I braved the cold weather in Budapest to take this shot of the Freedom Bridge from up the hill. This bridge apparently was named after Emperor Franz Joseph I, but the Hungarians didn’t admire the Emperor as much as his wife, Elizabeth of Austria, so they prefer to call this bridge “Freedom Bridge” instead. It was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed according to the original plans in 1946.
I have always wanted to visit Sofia and the opportunity came this year. I was visiting Vienna and decided at the last minute to spend a few days there. What an eye-opener it was! The city has much to offer. Lots of historical places to admire. Easy to travel around. The people are friendly. And, above all, quite reasonably cheap. The photo above is considered to be the biggest Orthodox Church in all of Bulgaria. It is called the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
From the veranda of my hotel room in Lourdes, France, I was able to admire the Chateau fort de Lourdes, once a castle since the 8th century, a royal prison from the 15th century, and a museum from the 20th century to the present.
A night scene of a street in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, not far from the manger square.
A walk through the streets of Cartagena, Colombia at night is like walking back in time.