Photos

Share your favourite photos here, and say why they are special.

Gurpal’s photo:

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The Rock Garden in Chandigarh, where artworks are made from waste material.

I have visited many gardens in my life, but here I would like to talk about the rock garden in Chandigarh. It is very different from conventional gardens as there are no trees or plants in it.

I went there last year with my family. We saw a lot of places like the Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake, the Mini-Zoo and the Rock Garden.

The Rock Garden by Nek Chand is very interesting because it is made entirely of trash. We spent two hours there and took a lot of photographs. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. But the best thing about the Rock Garden is that each of its artworks has been made by using waste material.

The Rock Garden has become immensely popular. People come from all over the world to see this amazing garden.

Gurpal Singh Jopal

Editor’s Note: It reminds me of the Parc Guell in Barcelona. It is clearly well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Artur’s Photo:

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Artur’s daughter Julia with St. Francis of Assisi.

One of my favourite photos is this one of my daughter Julia. I took the photo in the summer of 2013 (in July) when I was on holiday in Italy with my family (with my wife, our two daughters – Julia and Sara, our nephew Maciek, and my mum).

We were in Italy for two weeks, mainly in Rome, but we spent one day in Assisi – and there is where I took this photo.

I like this photo because it reminds me of the beauty of the world and the true meaning of life. Saint Francis of Assisi looks with calm in the distance. My older daughter Julia, who was then 9 years old, first tried to see what the poor little man of Assisi was looking at, then she thought and leaned on his shoulder. Time stopped. We were tired after a day of sightseeing but happy. Assisi is a beautiful place where everyone can experience peace and beauty. Julia reminds me of Saint Francis of Assisi because she is a good-hearted girl who is sensitive to  other people and the beauty of nature.

I have the photo on my computer with other photos of Italy. I like to go back to it. On my next vacation I would like to go to Assisi with my family again, this time for a few days.

Marta’s Photo:

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One of my favourite photos is this one of the Paris roofs.

I took this photo in April of 2015 when I was an holiday with my family in Paris, in France.

That morning, my dad and I went to the Pompidou Center museum. 

The Center is a great architectural work and we didn’t want to miss it.

Indeed my dad is an Architect and at that time I was studying to became an architect.

The art collection was wonderful but I really loved the roof terrace!

The building was in the center of Paris and it was quite tall so we could see a lot of buildings and monuments.

There was a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower! In the background there were some great skyscrapers.

The roofs were special because they were made of slate and they contrasted with the sky.

I love this photo because it reminds me a wonderful trip with my parents and my uncles.

I have this photo on the screensaver of my computer as well as on my iPhone.

Federico Writes:

Hi Michael.
One of my favorite photos is the one where my girlfriend is in the garden of our hotel room. I took it last summer while we were in Sardinia. I love this photo because it encapsulates all the beauty of the holiday. Obviously my girlfriend posted the photo on every social network.

 Michaela writes:

Hi Michael, one of my favourite photos is one of my mum Ada.
I took the photo on 6 May of 2016, when we were celebrating her birthday.
We were in a restaurant in Rome. It is a very special restaurant, because inside it looks like a forest, so there are trees with the branches that reach to the ceiling. In the middle of photo is my mum. When I took the photo, my mum was smiling and clapping her hands, because it was time to blow out the candles. That night mum was 50 years old.
I really like this photo because the room is dark, but the candles on the cake illuminates my mother’s face, so her beautiful smile and bright eyes capture all the attention. It reminds me of a lovely night, we had a good time and my mum was always cheerful.
I have the photo on my phone in my favourite photos and on my computer with other photos of that wonderful night.

Michaela

 Andrea Writes

Hey guys,

this is my favorite photo. I took it last summer when i was in holiday with my girlfriend.
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Andrea’s photo

This picture is the Lago di Parcines, a fantastic place near Merano, in the north of Italy. When I saw this wonderful view I decided to stop and take a photo. The colors were fantastic and the atmosphere was amazing. I think this is one of the best views I have never seen in my life and I will never forget this magic place.

 Carlo Antonio Writes:

While I was looking for some photos stored on my pc. I found this photo, which is very quaint !

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Carlo Antonio in Munich

I believe it is sure . Now I remember ! It is during a training course for my job.

The subjects were highly attractive and juicy. Very easy to understand the subjects……………………
Sorry it’s a prank . My wife took a picture of me during a wonderful trip to Munich.
Carlo Antonio

Michele Writes:

One of my favourite photos is this one of the Tower Bridge in London.

