London's St Paul's Cathedral
London's St Paul's Cathedral on a winter's night
Sunset over Granada
September sunset over the Realejo-San Matías area of Granada, Spain. This was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. Shot with Nikon's 35mm f1.4G lens.
Enjoying the moment of life
There are places around the world that just make you stop and pause for a moment and enjoy that very short period of time between the past and the future that some people call life...
Side street, Valencia
Side street cafe in Valencia's old town
London after hours. Northumberland Avenue.
Mediterranean window composition
Window of one of the houses in Andalusian white village
The Millennium Bridge, London
The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians crossing the River Thames in London, England
Heaven on Earth, Andalucía
Frigiliana is one of the most beautiful white villages (pueblos blancos) in Andalucía
Sending off a wonderful day
Watching the sun set over the city of Granada
Torre del Verger, Mallorca
Torre del Verger, also known as Torre de ses Ànimes or Tower of the Souls is an old watch tower in the village of Banyalbufar on the northwestern coast of Mallorca island. It was built in 1579 to monitor this stretch of the coast against attacks from the pirates. It is about eight meters high with a diameter of about four meters and is built of yellow limestone. Inside, there is a ladder that leads to an upper platform with small observation windows. This tower is very similar to the towers (attalayas) found all along the mediterranean coast of Andalusia. They were originally introduced in Spain by the occupying Moors.
Piccadily Circus by night
At night, London's Piccadily Circus becomes a stage for local talent...
Ciutat Vella, Valencia
Street scene from Valencia's Ciutat Vella (old town center).
Fountain at Trafalgar Square, London
Fountain at London's Trafalgar Square on a cold January night
Estacion Valencia Nord
Regent Street, London
Regent Street is one of the major shopping streets in London's West End, well known to tourists
London cycle hire
London's Barclays cycle hire near the Embankment tube station
The Trafalgar Square Fountain
Surrounding Nelson's Column are two great fountains collectively called The Trafalgar Square Fountain. The were added to the square in 1845 and the remodeled in 1939. The fountains contain bronzes of dolphins, mermen and mermaids.
afternoon in Valencia
It is always hard to shoot cit
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia — an opera house and performing arts center. It contains four large rooms: a Main Room, Magisterial Classroom, Amphitheater and Theater of Camera. It is dedicated to music and the scenic arts. It is surrounded by 87,000 square meters of landscape and water, as well as 10,000 square meters of walking area. The Palau de Les Arts has four sections; the main hall, the master hall, the auditorium, and the Martin y Soler theatre. It holds many events such as opera, theatre and music in its auditoriums. Panoramic lifts and stairways connect platforms at different heights on the inside of the metallic frames of the building. The building has an metallic feather outer roof that rests on two supports and is 230 meters long and 70 meters high. One of the supports allows for part of the building to overhang. The building is supported by white concrete. Two laminated steel shells cover the building weighing over 3,000 tons. These shells are 163 meters wide and 163 meters long.
Monument to painter Ignacio Pinazo Camarlench, Valencia
Ignacio Pinazo Camarlench: 01/11/1849 - 10/18/1916. One of the most prominent artists representing Valencian style of impressionism.
Aqueduct bridge, Nerja
Acueducto del Águila (Eagle Aqueduct), also known as Puente del Águila (Eagle Bridge), is regarded across the region as "an historic jewel of Spanish architecture". It was built in the 19th century and has been used continuously since - today the local community uses it to irrigate farmland. The aqueduct is situated on the Barranco de la Coladilla de Cazadores, to the south-west of the Caves of Nerja, and is visible from the N340 road linking Nerja town and Maro. There is a layby where you can stop to get a good view and take photographs of the monument.The aqueduct was built between 1879 and 1880 (the exact date is not known) to aid the industrial revolution; it was intended to carry water from Nerja town to the local sugar refinery in Maro, Las Mercedes (also known as Fábrica San Joaquin de Maro, built in 1884), for irrigation. The aqueduct was commissioned by the factory owner, Francisco Cantarero Senio; his signature is visible in the central pavilion of the aqueduct. The factory is now closed but the aqueduct continues to be used for local irrigation.The design of the aqueduct is typical of the period of its construction (19th century), when the Mudejar style (copied from the ornamental architecture originally used by Muslim craftsmen in Spain between the 13th and 15th centuries) was very popular. The aqueduct is four stories high; each tier is constructed from a series of brick, horseshoe shaped archways, of which there are 37 in total. These are topped with a mudejar-style spire, on top of which is a weather vane in the shape of a double-headed eagle, from which the aqueduct takes its name. The origin of the eagle symbol is not known for certain, but it is rumoured that during the time of construction eagles were seen nesting in the hills of Maro.The face visible from the viewpoint is not actually the front of the construction, it is the back; the aqueduct faces north, as the old road passed on the other side. In the centre of the pavilion is a plaque which reads "Pura Y Limpia Concepción" (pure and clean conception), however the wear and tear of time has made this difficult to read.
