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Rome Pictures – Photo Essay

Our favourite Rome Pictures from our recent trip. An iconic city to photograph and so easy to do as well.



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Rome has quickly raced into my top 3 favourite cities to photograph. Around ever corner is another exquisite structure that seems to have been crafted from a single block of genius.

Each is a masterpiece in its own right. And if any single one of these buildings, statues or monuments were located in any other city in the world then people would flock to that city for that one structure. Amazingly Rome has some how managed to cram all of these handcrafted icons within walking distance of one another.

I wanted to capture a few of my favourites in such a way that I would do them justice. Hopefully I succeeded. I present…

Rome in Monochrome

Ancient Roman Colosseum

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Easily the most famous building in Rome and by far my favourite. Adela got pretty sick of me shooting the Roman Colosseum under every lighting condition from every angle.

Fontana del Tritone

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We were walking home one afternoon and came across this Piazza with this wonderful statue in the middle. No idea who he is but it is brilliant.

Arco di Tito in the Roman Forum

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We went to the Roman Forum to pick up our Ancient Roman Colosseum tickets the day before. We ended up spending over 3 hours wandering the ruins. Only left because we were starving!

Roman Bicycle

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Even every day objects seem to be placed in such a way that make this city different to so many others we have been to.

Piazza del Popolo

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Located in the heart of the Baroque district.

Unknown Soldier Tomb

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One of the best monuments I have ever seen. Fantastic panoramas from the rooftop as well.

St Peter’s Basilica

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Crowded with tourists but still worthy of a visit.

Trevi Fountain

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Probably the best fountain we have ever laid eyes upon. Although we did see it’s twin in Las Vegas!

Vatican Museum

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I snapped off this shot really quickly above the heads of the tourist hordes and turns out it is one of my favourites.

Foro di Augusto

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Buildings like this are spread throughout Rome. Incredible.

What do you think? Do you like the black and white photos or prefer colour?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Laurence

    June 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Love the use of black and white with these shots, nice work 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 6:47 AM

      Was a bit of an experiment but seems to have paid off! 🙂

  2. Kelly

    June 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Great shots! It makes me very excited to visit! Usually I take all my shots in colour but I actually really like black and white. They give a really nice feeling.

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 6:51 AM

      Cheers Kelly. Seemed to fit the ancient city a little bit more than colour. Probably should have done colour and black/white side by side 🙂

  3. Ayngelina

    June 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I love black and white photos, they strip away unneeded detail especially when looking at architecture.

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM

      Totally agree Ayngelina! Just suited Rome down to the ground.

  4. The Rowdy Chowgirl

    June 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    I love the black and white! These pictures are all about the details and lines, and I think the black and white really enhances that. Nice!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      Thanks! Rome just made it really easy to create these images. All I had to do was click the button haha.

  5. Christina

    June 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    I like your Arco di Tito and Roman bicycle photos best. I love B&W photography, and I think to capture a certain atmosphere I would prefer it over colour. Love your black and white photo tour of Rome!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 6:57 AM

      I was stoked to come across that bike. And actually decided to start photographing doors yesterday as there are so many cool ones around Italy. Random but hopefully creates a cool album!

  6. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    June 19, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    You’re so right that ordinary objects become extraordinary in Rome. And the extraordinary object? Mind blowing!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 6:58 AM

      Cheers Karen. That bike was just down a random alley so were really stoked when we stumbled across it 🙂

  7. Turtle

    June 19, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    I find it really hard to get points of difference with all the landmarks in Italy. You’ve done a great job here, though!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 6:59 AM

      Thanks Michael. Thought I might have overdone it with all the b&w but seems to have worked 🙂

  8. Shanna Schultz

    June 19, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    I didn’t know that you could go to the top of the Unknown Soldiers Monument! We will give that a go next time, thanks for the amazing photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM

      Cost 7 euros to get to the top. Was cool up there but we only sent myself up while Adela stayed at the bottom. She was happy enough checking out the photos afterwards haha.

  9. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    June 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Rome is such an awesome place, and seeing it in monochrome is a different spin on an old classic. I haven’t been there since 2009, but I’d love to make it next year for another whirl. Still my all-time favorite city in the world, right up there with London.

    • Cole Burmester

      June 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Hmmm can’t agree with London but we do love Rome! Can’t wait to get back there again in a few weeks. Hopefully will return plenty of times 🙂

  10. Vera

    June 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Wow, great pictures with a lot of atmosphere! But also: your fourth sentence describes pretty much what amazes me about Rome -you just keep falling over awesome art, and you always stop and stare and just don’t get used to it! Last but not least: I’m glad I finally found out that my favourite building in Rome is called “The unknown soldier’s tomb” -I heard the Italians (do you actually say Romans? I mean, Romans are the guys from way back when, you know, “The life of Brian” and everything, right?) call it “Mussolini’s typewriter” and was stuck with that… Anyway: cool post, Cole:)!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      I know officially that is what they (I think you call them Roman’s) call the building. Not sure about a nickname though but Mussolini’s typewriter does fit haha.