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Tower Bridge, London. Photo by Michele

I took the photo two years ago on a short holiday with my wife and her parents.

We were near the Thames embankment. In the centre of the scene is the Tower Bridge and behind it the Shard.

I love this photo because I like the contrast between old and modern architecture.

I have the photo in my phone and on my Instagram.

Carlo Writes:

Here below you can find the story of a special photo :

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This photo was taken in June 2015 in Brussels. The picture shows a moment in a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo. Two hundred years ago,  on June 18th, 1815 there took place one of the most dreadful battles in European history. At that time, sixty seven thousand British and forty eight thousand Prussians joined to fight against seventy four thousand French who wanted the control of all European States. This date the armies of the Duke of Wellington and of Field Marshal von Blücher won against Napoleon’s soldiers. The dead were more than twenty five thousand and the wounded were nearly ten thousand. After that the United Kingdom exiled Napoleon to the island of St Helena.

In the photo we see British soldiers march against French army and some officers on horse are giving orders. The photos is full of smoke all around the landscape.    

It was very exciting for me to watch and participate in this representation. There were thousands of people, full of emotion and historical elements. I felt great.

Giulia writes:

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This photo was taken two years ago in Fregene.
This picture shows a sunset over the sea.
When the sun sets, the sky takes on many colors.
This is really the most beautiful time of day.
When I can I go to the sea in the evening to enjoy this spectacle.
My favorite picture is this one and when I look at it, I feel calm.

Maria Writes:

My favourite picture is one with me and my niece. I am holding her in a tender embrace and we both have our eyes closed.

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The photo was taken by my brother who wanted to capture that moment. I have uploaded it to the Internet. I got plenty of likes in a short time.

But my really favourite photo is of me and my friend where we are smiling.

 Gioacchino writes:

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Hi Michael
One of my favourite photos is one of my brother and me during an evening of live music.The photo was taken in the autumn of 2014 when he was on holiday in Rome. I like it because it represented the strong relationship we have and because I have a funny memory of that night.

Many thanks Gioacchino! This is a very nice photo.

Giovanni Writes:

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When I took this photo I was in NY in late 2013, in August with my girl friend, Carmen. This was our first time outside Europe and our first time in NY (since then I have been twice more).

In the photo I took Brooklyn bridge, one of the most important bridges in the World. Carmen and I were very excited… We were looking at the landscape and the lights… while the camera stayed on its tripod…

The photo was taken from “Dumbo”, a park in Brooklyn near the bridge, on a Canon EOS 650D. It was a warm evening and it was 7 PM (we were very hungry but this panorama was so beautiful!!!!).

I think that this photo is one of the best that I have ever taken. I love NY and I love photography!

Paola Writes:

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This photo is a Selfie and was taken two years ago in Milan.
I went to a conference with my collegues who are in the photo.
We work together in Rome.
I love this photo because it reminds me of a beautiful moment when we were all happy not only for the course but also because we spent a few days having fun.
These occasions are intended for work but they are especially important because I think that working in harmony is the secret of success.

Simone Writes:

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One of my favourite photos is this one of me and my grandfather.

 Sabrina Writes:

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This is my daughter at her first important party.
She spent an entire afternoon getting dressed.
Kildy her Brother helped her, to look wonderful. The party went very well, and she was very happy.

 Claudia writes:

Here is my favourite photo. I choose this photo:
 Claudia in the pool
I was at a swimming pool. A photographer took “the original” photo in Spring of 2013, when I had just finished a race. I didn’t win but I improved my record time.
 
I have modified and made it like this. I only changed the colours.
 
I was in Rome at the “Salaria Sporting Center”, where the Italian Paralimpic Swimming Championships were being held.
 
In this photo I wore the team’s swimming cap and black swimming glasses. My mouth was open because I was getting my breath back. I keep the photo on my Facebook profile and I keep a copy on the wall in my bedroom.

Maria Elena writes:

Maria Elena and her husband on holiday.

Maria Elena and her husband on holiday.

 I like this picture because she reminds me of Last summer when I was in Thailand. In the foreground we see a young man and a young woman riding an elephant. The guys are smiling and they are quite tunned, maybe they are on holiday and they went to the beach!
The girl is leaning on the shoulder of the man Who is perhaps her boyfriend or her husband. They are looking in the same direction to someone who is doing the photo.
In the centre we can see an elephant rising the trunk.
In the background there is a lot of plants and it l’ok as if they are in the jungle.

Ada writes:

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“These are our cats. The black cat is called Romeo, the other is called Clelia. 

