Akhilesh Sharma (@akilesh_shrma) โ€” IT guy ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš–๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป | Occasional Traveller ๐ŸšŽ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ | Art & History Enthusiast โŒ›๐ŸŽจ | Bibliophile ๐Ÿ“š |
All photos, & some thoughts, are mine.
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
~ Aristo
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." ~ Aristotle. ๐Ÿ“œ Reposting an old forgotten photo, using my limited editing skills, that I took more than a year ago, at the Pont Alexandre III, at the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. ๐Ÿ“ This particular section is the Nymphs of the Neva relief, as seen from this side of the bridge, overlooking the Seine River. โ›ฒ This Beaux-Arts style bridge, inaugurated in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle, and dedicated to the Russian Tsar Alexander III (hence the name), it is regarded as one of the most beautiful, ornate, and extravagant bridge in Paris, and even in the whole world. ๐ŸŒ‰ Would you like to take a stroll down this Magnificent bridge? ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท . . . . . #paris#france#traveldiaries#ig_paris#ig_france#igersparis#igersfrance#theparisguru#parisgram#toureiffel#europe#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instaparis#visitparis#parisjetaime#topparisphoto#thisisparis#igworldclub#ig_today#pariscityvision#throwbackthursday#pontalexandreiii#champselysees#trivia
02.08.2018 08:10:14
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
~ Marcus Tul
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero. ๐Ÿ“œ Cicero said it, Louis XIV implemented it, the magical Jardins du chรขteau de Versailles, or the Gardens of Versailles Palace, near the city of Paris, France. ๐Ÿฏ This picture is of one of hidden groves in the Garden, La Salle de bal, or, the Ballroom Grove, designed by Jean Cotelle, completed in 1685. โ›ฒ Bit more about the history of this place: The Ballroom Grove, designed as an amphitheatre of greenery, was the last of the groves to be laid out in the gardens by Andrรฉ Le Nรดtre. The Grand Dauphin, the son of Louis XIV and father to-be of the successor Louis XV, organised a grand dinner there to celebrate its inauguration. ๐ŸŽช So, how much do you agree with the words of Cicero? ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต . . . . . #paris#france#traveldiaries#versailles#ig_france#igersversailles#igersfrance#theparisguru#parisgram#chateaudeversailles#europe#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instaparis#visitparis#parisjetaime#thisisparis#throwbackthursday#iamtb#ig_today#versaillesgardens#philosophy#versailleslight#palaceofversailles#jardinsduchateaudeversailles
26.07.2018 06:58:36
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"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."
~ Marcus Tullius C
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero. ๐Ÿ“œ It's Throwback Thursday as we look at a luxurious-looking buildings at one of Prague's most historic and beautiful streets, that is the Paล™รญลพskรก street, Prague's very own Paris boulevard. ๐Ÿฌ Once part of a grim Jewish ghetto near the Old Town Square in Prague, also known as the Josefov or the Jewish Quarter, it was transformed into this magnificent corridor during the 19th and 20th century, and is now considered to be one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world today. ๐Ÿ• Quite Remarkable a transformation, isn't it? ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ . . . . . #prague#europe#traveldiaries#praha#czech#czechrepublic#places#perspective#photography#buildingphotography#ig_europe#ig_europa#igerseu#igersprague#josefov#jewishquarter#history#ig_czech#travel#instagood#wanderlust#wonderlustmagazine#photooftheday#instaprague#iamtb#thursday#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#parizska#throwbackthursday
19.07.2018 10:07:59
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal."
