Following on my last post, here is a view of the little down harbour, another peaceful place to enjoy a post-dinner walk. Looking towards the own you can see Fortress Palamidi, the Venetia-build fortress up on the hill, and if you turn around you cans the venetian fortress of Bourtzi Castle, another Venetian-built fortress. It is such a lovely place to spend a few days.
Naplio is a charming little down in the Penepolese in Greece. I could spend hours wondering around the cobbled streets, looking at the wonderful old buildings and squares. It is so quiet and peaceful; I can see why it is such a popular weekend destination for the Athenians.
Another view of the beautiful Warsaw Castle at night; this time with the city walls in the foreground.
Warsaw Castle is lit up at night, and the centre of activity in the city. There are lots of restaurants where you can have a meal and a drink, or you can just wonder around the square enjoying the historic architecture.
And of course the predictable trinkets, hustlers and street performer are in abundance. So enjoy the shows, but watch your pockets closely.
This is one of those photos that I am really happy with – it made the high up a mountain in the dark at night worth it – ok it was a walk on a path up a hill, but it was at night and it was pitch dark! I would so love to get that same shot without the cranes and scaffolding, but it think it will be a few years before that is at all possible!
In my previous post, I told you how I had to climb to the top of Philopappos hill in the middle of the night for a shot of the Acropolis.
Here is Philopappos Monument at the top of the hill. There is not much to say about Philopappos (his was a prominent Greek in the Roman Empire, he died in 116 AD, and his sister build the tomb in his honour).
To get this picture, I had to climb to the top of Philopappos hill in the middle of the night. Philopappos Hill is basically a wooded nature reserve with lovely windy paths, which meander to Philopappos Monument, from which you have this amazing view of the Acropolis.
But it is pitch dark at night, so it was with great effort that I carried myself, my camera, lenses and a tripod to the top of the hill. Did I mention that the street dogs in Athens sleep on the hill at night? I was constantly being barked at by dogs that I couldn’t see in the dark!
I think it was worth it though; I love the view from here. You can see the Parthenon on the right, with the Propylaea on the left (basically the entrance or gateway to the Acropolis complex).
In my next post I will show you the Philopappos Monument.
Last night I went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers gig at Cape Town Stadium, and while I was not able to take my SLR with me (and my trusty fully charged point and shoot’s battery mysteriously died), I was still able to snap this panaroma off on my phone.
Not too bad for a phone.
After the previous two action photos, here is something to mellow down a little with. This was a long exposure (30 second) shot taken on the rocks of Muzienberg beach just after sunset. No, there is no HDR processing involved. This is just how it came out.
Here is another shot from the same shoot – enjoy!