The Promenade d’Anglais in the french city of Nice is one of the oldest urban beachfronts in the world. In English the name translates to Promenade of the English, because beginning of the early 1800s mostly British nobleman and aristocrats came here to spend their winter vacations in the warmth of the mediterranean. Later first hotels were built at the sea and a walkway at the coast came into being. The pictures were shot in February 2019.
Central Europe is particulary rich of famous landmarks. Two of my favourite structures in this region are the Parliamentary building in Budapest, capital of Hungary and the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz in Berlin. From an architectural perspective these two buildings don’t have much in common. While the Hungarian Parliament is a neo-gothic administrative building, grandeur in size and very unusual for a gothic building equipped with a beautiful red coppola, the TV Tower in Berlin was meant to be a show case for socialist architecture and technology and was easily seen from Western Berlin. As different as these buildings are they both were planned as and turned in fact out to be landmarks of their respective home towns – though in a different way than the architects envisioned. Germany today is reunited again, many structures from socialist times were torn down, the TV tower though became a signature building of the reunited city and a piece of historic futurism. The parliamentary building in Budapest on the other hand is the legislative building of the independent republic of Hungary today, which emerged from the Austro-Hungarian empire after World War I.
In New York City clouds and skies are a mere reflection on the glasses of modernity built by men. Geometric structures seem to triumph over nature, there is little space for green. Sure there is central park, the lung of New York, but even from there a background of glass and steel arises over the horizon and the skyscraper seem to compete for the clouds.
Photographed in March and April of 2018.
Deep down in a valley in the region of Apuglia in southern Italy lies Alberobello, a beautiful town distinguished by peculiar architecture and the shining white color of its buildings.
Rome is also called the eternal city, as it is withstanding any winds of change for 28 centuries already and is supposed to exist until the end of civilization. Sometimes the city can feel heavy in history and weight though, like the monumental statues decorating it. It can be busy too – especially during tourist season. But there are always places and moments to let it all in and feel the romance and melancholy of Rome.
The pictures were taken in Prague, May of 2018.