- Aristot
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." - Aristotle ๐Ÿ“œ It's Throwback Thursday, and here's a perspective picture of the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, also known as Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco). โ›ช Built with a combination of contemporary Gothic and Italo-Byzantine architecture style, it stood (and still does at some level) as a symbol of Venetian power and wealth, and often dubbed by locals as Chiesa d'Oro, or the Church of Gold, a reference to the magnificent gold mosaics and design. ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ One key feature here, that stands out, are the Four Horses of Saint Mark-Lysippos, and there are numerous stories attached to their journey. ๐ŸŽ They're believed to be made in Antiquity, and by some unverified accounts, they once adorned the Arch of Trajan (remember that in Rome?) โ›ฉ๏ธ The horses were once part of the Hippodrome of Constantinople, until 1204, when Doge Enrico Dandolo sent them back to Venice as loot in the sack of Constantinople, and installed above the basilica in 1254. ๐Ÿ”ฅ But, that's not the end, these horses were then taken to Paris by Emperor Napoleon himself in 1797, only to be returned back to Venice in 1815. ๐ŸŽ  The ones that you can see in this picture, unfortunately, are bronze replicas, and the original ones are kept at the St Markโ€™s Museum inside the basilica, since 1970. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . #venice#italy#europe#traveldiaries#igerseurope#venezia#ig_italia#igersitaly#igworldclub#veneto#tbt#visitveneto#iamtb#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersvenezia#piazzasanmarco#beautifuldestinations#ig_today#thursday#throwbackthursday#venicecityworld#travelphotography#saintmarksbasilica
12.07.2018 12:50:40
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."
~ Lao Tzu
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"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." ~ Lao Tzu ๐Ÿ“œ A Throwback Thursday picture of the Piazza Repubblica, or the Republic Square, at the center of Florence, Italy. The piazza is known today as a theatre of street-artists and impromptu exhibitions in old city. ๐ŸŽ  Historically though, the Piazza della Repubblica marks the site of an Ancient Roman forum and, indeed, the exact present site of the Colonna dell'Abbondanza marks the intersection of the axes of the cardo and decumanus, the two important roads in any Ancient Roman city. ๐Ÿš๏ธ Unfortunately, in the period between between 1885 and 1895, known as the Risanamento, a decision was taken to broaden the square and resulted in destruction of buildings of great importance, like medieval towers, churches, the corporate seats of the Arti, palaces of noble families, as well as craftsmen's shops and residences, to make way for newer constructions. The present appearance of the square is the result of this Risanamento. ๐Ÿ—๏ธ Is it a good decision to destroy old heritage for the needs of a prospering city? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . . . #Florence#florenceitaly#traveldiaries#firenze#europe#italy#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersfirenze#ig_europa#igerstoscana#ig_florence#visitflorence#iamtb#ig_today#ig_tuscany#ig_italia#thursday#throwbackthursday#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#architecture#trivia#piazzarepubblica
05.07.2018 13:09:55
"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, 
so do our minutes, hasten to
"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end." ~ William Shakespeare ๐Ÿ“œ The legendary Astronomical Clock, or the Praลพskรฝ orloj, at the famous Old Town square, in Prague. ๐Ÿš๏ธ It still works, telling all the passers-by the time of the day, yet, in itself, has become a Timeless Monument. ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ Apart from the time, the Orloj also tells us stories, legends that have echoed over time. ๐Ÿ’  One Legend says it that the operation of the astronomical clock is related to the running of the whole land. Once the clock stops working, the land of Czech will suffer from bad times. ๐Ÿ”ถ Another legend, says that if anyone tries to affect its machinery in anyway, he will die or go insane. ๐Ÿ”ท And many more. ๐Ÿ’ญ What legends do you believe in? ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ . . . . . #prague#europe#traveldiaries#praha#czech#czechrepublic#places#perspective#photography#buildingphotography#ig_europe#ig_europa#igerseu#igersprague#astronomicalclock#orloj#history#legend#ig_czech#travel#instagood#wanderlust#wonderlustmagazine#photooftheday#instaprague#iamtb#throwbackthursday#thursday#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography
28.06.2018 14:52:31
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"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go."
- Truman
"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go." - Truman Capote ๐Ÿ“– Truman said it best, Venice is not just a city, its an experience of a lifetime. โ‰๏ธDo You Know โ‰๏ธ Venice is built on an archipelago of an astonishing 118 Islands, formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected together by 409 bridges. It is Europe's largest urban car-free area. ๐Ÿšณ ๐Ÿ›ถ What comes to your mind when you hear 'Venice'? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . #venice#italy#europe#traveldiaries#igerseurope#venezia#ig_italia#grandcanal#igersitaly#igworldclub#veneto#tbt#visitveneto#iamtb#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersvenezia#beautifuldestinations#ig_today#thursday#throwbackthursday#venicecityworld#travelphotography#venicecityworld
21.06.2018 10:09:51
"In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd."
