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Venetian Ristorante

Calm Venetian night. I enjoy walking in the streets at night. Venetian streets are absolutely magical at night when crowds of the tourists are gone. There are so many great places to explore here.

This city hasn’t been changed much in the past 500 years. This is unbelievable but true! It’s great to get lost in the streets of Venice at night.

Amazing Fact:

An average of 50,000 tourists per day visit the historic center of Venice.

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Peaceful day

Calm and peaceful day on Borneo. Mother nature at its best!  I am hearing whisper in the wind and the gentle breeze touches my skin.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

– Albert Einstein

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Summer evening

This photo is one of my earliest works, and I think it belongs to the best ones. It is important for me so that the shot retains the memories of the wonderfully spent summer with lots of interesting adventures. The road on the picture is always calling me to move forward. Looking at this road I always want to go on a journey searching for new adventures! The road awaits you too!

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The Louvre in the last rays of the day

Although many people think that the modern glass pyramid in the centre disfigures the Louvre, I do not agree with them. It’s like the highlight which highlights the Louvre from the rest of French chateaux. It seems to connect the past and the present. And certainly it pleases the photographers! I almost have not seen pictures of the louvre without the pyramid.

Amazing Fact:

The Louvre has 8.5 million visitors a year and is the most visited museum in the world!

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Singapore center at evening

Business Centre in Singapore at sunset. Due to the humid climate there are always great clouds here, and as a consequence there are captivating sunrises and sunsets here too. On the left side in the distance you can see the Singapore port. It is world’s largest and busiest port.

Singapore is a well-developed country. It has a highly developed and successful free-market economy. Singapore is one of the world’s leading business centres and a major destination for foreign investment. Anti-corruption laws are well enforced. Singapore has most open economy for international trade and investment.

Amazing Fact:

Singapore has the 40th largest economy in the world while Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometres.

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Pirate ship

Pirate ship holds of which are full of gold! Childish dreams come true in Disneyland. From the time I was a little kid, I was dreaming about going to Disneyland, but the first time I did it I was 32. When I went there I was not really hoping for something special and was quite skeptical. But I was wrong. Disneyland allowed me to feel like a kid again! It is a great place both for adult and children.

Amazing Fact:

In 2012 Paris Disneyland had about 15.5 million visitors compared to 8.4 million for Paris’ Louvre museum and 6.6 million for the Eiffel Tower.

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The Church of the Holy Trinity in Chernihov

Chernihov is one of the Old Slavonic capitals and it is famous for its churches. In ancient times it was one of the largest cities in Kievan Russia. Now Chernihov is a small quiet country town with beautiful churches, interesting museums, Antonievi caves and the picturesque nature around. Here it is a leisurely life. I relate the most pleasant memories with Chernihov.

Аmazing Fact:

The Church of the Holy Trinity was built in 1695. It was building for almost 17 years.

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Dramatic winter sunset

Winter sunset over Kiev. It is a view of the residential area “Obolon”. In order to make this shot I didn’t have to go or climb somewhere. It’s just the view from my window. One day, looking out of the window I saw the unusual lighting of the lowering sun in the clouds and could not resist taking the picture.

  • Peter

    This is beautiful! love your blog. great photos!

  • Dima

    Thank you so much, Peter! It inspires me! 🙂

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Bologna towers at night

It was primarily prestigious to have your own tower in medieval Bologna. The higher and bigger the tower was, the richer was its owner. What is it for and what to do with it, didn’t matter at all. In 12-13 centuries, Bologna had 80-100 towers, according to some sources. Now the city has less than 20 towers.

On this photo you can see two most famous towers in Bologna. The higher one is Azinelli (97 m), and the lower one is Garizenda (48 m). As you can see the two towers are inclined. They are supported by special cables strung around them from collapsing.

You can climb the top of the Azinelli – it is the best observation deck overlooking the city. Do not miss the chance to see whole Bologna from the top!

Amazing fact:

Bologna is the culinary capital of Italy.

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Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples is all what left from the ancient city of Agrigento. It was a great and rich city. It was founded by the Greeks around 580 BC. Now only few ruined temples are left from Agrigento. And nothing else but memories… What seemed eternal and indestructible to the ancient people now it is almost disappeared. I think everything that seems now commonplace and eternal sooner or later will go into oblivion. And our future descendants will dig the ground and imagine how we lived – the people of the XXI century.

The photo shows one of the best preserved ancient temples – the temple of the Concordia – one of the best preserved Doric temples in the world. So the guides tell you. Although historians are not sure about this temple.

Amazing fact:

Much of ancient Agrakas still remains to be excavated! Many mysteries are still waiting to be discovered…

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Divine light

It was a gloomy and cloudy day. Walking around the city, we decided to climb the highest tower in Bologna. Bologna is a unique city that managed to maintain its antiquity. From the very top of the tower we saw a spectacular view. Unfortunately the clouds were so gloomy that I wasn’t even hoping to make a slightly interesting shot. But at the same time, I didn’t have another chance to do it as we were leaving Bologna the next day. And suddenly, a miracle happened – the clouds dispersed and the divine light came pouring down from the top. At such moments, I begin to believe in divine miracles!

Amazing fact:

Bologna  is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna. It was founded in 1088.

