At the end of the road there was a lighthouse in red and white. In the midst of nothing it stood, withstanding all the winds and the sands of the island and shining in the sunset when the time came.
Naples, located at the Vesuvius volcano, and its surroundings were praised by many travellers throughout history. There is a famous saying that states: “See Naples and die!”. The german poet Goethe famously expressed it would be beautiful, “even if a few more Vesuviuses were to rise in the neighbourhood”. Picturesque is also the coast of Amalfi close by and the island of Capri. The magic happens in the evening though when the sun is setting in and the sky turns red, the Gulf of Naples being one of my favourite spots in the world for sunsets.
Sometimes there is a certain light accompanied by a mood you associate with a city or a place. Speaking for myself that is certainly true with Lisbon, Portugal. At dusk the earthy tones of the city turn into warm yellowy and orange colours. There is no better place to enjoy the sunset though than at the banks of the river Tejo with a view at Belém on one side and the glorious bridge of the 25 de Abril on the other, watching sailing boats disappear into the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2018 I was fortunate enough to travel to the Adriatic Sea (shortened: Adria) a couple of times, both privately and professionally. A large part of the eastern coast of the sea belongs to the State of Croatia. A country which used to be an insider tip for travellers for many years. Today Croatia is visited by Millions of people from around the world. Many of them go to Dubrvonik, which is famous for being the real life version of Kings Landing. But still there are many hidden beaches and islands in Croatia where you can find time for yourself. Get sure to stay until break of dawn so you can see the sun descending into the Adriatic sea.
Every year or two I have the chance to visit magnificent London. Some pictures are following from my visit in March 2016.
The Palace of Rundāle is situated in southern Latvia. Far apart from any larger settlement it is a beautiful baroque building surrounded by nature. Rundāle was erected in 1768 and planned by the renown Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who mainly worked for the Russian Zars before and was also responsible for the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg and the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. In Soviet times the palace was used as a school, today it is refurbished and houses a museum. Part of the historic site is also a beautiful English garden on the rear of the building.