The Cathedral of Gloucester was built in the 7th century and is well known, among other things, for being a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. It is also famous as being very mysterious and even strange. The reason is the architectural style of the church which is called “perpendicular style”, a more grotesque version of the medieval Gothic style. Also very peculiar and interesting are the glass windows, there is even one depiction of a medieval Golf player! All in all a fascinatingly grim but beautiful cathedral.
The proper history of England begins with the conquest of the island by the Anglo-Saxons in the 6th century, but for many thousand years before the country was inhabited by settlers, who cultivated the land and made it arable for the upcoming generations. During this process the landscape was altered extensively of course, England used to be covered by dense forests before like other parts of Northern Europe. A lot of the wood was used for ship making, as England was an island country and hence depended on sea trade and also on fishing. England became rich and in the middle ages beautiful castles where built and monasteries, which were surrounded by little towns, which became bigger towns with magnificent cathedrals later on. A lot of the history of England can be seen still today when travelling England. Take your time, don’t hurry and never forget the cup of tea in the afternoon!
England is a particularly rich country when it comes to history and traditions. There are old mansions and ruins scattered all through the country, surrounded very often by beautiful nature and accompanied by lovely gardens. Especially nice is South England, which consists of an interesting and sometimes even weird looking coast lines. Get yourself a nice cup of tea, find a place with a great view and enjoy yourself!
Wandering through the many labyrinth-like streets of Rome is like walking through history itself. At every corner there is a church or monument with significance. But what makes Rome are the people and their culture. The Romans are enjoying themselves and their lifestyle, which consists of spending time with friends and having a good wine and dinner. Don’t dare to leave Rome without having tried some of the local cuisine! And there is more than just Pizza (although it is delicious over here to be fair).
I was lucky to come around quite a bit in Europe’s most southwestern country, but a spot that was blank on my map of Portugal was to the East of Lisboa. The ancient city of Évora, founded by the Romans before Christ. On the day of my visit in early May the opportunities for interesting shots were great, as there was a storm coming with heavy clouds, but the sun was still there refusing to obey and shining on the beautiful buildings of Évora, making for a great and gloomy atmosphere.
Although I travelled Portugal extensively, curiously I never have been to the Algarve, the southern coast of the country, before. I must admit I had my prejudices. This part of the country, it seemed to me, was reserved for the sun seeking mass tourist. Northern Portugal seemed much more mysterious and interesting to me. It was the road less travelled. But boy – was I missing out! The Algarve with it’s white architecture glowing in the sunlight seems like a natural extension to the Portugal I know. Sure there are tourists but at this time of the year (beginning of May) not more than in Lisboa. Give it a try!