Rome – The 1st Real Day

Arches

Since we arrived so late in the day, we had just decided to rest and relax (after a few hours of walking and shooting) and get ready for a long day of walking, exploring and enjoying the city..

Spanish Steps

As always, the first stop was the Spanish Steps.. a large plaza and street guarded by the church, Trinita del Monti..

The Trevi Fountain was closed for repair or upgrading.. couldn’t really get the whole story but it was still crowded. The entire fountain was curtained by a 8′ high plexiglass wall so photos were useless..

Then we headed over to the river..I love to walk along the river. The architecture of the buildings found there is amazing..and there all kinds of little side streets and back alleys where you might find a hidden gem of a cafe..

River Scene 2 Stone Bridge with Buildings Down to River Through and Up

 

The winding river paths bring you to the Ponte Vittorio Bridge…

Ponte VittorioCastle Sant Angelo

Castle of the Holy Angel

and Vatican City.. The first look at St. Peter’s Basilica is usually from one of the many bridges crossing the Tiber River..

St. Peter's 1st LookFull Front Square 1

Ok..so we had been walking for about 4 1/2 hours by this time and I wasn’t sure I was up to the climb..  551 steps to the top of St.Peter’s Basilica..which might very well be the best view in Rome.. but still 551 STEPS…

Stay Tuned  🙂

HAPPY TRAVELS!!

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Photographs – Rotterdam

Central Station

During a recent trip to Amsterdam, we decided to take in the sites of Antwerp on a loooooong daytrip. Easy, inexpensive trip by train with a transfer in Rotterdam..  Since our tickets were for any train, it just made sense to hop off at the Rotterdam Central train station and spend an afternoon exploring..

Rotterdam Train Platform

 

It was a little chilly and overcast but still a good decision..

Ave of Flags Rotterdam Town Hall

 

Geometry KPN Towers and Bridge Erasmusbrug Bridge 1 Willemsbrug Bridge Canal Apartments Rotterdam de Maas

 

It’s a newer city and that is reflected in the buildings than line the canals..and the waterfront..

Honestly I am not sure I could spend a protracted length of time here but it is well worth a daytrip from Belgium or Amsterdam..

Hulstkamp Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

 

 

Happy Travels!!

 

 

Riga, Latvia – Parks Galore

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I thought I would start stepping away from talking about a city’s landmarks.. When you search online for any city, there will be 1000 pages talking about the iconic landmarks and photos taken from every angle. Now don’t get me wrong..I love to see the landmarks..the sites that make a city famous..the churches and parliament buildings..the museums.. and I love to photograph them as well…

But I also look for places the locals hang out.. and in most cities, especially in warmer weather, that means the parks.. the green spaces..

Park Canal - Riga

 

and in Riga, that means along the canal..

Stone Bridge Over Canal - Riga

Parks like Kronvalda and Bastion Hill … sitting on benches among the flowers and fountains in front of the National Theater

Flower Garden - Riga

There are stone and wooden pedestrian bridges

Stone Pedestrian Bridge - Riga

Shady lanes and broad sidewalks

A Walk in the Woods Walk to Freedom - Riga

 

and, even, boat tours along the Riga Canal..

Canal with Boat - Riga

 

Parks and green space in Riga cover more than 30 hectares.. the fall colors were just beginning in September, and I can imagine the beauty of the changing leaves

A Walk in the Woods

So take the time to see the “Old Town” center.. experience the bars, restaurants, and all the wonderful and historic sights.. But spend a little time walking through the beautiful parks and shaded lanes too.. You will be glad you did..

Next we’ll take a little trip through the side streets and back alleys of Riga… stay tuned 🙂

Happy Travels!!

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