~ Miguel de Ce
"In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." ~ Miguel de Cervantes ๐Ÿ“œ A closer look at the Nativity Faรงade of the magnificent Basilica de la Sagrada Famรญlia, in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. โ›ช It's unique as it is designed by Gaudรญ himself, as opposed to the Passion Faรงade on the other end of the Basilica. โš’๏ธ The Portico, seen in the picture, designed by Gaudรญ provides a unique blend of iconography, typical of his modernism, with religious figures engaging with natural elements, depicting a link among the different religious motives in harmony with the natural world. ๐ŸŒฟ The portico is devoted to the three virtues of Christianity: 1๏ธโƒฃ Faith (to the right), 2๏ธโƒฃ Hope (to the left), and 3๏ธโƒฃ Charity (in the centre). And a fantastic representation of the life of Jesus. โœ๏ธ It's an absolute must-visit for anyone travelling to Barcelona. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ . . . . . #barcelona#barca#espaรฑa#catalunya#spain#europe#ig_europe#iamtb#traveldiaries#igerseurope#wednesday#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#visitbarcelona#ig_barcelona#igersbarcelona#ig_catalonia#sagradafamilia#basilica#gaudรญ#modernisme#architecture#igersespaรฑa#travelphotography#history#architecture
20.06.2018 09:46:08
"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another."
~ Juvenal
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"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another." ~ Juvenal ๐Ÿ“œ In the foreground is the famous Ponte Vecchio, the Old Bridge, across the river Arno, at the heart of the city of Florence, Italy. ๐ŸŒ‰ While the majority of bridge is a construction of the Medieval times, the original construction of the bridge is recorded during the time of the Roman empire. โš’๏ธ It is also believed that the concept of Bankruptcy, originates from here, where if a money-changer couldn't pay his debts, the desk on which he sold his items, his "BANCO", was literally broken by soldiers, the "ROTTO". So, "BANCO ROTTO", became "BANK RUPT". ๐Ÿ’ธ Although historians argue that it might not have happened here, it does add to the legend of the bridge. ๐Ÿค” The picture is taken from the Piazzale Michelangelo, which provides an excellent vantage point to see the sunset in Florence, and its an absolute must-visit for any traveller. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . . #Florence#florenceitaly#traveldiaries#firenze#europe#italy#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersfirenze#ig_europa#igerstoscana#ig_florence#visitflorence#iamtb#ig_today#ig_tuscany#ig_italia#monday#mondayblues#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#architecture#trivia#pontevecchio
18.06.2018 10:44:52
"Wisdom begins in wonder."
~ Socrates.
