyllic area with unique rock formations that form a series of wonderful coves and canals, with beautiful crystalline waters.

The rocks run in different shades of yellow and lots of greenery at the top.  The famous beach Channel of Love (known as Canal d’ Amour).

The famous beach Channel of Love (known as Canal d’ Amour) is one of the most unique spots in Corfu. According to the tradition couples who swim through the narrow canal will get married soon. 

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Vieste

Vieste is beautiful a town in the Puglia (Apulia) region of Italy and it is included in the Gargano National Park.

Main attractions in Vieste are, of course, the two large beaches at two sides of town, but also a castle on top of the town, with a triangular shape and bastions at its vertexes, the cathedral in Apulian Romanesque style and the Lighthouse, built in 1867.

 

Gear:  Canon Eos 40D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

Sori (Liguria)

A small gallery of some HDR photos and long exposures taken in Sori.

Sori is a beatiful city in the Italian region Liguria and part of the so-called Golfo Paradiso (Paradise gulf) in the Riviera di Levante.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 7D, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM

Calvi – Corsica

Calvi is the biggest tourist city of the French island of Corsica.

Places of interest in Calvi are: the long beach of white sand, the harbourside with yachts and private cruisers and, of course, the old Citadel.

The Citadel is the main part of the town, and its most important historical monument. It was a military outpost that helped guard the city against foreign attacks. French Foreign Legion is today based in the citadel.

In the Citadel there are the remains of a house that, according to legend, to be the place where Christopher Columbus was born.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM

Croatian sea

Photo collection of the Adriatic sea in Croatia.

Some shots of the beautiful beach of Dubovica on the Hvar Island, seascapes of Dubrovnic, Split and Zadar and a picture of Visovac island in Krka National Park.

Other galleries of Croatia:

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Marken – Holland – Part #1

The fairy-tale village Marken is on a peninsula in the Markermeer, in the North Netherlands, at only 20 minutes from Amsterdam.

Marken is a well-known tourist attraction for its characteristic green and white wooden houses (usually painted yellow and blue inside) and for his harbour quarter.

Houses here are built on little hills called werven, or on pilings to keep them high and dry.

Walking around Marken, is easy to see the impressive town’s architecture. Until 1957, Marken was an island in isolation from the rest of the Netherlands, so it developed an independent culture, architecture, dialect, dress and more. Marken ceased to be an island in in 1957, when a dike between Marken and the mainland was built.

These shots are taken after a storm, so, I was lucky to take a raimbow over the village in some photos.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

 

A trip in Corsica (Part #1)

This is first part of photos taken in a summer trip all around the Corsica Island.

Corsica is a large island in the Mediterranean sea referred as a “région” of France. It’s a nice place to stay e to visit.

In just a few hours, you can see the most glittering jewels of the island: the seascapes, with a veritable explosion of colours and fantastic scenery, the wonderful beaches with emerald waters, and the villages of Corsica, that are dotted with Genoese towers, prehistoric ruins and fortified bastions. Corsica history is engraved in the very stones of this unique island.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM

The gulf of Naples by night

Naples by night

Some photos of Naples taken in a december full moon night and blue sky.

The bay, bordered by city lights of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

The “finestrella of Marechiaro”, a typical and romance place down to Posillipo.

Villa Volpicelli, used as set of a wildly popular Italian soap opera “Un posto al sole“—A Place in the Sun;

And two shots of little harbor of Riva Fiorita on the Posillipo coast.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM II

Étretat – Normandie

Étretat is on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy, and is known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed “needle”.

The beach is composed of stones that have been smoothed by the waves of the English Channel and the town is set just beyond the beach.

These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 1000D, Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II