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Plan a perfect trip to Budapest

You may be reading this post is because of the two main reasons. You’ve already decided to take a trip to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Or you’re just looking for a beautiful city to spend a few days or a weekend. Anyway, the post is right for you to get to know some interesting […]

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You may be reading this post is because of the two main reasons. You’ve already decided to take a trip to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Or you’re just looking for a beautiful city to spend a few days or a weekend. Anyway, the post is right for you to get to know some interesting facts and pieces of advice that help you plan a perfect trip to this outstanding place.

Practical tip

Remember about the money exchange. Although Hungary is a member of the European Union their actual currency is Hungarian forint. You will save some money if you exchange it before the flight. At the airport the rates are usually higher. With the Hungarian forints in your pocket, you are ready to explore this magnificent city.

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Paris of the East

You can see a variety of architectural styles there. Every district has its own unique features typical for the period that it was built – an eternal sign of the historical times. There are a lot of adjectives that can describe Budapest according to his millennial history. But there is one name really worth mentioning. Some people call it the Paris of the East due to the many similarities to the capital of France. Andrassy Avenue is sometimes recognized as the Hungarian Champs Elyseed. It’s a representative boulevard full of shops, boutiques and restaurants, the centre of the shopping and fashion. And it is also not so distant from another vibrant and historical avenue Vaci Utca famous for his typical corner shops and cafè bars.

Budapest came from the union of three ancient cities crossed by the river Danube– Buda, Obuda and Pest. That is a great explanation for the name origin and for the existence of many famous bridges in the city. Of course, they play a practical role in transportation but they also have a great aesthetic value. You can see Liberty Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Arpad Bridge… Each of them has its own style. It’s a perfect idea to take a walk on the bridges to see Budapest from a different perspective!

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What to see

There are a lot of places to visit, starting with the immense palace complex Buda Castle or an impressive Hungarian Parliament Building in the beautiful Pest district. Another amazing location that you cannot miss is the Margarita Island on the Danube in front of the Obuda part of the city.

Another idea to admire the city wonders is to take a cruise excursion. Don’t hesitate to choose a night for this kind of sightseeing. Illuminated city, especially in the area of the Parliament looks very impressive and you won’t forget that view for a long time. Sometimes it is also possibility to eat the dinner on a cruise. Surely it won’t be cheap but it’s a good way to feel this unforgettable evening Budapest mood.

For those who prefer an organized form of sightseeing, there are many guided tours that offer a packet of 10 best locations of the city. It’s a short way to reach the essential points of the Budapest in a few hours. You can travel through the entire city by bus that stops in the most famous places such as Heroes Square or Monuments Park to spend some time there, take photos or just to chill out.

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Relax zone

Referring to the historical heritage, there is one more interesting fact. As the relics of the Roman Empire culture, there are more than fifty spa spots for every taste. But the most known is surely the Széchenyi, one of the biggest spa of all Europe and, maybe, the most beautiful! It was the first spa of the city located in centre of the City Park. The object is full of mosaics and statues and there are 5 swimming pools and twelve thermal baths. With less than 10 euro you can spend a very relaxing day in the classical Hungarian’s style.

Thanks to its history, monuments, picturesque streets, squares, avenues and bridges Budapest is, indeed, one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. And it is also one of the most recommended destination for all the pockets.

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Written by Stefano Salera

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6 Amazing Photograph Opportunities in Sin City

6 Amazing Photograph Opportunities in Sin City No Las Vegas shindig is complete without maxing out the memory card of your digital camera. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just randomly snap pictures throughout your vacation. Taking pictures in a city that’s teeming with life and countless photo opportunities 24/7 means that you need […]

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6 Amazing Photograph Opportunities in Sin City

No Las Vegas shindig is complete without maxing out the memory card of your digital camera. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just randomly snap pictures throughout your vacation. Taking pictures in a city that’s teeming with life and countless photo opportunities 24/7 means that you need a plan. Let us help you out with this short list of interesting places/events to shoot.

1. The Neon Museum 

Remember those classic neon signs you used to see in really old photos of Vegas? A bunch of them ended up in The Neon Museum.

