Scotland is a country blessed with beautiful nature but also by a rich historic past. It is the country of philosophers like Adam Smith or poets like Roberts Burns and Sir Walter Scott. The writer of Ivanhoe was a deeply romantic person and made the history and traditions of Scotland popular again, at a moment in time when they run risk to be forgotten. The kilt and the pipes became known once more and even English kings, not always kind to their neighbours in the north, began to wear the traditional Scottish garments. Sir Walter Scott was so in love with his motherland, that he built a romantic castle as residence in the Borderlands. The architectual style being a mixture of different historic periods. It became the prototype for similar houses around Great Britain and the world in the 19th century.
Inveraray Castle is situated close to Loch Fyne in the mighty Highlands of Scotland. The building is part of a large Estate belonging to the Dukes of Argyll, a branch of the Campbell family. The castle was built in the middle of the 18th century, but was remodelled in large parts after a fire in 1877. In 2019 Inveraray still belongs to the Campbell family, but is open to visitors as well. Part of the Estate is also a beautiful garden, a forrest and a cattle farm with highland cows.
The colourful side of Copenhagen, Denmark. Shot in September 2019.
Founded as a settlement by the Vikings in the 10th century, Copenhagen grew exponentially in the following centuries becoming the capital of Denmark in 1416. The inner city was destroyed several times by the plague and fires and was rebuilt in a neoclassic style during the so called Danish Golden Age in the early 19th century. Although many other parts of Copenhagen are modern and somewhat functionalist the inner city still represents the glory and richness of these past times. Photographies from a walk during late Summer 2019.
Krumlov is a little town in the south of Bohemia. Although being small it is rich in interesting architectural details from many different historical periods.
Shot in September of 2019.
Lübeck is a town in Northern Germany, once the great capital of the Hanse, a union of merchants in the middle ages which dominated trade in the Baltic seas for many centuries. So the city was also called the Queen of the Hanse and it’s inhabitants used to be wealthy and influential. Many beautiful buildings, especially churches, were built in these blooming years. Lübeck has a beautiful and well preserved historic inner town with a lot of water surrounding it, which makes for nice perspectives. The photographies were shot in September 2019.