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A Throwback Thursday picture of the Eif
"Wisdom begins in wonder." ~ Socrates. ๐Ÿ“œ A Throwback Thursday picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, one of the most recognizable structures in the world. ๐Ÿ—ผ The tower is much loved all over the world today, but it wasn't always the case when the construction hadn't even began in 1887. ๐ŸŽจ In fact, on 14 February, 1887, published by Le Temps, was a petition called "Artists against the Eiffel Tower", by a committee who went by the name, "Committee of Three Hundred". ๐Ÿ“ฐ The committee was led by prominent artists and architects including the likes of Charles Garnier (remember that famous Opera House?), Adolphe Bouguereau, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Gounod and Jules Massenet, and the petition was sent to the then Minister of Works and Commissioner for the Exposition in Paris, Charles Alphand, in protest of the proposed Eiffel Tower, which, one could say now, was as an attempt to sabotage the construction. ๐Ÿšซ Fortunately, sanity prevailed and we now have a man-made marvel, that is the Eiffel Tower. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ But, what if the "Committee of Three Hundred" had succeeded? ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต . . . . . #paris#france#traveldiaries#ig_paris#ig_france#igersparis#igersfrance#theparisguru#parisgram#toureiffel#europe#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instaparis#visitparis#parisjetaime#topparisphoto#thisisparis#igworldclub#ig_today#pariscityvision#throwbackthursday#eiffeltower#eiffel#trivia
14.06.2018 11:13:44
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"The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity o
"The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present." ~ Niccolo Machiavelli ๐Ÿ“œ That's a picture of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Old Palace, in Florence, Italy, was once a symbol of Civil Power of Florence, as depicted by the repeated series of the nine painted coat of arms of the erstwhile Florentine Republic. It now is one of the best museums in Italy. โšœ๏ธ The tower crowning this palace or fort, is the Torre di Arnolfo, or Arnolfo tower, and it's the highest civic symbol in the city at 95 metres. For those who dare, it's only a 416 steps worth of effort to enjoy some of the best views of Florence. ๐Ÿ—ผ โ‰๏ธDid you know โ‰๏ธ The complex of Palazzo Vecchio is built on top of an ancient Roman theater from 1st century A.D. ๐Ÿš๏ธ So, if you do plan to visit Florence, make sure you don't miss out the Palazzo Vecchio. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . . #Florence#florenceitaly#traveldiaries#firenze#europe#italy#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersfirenze#ig_europa#igerstoscana#ig_florence#visitflorence#iamtb#igworldclub#ig_today#ig_tuscany#ig_italia#wednesday#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#architecture#history#italianfoto
13.06.2018 12:39:01
"There is no delight in owning anything unshared."
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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"There is no delight in owning anything unshared." ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca ๐Ÿ“œ That's a picture of the Castel Sant'Angelo, or the Castle of the Holy Angel situated in Rome. Interestingly, its also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, which in a way, reminds us of the shared heritage of this particular monument. ๐Ÿš๏ธ Originally constructed as the Ancient Roman Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum, the building was later repurposed by the popes of the Holy Roman Empire as a fortress and castle, only to be turned into what is now a museum. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Do you know which other monument of Emperor Hadrian's era survives in great shape in Rome, due to its reuse later in Holy Roman Empire? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . . #rome#roma#traveldiaries#romanforum#europe#italy#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersroma#ig_europa#igerslazio#ig_rome#visitrome#iamtb#igworldclub#ig_today#ancientrome#romeitaly#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#architecture#monday#history#castelsantangelo
11.06.2018 13:14:23
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
~ William Shakespeare.
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"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." ~ William Shakespeare. ๐Ÿ“œ Towards the Southern side of the gorgeous island of Capri, situated in the Bay of Naples, Italy, are the Faraglioni, a stack of coastal and oceanic rock formations, created due to constant erosion by waves over centuries. ๐Ÿ๏ธ This is a picture of one of the Faraglioni's, that is the Faraglione di Mezzo. It is recognized by its distinctive central cavity at the base, large enough for a small boat to pass through it, which is also a pretty much a must-do activity for anyone visiting the island. ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ This small, but picturesque, island of Capri has been a premier resort and location for many villas, since the Ancient Roman Republic times, and attractes a huge amount of tourists every year. ๐Ÿ–๏ธ Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times, wouldn't you agree? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . . #Capri#capriitaly#traveldiaries#isoladicapri#europe#italy#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igerscapri#ig_europa#igerscampania#ig_capri#visitcampania#iamtb#igworldclub#ig_today#ig_amalficoast#ig_italia#amalficoast#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#throwbackthursday#history#italianfoto