They were small strays a few months before this photo was taken. When I went with my husband to the cat colony “Cats of Torre Argentina” in Rome to adopt a kitten, they attracted our attention. Clelia curled up and relaxed in my arms. Romeo was afraid, but he played with me through the bars of his cage. 

Both of them softened our hearts. I’m sure now that they have chosen us. 

When I look at this photo I feel full of tenderness and serenity. They are home now, they are not afraid and are no longer alone. 

We have found two new friends to play and share cuddles.”

 Giuliano writes: “My favorite photo is the victory of the Lazio team in the European Super Cup in 1999, while the captain of the team Alessandro Nesta was lifting the cup.

Giuliano_imageThis photo is very important to me because I watched this match in the Montecarlo stadium and this was the first match that I watched in a stadium.

In the center of the photo Nesta is holding the cup high. Behind him are some players celebrating the victory. From left to right they are:

Dejan Stankovic, Marcelo Salas (who scored the winning goal), Giuseppe Favalli, Diego Simeone, Marco Ballotta and Paolo Negro. On the left next to Nesta is Prince Albert of Monaco, applauding the players.

Marco took this photo in Morea, Polynesia:

My favorite picture is this one, taken in the summer of 2010 in the clear waters of a small island in French Polynesia called Morea. This island is opposite  Tahiti. A Polynesian woman took us in her boat to see the fauna and flora of these seabeds.

I remember perfectly the blue coral, the smell of shells which is the perfume of life, rain and small sharks. The photo was taken by her, I cannot remember her name, but she was very beautiful, with long black hair and wore a sarong and blacks and a necklace of blue flowers on her head. She gave us some pieces of fresh tuna with which we could play with the stingrays and birds.

It was enough to stand still in the water with the arm raised and a piece of tuna in my hand that small birds came to pick him up.

Every time I look at this picture I think of this wonderful adventure that will never return and I can only imagine to be there again.

Leonardo took this picture on holiday in Saudi Arabia:

I took this photo on the sly. I was in Saudi Arabia, in the winter of 2009 during my Christmas Holidays.

I was with my parents in a mall in Riyadh, one of the places where contradictions become apparent.

In front of me was a group of women.  All women wear the same dress, known as an “Abaya”.  One shape, one color: black. Only the eyes sometimes remain visible.

When I took the photo the mall was open but the shops were closed because it was time for prayer. During the day there are five prayer times and everything stops.

I hope that this world, so closed at the moment, will give way to an equitable democracy.

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18 Responses

  1. Hi Michael.
    One of my favorite photos is the one where my girlfriend is in the garden of our hotel room. I took it last summer while we were in Sardinia. I love this photo because it encapsulates all the beauty of the holiday. Obviously my girlfriend posted the photo on every social network.

  2. Many thanks for this, Michela! Some small corrections:
    “It is a special restaurant”
    “because it was time to blow out the candles”

    Great!
    Editor

  3. One of my favorite pictur is one ,i took on Ischia in October . I visited the Aragonese Castle where there are many viewpounts, and from one of these i took a picture where you see the sea and the village of Ischia.
    It is really a beautiful Island which has a very nice sea as well.
    It is peaceful and i know there is peace and giù can enjoy the country without too many people.

    Bye bye

  4. While I was looking for some photos stored on my pc. I found this photo, wich is very quaint !
    I believe. It is sure . Now I remember ! It is during a training course for my job.
    The subjects were highly attractive and juicy. Very easy to understand the subjects……………………
    Sorry it’s a prank . My wife took a picture of me during a wonderful trip to Munich.
    Carlo Antonio

  5. Hi Michael
    This photo was taken two years ago in Fregene.
    This picture shows a sunset over the sea.
    When the sun sets, the sky takes on many colors.
    This is really the most beautiful time of day.
    When I can I go to the sea in the evening to enjoy this spectacle.
    My favorite picture is this one and when I look at it, I fell calm.
    Giulia

    • Hello Giulia! Thanks very much for this. I am now going to copy your comment to the main page, above, with corrections, and I’ll add your photo too. Come back to this space!
      Just one mistake: wrong verb! “I feel clam”, not “I fell calm.” The verbs “feel” and “fall” are often confused; maybe we need a mini=lesson.

  6. Hi Michael
    One of my favourite photos is one of my brother and I during an evening of live music.The foto was taken in the autumn of 2014 when he was on holiday in Rome.I like it because it rappresented the strong relationship we have and because I have a funny memory of that night.