Placa dels Furs, Valencia
London - a view from The London Eye
The London Eye, without any doubt, is one of the best vantage points to observe and be fascinated by this beautiful city. The people inside the capsule are looking at the Parliament Houses and the Big Ben.
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn, London
L'Hemisfèric at night
L'Hemisfèric — an Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium. The building is meant to resemble a giant eye, and has an approximate surface of 13,000 m². The Hemesferic also known as the planetarium or the “eye of knowledge,” is the centerpiece of the City of Arts and Sciences. It was the first building completed in 1998. Its design resembles an eyelid that opens to access the surrounding water pool. The bottom of the pool is glass, creating the illusion of the eye as a whole. This planetarium is a half-sphere composed of concrete 110 meters long and 55.5 meters wide. The shutter is built of elongated aluminum awnings that fold upward collectively to form a brise soleil roof that opens along the curved axis of the eye. It opens to reveal the dome, the pupil of the eye, which is the Ominax theater. The City of Arts and Sciences is divided in half by a set of stairs that descend into the vaulted concrete lobby. The underground spaces are illuminated with the use of translucent glass panels within the walking path. The transparent roof is supported by concrete arches that connect to the sunken gallery. There is a miraculas echo inside of the building and if two people stay on the two opposite pillars inside of the eye they can seamlessly speak with each other.
The Station cafe
I was walking around Valencia Nord train station looking for an interesting shot when I came across this little cafe. Its simple and intimate atmosphere of the train station cafe immediately transferred me into the 1940's era...
A scene from the Andalusian white village of Frigiliana.
Admiralty Arch, London
Admiralty Arch is a landmark building in London which incorporates an archway providing road and pedestrian access between The Mall, which extends to the South-West, and Trafalgar Square to the North-East. Admiralty Arch is a Grade I listed building. Until recently, the building housed government offices, but in 2012 the government sold a 125-year lease over the building to a property developer for redevelopment into a luxury hotel. It was designed by Sir Aston Webb, constructed by John Mowlem & Co and completed in 1912. It adjoins the Old Admiralty Building, hence the name. The building was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria, although he did not live to see its completion. A Latin inscription along the top reads: : ANNO : DECIMO : EDWARDI : SEPTIMI : REGIS : : VICTORIÆ : REGINÆ : CIVES : GRATISSIMI : MDCCCCX : (In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910) The sculptural figures of Navigation and Gunnery were designed by the English sculptor Thomas Brock. In 2000, the Cabinet Office moved into offices in the building, while maintaining its headquarters on Whitehall. It was also home to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Social Exclusion Task Force. In 2011, as part of the government's austerity programme, the building became vacant and was put up for sale for a reported £75 million. In October 2012, the winning bidder was reported to be Spanish real estate developer Rafael Serrano, who planned to turn the property into a luxury hotel. The property was sold as a 125-year lease. (From Wikipedia)
Western view of Valencia Cathedral from Plaza de la Virgin square, with the Apostles Gate, the transept tower and the Obra Nova. The true name of this cathedral is Iglesia Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora de Valencia.
The Queen's Walk, London
The Queen's Walk is a promenade located on the South Bank of the River Thames, between Lambeth Bridge and Tower Bridge.
Plaza Real, Salobreña
Main square in the old town of Salobreña. Salobreña's roots go back some 6,000 years. In the medieval times the town based and built around the 10th century Moorish castle called "El Castillo De Salobreña".
Passion for flowers
The locals in Frigiliana, a typical Andalusian white village, just love to be surrounded by all kinds of flowers
Blue sky over Malaga
A view of Andalusian gem - Malaga, its City Hall and port from the palace of Alcazaba
An iconic London composition
This is probably as iconic as a photo of London can get, but I just couldn't resist...
An overview of Andalusian village of Frigiliana
New York's Skyline from across the East river
A view of New York's skyline from across the East river
Panorama of this typical Andalusian white town from beneath its famous castle of "El Castillo de Salobreña".
All Souls Church, London
"All Souls Church is an Anglican Evangelical church in central London, situated in Marylebone at the north end of Regent Street on Langham Place, just south of BBC Broadcasting House. As well as the core chur
South bank graffiti
Graffiti at London's South bank
Golden Hour in the mountain village of Frigiliana
I think that the true essence of this beautiful white village can only be captured during this magical time known as the Golden Hour...
