Genova e Milano

One year ago I went on a trip to the north of Italy to discover Genova and Milano.

Here are some memories of my trip. I hope they suggest something positive to you.

Palazzo Tursi (Genova):

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Piazza de Ferrari (Genova):

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Palazzo San Giorgio (Genova):

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Genova Bocadasse:

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Piazza del Duomo (Milano)

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Maastricht – Change of seasons

Spring blossom is here; trees are wearing bright colours once again.

However the weather is chilly and cloudy.

When I look back on the past month of March, I can realise how powerful the change of seasons was. The sun broke through the mist, providing light and heat that took us all out to the streets and parks.

I am waiting for the weather to change. When the sun is out again, I will hit the park and admire the blossom. In the meantime, I will just stick to the memories of a spring that, having arrived too early, suddenly went away, and that needs a little coaxing to come back.

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2 days in Prague

With its magnificent architectural ensemble, its lively atmosphere and its attractive prices, Prague has become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Central Europe.

The aforementioned architectural ensemble proves the leading role of the Czech capital city in the development of different artistic trends throughout History.

The Classicist style and its further developments (Baroque and Rococo) have a prevailing presence in Prague, the historical districts of Malá Strana and Staré Mesto being the best testimony, hosting innumerable Baroque palaces.

But the most striking contributions to the city come from the Gothic art. The St. Vitus Cathedral, the gates of the old city and the Church of Our Lady before Týn stand out at both sides of the Charles Bridge, tinging the city landscape with mystery and gloom.

Visiting Prague is a powerful experience. I hope I can share it with you through my pictures.

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Alter Friedhof, Bonn

The Old Cemetery of Bonn has become the last resting place of famous people, such as Robert and Clara Schumann, Beethoven’s mother, Schopenhauer’s sister, Auguste Macke and August Schlegel. Famous Bonn professors were buried in the Alter Friedhof as well.

Constructed in 1715, by the end of the century it had become the city’s main cemetery. In the 19th century it was converted into a park-like area, and the graves from this period of time reflect Bonn’s culture and intellectual history.

Wandering along the aisles of the Old Cemetery of Bonn is a very inspiring experience.
The combination of greenery and stone suggests the existence of two opposed forces coming together here: life and death.

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The Azure Window is already a thing of the past

Yesterday one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the archipelago of Malta literally disappeared. A rough sea and a stormy weather caused the limestone natural arch to collapse. Nothing unexpected though; specialists had warned that, due to the quick erosion of the stone, it was a matter of time that this happened.

Not even two months ago I was virtually walking on top of it; now there is nothing else than water.

The sea created it, and the sea took it away.

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This is the response to Paula’s weekly challenge Thursday’s Special. This time we were supposed to depict the topic ‘Traces of the Past’ in colour. Please visit her post and get inspired.


German cities: Part 1

Despite being devastated in the World War II, and having lost most of its heritage, Germany has proved to know how to rebuild its identity.

In most cases it was decided to reinterpret the medieval architecture from the old cities, using new materials and putting into practice new techniques, while preserving the essential features of the old buildings gone.

Beyond that, Germany has been the centre of the development of the contemporary architecture in Europe. The dictates of rationalism and functionalism (simplicity of forms, absence of ornaments…) were followed when rebuilding the devastated cities.

Germany has a new identity, built in accordance with both old and new trends. This is why it is still very interesting to discover its cities.

Like the phoenix, Germany rises from its own ashes.

Aachen, the preferred residence of Charlemagne, and the place where 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans:


Bonn, home city of Ludwig van Beethoven and capital of West Germany until 1990:



Cologne, the capital of the Rhine River, with its majestic gothic cathedral, being the 4th largest city in Germany:


Düsseldorf, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, in the centre of one of the most industrialised regions in Europe, and an important location of contemporary architecture:






Frankfurt, with its identifiable skyline, home city of Goethe and indisputable financial centre in Germany, hosting the European Central Bank and the German stock exchange market:







Heidelberg, a college town hosting the oldest university of Germany. Eminent German thinkers, such as Hegel and Hannah Arendt, found in this romantic small city the source of their inspiration:




Please take a quick look at my old posts about Dutch cities and French cities.
Get inspired by the differences between Germany, France and the Netherlands.


Thursday’s Special: 1 picture, 3 words

For the Pick a Word challenge in March by Paula we are supposed to pick one or several words and depict them in one or several pictures.

This time the words are: commanding, coarse, gibbous, incremental and indelible.

I picked commanding, coarse and incremental, and chose to depict them in the picture below, shot in Malta last January.


A few words about the image:

  • Coarse texture of the stone
  • Incremental erosion of the land
  • Commanding forces of the sea