    Gioacchino

    • Many thanks Gioacchino! The next thing to do is send me your photo via email and then I can post it on this page, with your text. Let’s talk about it next lesson.
      – MIke

  7. My favourite photo
    My favourite photo is that of myself as a child. That photo was taken was by my father .In that photo my younger sister and I are hugging and she is kissing me . We are on the balcony of our family house and we are both wearing cotton pyjamas sewn by my mother. I love that photo because it’s very tender and it reminds me of my childhood , full of simple and familiar moments. That photo is on the wall in my daughter’s bedroom. It’s an enlargement of a small black and white photo which dates back to the Sixties . It’s a present by my sister. I don’t like uploading personal photos on Facebook. I prefer sharing them with my friends and family and not with other people

    Hello Lucia! This is a very nice article. Here are two small corrections:

    “cotton pyjamas sewn by my mother” => “cotton pyjamas made by my mother”
    “It’s a present by my sister” => “It’s a present from my sister”

    Continue writing!
    Mike

  8. Hy Mike,
    could you put in this blog my text with photos ‘About London’ I sent you last month, please?
    I didn’t manage to do it.
    Many thanks.

    Filomena

  9. Hi Michael, hi Friends
    This week-end my brother Francesco has invited me to go with him for a trip to mount Argentario to practice drawing his gammon.
    The sky it was veiled, the sea was calm, and it was warm, so we decided to reach the island of Giglio to see the wreck of the Costa Concordia. The passage lasted 25 minutes, the wreck was dramatic and imposing, but it was sad to think of all those dead.
    The photo taken from the pier of Giglio porto shows me and my brother with the Concordia on the Background.

  10. Hi Mike,
    I took the foto in the summer in the “Red Beach” when I was on holiday in Santorini.
    When I was in Greece, in the morning i liked doing excursions around the island. In the afternoon I used to go beach.
    “Red Beach” is beautiful and takes its name from the color of the sand.
    There was one problem: I was a bit difficult to get to because the terrain was steep and you needed tennis shoes.
    I keep this foto on the wall in my bedroom.
    When I came back to Italy it was a sunny day, but I missed this wonderful place.

    • Hi Angela! I have put your photo and text on the main part of the page. So later, I will delete your post as it is already on the page. Many thanks for your text and your wonderful photo!

  11. hello Everyone,
    I’d like like download on this blog some photos of my travels in recent times.can help me to put my pictures here? Thanks S.

  12. Hi, I’d like to put on this blog my favorite photo, but I can’t do it.
    Is there enybody to tell me how can I do it?
    I’m waiting news from you.
    Catia

    • Hi Catia! I suggest you send both your text and photo to me personally. Then it will be very easy for me to post it straight onto our magazine. I hope this helps …!

  13. I choose a photo of Michael Ivy “Pedrera House” for my composition for more reasons:
    First, because I must ask teacher’s pardon for the delay of my homework.
    Second, because this photo reminds me of a wonderful holyday in Barcelona and
    third because in this photo I see a high (or considerable) expression of the human art.
    At Christmas in 2006 I and my husband stayed in Barcelona for four days and we had a good time.
    Barcelona is a beautiful city, rich in monuments, churchs, museum and foreign students.
    In particularly, Barcelona is identified as the city of the architect Antoni Gaudì. He created many buildings and artistic works. A few of most famous are Casa Milà o Casa Pedrera, Casa Batllò, Sagrada Familia e Parc Güell.
    Casa Pedrera is considered highly international patrimony of the Unesco and a beatiful architectural building in the catalan city, but the most original part are the chimney-pots. They look like the human faces that judge from above, while seen from near they are incredibly surrealistic and evocative objects.
    When I visited Casa Pedrera and Casa Batllò I tried a new feeling, in which the old aesthetic canons were substituted for new canons, difficult to define.
    This photo gives me similar emotions because the space occupied by the artistic chimney-pots of Gaudì contrasts with the presence of naturalistic elements as sky and a common visitor and it disclose the theatricalism of the human art.

  14. Hi Michael
    This is my favourite photo because it’s a part of Imperial history’s Rome.
    In the winter every week-end my boyfriend and me we went to discovery Rome,this area is called ostiense. This place is magic because pyramid remembers history of Egipt and also the solid geometry rather than to the sides door have two old towers which bilding in the same period.
    when I took the photo I were inside English cemetery and it was a beautiful day, blue sky and white clouds.
    This place is visited by a lot of turist from all over the word because it’s the most important for History, for business and it’s near a Tevere river.
    One day I’ll leave there. I hope….
    I keep this photo in the my desktop .
    Rita

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