I don't know why, but I love doors and I always try to capture ones that are especially interesting or appealing to me. I remember I was wondering how many generations have opened and closed this door since its installation...
King Alfonso XII at Balcón de Europa
The site of the balcony was originally home to the watchtower of a 9th century defensive fortification, used by the Moors to monitor the coastline and protect against pirates and smugglers sailing around the coastline. Years of fighting and a battering from the elements took their toll on the tower, which was subsequently rebuilt in 1487. It was then known as La Batería after the battery of guns that sat inside it and protected the town. The tower was attacked and destroyed by British ship the Hyacinth in May 1812, part of an envoy that was fighting in coalition with Guerilla Spanish forces against Napoleon´s French troops, during the Spanish War of Independence (The Peninsula War).The large boulders and rocky debris that still lie at the base of the balcony are a reminder of the fighting and the destruction of the fortress. The two rusty cannons recovered years later are presented on the balcony as a reminder of this battle. The area where the balcony now sits suffered further destruction in the earthquake which occurred in Nerja on 25 December 1884. The following year the balcony came to earn its present name.King Alfonso XII visited Nerja to see for himself the destruction of the earthquake, and was taken aback by the view and the beauty of the place. He stood on the cliff where the balcony is now and said "this is the Balcony of Europe". After that (in spite of rumours that it had already been nicknamed Balcón de Europa for some time) the platform was rebuilt as a balcony.The surrounding area was built up in 1930, adding a short promenade leading to the balcony and a number of cafés; it was then officially named Balcón de Europa. In honour of this historic moment, a sculpture of King Alfonso XII sits on the balcony, leaning against the railings.
El Teatro Romano de Málaga
El Teatro Romano is the oldest monument in Málaga City. The theatre was built in the first century BC, under Emperor Augustus, and was used until the third century AD. Subsequently it was left to ruin for centuries, until the Moors settled in Andalucía. In 756-780AD the amphitheatre was used as a quarry by the Moorish settlers , to excavate the stone used to build the Alcazaba fortress - you can see some Roman columns and capitals in the fortress. Over time it became buried under dirt and rubble, and remained hidden there for almost five centuries.The theatre was rediscovered in 1951, when the construction of Casa de Cultura uncovered the first archaeological clues. The construction of the gardens was abandoned, and instead excavations began. In 1995 a polemic decision was made to demolish the Casa de la Cultura, which stood over a third of the site. Once the site had been fully excavated, a large scale restoration project began, which proved more difficult than anticipated, as many of the missing pieces are now part of the foundations of the neighbouring Alcazaba.
Girona's historic center
This view of the medieval part of Girona was taken from the "Pont de Ferro" bridge. It is one of several bridges connecting the historic medieval town with modern Girona.
Capturing the minds of not only humans:)
This photo should be part of Volkswagen's advertising campaign for their new 2014 Golf TDI:) Taken in the mountains of Asturias, Spain.
Early morning at Pizzeria Vesubio, Valldemossa
I arrived in Valldemossa around 9:00 while it was still very quiet with very few tourist roaming around its streets... I was looking for a place to get my morning cafe con leche when I came across Pizzeria Vesubio... I can't describe what it was exactly that grabbed my attention, but I knew I had to take this shot becaise I liked the atmosphere that surrounded it... The tables that you see in the photo are part of the street side of this cafe/pizzeria, while I sat down in the main part, which is just across the street to the right. I did have my cafe con leche, but I also had an amazingly delicious queso de cabra salad later that day:)
Christmas over NYC
Empire State Building and Manhattan's Midtown area from the Top of the Rock. I know, I know... This view is far from original, but being a New Yorker, believe it or not, I have never been to the Top of the Rock before today:) It always amazed me how locals fail to see what lies right in from of their eyes in their own city. You really have to transform yourself into being a tourist in order to see and appreciate all of what your home town has to offer... I didn't plan to go the Top of the Rock today since it's not only Christmas, but the weather was kinda dull and uninspiring... I thought to myself, ah, what the hell, let me go and the check the spot out, so that I will be fully prepared for the next time when the weather, the light and the clouds all come together for a spectacular view... This shot isn't meant to impress anybody... I just wanted to share what I saw today with all of you:)
One afternoon in Valldemossa
A candid shot of a local cat in Valldemossa, Mallorca
Brooklyn Bridge from Down Under
Mixed skies over Manhattan Bridge