Forbes points out that the museum is home to the weird and wonderful signs from the businesses that used to dominate the famed Las Vegas Strip. This includes dry cleaning services, random advertising, defunct casinos, and even “Nevada’s best fried chicken”. Since the museum was founded in 1996, the people behind it have been dedicated to collecting and preserving these signs as vital and educational pieces of Las Vegas history. The outdoor exhibition space aka the Neon Boneyard is a particularly impressive sight to behold.

2. Elvis Impersonators Everywhere

The King’s legacy is still very much alive and well in Las Vegas. Whether you’re in a casino, wedding chapel, or checking out one of Vegas’ many street stages, you’re likely to find the trademark hair, sideburns, sunglasses, and glittering white jumpsuit being donned by at least one Elvis fanatic. Try and take a picture of every one you see, and then later, pick out which ones did the best job of channeling The King.

3. The Bliss Dance Sculpture

As a city that’s known for its entertainment value, you’re also going to find a bunch of art everywhere. One of these is called the Bliss Dance sculpture. Created by artist Marco Cochrane, this impressive 40-foot public sculpture first appeared at the music festival Burning Man. Today, you can visit it Park Avenue – the part of The Park between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York. You literally can’t miss this awesome artwork, which Vital Vegas explains took approximately 10,000 hours to construct.

4. The Stratosphere

Speaking of things that are impossible to miss, the Stratosphere tower is literally the tallest structure in Las Vegas. Standing at 1, 149 feet or 350 meters tall, it’s home to four thrilling rides: The X- Scream, Insanity, SkyJump, and Big Shot. Even if you’re not planning to test your mental and physical limits with these thrill rides, the tower is an awesome vantage point for taking unique photos. Although Las Vegas Review Journal reveals that there’s currently a legal debate over whether or not the Stratosphere is technically located on the famed Vegas Strip, don’t worry about it because it’s really easy to find.

5. The Wynn

Almost all casinos in Vegas boast that they are the most elegant. In the category of looks alone, this ideal elegance is perhaps best exhibited by The Wynn. From the flower-filled lobby to the unparalleled view of the city from its subtly whimsical suites, being in The Wynn almost feels like being in the latest Wes Anderson movie. And the Telegraph agrees as they gave The Wynn a 9 out of 10  score for style & character.

6 . The Bellagio

Every tourist has a shot of The Bellagio and its majestic fountains. It’s up to you to capture an image that’s uniquely yours. On weekdays, the fountains’ water shows run for half-hour intervals from 3PM to 7PM and then 15-minute intervals from 7PM till midnight, while PartyPoker states that the show starts at 12 noon on weekends. So no need worry, as there are plenty of photo opportunities to experiment with.

We understand here at Photler that a little research goes a long way in composing good shots. Remember: as Ansel Adams said, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand”.

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Aeroe – a photogenic fairytale island in Southern Denmark

Copenhagen. The first, and often only, thing mentioned when Denmark is brought up as a travel destination. But like most other countries, Denmark is so much more than its proud capital city. This Nordic country might be smaller than its big brothers further north, but being largely based on islands it means it is “bigger […]

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Copenhagen. The first, and often only, thing mentioned when Denmark is brought up as a travel destination. But like most other countries, Denmark is so much more than its proud capital city. This Nordic country might be smaller than its big brothers further north, but being largely based on islands it means it is “bigger than its body”, offering thousands of kilometres of coastline and beaches. In fact there is said to be about 10.000 islands in Denmark – not including the Faeroe Islands and Greenland, that are both a part of the Danish kingdom.

Some islands are large enough to not really feel like islands at all – but there are so many smaller ones to explore, that most Danes haven’t even been visiting themselves. So where do you start? The answer is Ærø – which withouth Danish letters transforms to the easier pronounced Aeroe. An island in the South Funen Archipelago, not far from the North of Germany, and connected by car-carrying ferries from Svendborg and Faaborg on the larger island of Funen, and from Fynshav in the southern part of Jutland.

Romantic Ærøskøbing

Why exactly Ærø you may ask? And the answer is simple. Because this 88 km2 island is extremely photogenic and picturesque, and acts like an all-you-can shoot buffet for any trigger-hungry photographer. After all it’s one of Denmark’s most romantic islands, and is therefore also a very popular wedding-destination – with its capital Ærøskøbing known as the best kept 17th century town Denmark has to offer.