  11. Angela

    June 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Lovely pictures, they do justice to Rome’s majesty!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Thanks Angela! Was a bit worried that the pictures wouldn’t portray exactly how much we adored Rome but I think we managed alright 🙂

  12. EurotripTips

    June 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Sooo beautiful! Bella Roma 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      June 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

  13. Ali

    June 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I almost always prefer color photos, but I do really enjoy black and white. These are some great shots! (Must get back to Italy soon…)

    • Cole Burmester

      June 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      We would head back in a heartbeat! And agree that we prefer colour shots too. For some reason I just felt B/W would work best for Rome.

  14. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    June 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    That bike photo is awesome! I love these photos in B&W – it really makes them pop.

    And this is random, but what did you think of the Colosseum? When we saw it our first thought was “Isn’t it supposed to be…. bigger?” =P

    • Cole Burmester

      June 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Loved the Colosseum! Was by far my (Cole’s) favourite. Can’t believe they could fit 60,000 or more inside it!

  15. Andrew

    June 25, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    My experience in Rome to date has been a slice of pizza across from the main train station. There wasn’t time for more, but really even the bits of ruins from the train to the airport were impressive. It is definitely on our list to see more of it. I did enjoy my pizza though.

    • Cole Burmester

      June 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Can’t beat pizza in Italy! I have dough running through my veins at the moment haha.

  16. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    June 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    These all look great in black and white.

  17. Jenna

    July 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Great collection of photos. I love that you used black and white. It really highlights the lines, especially in the architecture.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Thanks Jenna! I think the Black and White helped too. Kind of wish I did colour and black and white side by side 🙂

  18. Matt Gibson

    July 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Nice photos! Are you entering the Capture the Colour contest?

  19. Cheryl

    July 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Agree, Roma is one of the best cities on earth! Cool making all of your shots B & W.

  20. Escaping Abroad

    July 20, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Loving the black and white! That shot of the Colosseum is a winner!

  21. Zorica

    May 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Wow amazing photos 🙂 And black and white works just well!

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5 European Cities to Visit in the Dead of Winter



As one of the most polarizing seasons, winter could be termed as both a blessing and a curse by those who like making the most out of nature.

After all, while it brings about the opportunity to build snowmen and to ski on magnificent ice slopes, it also brings a chill to the bone and a desire to never get away from the fireplace.

Don’t forget about the hot chocolate either.

That is why, when it comes to vacationing in winter, it gets quite difficult to choose from a location – especially when the destination is as diverse in climate as Europe. Do you select a place that’s sunny and warm? Or somewhere that lets you enjoy the ice and cold in the best ways possible?

To make that decision easier for you, here are 5 European cities that you could visit in the dead of winter, with the assurance that you would come out of the vacation phase with a smile on your face.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city that is synonymous with sunshine, warmth, and some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture.

The temperature rarely drops below 45 degrees even in the coldest months of the year. While the sunshine remains present amidst the rainy days. This means that you can enjoy the best effects of winter without having to endure the worst of them.

If you happen to be a fan of football, then these effects can be increased by several times. This beautiful city is home to one of the greatest football clubs of all time and with Barcelona FC in contention for a championship virtually every year, odds are you’ll be walking out with a smile on your face after watching a win. Not a bad way to take a break from the beach!

Athens, Greece

While you wouldn’t be able to go to Mount Olympus’ mythical version in this day and age, you can still experience Greece’s magnificence through the beautiful city of Athens.

Like Barcelona, Athens also sees rare drops in temperature while being consistent around 45 degrees throughout the heaviest months in winter. With the architecture that you can experience under the sun, this weather can actually be ideal for an exploratory walk.

And if you are a fan of Greek food, then checking out local restaurants for authentic dishes would only add to the overall experience of your trip.

Venice, Italy

Since Italy is full of some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, it would be quite debatable to say that Venice is the crown jewel of the country in terms of structural beauty.

But it is.

From the way that the city has been designed to the manner that the buildings have been developed, Venice remains a breathtaking sight for anyone who visits it.

That remains true even in the months of winter, where the does drop to around 30 degrees, but still provides the tourists and inhabitants with a way to enjoy the magnificent sights under the sun.

Zugspitze, Germany

Germany is considered to be one of the coldest countries in Europe, but it is a good thing for those who enjoy a bit of snow during their travels.

And for those who do, there are perhaps not many places that are as marvelous as Zugspitze in terms of a memorable winter experience.

With snow covered mountains and a temperature that dances around -14 degrees in winter, you can enjoy an array of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding to your heart’s desire. If you are one to enjoy snow and everything good there is about the season of winter, then Zugspitze is the place to go.

