There are not many countries in the world that are blessed with so much beauty as Croatia. From the peaks of the Dinaric Alps to the shores of the Adriatic, wherever you turn there is a picture-perfect spot to photograph. You can’t put your camera down. Croatia is one of those countries that will look amazing through any photo lens, regardless how skilled of a photographer you are. Its scenery is so impeccably beautiful, that you can’t go wrong with it. The following list sums up what I consider Croatia’s most beautiful sites. If you have never visited Croatia, my list may give you some ideas of where to go for your next holiday in Europe.
Towering over the waterfront of Kungsholmen island Stadshuset or Stockholm City Hall flaunts its redbrick façade and 100-meter tall bell tower topped with the Three Crowns of Sweden. It is most likely the city’s most impressive…
The beautiful region of Sörmland is home to many lavish and elegant estates, vestiges of a time when wealthy landowners controlled the agricultural production of Sweden. Set on the Swedish Baltic coast, about 80 km south of Stockholm, the Nynäs manor and nature reserve is the largest in the in the province of Södermanland. The estate encompasses over 8000 acres of beautiful nature and historic small towns, like Trosa and Nyköping.
The manor house which was built in the late 17th century by the influential Gyllenstierna family, is considered today one of the best preserved historical houses open to the public in Sweden, still displaying the original art and furniture from more than three centuries ago. That is very valuable because it gives today’s visitor a good idea about the lifestyle of the Swedish aristocracy from the late 1600s up to the early 20th century. Continue Reading
Just a few miles north of Paso Robles, in the middle of the Hunter-Liggett Military Base, lies the most remote mission in California. Mission San Antonio de Padua was the 3rd mission build by Father Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded the first nine of the 21 Spanish missions between San Francisco and San Diego.
A Brief History
The site was chosen specifically due to the large number of Salinan Indians that inhabited the area, whom the Spanish priests wanted to christianize. The story says that in his zeal to continue north and establish more missions, Padre Junipero Serra hang what was to be the church bell on an oak tree and after a short Mass of dedication, left Padres Buenaventura Sitjar and Miguel Pieras to build the mission. The construction lasted a couple of years (1771-1773).
Between 1801 and 1805 the mission enjoyed a lot of prosperity. There were about 1,300 Indians working on the premises, in the wool spinning shop, the tannery, the carpenter shop, or at the stables. In 1834, after taking over California, Mexico decided to end the mission and sell the land. But after the Spanish left, the Indians couldn’t take care of the mission and the value of the Continue Reading
Many people think the North American Desert region is this arid land where nothing grows. A landscape dominated by sand and rocks. Moreover, the mere thought of walking through the desert creates visions of sun-bleached bones and ill-fated travelers struggling to survive under the merciless sun. But in reality this desert hides a lot of nice surprises. It can be stunningly beautiful, quite green and really enjoyable. You just have to choose the right place and the right time to visit it.
One of my favorite hikes in California is the Tahquitz Canyon in the Sonoran Desert of the Coachella Valley, next to Palm Springs. This is a moderate hike that follows a narrow valley and culminates with a really beautiful waterfall. Continue Reading