Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]
Europe
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost and smallest of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark is a sovereign state that comprises Denmark proper and two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The country consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand and Funen. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate.
Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland), is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe. It includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With about 82 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union.
Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Northern Europe. A peninsula with the Gulf of Finland to the south and the Gulf of Bothnia to the west, the country has land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east. Estonia is south of the country across the Gulf of Finland. Finland is a Nordic country situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia, which also includes Scandinavia.
Iceland, an outpost of Europe, located on the Arctic Circle but not much colder than England; the Gulf Stream is warming. The island is sparsely populated and the nature, especially in the north, is largely undisturbed. The incredible tranquillity on the beaches; the sound of the sea; the cries of the breeding birds visiting the island during the summer; all these bewitches the visitor. The colours are incredibly intense, the days are long and the streets broad and very little traffic. On the journey I have only travelled the western part of the island, but I'm really excited. Maybe this is due to the weather luck; the sun was mostly shining but it can also be very rough up there.
Italy our neighboring country, roughly three hours drive from Zurich; longing of many Northern Europeans in the sixties of the last century. Who has not heard of Rimini, Tuscany, Florence or Pisa? I'm already been there against 20 times in previous years with the family, in the recent past with friends. Italy still fascinates me, the food is excellent and the people very friendly and open minded.
If I can choose, I prefer mountains and exotic countries more than flat and windy European ones. But I was often in the Netherlands visiting friends. On such trips I have, of course, my camera with me and try to take nice shots, even if the weather is not very pleasant (as it is was January 2007). During other stays, I was much luckier and therefore the pictures from different years differ in "color intensity".
North Cape, crossing the polar circle, the midnight sun, fjords, nature and spectacular landscapes, in short the impressions of Norway. An absolutely fantastic country, and worth a trip.
A bit forgotten from the Western World in the east of Europe is Silesia, former a part of the German Empire, now a province of Poland. Changeable history, various occupiers and deeply faithful people have left their mark. Now, more than 20 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, many buildings have been renovated (of course the European Championship in football has helped), the infrastructure is at a good level and the cities are slowly discovered by tourists.
Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. To the west and south it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east and north by Spain. The Portugal–Spain border is 1,214 kilometres (754 miles) long and considered the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union. The republic also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino, also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. Its size is just over 61 km2 (24 sq mi), with a population of 33,562. Its capital is the City of San Marino and its largest city is Dogana. San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe.
Sweden was our first and last destination on the three-week trip to Scandinavia. Unfortunately we had bad luck with the weather in the first days, five days of continuous rain, so we went faster through the country than originally planned. In addition to many mosquitoes, fortunately we had a mosquito net, the country is characterized by water, forest and few people. The further north, the more solitary it becomes. After returning from the North Cape, we then traveled south along the east coast, this time in fine weather. This coast is quite lively, offers interesting destinations and many small places with houses, which we would call typical "Swedish" in Southern Europe.
Switzerland, the country where I live and work. Unfortunately not very often, but as often as possible, I am out there to take pictures of our nature in shape and color. My home country is quite diverse, the Alps, the Jura, many lakes and rivers.
Hiking is one of my hobbies. If I find time, I also undertake smaller excursions to find impressive places to take pictures.
Czech Republic, Prague, the golden city, was long-time one of the most important places in Europe. The city charmed away by her beauty and the architectural styling of all different eras. Unfortunately, the city, like many European cities, has become quite touristy. A trip to the Petrin, the mountain above the town makes it possible to escape from the crowds and be rewarded with an impressive view of the city.
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