COLOSSEO IN ROME

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COLOSSEO IN ROME

Some two thousand years ago, this place was pulsating with activity as crowds roared, animals and men fought to the death in mortal combat. But this time, as I walked around the Colosseo, only the soft crunch of gravel filled the still, morning air.

The sun hadn’t come out yet and an interesting cloud formation hovered over the scene so I decided to shoot this HDR style in order to get better details. So I merged four shots to come up with this image which, I think, captures the atmosphere quite nicely.

BEAUTIFUL BELLAGIO

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Beautiful Bellagio

Stunning! That’s what I could think of when the boat approached Bellagio on that cold morning with clouds partially enveloping the horizon. Straddling the tip of the peninsula that splits Lake Como into two, this holiday destination looks as pretty as a postcard and lives up to all the hype that you read about: splendid hotels and villas with gardens overflowing with flowers that bedazzle your eyes, old cobblestone streets with cozy corners where you could sip your capuccino as you watched the world go by, and great views wherever you turned to look. What else could you ask for!

A VILLA FIT FOR A KING

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A Villa Fit for a King

Driving north to Tremezzo along the road that skirts picturesque Lake Como, I felt the urge to pee and what better place to stop and do the deed than in this grand luxury hotel Villa d’Este with its beautiful Italian Renaissance garden. Commissioned by Cardinal d”Este – the son of the infamous Lucrecia Borgia – in the 14th century, this palatial setting is surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden with troughs, pools and fountains. But the biggest draw is Lake Como itself viewed from behind as you walk around the spacious grounds. I stayed for over two hours (after using the impressive marble-cladded bathroom!), shooting the place from various angles and waiting for the sudden downpour to stop.

(Shot with a Nikon D300s in Cernobbio, Italy)

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