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Basilica Santa Maria Della Salute

After finding this spot during the day, and getting some pictures at sunset (HERE), I came back early in the morning to capture the sunrise over the beautiful Basilica Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice.

I set up my tripod, found a great composition and wait for the sun to rise.
As it was moving over the horizon, coloring the poles of the pier with a golden light, I was lucky enough to catch its reflection in one of the iron prow-head of a gondola.

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The flooded Stairs

As a photographer, you sometimes have to venture out the main roads to grab a nice picture.
On my short stay in Plitivice National Park, one of the path was closed due to high water level.
I still went ahead in the closed path and the trail was actually flooded by the waterfall. Some part of it had even collapsed under the water.
In spite of that, I choose to continue on my way, being really careful. I pulled up my pants and soaked my shoes in the cold water.
Here is the way down!

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In the background we can see the wooden path from which I took this picture :

Inside San Giorgio Cathedral

This is a picture I took in the San Giorgio Cathedral in Ferrara, northern Italy.
Saint George is the patron saint of the city of Ferrara which was qualified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site for its beauty and its cultural importance.
I wandered around with my tripod and all my gear, taking time to capture the nave but I was quickly told by a guard that the use of tripod wasn’t allowed inside…
I went for the exit and kneeled down in front of the altar, discreetly taking one or two pictures of the devout folks praying.

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San Giorgio Maggiore

This is one of the many amazing views that Venice has to offer.
It was my first time in Venice, first time in Italy, and I have to admit that I loved it. The cities are amazing, filled with historical monuments, the food is great and not that expensive, and the Italian language is a delight to hear!
Anyway, I spend few days in the Queen of the Adriatic and I took some pretty good pictures, here is the first one.
This is the island of San Giorgio Maggiore seen from the gondola pontoon of the San Marco square.

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Autumn in Croatia

If you wonder how is Croatia during November, here it is.

I took this picture in Plitvice National Park, it is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.
The park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is composed of 16 lakes interconnected by dozens of waterfalls, from small to huge.
The infrastructures are pretty good, and you can hike around the whole park on wooden path like the one you see at the left bottom.

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Sunrise over Mont Saint Michel

I was in Paris few days ago and I decided to go see the Mont Saint Michel which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is truly an amazing island. You can walk there during low tides but it is surrounded by water on high tides.
The island is composed of small well conserved houses surrounding a huge abbey which sits on top of the city.
The abbey itself is a marvel of architecture and a visit is a must see despite the 9 euros you have to pay.
I woke up around 6:30 to go for a one hour hike in the swamp of the bay, guided by my compass, so the sun would rise in the good place for a picture. It was worth it, I was welcomed by a wonderful sunrise, clouds in the skies reflecting the red and orange light all over. Here is the result.

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

This is a picture from France, to change a bit 😀
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a small village located in a narrow valley close to the gorge of the Hérault River.
The village looks medieval and is one of The most beautiful villages of France. As it is situated along St James’ Way, the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella, its Abbey was designated UNESCO World Heritages site.
The Abbey is really beautiful and sit in the middle of the village, close to a small waterfall. Built in 804, it sadly became part of the list of the “national properties” during the french revolution (1789) and was sold to resolve the financial crisis that was undergoing at that time.
The monastery was then used as a spinning mill till the beginning of the 20th century where it was restored by the “Monuments historiques” administration.
But around the same time, an american collector bought a big piece of the cloister of the abbey, along with some sculpture, and rebuild it on the other side of the Atlantic ocean.
The cloister is now sitting on Manhattan island, in The Cloisters museum in New York.