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Nature of Plitvice

If you think about paradise, the national park of Plitvice in central Croatia comes pretty close to it. A marvelous place of nature it encompasses 296,85 square kilometers of pure wild. The forests seem to be endless and the gentle hills make for some beautiful curves in the panorama. Here and there you find a castles or a water mill, or a trail leading to a lake with some stunning waterfalls.

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The Algarve

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!

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Portugal on Lens

Over the years Portugal became a country and a topic I revisit now and then. Again I had the chance to travel to this beautiful Iberian country and shoot some photography there. This time around though I had no access to my usual set up (Canon 70D with Tamron lens), but had to borrow equipment from my girlfriend. It was interesting to shoot with a different camera than I got used to. The Sony SLT-a77 is not as advanced as my Canon of course but it has some merits. I liked the the viewfinder and the shots are per default more wide which make them slightly more cinematic. The first series is kind of a highlight reel of the week I got to spend in different parts of the country. From first to last picture the locations are: Lisboa (bridge of the 25th of April), Capo da Rocca, Cascais, Fatimá, Óbidos.

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A City in the Alps: Innsbruck

The scenery of Innsbruck in the western part of Austria is simply stunning. The capital of the historic region of Tyrol is situated in the Inn river valley between two mountain ranges in the north and in the south. No wonder Innsbruck is known as the capital of the Alps as well in Austria, there is just no place in the streets of the city where you don’t constantly see them. Innsbruck itself is beautiful as well, a quite colorful medieval and gothic town with beautiful sacral and civic buildings and the “Golden Roof”,  the cities most famous symbol with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. Take a look!

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Mostar: Divided City

During the Bosnian war 1992 – 1995 the historic city of Mostar found itself in the center of fights first between Bosnianak-Croation and Serbian troops and later between Muslims and Catholics. During the conflict large parts of the city were destroyed and many civilians lost their life. The destroyed bridge of Mostar especially became a well known symbol of the conflict. It was built by the Ottomans and stood here for hundreds of years connecting the Muslim and the Christian parts of the city, before being blown to pieces for unknown reasons. A couple of years ago the Mostar bridge was rebuilt, but many remnants of the war remain present in the city making it an eerie but very interesting place to visit. The wounds are heeling slowly, but still Mostar is a visible example for what can happen when once peaceful neighbours suddenly turn against each other for religious or ethnic reasons. Up until today the city remains divided.

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