One of the most common questions I get asked is, what was the most beautiful city you have photographed?
Nearly three years later the answer for me still remains the same, but I decided to reach out to a few blogging friends and get their take on this timeless question too. With so many stunning landscapes to explore, street scene moments to get caught up in and breathtaking sunsets to enjoy a cold beer with, whittling down your favourite place to photograph is always a hard call.
My biggest recommendation to anyone taking an extended, or once in a lifetime trip, is to spend the dollar on a relatively decent camera. Sure, your iPhone is pretty good, but in certain light conditions, you might not quite capture that moment you want to remember forever. Luckily, as technology has advanced and competition has become fierce, some of the best travel cameras on the market nowadays don’t need to cost you a fortune. Whether you go compact or DSLR, make sure you are armed to capture these photogenic cities on your adventures.
Most people look surprised when I answer with Bagan. But that is not a city?
This ancient city, once the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, may not have the high rise tower blocks or the modern metros we align with cities in present day but I assure you these temples are my worthy winner.
Catching the sunrise from atop of a Pagoda, or taking a hot air balloon over Bagan as the mist rolls away is a truly breathtaking sight. Exploring the hundreds of ancient temples by bicycle and being blown away by the sheer scale of history here is something that should be on any Asia must see list.
Following the tragic earthquake which caused so much damage to this area earlier in the year, I added it to my must visit places in 2017 list. It is at times like this, when repair work is required, we can make our tourist dollar truly count by visiting such a historic place. Myanmar has also recently been in the news for tragic events which although have been occurring since before my visit have only just started getting main stream attention, understanding Myanmar before you visit is essential.
Andrea of scribblesnaptravel.com
The most photogenic place I’ve ever visited must be Hoi An, Vietnam. To me, it is the very definition of a dreamlike place, especially the old town. The buildings are painted a vibrant shade of yellow, and there are colourful lanterns hanging everywhere, meaning that every frame that you fill in your camera’s viewfinder is just bursting with colour.
It’s so incredibly romantic and dreamy – I wish I could go back! By the river, you can lower lanterns into the water and make a wish, which again offers you the perfect photo opportunities.
Then, of course, Hoi An is home to some of the best food in Vietnam, which is no small feat when you consider how delicious the cuisine is on the whole.
I was guilty of posting many food porn photos while I was there! The photo that I’m sharing here is one of my favourite photos from my travels so far and shows why I loved it in Hoi An – look at all the colours!
Candice from Freecandie.com
The most photogenic city I’ve been to is easily Prague, Czech Republic. I’ve been four times now, and I still walk around in a dreamlike daze. Even the crowded, touristy areas around the Charles Bridge and the Old Town can’t diminish Prague’s beauty! It’s remarkably preserved, even after two world wars. The skyline is dotted with spires and steeples, and everywhere in the Old Tend is a blend of romanesque, renaissance, gothic, and art nouveau architectural styles.
One of my favourite views is on the other side of the Vltava River, around the Castle, looking back on the city. The Letná beer garden is also an awesome place to grab a beer and take in the views of the river and the city. It’s also super fun to just rent a paddle boat on the river for a unique perspective.
If you’ve already spent time in Prague, though, Cesky Krumlov is my new favourite spot. It’s a few hours of driving (or bus) from Prague, but it’s one of the most colourful, beautiful little towns I’ve ever come across, and it’s much quieter than the capital. You only need a few days to enjoy the town — pop into some low-ceiling pubs, roam around the castle, check out what’s on at the theatre. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back time.