PHOTOGRAPHY | TRAVEL
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Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, a picturesque city composed of 14 islands. Stockholm is one of the most beautiful, calm and vibrant cities in Europe. One of the highlights of my trip is when I visited Gamla-Stan, also known as the “Old City”. The architecture is simply overwhelming, with narrow cobbled streets and colorful buildings that looked straight out of a fairytale.
A short couple of days was all it took for Helsinki to steal my heart.The city’s innovative urban culture–meshing tradition and trends in its own special way and seamlessly combining cityscape with nature. The diverse landscapes of The Suomenlinna Fortress has many opportunities for exploration, while mainland Helsinki houses beautiful architecture gems.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The country has become symbolic for its man-made islands, architectural marvels, largest shopping malls in the world and sky-rise buildings such as the Burj Khalifa and the Burj al Arab.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is without a doubt a must-see when you visit Abu Dhabi. This iconic mosque was built in memory of Sheikh Zayed, the man who brought the United Arab Emirates together, spearheading its creation into the majestic nation it is today. The result is the largest and grandest mosque in the United Arab Emirates today. It’s a stunning building, one of the most beautiful I have seen in my life.
Senses are ablaze as my feet pound through Manhattan’s bustling mass of skyscrapers and sidewalks. I could spend weeks on this island and still not see all there is to see. Getting around New York City by foot, subway, yellow cab and helicopter made me discover what makes this concrete jungle truly astounding.
I spent a midweek in Moscow just wandering around, trying to get a sense of the city. It took me almost four days, but I think I’ve got it. I became fascinated by the unique mix of Renaissance Russian architecture and Soviet era Stalinist architecture. There’s still so much to explore—I wish I had an infinite supply of time here.
A visit to Chernobyl and the radioactive ghost town of Pripyat offers a glimpse into a world that no longer exists. Standing at the entrance of the exclusion zone, I felt excitement. But the deeper I got, the excitement gave way to an eerie sensation as wave after wave of the devastation and events that day actually started to hit me. Visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone was for sure one of the most unsettling experiences I’d ever had.
Belarus is often called ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ and promised to be a different world from the rest of Europe. In Belarus, the Soviet heritage is still visible and wandering around the country truly felt like a Soviet time warp. Memorials to the Great Patriotic War are everywhere, with Soviet flags, symbols and prominent Lenin statues all over the country. The allotted five-day entry period gave me just enough time to visit the highlights of this fascinating country: Minsk, Nesvizh, Mir & Brest.
Bali is magical. As probably the most famous island in Indonesia, Bali blends spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful sandy white beaches with warm and friendly people, a vibrant culture and filled with over 1000 temples. It is no wonder the island is often called ‘The Island of the Gods’.
Tallinn Old Town is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world, and one of the oldest cities on the Baltic Sea. At the historical and medieval heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval limestone houses and alleyways. The best way to explore Tallinn was to get lost, finding myself drifting through centuries of history.
Budapest is one of my favourite cities in Eastern Europe. The Hungarian capital is in fact two cities, Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube river. The best way to enjoy the city is a walk along the Danube, with views of Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion, and home to the parliament of Hungary: The Parliament building, one of the most iconic neo-gothic buildings in all of Europe.
Sofia is a city packed with ecletic monuments and buildings. The Bulgarian capital is built upon ancient foundations of culture and history. Standing among the striking Stalinist-era architecture are ancient Byzantine masterpieces, built during the 500 years of Ottoman rule, as well as ruins of a Roman metropolis from nearly 2000 years ago, when the city was called ‘Serdika’.
Plovdiv is Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city and it is best loved for its enchanting old town, packed with cobbled streets and colourful 19th-century mansions. Plovdiv has a fair number of well-preserved Roman ruins, the most important of which is the Roman amphi theatre, built in the saddle between two hills overlooking the ancient city.
Marrakech, a heady blend of labryinthal souks, colourful Medina streets, mysterious snake charmers performing at the Djemma El Fna and the enchanting sound of the call to prayer echoing around the medina. We continued our journey, through the High Atlas Region towards to the gateway of the Sahara: The ancient fortified ksar of Aït Ben Haddou.