Towers of San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a small medieval town not far from Siena, Italy. The town is known as the “Town of Beautiful Towers” due to the 14 towers that dominate the town’s skyline. The town sits atop a hill and provides wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. San Gimignano is surrounded by a medieval wall and is a very compact town, making a great place to visit for an afternoon or to spend a few days escaping the hustle and bustle of the larger tourist cities in Italy. On the day we visited, these beautiful tall clouds provided the perfect backdrop for a photo of this charming town.

Towers of San Gimignano

Quiet streets of Provins

Provins is a medieval town a couple hour train ride outside of Paris, France. The town is a relatively large tourist attraction so it can be a little busy during the summer but the character of the town is well worth the visit and it is easy enough to escape the crowds and find a little peace and quiet to enjoy the charm of the town.

Empty street in the small medieval town of Provins, France.

The town that is no more

This photo was taken in Moret-sur-Loing, France, which was about an hour outside Paris. I say was because the town no longer exists, not because it was wiped away by a natural disaster or anything like that, it simply merged with a neighboring town and the new town changed its name to Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne. And apparently this happened before I visited and I did not even know. Anyway, the town is very picturesque and was an inspiration to many famous painters, including Monet, Renoir, and Sisley. The town features a medieval gate at either end of the old town and just outside the gate on the east side there is a river with a nice walkway that provides some stunning views. This photo was taken with a Motorola cell phone that is now several years old. I also took a couple photos with my much more capable DSLR, but somehow the photo taken with my phone came out better. Regardless of the name, this town has a lot of charm, as you can hopefully see from this photo.

The river flowing along the edge of the old town in Moret-sur-Loing.

Streets of Èze

Èze

Èze is a small medieval village on the southern coast of France. The “streets” going through the old part of town are narrow and for pedestrians only, which adds to the charm of the village. In addition, the garden at the top of the village has a nice collection of cacti and features stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea below. Èze is easily accessible from both Nice and Monaco and has become a popular tourist destination.

Do Not Delete

This photo was taken while wandering the streets of Èze. Luckily, it wasn’t very busy the day we visited, so I was able to get some nice photos without people in them. Unfortunately, this was 9 years ago and my photo editing skills were not as good back then as they are now. There are some things I wish I could go back and do differently with this photo but I foolishly deleted the original files after editing the photo and there is only so much that can be done with the JPEG file. Be smarter than I was my fellow photographers, save your RAW files, at least for your good shots, because someday you may want to go back and re-edit old photos and it is a lot better to have the RAW files to work with. That said, I still like this photo and feel like it captures the essence of Èze really well.

Photo of the medieval town of Èze, located in southern France, showing the charming old buildings and narrows streets.