Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Rotterdam is a very interesting city to visit in Netherlands for several reasons: architecture, history, museums, culture.

Rotterdam has the largest cargo port in Europe, is the city of the famous  Erasmus of Rotterdam, and was voted 2015 European City of the Year by the Academy of Urbanism.

At difference of the others cities in Netherlands nowadays preserving the old typical houses and architecture, the heart of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the German Luftwaffe during World War II (the Rotterdam Blitz), so, the city was gradually rebuilt between the 1950s to the 1970s developing an active architectural policy. Daring and new styles of apartments, office buildings and recreation facilities resulted in a more ‘livable’ city centre with a new and modern skyline. 

Another photo gallery is about one of the most fascinating example of Rotterdam’s modern architecture is the Kubuswoningen: Cube Houses.

Wandering into the city is very interesting to admire the skyline of Rotterdam, but also interesting are the open-air Maritime Museum along the banks, and the old harbour, nice piece of history of Rotterdam.

Other remarkable attractions in Rotterdam are the Erasmusbrug (also called ‘The Swan”) and, of course, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This is one of the best art museums I’ve visited, and not because it has one of the mine favourites paint, the “Little” Tower of Babel, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, but it has a comprehensive collection of Flemish art and also classical and modern art: Hieronymus Bosch, Rembrandt, Monet, Kandinsky, van Gogh, Cattelan, Cézanne, Magritte, Dalí, Edvard Munch.

 

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

Bosa – Sardinia

Bosa is one of a most attractive towns in Sardinia island, in Italy, with an urban character that has differentiated it from other locations in Sardinia.

It’s on the north bank of the Temo River, with rainbow townscape of pastel houses stacked on a steep hillside, tapering up to a stark, grey castle.

 

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

Krka National Park – Part #1

Krka National Park is a must see in the territory of Šibenik-Knin County of Croatia (Dalmatia), along the Krka River.

This first part of photo gallery start with the nice trip up the river to the most attractive parts of the park: the stunning waterfalls and cascades of the Krka river, and the Skradinski buk.

In a space of 450 metres there are 17 waterfalls, the largest is just over 22 metres in height and 60 metres in width, and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 48 m.

The awesome walk through the waterfalls in the park is on a 2 Km foot bridge. Due to the wealth and variety of geomorphological forms, vegetation, and the various effects caused by the play of light on the whirlpools, Skradinski buk is considered to be one of the most beautiful calcium carbonate waterfalls in Europe.

 

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