We stayed one night in Bucharest ahead of a much longer holiday in Romania. These images include: the Romanian Athenaeum; the Museo Nationale George Enescu; and the Kretzulescu Church.
We stayed in a quayside hotel by the Tyne for a couple of nights. It is a lovely area and these shots include: the Gateshead Millenium Bridge; the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Sage Gateshead; the Malmaison hotel; a view of Newcastle from the Baltic Centre; and an exhibit at the Baltic which makes the the main stairwell look as though it goes on forever.
Lisbon feels and looks like a city being rebuilt. Buildings, roads, monuments and more are being reconstructed, repaired or replaced. I had to work hard to find images that did not contain cranes, diggers or scaffolding…. These shots include: the Elavador de Santa Justa; the Praco do Comercio (with a crane in the background); Santa Engracia church; and even a beautiful piece of Lalique jewellery from the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.
This 17th century tower is quite extraordinary. It was originally built as an astronomical observatory and it has an equestrian staircase – yes, a staircase for horses! The circular staircase has no steps, it is a gradual slope of bricks that will take you (and your horse) from the top to the bottom. I’m not sure they allow horses in these days – but a walk to the top gives you fantastic views over Copenhagen.
This is a must see place for culture lovers in Copenhagen – particularly if you like sculpture. They had great exhibitions of Gauguin’s paintings and Degas’ sculpture when we were there and they have excellent permanent collections of both French and Danish art. They also have a great cafe located in a beautiful atrium.
We spent one beautiful, sunny day in Malmö. These shots try to capture: the contrast of traditional buildings with the three towers of the Malmö Live; the extraordinary urban cycle parks; the Oresund bridge; the fabulous Turning Torso building; the intriguing wall of streaming taps from Vastra Hamnen; and canoeing toward the windmill in King’s Park.
Copenhagen is full of interesting historical statues and buildings and some fabulous modern architecture. This group includes: the statue of Frederick V in the Amalienborg Palace Square; the Marble Church; the roof top statue of Mercury; some of the spires from Tivoli Gardens; and the Henning Larsen designed Opera House.