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Bratislava is a beautiful little town...have you been yet?
If not, I think you should go. Of course, that's easy for me to say since I am sitting in a chair at home and just typing this on my laptop. But I really do think you should go. It IS a beautiful town, but it's not a large town. It's a manageable town, which is important.
Why is that important? Well, if you are like me and you are in Europe (or anywhere new, really), at every turn your head is spinning because there is so much awesome stuff to see (and in my case, and maybe yours - to point the camera at). I have said that about Paris at least once or more here on the blog, and if I haven't said that about London then I should have.
And that's what I liked about Bratislava. Yes, there's great architecture, churches, bridges, old buildings, a town square, and more. And it's all great to look at, and all great to photograph. But the great thing to me is that the historic town center is fairly compact and easy to navigate. In other words, it's not huge and potentially overwhelming like London or Paris.
And in case you didn't know - it's only about 45 minutes in a car from Vienna, Austria which is a place you are probably going to try and see someday anyways, right? Why not take a little detour and soak up another town, which happens to be in another country, but is still close by?
Or you could take a boat ride down the Danube from Vienna - it's about 2 hours if I recall. And yes, I took the boat ride, and the scenery was fabulous. But I just realized I never posted anything from that little trip here. I need to get busy!. Ok, that's it for today, thanks for swinging by!
This is probably the prettiest view in Bratislava, and I have to say there are a lot of beautiful spots to shoot in this town. Although it is not very large, it packs a lot of awesomeness in a not-too-big space. I loved my visit there, partly due to being able to hang out and shoot this awesome scenery with my friend Miroslav Petrasko (see his awesome work here). He took me up to this incredible spot (I had no idea you could get there) and we shot through a nice sunset and on into this incredible blue hour. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a day!
That’s one of the great things about photography and sharing it online. I have been fortunate to connect with and in many cases meet up with and shoot with talented folks around the globe. We live on a big planet, and so many of us are so far away from each other, but thanks to the wonders of social media, I now have friends in far-flung places. And when you are fortunate enough to get together in person with like-minded folks, it’s an incredible experience.
As I have shared before, I have a thing for doors. They just get to me somehow. So whenever I am out shooting, I am casually scouting out interesting doors too. It's hard because often my mind in pulling me in two directions at once. I usually shoot whatever is closest first, unless the further thing is likely to disappear or change in the span of a few moments. I think of that as being logical, but it's just laziness, probably.
I caught this one while wandering some back streets in Bratislava, Slovakia. It wasn't an overly beautiful door, but I did like the writing above it - although I have no idea what it says. I am a fan of languages, though I really only speak one (apart from Pig Latin haha). That one potted plant sitting there gave it a nice touch, I thought.
Sometimes these little scenes that I capture bring back just as fond a memory of a place as the big cityscapes do. How about you?