Cuenca

Cuenca: a journey in Spain, searching for great emotions

Cuenca is a tiny village in the Castilla-La Mancha Region, a site almost famous for “El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha”, the book narrating the adventures of a horseman tilting at windmills, that are copious in this area.

The old village, declaired Unesco World Heritage, is castled on a steep mountain; at the top, you will be lost in amezement, looking at the unique Casas Colgadas, “suspended houses” built in the XIV century which are clinging to the rock and supported by wooden beams.

The village is almost colored and full of history: because of the presence of the Bishop, there are many important buildings and monuments to look to: the Bishop Palace, the Cathedral of St. Maria and St. Julian, the Alcazar (the castle) and the ancient tower, symbols of the arabic presence in the town.

 

Gear:  Canon Eos 1000D, Canon EF-S 18-55 and  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

The wonderful Copenaghen

Copenaghen is one of the most liveable capitals in Europe, because of the danish people, that are really friendly, because of the food (in Copenaghen are based some restaurants worldwide famous: the danish cuisine is mainly organic and effectively innovative), because it is a sustainable cycle-friendly city and its architecture and design are modern and unique.

 

In these photo galleries you can have a look at some of the must see attractions of the city.

Nyhavn is a picturesque canal, where the ferries leave to sail the city; it is the best place where to have dinner or a drink at the sunset hour.

 

Amalienborg is the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family, where you can see the the Royal Guard, an elite force of the Danish Army for the security of the Queen.Royal Guards are in their everyday uniform, with the dark blue jacket and dark blue trousers with the Bear – the bear skin head garment. The red jackets and bright blue trousers is the gala uniform for few specific times.

 

The Royal Danish Naval Museum and the Royal Yacht Dannebrog. The Royal Yacht serves as the official and private residence for the Royal Couple and other members of the Royal Family when they are on official visits overseas or on summer cruises in home waters.

 

The Rosemborg Castle.Royal hermitage set in the King’s Garden in the heart of Copenhagen, built by the most famous Scandinavian king, Christian IV.

 

In this gallery also a shot of the Øresund, the longest cable-stayed bridge of Europe.

Øresund - longest cable-stayed bridge of Europe
Øresund – longest cable-stayed bridge of Europe

 

Check them out!

 

Other galleries of Copenaghen: Freetown Christiania, the Little Marmaid and the Kastellet, Nyhavn and the beautiful old and moder buildings.

 

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

London in 3 days – #day3

The 3rd and last day of London trip.

In this photo gallery: the House of Parliament with the Big Ben tower, the Tower of London, some cityscape views from the London Eye and some typical spots of London.

Curiosity. The Travel Book Co., original location of The Notting Hill film with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, is now a souvenirs shop (The Nottin’ Hill), but the original interior are now inside The Notting Hill Bookshop, in the same street.

The other galleries:

 

Gear: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 50mm F/1.2L USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and  Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM II

London in 3 days – #day2

The second day of London trip. In this gallery some typical places and classic London’s icons.

 

GearCanon EOS 6DCanon EF 50mm F/1.2L USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and  Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM II

 

In black and white – Gallery #2

The second photo gallery of pictures in black and white taken around in Europe.

Pictures taken in Bruges (Brugge) and Bruxells in Belgium and Amsterdam, Deen Hag (The Hague) and Rotterdam in Netherlands.

 

Various gear used.

Bologna

Wandering in Bologna, the medioeval capital of Emilia Romagna region in north of Italy.

In this photo gallery some shots taken around the old city with the distinctive lengthy porticoes: indeed, Bologna counts more than 53 kilometers of porticoes and worldwide there isn’t another city with this peculiarity.

Bologna is also famous for the oldest university, for its beautiful architecture and, of course, for the typical food.

The shots in this gallery represent some of the most important monuments of the city:

  • The fountain of Neptune in the Neptune square
  • The deconsacrated church of Santa Lucia, now the Great Hall of University
  • The famous Mercanzia Square, the old city market
  • The “finestrella”, a small window on the canal of the city
  • A player of saxophone outside the house of the italian singer Lucio Dalla
  • The courtyard of Archiginnasio Palace
  • The two towers, icons of the city of Bologna, Asinelli and Garisenda towers
  • Some cityscapes of Bologna taken from the top of the Asinelli tower
  • The church of St. Domenico by night.

 

 

Variuos gear.

Freetown Christiania – Copenaghen

Christiania is a unique place to visit in the borough of Christianshavn in Copenaghen (Denmark),  known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life.

It was established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks and developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government.

They claimed the area as a free city, free of taxes and run by their own laws. It is still a society within a society, for an example you cannot buy a house in Christiania.

Around 1000 people permanently living in Christiania, and its constructions exemplifying modern “architecture without architects”.

Visitors are welcome in Christiania and to eat and drink in the area’s cafés, restaurants and bars, but it’ no safety take photographs in Christiania, especially in the area around Pusher Street, so, this is the reason because there are not people in this photo gallery.

In Pusher Street hash and skunk weed were sold openly from permanent stands until 2004. The hash commerce is controversial, but legalization of cannabis is one of the ideas of many of the citizens in Christiania.

 

GearCanon EOS 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM

Cycling in Amsterdam

Amsterdam have the best cycling infrastructure and is the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world and cycling is a fundamental part of Dutch culture and that’s especially evident in Amsterdam.

Amsterdammers usually likes cycle with brake pedal, on a black, upright and they attach a big sturdy basket or old wooden crate to the front of their bike, and… they are faster… very faster! No matter what the weather, the Dutch suck it up and keep riding.

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

 

Brussels, the capital city of comic strip – Part#1

 The main attraction is located in the heart of Brussels: the Comics Art Museum. An exceptional Art Nouveau home designed by Victor Horta has been honouring the creators and heroes of the 9th Art for more than 25 years.

But, you can know that you’re in the city of comics … just walking through the Brussels’ streets: comic strip is everywhere, and in various forms: murals , sculptures, installations.

Photos in this #1 part of gallery was taken wandering around the streets of the center of Brussels.

I’ve used only a Canon Eos 6D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.