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My favorite sights of Pisa

Despite all of the attempts the tour-books made to convince me that there is plenty to do and see in Pisa beyond its singular top sight, it remains a one-location city for me after several visits. The fantastic Piazza del Duomo (also colloquially known as Piazza dei Miracoli), the home…

My favorite sights of Costa Brava

We have spent a significant amount of time on the Costa Brava over the course of a couple of summers, and know the region quite well. It is also one of the most-photographed locations in our archives, giving me a pretty large selection to choose from for the purposes of…

My favorite sights of Glendalough, Ireland

A bit of a misnomer, the title of this post. While I certainly want to include another country in this series at this point, we have neither spent significant time in Ireland, nor photographed it enough, in order to properly designate destinations or sights as “favorite”. Nonetheless, Glendalough Valley, within…

My favorite sights of San Gimignano

A follow-up photo-essay from more recent trip can be found here. Many tour-books call San Gimignano “Manhattan of Tuscany”, on account of a dozen or so surviving medieval towers that form a veritable skyscraper cluster. The towers attract huge crowds of tourists to the town whose ancient core remains attractive…

My favorite sights of Ghent

Unlike in Bruges, we only spent short time in Ghent, a half-day at the tail end of a weekend-long Belgium-centric getaway while living in England. The town certainly deserves more attention. While not as picturesque as Bruges overall, it does offer several superb attractions and more than a few locations…

My favorite sights of Berlin

I do not count Berlin among my favorite destinations. I am aware of its reputation of a happening and up-and-coming place, and there are certainly more than a handful of attractions worthy of a visit in the German capital, but on balance it fails to project sufficient draw for me.…

My favorite sights of Segovia, Spain

Segovia – within an easy day-trip distance from Madrid – is one of those picturesque locations, where every turn around a corner brings you to a great photographic spot. It boasts a few major can’t-miss sights, but it is the often flamboyant house ornamentation on its narrow pedestrian streets that…

My favorite sights of Aix-en-Provence

If there was a town that I could fall in love with after a single short visit, Aix was it. I am naturally predisposed to historic places with centuries-old architecture, small, even intimate confines, and atmospheric quality. Aix-en-Provence is all that. This one shot of a fountain and a cafè…

My favorite sights of Granada

It’s hard to avoid using Alhambra as a dominating topic when it comes to Granada. The magnificent palace and fortress complex is a must-see destination for any visitor to Granada. Not surprisingly, some of my most favorite sights of Granada are those found within the walls of Alhambra. Starting with…

My favorite sights of Siena

A follow-up photo-essay from more recent trip can be found here. It defies explanation, but on my half a dozen visits to Siena I never managed a good photographic shot of its famous main square, Piazza del Campo. I have plenty of shots taken on the square, but none that…

My favorite sights of Cologne

We went to Cologne – or Köln, in German – for two short occasions, every time with a specific goal in mind. The first, an intraday stop on a big journey around Germany, was solely to explore the famed Cologne Cathedral, one of the most impressive Gothic churches in the…

My favorite sights of French Riviera

Azure skies, no less azure sea, sun-drenched waterfronts, sleek yachts – if this is what comes to your mind when you hear the words “French Riviera”, you are not alone. On our most recent stay on Côte d’Azur, we saw quite a lot of the same, as evidenced here. The…

My favorite sights of Cotswolds

Like any homogeneous rural region elsewhere in the world, Cotswolds have their own unique charming features, from distinct architecture of quaint cottages to the wide expanse of sheep-dotted pastures. Our exploration of the area was nothing short of delightful. Unfortunately, we brought a lemon of the camera with us to…

My favorite sights of Brugge

Brugge – or Bruges, for those who prefer its French name to the Flemish one – is one of the prettiest cities in all of Europe. Small enough to be covered within a day by the majority of visitors, it manages to offer uncountable impressions of picture-perfect beauty. My most…

My favorite sights of Cordoba

Any visit to Cordoba will be first and foremost about the Mezquita, the enormous mosque-cum-cathedral that is one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture in the Western world. Its onyx, marble and granite columns crowned by double arches are a magnificent sight to behold.     The belltower…

My favorite sights of Zurich

With apologies to a couple of friends who made it their home in recent years, Zurich is nice, not more than that. It does not possess a wealth of monuments or significant architecture pieces, counting on being charming rather than impressive. Although I habitually put it on top of the…