Arches and Walkways – Dubrovnik, Croatia

That was one of the great things about Dubrovnik.. All the little passageways everywhere.  Arches and cobblestone side streets were a photographers dream..

As everyone who knows me knows.. I don’t really shoot the major landmarks much..Well, not to post anyway… There are plenty of those pictures out there already. I prefer a laid back and back alley approach to a city.. But there are exceptions..  Coming soon

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Photo of the Day – Dubrovnik, Croatia

During the Christmas holidays, I had the opportunity to spend 6 days in a whirlwind tour of Croatia..  Here is the first shot of some daily photos of that trip…_DSC9789_panorama

 

This was the view across Gruz Harbor from our room in The Berkley Hotel. A wonderful place with a great staff …

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2014 Favorites – Cities

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15 countries….21 Cities..  Since my New Year’s resolution in January of 2014 was to visit a new country every month, I can happily say “Mission Accomplished”.. But where do those trips rate?  This is difficult because every trip was awesome.. it just so happens that some places ranked higher on the awesomeness scale..

Athens from Acropolis

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We started off the year going to Greece.. followed by Cyprus, Spain, the Czech Republic, Austria, Turkey, Sweden, Romania, Poland, Latvia / Estonia, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy… Unfortunately Croatia (at the end of the week) will miss this years cut..

This is where it gets difficult..

#1 – Stockholm, Sweden    <— Past Posts from Stockholm

There are a couple reasons I chose Stockholm..

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The photographic opportunities were amazing.. The city, itself, while being a walking friendly place, has an impressive public transportation system.

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Stockholm is the definition of New Age technology meets Old World charm..

#2  Barcelona, Spain  <– Past Posts from Barcelona

For me, the difference between Barcelona and Stockholm, as a tourist, is negligible. Good food..good people and a wonderful year-round climate, makes it a great city to visit.

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#3  Riga, Latvia   and   Tallinn, Estonia   < —- Past Posts from Riga and Tallinn

What a wonderful trip this was…Able to see two world class UNESCO site filled cities in one 5 day trip.. Needless to say, modern amenities and old world architecture make this an easy choice..

Riga

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Tallinn

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So there are the top 3 from last year…although technically it is 4…

Now the Not Best trip…

Larnaca, Cyprus

To be honest.. it was a good trip. Not one of the best, but a lot of that was my fault for planning a trip in the really really OFF season

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Beautiful scenery..interesting city..but almost no people..and no people meant almost everything was closed for the season.. It was difficult to even find a place to eat..  I will return to Cyprus on another trip..during a different time.. who knows, maybe it will move up the list..

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Italian Trains

Train travel in Italy is a breeze..  Tickets can be purchased online at Italiarail and come in 2 basic types.. E-Ticket and Self -Print. The inter-city trains are usually e-ticket and the regionals are self-print..

Most trains from Rome will start at the Roma Termini Station.. Ours did..

Roma Termini Station

The central station in Rome is a lot like a small city, with designer shops, restaurants, and small stands selling everything from pretzels to souvenirs.  Needless to say, it is a pretty big place.

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The trains are easy to find.. the routes can be a little difficult. At any given time there can be several trains, either going to or passing through wherever you are trying to get, and leaving within 15 minutes of each other.  Fortunately, the route signs are labeled with each stop that continually scrolls…keep your eyes open and pay attention and you’ll be fine..

Looking for Our Train

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As I said, the trains are clean and comfortable.. The seats in 1st class have power outlets and tables.

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The trip to Florence from Rome takes a mere 1 1/2 on the ICN (nonstop) trains with the regionals being a bit slower. Either way, it is a nice way to enjoy the rolling Italian countryside.

There are a couple train stations in Florence..The first being Campo di Marte.

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It is a good 20-30 minute hike to the center of the city so if you are staying close to the Duomo your best bet is the next station, Santa Maria Novella.

With only a couple days on this whirlwind trip.. we dropped our bags at the hotel (Hotel Cardinal of Florence) and had a cappuccino on the terrace with this view…

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Then off to start exploring…

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A Selection of Doors – Rome

It’s Thursday.. must be time for a new selection of doors..

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As those of you who follow along with me know.. doors are one of my favorite subjects to shoot..an endless variety abound in every city I visit.

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But in a lot of cases, no matter how different they are, they are also very similar.. especially in cities like Rome. Arched doorways and wooden doors..

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Different..but the same..no?

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Some Weird Art

I never know when the urge to take one of my normal photos and turn it into something completely different will strike..

I never know what the subject will be .. or why..

The photo below is a massively edited picture of the main train station in Antwerp, Belgium

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Sometimes it is just a matter of trying out a new filter…one that might give a desired effect. Usually though, presets only give me part of what I am looking for. In that case, more “tweeking” is needed in an photo editor.  The above photo was actually taken on my I-Pad and processed using Snapseed..

Then loaded into Zoner Photo Studio for finishing..  Presets rarely match my vision.. Heck, sometimes even my vision doesn’t match my “vision”

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Photo of the Day – Rome

As I said.. I will be getting back into the groove here.. and I am usually as good as my word..lol

Hidden Alley Church

 

This is a scene from the terrace of our hotel..it’s actually a small and old church hidden away in an alley.. Unfortunately, I never could get inside..

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I’ve Been Lazy

Ok..I admit it.. I have been lazy.. I promise to do better…back to my Photos of the day posts..

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I did a little “photoshopping” (actually Lightrooming) with this alley scene from Rome.. It is in the “Weird Art” gallery on Fine Art America.. That’s the site I use to post prints for sale..

And since I am about a month behind, here’s one more  😛

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Rome – The 1st Real Day

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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..

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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..

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

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

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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…

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Return to Italy

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I love visiting Italy… The history… the architecture… the food… Everything about Italy just begs to be explored.

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This was my second trip to Italy, and like the first, it began in Rome … The home of the Coliseum, The Pantheon, Vatican City .. and countless statues and monuments paying tribute to the past of the glorious Roman Empire.

A quick word.. The public transportation system in Rome is hard to beat… so forget the expensive cabs heading to the center from the airport.. The Leonardo Express takes about a 1/2 hour non-stop to Roma Termini..and costs just 12 Euros..Buses are even cheaper but I like trains..

Anyway..we took the above mentioned train from the airport to the main train/bus staion – Roma Termini..

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I usually stay in the Mecenate Palace Hotel, which is a 5-8 minute walk from the station.. It’s a nice hotel, excellent staff and a wonderful rooftop terrace where you can look out over the city.. The view from the room, as always, was amazing..  The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore sits right across the street..

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It’s a wonderful, if smaller, cathedral and the entry is free..

Arched Ceiling Kneeling in Prayer Santa Maria InteriorIt was a great way to start a trip.. especially since it was raining sporadically since we arrived..But with all the great cafes and museums, it was easy to find a place to stay dry..

Since we arrived late, we decided to just walk around and do some exploring, without worrying about “landmarks” and “touristy sites” ..  Rome is very walkable, despite being very large.. And there are always interesting subjects to shoot..It is a photographer’s dream city..

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Afterwards, we decided to help ourselves to some gelato..and relax.. Tomorrow was going to be a long day…

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