Marseilles, France

While Paris gets quite cold in winter without the weather enhancing any effects of life within the city, Marseille seems to be quite the opposite. The city is as lively in the winter as it is during its busiest days in summer, with plenty to do in adjacent areas.

You may visit the many architectural sites and tourist attractions in Marseilles itself, but you can add to that experience when you choose to visit the Christmas markets in Aix en Provence or Avignon.

With that, the many warm and steamy French soups and bouillon based dishes that you can enjoy in Marseilles only add to the trip. This means that by the time you are done with your visit to Marseilles, you are bound to be fed well, have some goods in your shopping bags, and some memorable pictures in your phone to boot.

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Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris



According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unless you’re adamant that it’s “Paris or bust”, there are alternatives to this crowded and top-dollar destination you might want to consider – and start saving for your dream trip nonetheless.


Lyon has a history of almost two millennia, and it shows: the remains of the Roman settlement Lugdunum, built at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône, are showing to this day. Lyon might not be a capital city – it doesn’t have the size or the population – but its role in the everyday life of France was always important, both as a trade and a cultural hub.

The city has many gorgeous sights to see, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Tour Métallique (a tall TV tower that replicates the top of the Eiffel Tower), among others, covering every age from the birth of the city to its modern times. Plus, it has museums, parks, gardens, and a street art group that has been designated the cultural ambassador for the city. Not to mention its cuisine, the unique and popular Lyonnaise cuisine that has become a worldwide sensation.


A relatively small city in the north of France, Lille is another charming alternative to a crowded and overpriced Paris. It features many distinct architectural styles, most of them with a clear Flemish influence. Among its landmarks, you find its Cathedral (Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), its Citadel, its palaces, and gardens. Lille is also the place with the biggest flea market in Europe – Braderie de Lille takes place on the first Sunday of September, with millions of attendees and over 10,000 sellers gathering in the streets of the city. It’s a charming, agreeable, and colorful city that will offer its visitors a beautiful experience.


Last but not least, let us mention a city with a double significance – on one hand, it’s the official seat of the European Parliament, on the other, it’s a wonderful place to visit and a great alternative to an overcrowded Paris.

Strasbourg is a place where French and German architecture mingle in a unique way, with an Old Town filled with timber-framed houses surrounding typical French landmarks and churches. It also has many notable parks, some with historic significance, and almost too many museums for its small size. Plus, it’s a distinctively multicultural city where visitors will find it easy to fit in.

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Let’s Do A Road Trip In Europe Fin



Its that time of year again. It is the holidays and vacation, mirth and much merriment is upon us. Those of us who are lucky are able to take a few days to a few weeks off for vacation and can enjoy it abroad or do a staycation. A trip abroad is probably preferred, there’s so much to see and do, it would a pity to while the days away in your own hometown.

Get a move on, grab your bags, get a ticket and jump on a plane to Europe. When you get there, rest for a bit and begin your road trip. Nothing beats traveling on the road and taking all the sights that nature has to offer while stopping by at different locations.

Remember, a road trip can be very feasible and pleasant if it is done right. Make sure to have your car inspected, checked and ready to go for a long distance road trip.

You’ll want to make sure that you have your oil checked and your tires as well. Proper tires from suppliers such as Kwik Fit will get you squared away and ready to hit the road.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go


One of the top places that you’ll want to go is in Austria. There’s this little spot called Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, this spot is one that is talked about by road trip aficionados of all kinds.

The Grossglockner is the opposite of what it sounds like, it’s not gross at all, it’s quite pleasant actually.  The path will take you through different sights ranging from mountain tops to rivers, to rock formations and more. What’s fun about this place is that you will also be able to have different changes in the road itself, it is not just one straight path but one that is filled with turns and changes to keep you from getting bored.

Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is a place that won’t disappoint, it has food, culture, and history to keep you company. Italy also has beautiful sights all over too. One of the best places to drive through would be the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast has everything you could possibly want, beaches, cliffs, and beautiful fishing villages. The place is not only beautiful in nature but in culture as well. One can check out the Cathedrals, Villa Rufolo, engage in some boat tours for a quick respite from their road trip and also view the Sirenuse from afar.

Portugal – The Estoril Coast

Drive from Italy, pass by countries such as France, Spain and reach the destination of Portugal. You will find the climate and the overall setting over here to be appealing.  On your way to this beautiful place, make sure to check out popular spots such as Lisbon and other prominent locations such as Sintra. The Estoril Coast was home to the nobility of ages past and even to those that we see as nobility today, celebrities, wealthy people and tourists with a couple of euros or dollars to their name stop by this place and immerse themselves in the manmade and natural attractions that this place has to offer.

Don’t Hesitate, Time Stands Still For No One

Time is slipping, check out budget and look into which part of Europe you want to stick to. Make the decision and take the trip, it will be a great refreshment and you will be glad you were able to have the experience. Take a few snapshots and indulge in the experience of #RoadtripsofEurope

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