07.06.2018 10:00:30
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
~ Michelangelo
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection." ~ Michelangelo ๐Ÿ“œ The famous Brunelleschi's dome, at the Florence Cathedral, formally called the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or simply, Il Duomo di Firenze, which dominates the skyline of Florence, Italy. โ›ช While the construction started in 1296, it wasn't completed until 1436, after Filippo Brunelleschi completed its unique Octagonal Brick dome, which still is the largest brick dome ever constructed. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ This dome stands a testament to Brunelleschi's genius, and is one of the most recognizable structures of Europe. โšœ๏ธ Have you visited the magical city of Florence? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . . #Florence#florenceitaly#traveldiaries#firenze#europe#italy#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersfirenze#ig_europa#igerstoscana#ig_florence#visitflorence#iamtb#igworldclub#ig_today#ig_tuscany#ig_italia#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#architecture#tuesday#history#italianfoto
05.06.2018 10:02:40
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"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
~ Aristotle
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"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." ~ Aristotle ๐Ÿ“œ About 32 kilometres from the town of Le Harve, in Normandy region, in North-Western France, are the Falaises d'ร‰tretat, or the Chalk Cliffs of ร‰tretat, looking over the English Channel. ๐Ÿž๏ธ The ร‰tretat Chalk Complex, is host to a number of Natural Arches, and these cliffs attracts a lot of thrill seekers for many years, including some renowned artists like, Claude Monet, Eugรจne Boudin, and many more. ๐ŸŽจ What do you think about this Nature's unique Marvel? ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท . . . . . . #etretat#france#traveldiaries#igerfrance#ig_france#hello_france#falaisesdetretat#normandy#normandie#falaises#europe#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instafilter#visitfrance#topeuropephoto#monday#igworldclub#ig_today#MondayBlues#chalkcliffs#naturephotography#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#philosophy
04.06.2018 10:24:33
"Be as a tower firmly set. Shakes not its top for any blast that blows."
~ Dante
"Be as a tower firmly set. Shakes not its top for any blast that blows." ~ Dante Alighieri. ๐Ÿ“œ The famous, Leaning Tower of Pisa, or simply, Torre di Pisa, in Italy. ๐Ÿ—ผ Renowned for its imperfection, the tilt began during its construction in the 12th century, due to the inadequate foundation for the tower over a rather soft soil. It continued to tilt, until it stabilized in the late 20th and 21st century. Iy epitomizes Perfection in Human Imperfections. โ›ช Do you think it would have seen the fame, had the tilt never existed? ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . . #pisa#pisaitaly#traveldiaries#leaningtowerofpisa#europe#italy#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igerspisa#ig_europa#igerstoscana#ig_pisa#visitpisa#iamtb#igworldclub#ig_today#ig_tuscany#tuscany#travellingthroughtheworld#travelphotography#architecture#philosophy#friday#history
01.06.2018 20:19:37
"There is the sky, which is all men's together."
~ Euripides
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That's a picture
"There is the sky, which is all men's together." ~ Euripides ๐Ÿ“œ That's a picture of the Central dome of the Panthรฉon of Paris, France. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ต Said to be modelled after the famous Pantheon of Rome, especially the massive Portico decorated with Corinthian columns, the Faรงade with a decorative pediment, and an oculus in the central inner dome, looking at the fresco rather than the open sky. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ What do you think are the other similarities it shares with The Roman Pantheon? โ“โ” . . . . . #paris#france#traveldiaries#ig_paris#ig_france#igersparis#igersfrance#theparisguru#parisgram#europe#pariscityvision#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travelphotography#instagood#instaparis#visitparis#parisjetaime#thisisparis#throwbackthursday#iamtb#igworldclub#ig_today#panthรฉon#pantheon#architecture#history
31.05.2018 06:16:10
"Art is never finished, only abandoned." ~ Leonardo da Vinci.
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"Art is never finished, only abandoned." ~ Leonardo da Vinci. ๐ŸŽจ Do you agree with Leonardo da Vinci. Is art ever finished? โ“ Here's a picture of the magnificent Duomo Cathedral, or Duomo Milano. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . . . . . #milan#milano#europe#traveldiaries#duomo#duomosquare#italy#ig_europe#ig_italia#ig_milan#cathedral#prettylittleitaly#architecture#duomodimilano#wednesday#places#photography#perspective#photooftheday#wanderlust#travel#instagood#instagramitalia#igersmilano#visitmilan#travelphotography#worldtripsntips#ig_today#travellingthroughtheworld#philosophy
30.05.2018 05:56:45
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