Valldemossa is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca. With a population of around 2,000, Valldemossa is a quiet and traditional town with narrow streets and lanes constructed with blonde stone, as are the houses. Each doorway and street is lined with beautiful green plants and flowers making the town one of the most beautiful in Mallorca. Many doorways of houses feature a religious symbol of Mallorca's patron saint, Saint Catalina Thomàs to protect their houses from harm, a tradition set many years ago. The landmark that everyone comes to see is the 13th century monastry which has links to the Polish composer Frederic Chopin. Known as the ‘Real Cartuja de Valldemossa’ this is an old Carthusian monastery, originally founded as a royal residence until changed to a monastery in 1399. Writers, artists and composers found inspiration in Valldemossa including composer Chopin, who lived in Valldemossa during the winter of 1838-39. It was at the Real Cartuja that Chopin spent the winter with French writer Aurore Dupin, who was better known as her alias George Stand. In the 1830s the Spanish government confiscated monasteries, and the historic estate was sold to private owners, who have since hosted some prominent guests. These have included the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and his lover the pioneering French writer George Sand (who wrote a notable account of A Winter in Majorca, describing their 1838–39 visit and praising the island's natural beauty but criticizing what she perceived as the prejudice and vices of the natives). Later the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío was host of the Sureda y Montaner families who own the Chartreuse estate. To fight his own nightmares Rubén Dario would sleep in monk habits, however his drinking habits caused a rift with his private hosts and thus his departure from the former monastery and from Majorca. Also Jorge Luis Borges lived in the town with his parents and his sister Norah, after the First World War let them free from their refuge in Geneva. Borges passionate friendship with the young artist Jacobo Sureda Montaner, son of the painter Pilar Montaner, was decisive for Borges writing mainly in Spanish. Since the 19th century Valldemossa has been promoted internationally as a beautiful spot thanks to the affection of a distinguished traveller and cultural writer, the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. In 1956 British composer Joseph Horovitz visited the island, with his wife Anna, on their honeymoon, and later named a clarinet piece, based on Spanish folk-tunes he had heard there, after the village. The village itself is full of charming little streets fileld with cafes, galleries and gift shops. Traditional family bakeries can still be found in Valldemossa and serve up the local delight of ‘coca de patata’ translated to ‘potato cake’. This is infact a sweet cake made with boiled potatoes to form a small and soft bread/sponge textured bun. This is commonly eaten with a coffee or a thick hot chocolate and is a favourite amongst the locals.
Passeig des Born at night, Palma de Mallorca
For more than a century this short, platan tree - lined promenade has been at the heart of city life. It has witnessed fiestas, demonstrations and countless generations of families enjoying an evening stroll. During the Franco era it was renamed after the dictator, but everyone still called it 'the Born'. Now lined with a selection of mid and high range shops, you'll find Zara, Boss and Louis Vuitton here. The central promenade also hosts music and dancing during Palma's many fiestas. Come here to feel the pulse of Palma from a seat at a pavement cafe - Bar Bosch, near the top of the Born in Placa Rei Joan Carles I, is the traditional place. Born is also the home to Ca'n Solleric, a modern art gallery which opened in 1995 in a converted mansion.
Sunrise over Manhattan
View of midtown Manhattan at sunrise from Gantry park in Queens
Girona from Pont de Agusti
This shot was taken from the "Pont de Sant Agusti", which is one of several bridges in Girona that connects the historic medieval part with the modern town center.
Mirador del Fito, Asturias
one of the best and well known view points in Asturias, mirador del Fito offers majestic panoramic views of the Picos de Europa mountain range.
8 Old Fulton Street
Pena Palace, Sintra
A fragment of the Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal. This palace is incredibly beautiful even though it has lost most
sunrise over the village of Lastres
Sunrise over an Asturian fishing village of Lastres.
Alfama at sunrise
Overview of Lisbon's Alfama during sunrise
View of Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges at night
Street view of Manhattan Bridge
Rua do Salitre at night, Lisbon
Lisbon's Rato neighbourhood at night
Fountain on Praca do Rossio, Lisbon
This is a fragment of one of the fountains on Lisbon's Praca do Rossio square
Brooklyn Bridge just after Sunset
Pena Palace, Sintra
Another small fragment of the Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal
Torre de Belem
Tower of Belem lighted by the moon
When in New York City...
This advertising slogan is exactly the way New Yorkers feel and think when it comes to finding a parking spot...
The Hidden Passage of the Pena Palace
One of the many hidden passages inside the Pena National Palace in Sintra.
ancient spring at the Pena palace in Sintra, Portugal
Old Lisbon Tram
Jacaranda trees in Lisbon
Jacaranda trees make Lisbon even more beautiful. This shot was taken on Rua Dom Pedro V street near the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara square.
