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Salzburg Panorama

Panorama of Salzburg

Panorama of Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg, Austria, offers a view of the old town of Salzburg from one side, and a beautiful Alpine landscape on the other.

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Prague Skyline

Photograph of Prague Skyline

Photograph of Prague Skyline

Prague, like many European cities, has a wonderful blend of two opposite kinds of architecture: historical and modern. In this photograph, both of these types of architecture can be seen.

In the center of this photograph is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful buildings in all of Prague: the Church of Saint Nicholas. If one looks closely, the two black spires of another church can also be seen to the right of the massive green dome. On the other side of the dome, however, there is evidence of Prague’s modern side. Three skyscrapers dominate the skyline, and looking closely, one can see cranes in operation, perhaps constructing more, even taller buildings.

While development and infrastructural expansion is inevitable in cities all around the world, it should not come at the cost of the loss of historical heritage. It is the duty of city councils, builders and citizens to ensure that development is carried out responsibly and in a manner that is not threatening to historically or culturally valuable buildings. Prague is a fine example of a city where the historical heritage has been well preserved.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Wanderlust“)

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Monochrome

Photograph of Prague

Photograph of Prague

Though lacking hue, monochromatic images often have more character than their coloured counterparts. In a coloured image, the colours stand out and draw all the attention of the viewer. Hence little or no attention is given to other important aspects of the image such as texture, shadow and contrast. In a monochrome photograph, however, without the presence of distracting colours, it is much easier to examine and admire these aspects of the image.

Prague’s Old Town in the heart of the Czech capital is a place like no other. Walking down the narrow, cobbled streets flanked by small, neat buildings and the occasional church is a unique experience that can be matched by few others. Hours at end can be wiled away with ease on these streets, just roaming around, taking in the architectural beauty and rich history of the surroundings. Despite the crowds of tourists, there is an atmosphere of tranquillity that is becoming exceedingly difficult to find in modern cities. There is no traffic, no sense of urgency and nobody telling you to hurry along. There is something unique and exciting to be found at almost every corner, from a Museum of Torture Devices to a shop dedicated solely to clocks. Prague is truly a city unlike any other in the world, and it is not difficult to see why tourists so love it.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Monochromatic“)

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Hallstatt

Hallstatt in Austria is a village that features on lists such as “Europe’s most beautiful villages”, and it’s not difficult to see why. Nestled within the Austrian Alps near Salzburg, Hallstatt has all the ingredients of a picture postcard village: it is small, with only around 1000 permanent inhabitants; it it located on the border of a lake; it is surrounded by hills in every direction; it has a small-town atmosphere, where everyone seems to know each other.

While travelling in Austria, we decided to visit Hallstatt on the way from Vienna to Salzburg. It turned out to be a wonderful decision, as the day was spent very well. Setting out from Vienna in the morning, we first stopped at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Melk Abbey. The huge monastery in the tiny village of Melk is one of Austria’s architectural jewels. After that we headed for Hallstatt, but inevitably got lost in the mountainous roads. We stumbled upon some very picturesque spots: beautiful secluded lakes with crystal-clear water with mountains rising in the backdrop. In the afternoon we arrived in Hallstatt. With almost no urban influence, the town retains much of its charm and quiet. Wandering the paths along the lake and exploring the colourfully decorated houses took up the next few hours of our time. In the evening we departed from Hallstatt and headed to Salzburg, but not before taking one last spectacular photograph of the parking lot where our car was parked! See photographs from the day below.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: ”
Ambience“, “Today Was a Good Day“)