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Sunset over the river Selangor in Malaysia

Peaceful sunset on the river. In fact, it wasn’t so peaceful at all. It was a terrible shot. A huge pile of mosquitoes attacked me and they bit me badly as well. I quickly took a couple of shots and ran away, hoping that mosquitoes were not malarial  :)).   I can’t even close imagine how people live on this river and have lived hundreds of years before us. After all, there was not even mosquito repellent before. But a lot of people live in houses on stilts on the river for hundreds of years and make money with fishing. It remains a mystery to me how they manage to get along with these mosquitoes. And it used to be a home to crocodiles before!

Amazing Fact:

Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals. Males feed on flower nectar.

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View of the Florence

We were walking all day around Florence, and by the end of the day by chance entered this observation point. The fact that this is the best point for taking photos of Florence was confirmed  by the presence of many photographers with tripods. And I was one of them! I was very lucky with the weather conditions – very cute little clouds completed the panoramic view of Florence. On this image you can see almost all the major attractions of Florence. I am very satisfied with this shot and consider it one of the best works of mine.

On this photo you can see:
– At the centre of the photo you can see the Duomo (Florence’s most famous Cathedral).
– Slightly to the left there is a tower of the castle Palazzo Vecchio.
– Along the left side of the river the very first bridge is Ponte Vecchio.

Amazing Fact:

Standard Italian language that the entire country uses to this day comes from the Florentine dialect.

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Maldivian sunrise

Calm sunrise in the Maldives. The sea is quiet and the fish are not scared away by the screaming and floating tourists yet. Fish come very close to the shore searching for food. The water is so transparent that they are clearly visible. Among the fish coming close to the shore early in the morning, sometimes I even saw small reef sharks. Despite their intimidating appearance the sharks are safe for humans.

In the Maldives, every sunset and sunrise is great because of the huge and beautiful clouds. The damp climate and evaporation give photographers a chance to get another masterpiece.

Amazing Fact:

Maldives is the lowest country in the world. Its ground level is averaged at 1.6 meters.

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The Colosseum from the inside

Many people know how Colosseum looks like from the outside but not everyone knows what it looks like inside. It has a very complicated structure!Colosseum is kind of great-grandfather of modern stadiums. Everything is very thought out here – there are sectors, an elaborate system of entrance and the numbering of rows and seats. Almost the same what we have now at our stadiums. But only 2,000 years earlier…

On this photo you can see the complex structures that are located underneath the scene. They allowed to do special effects during the performance: the sudden appearance of animals and new characters, change of scenery.

To go to the Colosseum for the ancient people was the same as for the modern to see the action movie – but there were real people and animals dying because of absence of cinema.  Interests of people for the past thousands years hasn’t really changed.

Amazing Fact:

It is estimated that the shows that were held in the Colosseum for hundreds of years have taken the lives of about 500,000 people and over a million of wild animals. It must be the most bloody place on the Earth.

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Sunrise in the paradise…

The first minutes of another sunny day on the Maldives. These paradise islands always have stunning sunrises and sunsets. I get up early every morning here to meet the dawn. And nature favoured me with amazing shots.

Amazing Fact:

The Maldives has about 200 inhabited islands.

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Château de Chenonceau

One of the most famous and visited castles in France. It is unusual by the fact that it is located entirely on the river. The castle is about 500 years old. Château de Chenonceau has many well preserved interiors, so it is very interesting not only outside but inside as well. Not many people know, but it is privately owned, and thus turned into a museum and is opened to public.

If you like old castles, I strongly recommend you to go by car through the Loire Valley in France. There is a huge number of ancient castles located just 20 minutes drive from each other, or even less. I am sure you will love it!

Amazing Fact:

Château de Chenonceau was preserved from destroying during the French Revolution, only because it was used as a bridge to cross the river, being the only one within many miles.

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Sunrise over Singapore

Singapore has the largest port in the world. A huge number of ships are waiting for their turn to come into the port. It seems like this is not a reality, but a computer game. Invading force on many ships is coming to the shore and getting ready to attack. Just about the great battle to begin. The action takes place not on the Earth but on the another planet.

At the centre of the photo you can see the Park “Gardens by the bay”. If you take a look on the left side of the picture you will see The Conservatory Complex.  It comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Very extraordinary human-made sights – strongly recommend to visit if you are going to Singapore.

Amazing Facts:

1. These  conservatories won “World Building of the Year” Award at World Architecture Festival 2012.
2. Flower Dome is the worlds largest glasshouse without columns.

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Quiet night in Rome. Ponte Sisto.

Everything is wrapped in history in Rome. For example, here is the bridge more than 530 years old. It was built in 1479, that is before America was discovered. Only think about this! And it is still in use. Imagine only how many people have passed on it at all times. And this bridge is still in a great shape!!!

Amazing Fact:

This bridge was built on the site of an old ruined Roman bridge Pons Aurelius. People are using same place to cross the river for about 2000 years!

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Maritime Experiential Museum in Singapore

Singapore Aquarium is the largest one in the world, as the information by the cash desk says. Besides the Aquarium there is an excellent Maritime Museum, that tells us about the development of navigation in Asia. Children are just happy to visit this museum!  There are so many different awesome things that you can touch and pull. It is fun place for kids. When I was young I would love to visit such a museum.

By the way! This shot was made on the last day of the year 2012.

Amazing fact:

New York City (786 sq km) is slightly larger than Singapore and Tokyo (2,187 sq km) is three times bigger.

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