Mobil Gas Station in Brooklyn, NY
A shot of a Mobil gas station located on Brooklyn's Belt Parkway near Exit 11S
Ornamentation of Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon
This is just a small fragment of Plateresque-style ornamentation inside Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery.
Obelisk at Restauradores Square, Lisbon
The obelisk in the middle of the square, inaugurated in 1886, carries the names and dates of the battles fought during the Portuguese Restoration War, in 1640.
local cafe in Cascais
Rua dos Correeiros is a typical Lisbon street with its cobblestone pedestrian walkways, tram tracks and a church in the distance
Brooklyn Bridge at Dusk
A lovely window composition in the Catalan village of Peratallada
View of the Brooklyn Bridge from Washington Street in Dumbo area of Brooklyn, New York.
Fountains at Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon
This fountain square is part of Lisbon's Interactive Science Museum (Pavilhão do Conhecimento). Very interesting place to visit and it's located in the Expo part of Lisbon, which should be a must on places to visit list when you are in Lisbon
Inside Oriente metro station, Lisbon
A fragment of the wall painting decorating the inside of Oriente metro station in Lisbon
Antonio Ribeiro Chiado
This is a monument to famous Portuguese poet and satirist Antonio Ribeiro Chiado. It is located in the Chiado neighbourhood named after the poet
Sunset over Bar Cuatro Vientos, Asturias
This small bar is located right next to Faro Cabo Peñas lighthouse. There is nothing particulalry special about the place, but when I saw it covered in this golden sunset light, my hands quickly reached for the camera to catch this magical lighting as it was fading really fast. I was in such a rush that I didn't see a black cat and sea gulls until after I took the shot:)
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
Brooklyn ice cream factory at night
Welcome to Park of Nations!
Rua Fernandes Thomaz street in Cascais
Rua Fernandes Thomaz is one of those streets in Cascais that make you feel as if you stepped into a fairy tale
New York Nightlights from across
Lisbon museum of Decorative Arts
Roman bridge in Cangas de Onís, Asturias
The Roman bridge in the ancient capital of Asturias - Cangas de Onís. It was built over the Sella river, which originates in the Picos de Europa mountains that can be seen behind the bridge. Although this site may have been used in Roman times to cross the Sella River, and this may have been the reason for the foundation of Cangas de Onís, the first capital of the Kingdom of Asturias, in fact the current "Roman Bridge” dates to mediaeval times, possibly to the end of the 13th century.Its stylised and graceful outline, and the line of the arches take us back to a Romanesque style in transition to Gothic. It has three slightly pointed arches. The central, under which the river flows, is by far the biggest and is cambered. The two on each side are of different sizes.From the central arch hangs a reproduction of the famous Victory Cross, a work of precious metal dating to the start of the 10th century that is kept in Oviedo Cathedral.
Talking business in B/W
Two Spaniards discussing business over a glass of water - the world is changing...
Inside The Natural History Museum
View of the main hall of London's Natural History Museum
Mountain village, Castilla y León
A small village of Caldevilla de Valdeón. It is located just off LE-2703 in the mountains of Picos de Europa, near a town of Posada de Valdeon in the province of Castilla y Leon, Spain.
Puente del Mar, Valencia
The Puente de la Mar (Sea bridge over Turia river) was rebuilt after flooding in 1591
Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Brooklyn
Photo of the famous Brooklyn pizzeria, Grimaldi's, where they make pizza in a coal brick oven.
Table for two with a view
Port de Soller is a charming little town in the North West of Mallorca island and its full of cool little restaurants with great views over its harbor...
Port de Soller harbor
The inner harbor of Port de Soller
afternoon at Port de Soller
Port de Soller is one of the most charming port towns of Mallorca.
September sunset at Port de Soller, Mallorca
Colors of the golden hour over the Port de Soller marina, Mallorca
Window view, Mallorca
Wouldn't you like to wake up, look out the window and see this view? village of Fornalutx, Mallorca
afternoon in the village of Biniamar, Mallorca
A late afternoon at Placa de La Quintana square in the village of Biniamar. It is a very small, but incredibly charming mountain village with a wonderful overall atmosphere...
A perfect family retreat
I found this house while roaming around the village of Selva in the northwestern part of Mallorca. I love houses built with natural stone, which is something we don't get see often in the US of A where sheetrock and plastic siding seems to be the way to built houses that most people take 30 years to pay off... Anyway, one look at this place was enough for me to wish my whole family could stay there for a nice and long vacation on the island... Very warm and inviting house... The setting is also beautiful as it is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains in the back...
From Central Park into the City
A glimpse of Manhattan's Midtown from the Central Park