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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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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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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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Amsterdam airport Schiphol

I love Amsterdam airport (Schiphol). In addition to the excellent service and design, it has a great observation platform from which you can watch the functioning of the airport. In other countries, it is absolutely forbidden. But here a lot of people can personally observe everything. You will be surprised by the fact how many people are involved in the process of airport so we could fly safely. I have never even thought before how it is complicated and well organized. Here you can stand for hours watching the process of loading of aircrafts and other technological processes taking place here. I wish other countries and airports have adopted a similar idea.

Amazing Fact:

Schiphol is ranking as Europe’s 4th busiest and the world’s 16th busiest by total passenger traffic in 2012. It also ranks as the world’s 5th busiest by international passenger traffic.

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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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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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Rain Man

This is a philosophical sculpture of Rain Man, which during any weather looks at the sky and sees … a drop.  Nothing else, even if the sun shines brightly in this world. This is the concept – probably about the limitations an individual human being has. Dramatic sky allows to emphasise the meaning of the sculpture. This statue is located on the Landscape Avenue in the centre of Kiev. If you’re in Kiev, be sure to visit this place, it has collected a number of modern art sculptures. And there is a good observation point on Kiev too.

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View of Mountain Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of the island of Borneo. Its height is about 4090 meters. There is a reserve around the mountain that is called Kinabalu national park.  It is located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The reserve covers an area of 754 square kilometeres surrounding Mount Kinabalu.

If desired, you can climb to the top with an organised group and see the sunrise. This challenge is not for weak people. Once you reach the peak you will be given a certificate of conquering the top. By the way, Mount Kinabalu had been declared as “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO.

We were very fortunate that the peak of the mountain was pretty clear visible. Our guide said the top of the mountain is almost never seen because of the constant cloud cover. Here it rains regularly throughout the year, so the slopes of the mountains are green and covered with dense vegetation. If you take a look at the centre of the photography you can see a waterfall.

Amazing fact: 

Mount Kinabalu National Park has over 5,000 different species of plants and animals, including 326 bird species and over 100 mammal species. Biologists estimate that the park has a staggering number of plant species—probably between 5,000 and 6,000 species—more than are found in North America and Europe combined.

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