Charles Bridge, Prague; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
We sat along banks of the Vltave River, not far from the Charles Bridge, where we could see the Old Town Bridge tower, the sun was going down, the lights were coming on and it seemed like the perfect time and a perfect place to stop for a mug of mulled wine.
This hour of day the dark blue colour of the sky mixed with the warm glow of the street lights is one of the most beautiful times of day, of course this time of year, late fall, sunset happens about 4:30. I think that it is a perfect reminder to change gears and slow down.
As a photographer low light means long time exposures and a tripod, causing, dare I say forcing me to slow down and enjoy the view. In this image we can see the lights of the river boats streaking by, they become a blur of light with the long exposures and contrast to the sharp detail of the Old Town.
Charles Bridge, Prague Hungary at sunrise; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
We haven’t been getting up for sunrise very often lately, we wanted to see Charles Bridge in the early morning before it was filled with people. Sunday and there was at least a dozen photographers with tripods, and another dozen or so people walking around with cameras at 6 am! It was cloudy so there wasn’t much of a sunrise, but it was worth getting up early because by 7 am there bridge was starting to get busy, by then we were ready for our morning coffee and croissant.
Margaret Island, Budapest; modern city with old world charm; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Margaret Island describe in the guide-book as a tranquil oasis in the middle of the Danube. Inhabited since Roman times and named after Princess Margaret, as the story goes her father King Bela IV swore that if he succeeded in repelling the Mongol invasion of 1241 he would offer his daughter to God. Once the Mongols were expelled he sent is nine-year old daughter Margaret to the St. Michael’s Church and convent, which he built on the island, and where Margaret spent her life. Today the island is the perfect escape from the busy city, where both single and family style bicycles are available for rental, and if this isn’t your fancy, horse-drawn carriage rides are also available. Bill and I spend a couple of hours walking the pathways, people watching, listening to the musical fountain, and drinking mulled wine.
Elizabeth Bridge; Budapest Hungary; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
We arrived in Budapest late afternoon, and after a quiet meal we headed out to see what we could find. The streets were pretty quiet, the day before All Saint’s Day, a National Holiday when everything or pretty everything is shut down for the day. The fog was starting to roll down the river, so the distant lights are pretty hazy, it was a perfect evening for photography.
We wandered down to the river, Budapest has several bridges connecting what was at one time two different cities. The Elizabeth Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world and was completely rebuilt after World War ll.
Gondola navigates the small canals in Venice Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014
Venice Italy, with any small and large canals, bridges and alleyways, you can walk around the city or you can take a boat. I don’t recall seeing any bicycles, too many bridges to carry the bike over to make it worth the ride I guess. It seems every bridge we walked over we would see a gondola full of people. When the light is just right the reflections of the buildings fill the canal. Some canals were so small, and the corners so tight I wondered how the gondola would make the turn, but they always managed. With the reflection of the buildings in the canal water, it looks as if the gondola has nowhere to go.
We have had a few rainy days, or at least rainy afternoons while visiting Italy, but the rain has not slowed down our sightseeing. The tables and chairs go unused but they are a great inspiration for street photography. The beautiful line of tables and chairs forming a leading line through the photo, to the windows, and the reflections of people and umbrellas. I think the red umbrella is the perfect example of the story coming together in one simple photo. Rain or no rain, it was another great day.
San Petronio, Bologna Italy, copyright jmeyersforeman
San Petronio, Bologna’s most famous and impressive church. It is the sixth largest church in Europe. Its size is impressive: 132 metres long by 66 metres wide by 45 metres tall with the facade reaching a height of 51 metres. Construction of the basilica began in 1390, the basilica should have been the largest in the world, but things didn’t go well: the pope didn’t approve of the idea of a church larger than St. Peters. The construction of the Basilica was put on hold for a long time, partly due to lack of funding and the technical challenges of achieving the very high Gothic vaults
San Petronio and the two towers of Bologna; copyright jmeyersforeman
Our first day in Bologna Italy, and we find the streets busy, many of the streets closed for a festival, bands and buskers performing everywhere and tents up in Piazza Maggore giving away and selling samples of their Mortadella.
San Petronio is the patron saint of the city and the two towers are one of the Bologna’s most famous landmarks. The skyline of Bologna is distinctive with about 20 of the medieval towers remaining, power symbols belonging to the richest families. It must have been like the Manhattan of the middle ages! The twin towers here have become the symbol of the city.
One of the many bridges of Verona, and just one of the many places we visited during our three days in the city!
Despite the weather we enjoyed our visit, and we are now off the Bologna, a short 1 hour train ride south of Verona, and with one more good night sleep I will, hopefully, be over the jet-lag, and have something interesting to tell you about our visit!