Photo Friday: Stunning Architecture around the World

Architecture is fascinating. I know I always enjoyed checking out beautiful churches or interesting buildings when I was traveling but it wasn’t until I started working in architecture and design PR that I realised how much architecture influences the image of a city. And how much one new building can change the look of a city. This is why I decided to put together a post about my favourite “architectural master pieces” around the world. (I guess this will only be part 1…)

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Grand Palace, Bangkok

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Brooklyn Bridge, New York

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Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

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Museo Maat, Lisbon

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Chinatown, London

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Exhibition halls, Dornbirn, Austria

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Exhibition halls, Dornbirn, Austria

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Zumtobel Headquater, Dornbirn, Austria

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

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Fondazione Prada, Milan

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Duomo, Milan

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney

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Opera House, Oslo

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San Francisco: My favourite American city in photos

America is a country I’ve been connected to since I was a little girl. My mum has a huge obsession with the country since she had an “exchange student” (not really, but it was a similar situation) over in Munich when she was 17. So needless to say, as soon as me and my sister were old enough, we jumped on a plane over to the US. We tried to go every 2-3 years and traveled a lot around the country. But there was one particular American city I lost my heart in really quickly which made me also go back on my big trip in 2013: San Francisco.

Here are a few of my favourite photos I shot there, including a few tips for you.

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If you want to see the see lions, just go down to Fisherman’s Wharf (even though it might be the most touristy part of San Francisco) and follow the noise.

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At least he’s honest…

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Make sure to rent a bike (you can do it in many places around San Francisco, especially when you get closer to the Golden Gate bridge) and cycle across the bridge. You can either cycle back again or you take a ferry back to San Francisco from Sau Salito.

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The view of San Francisco

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We made a picnic on the beach

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The way to the beach. Can’t tell you where exactly it was, since a local took us here by car.

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Love the buildings in San Francisco!

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Necessary tourist photo

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Take a cable car up to Lombard Street and enjoy the beautiful view from up there!

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Twin Peaks

I took a Wild SF Walking Tour through the Mission District, which is known as the gay area of San Francisco (hence the flag), and it was great! Judging from their website a lot changed in the last 4 years, but I am sure even though (or maybe even because) they offer different tours, it’s still one of the best tours for San Francisco. But bring your walking shoes, because San Francisco is hilly, as you might know!

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Mission District

The Mission District is also a very unique neighborhood. It’s full of lovely little shops, vintage or not, cafés and restaurants. And none of them are chains! Why? Because the area decided not to let chains in. When Urban Outfitters tried to open a shop there, they refused to give them the space.
Well, this was all back in 2013, but I really hope the area is still as cool, unique and individual as it was.