A highly charming capital clad in colours and cobbled streets, and packed with exciting details to go hunting with your camera. Not at least on a sunny summer’s day, when the ice cream shops draw long queues across the idylic squares – and visitors enjoy their smoked fish dishes at tables outside. Another unique Ærø speciality is the neatly decorated doors and frames, which are like art individual art pieces, and make for a nice collection of photos on a walk around town.

Colourful beach huts

Not far from the town centre of Ærøskøbing a string of multi-coloured beach huts will attract further attention, and they will beg for you to photograph them, just a stone’s throw from the ocean. So will the beach huts and houses at Erik’s Hale (Erik’s Tail) near the cosy town centre of Marstal. Including the iconic red and green hut with the thatched roof – known to be used on guidebook covers. Marstal is the second most populous town on the island, located on the eastern tip. A favourite with visitors arriving by sail boat, and a place where you can learn more about the island’s maritime history at the local museum.

Travelling to the other end of the island you will come across the 16th century manor Søbygaard, which is another photogenic highlight – reflecting its tiled roof in the moat, while being surrounded by some of the island’s most scenic nature. A nature worth exploring by car or bike, but if you depend on public transport you will be delighted to know that all busses are free on the island.

Photos and text by Brian Schæfer Dreyer / travelooneyblog.com

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3 Best Ways For Editing Your Travel Photos On The Go

3 Best Ways For Editing Your Travel Photos On The Go Learning travel photography has been an unbelievable journey over the last few years. Nevertheless, something actually astonishing happened when I finally learned photo post processing techniques with Adobe Lightroom. During travel, it is very difficult to devote time for photo editing because you are […]

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3 Best Ways For Editing Your Travel Photos On The Go

Learning travel photography has been an unbelievable journey over the last few years. Nevertheless, something actually astonishing happened when I finally learned photo post processing techniques with Adobe Lightroom.

During travel, it is very difficult to devote time for photo editing because you are always on the go, and there is no time to waste on Photoshop. However, there are 3 great ways to save your time on it and share your colorful photographs with your friends on Instagram and Facebook right now, and not after arrival at home.

Method 1 – Using Lightroom photo editing while traveling

The Lightroom presets are the quickest way to edit your travel photos naturally. You need to pre-download several bundles of LR presets, and they’ll make all color corrections and endow your photos with unique styles.

To convey the brightness and juiciness of nature, use free Lightroom landscape presets. Apply them to various travel images where you capture the nature, beautiful sceneries, lands, lakes and rivers. They will correct shadows and play with color palette. Editing the landscape photos is very simple and pleasant. Simply – because you do not need to correct your skin imperfections, reshape your body, but it’s nice because these photos are our emotions and memories of the trip and new acquaintances.

To show the freshness of the morning in the woods or the first rays of the sun’s warmth apply free sunrise Lightroom presets, which will not only improve the quality of your photos but also hide the small light flaws.

When you want to share with friends or relatives a romantic moment during the sunset, but your photos turn out to be darkened, the Lightroom sunset presets free will come to the rescue. After using them, the photos will be ready for publication in social networks to collect a bunch of likes and enthusiastic comments.

Method 2 – Is VSCO filters a new standard in mobile photography?

One of the best photo editing applications VSCO offers a myriad of filters for travelers. They can edit their photos directly on the smartphone, quickly applying plugins to images and experimenting with colors.

The VSCO user-friendly design application can also be used as a gallery for viewing the compatibility of photos before publication and as a photo editor.

The app can be downloaded online for Android and iOS devices. Among them you will definitely find a favorite filter for your travel-photos, which you will use. Spend less time on the phone, but get more impressions and more new photos.

Method 3 – Snapseed adds drama effect.

This is a Google editor, which allows you to make a selective correction, create a film effect or add a Bokeh effect. This application will be easy to use for Photoshop professionals, but also those who have never used pocket photo editors in their life. You will be able to get used to the application, trying to apply the effects of double exposure, noir, coarse grain or selective correction.

The advantage of SnapSeed in front of VSCO is that it independently determines the genre of the image (portrait, landscape, etc.) and prompts the user for possible tools for work.

The tools of this application will help you quickly cope with the editing of photos directly on the smartphone and continue the walk/sightseeing/communication further.

Take time to travel, not to edit photos. Collect impressions and store them in memory or on beautiful photos.

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