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Ivana and Gianni are a Slovakian and Italian couple who have been traveling around the world since 2012. They blog at NomadIsBeautiful.com I met them in Athens last October and asked them if they would be willing to do a guest photo essay for my site. They agreed and quickly got me the photos. However, because of my travel schedule, new blog launch, and sheer forgetfulness, I didn’t get around to post it until now.
The subject they chose for their photo essay was “The Blue Hour”. That time of the evening just after sunset where the sky has a blueish tint, but the isn’t totally black yet.
In addition to their website, you can also view their photography on Instagram.
An impressive temple in the old city of Chiang Mai. Although it’s ruined, it’s an active place of worship and “monk chats” run by Buddhist monks.
I was amazed by the colours of the dawn while leaving the Orkney Islands with a ferry.
One of the most charming cities in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The uniqueness of the city lies in ancient cave dwellings, a lot of which are inhabited today.
Baroque art is spread all through the city of Lecce and this cathedral is a perfect example of historical sites that you can find while visiting the “heel of the boot” in Italy.
One of my favorite perspectives when taking pictures is a bird’s-eye view. This is taken from the top of the Mount Lycabettus as the night lights started to shine.
The great thing about Iceland is that if you go there in the right season, you can catch an amazing light also at 3.35 am. This photo was taken in June and I can still remember the magic feeling while walking along the empty and silent port.
Even in the most remote and “forgotten” places you can find an inspiration. This photo was taken in a city of northeast Thailand during the celebration of Chinese New Year.
I was sitting in a pizzeria waiting for a storm to pass, when suddenly the puddles on the street turned red. This is the view you could see a few minutes after the rain stopped.
Having an early morning stroll can bring you this kind of views.
Compared to other photos from the series, this photograph was taken in freezing weather in Poland. It was January and the temperature dropped down a lot for my standards.
Fishermen of all generations getting ready for the night catching in a small town in the Antique province.
This might look like a common church, but in reality it’s the base for “La Notte della Taranta”, one of the Italy’s biggest folk music festivals or also a small football playground, as I could witness last summer.
I went to take some pictures of the main sites in Bangkok for the “blue hour”, but this tuk-tuk driver and his “disco” lights fit perfectly into the colorful scene of the city, too.
You can get a stunning view of this beautiful historical town in western Ukraine if you climb the highest point called “Vysokyy Zamok” (The High Castle” in Ukrainian).
The main square with the only hotel and the only pub in town.
A gazebo Chinese shrine near the central park in Udon Thani, often visited by runners and people who have a walk near the river.
An Extraordinary event in Chiang Mai that happens every year: International Alms Offering to 10,000 Buddhist monks. The whole street behind the old town is covered by orange robes and people who come to attend this special ceremony.
The majestic sight of the largest city in Turkey, known also as the “Blue Mosque”.
When it comes to interacting with locals while traveling, markets and street food stalls are the best places where to start from. This photo was taken during a loud evening where the smell and the smoke of the food mingled with vendors shouting out their menu and prices in different languages.
The main square of the city near the sea just calmed down after a hot day.