Planet Instagram : Europe Edition

Instagram has been such a revelation in getting images out in front of millions of people, the birth of the influencer and brands getting cheap advertising also finding their way to new eyes and ways to make money.

What happened to the guy who just liked to take pictures ? Well this is what this is all about. I will be selecting a few locations around the world with peoples shots that are maybe using Instagram for enjoyment and recognition from their peers (there may even be the odd mobile phone shot sneaking in if it’s good).

I will only be writing about locations I have visited, even if its only in passing to get to somewhere else. So come with me for a trip around the world with weekly updates of three locations you will want to visit.

Please don’t forget to like, follow and comment on my recommendations on Instagram.

Prague, Czech Republic

One of the most stunning cities you can visit in Europe, as you cross the Charles Bridge that was built in 1402 into the old town you will find some architecture dating back centuries and overlooked by the Gothic cathedral up on the hill where it’s clear how Prague got it’s nickname City of a Hundred Spires.

What’s great about Prague is the level of photography targets are high, I mean in many numbers. You will find the people, architecture and culture all full of things to photograph. Look out for the Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Square and the Jerusalem Synagogue as highlights to visit.

Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken sits about an hours drive or 50 odd miles south east of Bern and has lots of places around the many large lakes to explore. Interlaken town itself sits between two large lakes, one each side, to the East is Lake Brienz which goes all the way to the small village called Brienz. Looking out to the West the lake is called Lake Thun which reaches up to, you guessed it, the the town of Thun. Both towns are worth going to explore too.

The scenery here is breathtaking with lots of super clear water to shoot through and snow caped alp mountains surrounding the lakes in summer as well as the winter time make framing your landscape a doddle.

Sintra Mountains, Portugal

A completely magical mountain paradise awaits, with hiking trails which lead to almost countless vistas and scenery that will blow you away. Also one of the must under visited places I have been for mountain hiking with little footfall getting in the way of photography.

Best times to go are sunset and sundown but between there are Castelo dos Mouros (a well kept castle) and Quinta da Regaleira which is a palace & gardens with underground passages, a chapel and visitors museum. Both will kill enough time for you to be entertained with your camera all day long.

Take decent hiking boots and lots of batteries.

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