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

Meteora (Μετέωρα) – Suspended in the air

Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of  Orthodox monasteries, and one of the most surreal, beautiful and breathtaking natural landscape in Greece, and I think, in the world.

The Metéora is in the Plain of Thessaly in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka, and is included on the UNESCO World Heritageat.

From the 11th century onwards, twenty-four monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. They were created to serve monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Today six of these monasteries are still intact and active, and two of these are inhabited by nuns.

 

This is the first part of a large photo gallery of Meteora. In the next days I publish other six galleries with more shots of Meteora and of his monasteries.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM II, Canon Eos M with Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Part#1

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city (also known as Ragusa, in the past) on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and  has the appellation of the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.

Upon his visit to Dubrovnik in 1929, George Bernard Shaw said: “If you want to see Heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.”

Dubrovnik is mainly a cultural destination, is among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world.  The city is an open space museum but the greatest attraction, open to visitors, is the medieval walls, that run almost 2 km long.

The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming site for the fictional city of King’s Landing in the HBO television series, Game of Thrones.

On October 1991 Dubrovnik was attacked by (JNA) Yugoslav National Army. The artillery attacks on Dubrovnik damaged 56% of its buildings and the historic walled city. Following the end of the war, damage caused by the shelling of the Old Town was repaired and performed in the original style, and is clearly visible from high points around the city in the form of the more brightly coloured new roofs.

 

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

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Travel reportage in Mostar

By entering Mostar from a cross street, ruins of building riddled by bullets gives you a warm welcome.

Walking through the small historical centre, just before the famous Neretva bridge, you will meet tens of shop for tourists but also many stones where appears the inscription “DO NOT FORGET”.

The beauty of the historical centre makes you forget the tragic history of the city.

Climbing the topmost minaret of the city, you can enjoy he beauty of the centre: completely destroyed in 1994, it was reconstructed and declared Hunesco world heritage site.

In the summertime the divers (boys of Monstar jumping from the 24 meters high bridge into the river) are the real attraction for the tourists.

Outside the historical centre, the cemetery pervading both sides of the street.

Leaving the centre, you will come across many houses not restored: they look like skeletons surrounding the city crowded by the tourists.

One of the most impressive conflicts of the city: a house partially reconstructed (only the roof and the window fixtures) and another one reconstructed for a bed-and-breakfast use-

The signs of two religions, the copious minarets that stand out against the only christian cross, consigned on the top of the mountain.
this cross is the only chistian symbol in the city.

Mosques and minarets are everywhere in city and, as a contrast the houses still damaged, are always restored.

Walking through the streets of the centre, raising the eyes toward the buildings, what makes you astonish is that only the lower floors of the buildings are restored. On most of them, is still visible the mark of the war.

It is clear the attempt of the city to return to normality, but the signs of the past war are clear too. Most say that the destroyed buildings are intentionally not restore, as a warning to the people.

As to point up this theory, the usual stone with the inscription “DO NOT FORGET”.

 

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

 

 

 

Windmills in Kinderdijk – Part #1

Kinderdijk is a village in the Alblasserwaard polder of the Netherlands at 16 kilometers of Rotterdam, and a UNESCO World Heritage in Holland .

The most important aspect of Kinderdijk  is undoubtedly the collection of 19 windmills dating from the 1500s, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM with an Hoya HD polarizer filter