My partner and I just returned from a week-long cruise in the Mediterranean, hitting Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes and Palma, Majorca. It was a wonderful trip with lots to see and even more to photograph.
It was a major challenge, though, to play the dual role of photographer and tourist at the same time. And we had little flexibility due to the cruise’s tour schedules – we visited the cities mostly during the day and had to return to the ship usually by 6 p.m., so I didn’t have the opportunity for night photography.
Still, it was a wonderful experience to take in the sights with a photographer’s eye.
These are a few images from our first night/day in Barcelona and a day in Naples. I’ll continue to share more from our trip over the next few days.
Another view of the Piazza del Plebiscite, from the steps of the church of San Francesco di Paola.
One of the many narrow streets that make up Naples.
Galleria Umberto I is a public shopping gallery in Naples, named for Umberto I, King of Italy at the time of construction. The building is a high and spacious cross-shaped structure, topped by the glass dome shown here.
Just one of the lights outside the Plaça Sant Jaume in Barcelona, where the Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia and City Hall are located across from one another.
A man standing under an archway on Via Toledo, or Via Roma, a major shopping pedestrian street in Naples.
A fishmonger in one of the sidestreets of Naples.
Shooting in broad daylight meant for some harsh lighting, but also makes for some great shadows. This is inside the Palau del Lloctinent courtyard in Barcelona.
The view from Castel Sant’Elmo, which is a medieval fortress located on a hilltop near the Certosa di San Martino, overlooking Naples. On the horizon is Mount Vesuvius.
Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as the Barcelona Cathedral.