Posts Tagged ‘europe’

Cloth Hall - Ypres, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

Cloth Hall – Ypres, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

The Cloth Hall (or Lakenhal in Dutch) in Ypres Belgium was a warehouse for the prosperous cloth industry during the Middle Ages. These days, it is the home of the In Flanders Fields WWI Museum. I decided to create a Forgotten Postcard of this building because many of the real postcards of Ypres past reflect the devastation of WWI. I wanted … more

The Best Time to Visit Keukenhof Gardens

The Best Time to Visit Keukenhof Gardens

One my most frequently asked questions each spring is ‘when is the best time to visit the Keukenhof Gardens?’ My answer – that depends… Each autumn, 7 million flower bulbs are planted at the Keukenhof Gardens. The gardens are carefully planned so bulbs blooming early to late in the season.  This means there is no … more

Palau Nacional, Barcelona, Spain | Forgotten Postcard

Palau Nacional, Barcelona, Spain | Forgotten Postcard

I’ve been itching to create a Forgotten Postcard digital art collage of Barcelona, Spain for quite some time now. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world and I am in love with the colour and audacity of the architecture there. But it was that same over-the-top architecture that held me back. How could I … more


The Netherlands Photo Gallery

The Netherlands Photo Gallery

The Netherlands, better known as Holland to some, is one of my favourite places to photograph. The quiet canals of Amsterdam, the flat expanses of the countryside and the incredible coastlines, have something for everyone. Below is a gallery of some of my favourite photos of The Netherlands, taken over the past 6 years. Click … more

Brussels Christmas Market Photo Gallery

Brussels Christmas Market Photo Gallery

One of my favourite things about the Christmas holidays in Brussels, Belgium is the Christmas Market. Photographing the market at night is a special treat. The market stalls are lit with a warm glow. People bustle by. The cold winter air keeps folks bundled up and cheeks rosy. For added holiday drama, the Electrabel Nights Lightshow in … more

Athens, Sounion and Vouliagmeni Greece Photo Gallery

Athens, Sounion and Vouliagmeni Greece Photo Gallery

I recently returned from a short stay in Vouliagmeni, Greece. This beautiful sea-side town was a perfect place to stay, to visit both Athens and the coastal town of Sounion. Below you can see some of my favourite travel photos from Greece. Click on the thumbnails to view the photos with detailed captions.


Acropolis, Athens, Greece - Forgotten Postcard

Acropolis, Athens, Greece – Forgotten Postcard

The subject of my latest Forgotten Postcard probably comes as no surprise, to those of you who know I’ve just returned from Greece. I was fascinated by the ancient architecture of the Acropolis and how it dominates the city of Athens. But the Acropolis isn’t the only ruin of note in Athens. This photo was … more

Bruges, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

Bruges, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

This Forgotten Postcard from Bruges, Belgium is actually several months old. I completed it just before the June Accessible Art Fair. In the hustle before the show I forgot to post it; so here it is. Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a very popular tourist destination here in Belgium. … more

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens 2010

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens 2010

This spring, once again, I spent a day photographing tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands. Keukenhof is the world’s largest spring bulb garden and every year the tulips on display are outstanding. Below, you’ll find a gallery of my favourite photos from 2010. I hope you enjoy them. Leave your favourites in the … more


Sardinia, Italy Photo Gallery

Sardinia, Italy Photo Gallery

Back in April I had the great fortune to visit the north-western part of Sardinia, Italy with a photographer friend. We spent several days photographing the towns, landscape and wild-flowers of this beautiful island. Based in Alghero, we explored Capo Caccia, Porto Ferro, Stintino, Capo Falcone and Bosa. Below are a few of my favourite … more

Château de Chenonceau, France - Forgotten Postcard

Château de Chenonceau, France – Forgotten Postcard

The Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley of France is a popular travel destination. This iconic castle sits partly over the Cher River. On still mornings you can see the Château reflected in the river below. For me, Chenonceau had a fairytale feeling that I tried to recreate with this Forgotten Postcard. The square … more

Holling Grange Herefordshire, England Photo Gallery

Holling Grange Herefordshire, England Photo Gallery

Recently I was hired to photograph the stunning Holling Grange self-catering cottages in Abbey Dore, Hereforshire, England. The cottages have been taken over by new management and have been completely renovated to a very high standard. They were a joy to photograph, as the owners have a keen eye for detail and styling. Below is a gallery … more


Basilica of Koekelberg, Brussels, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Basilica of Koekelberg, Brussels, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

The National Basilica of Koekelberg or Basilica of the Sacred Heart (French: Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur, Dutch: Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart ) is a Roman Catholic church in Brussels, Belgium. The art-deco church is the 6th largest Roman Catholic church in the world. I love the simplicity of the interior lines of this building. … more

Dublin to Doolin Ireland Photo Gallery

Dublin to Doolin Ireland Photo Gallery

Back in September I had the oportunity to visit Ireland with a couple of friends. We only had a few days but we decided to drive from Dublin to Doolin and back again. We had incredible weather and were able to visit the Cliffs of Moher, Doonagore Castle and Dunguaire Castle before heading back to … more

Old England Forgotten Postcard - Brussels, Belgium

Old England Forgotten Postcard – Brussels, Belgium

The Old England building in Brussels, Belgium is one of my favourite examples of architecture in the city and I knew it had to become a Forgotten Postcard. The Old England was once a department store but is now home to the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum. The café on the top floor offers a beautiful view of Grand Place … more


Berlin, Germany Photo Gallery

Berlin, Germany Photo Gallery

Last summer I had the oportunity to visit Berlin, Germany for a long weekend. The weather was glorious and I was pleasantly surprised by the city. The past ten years have seen a renaissance of art, culture and architecture in Berlin. There are plenty of sites, old and new, to photograph and enjoy. Click the … more

Barcelona Spain Photo Gallery

Barcelona Spain Photo Gallery

Barcelona, Spain is one of my favourite cities in Europe. The Modernisme architecture, spear-headed by Antoni Gaudi, is incredible and there is a new and beautiful scene around every corner. Below is a gallery of a few of my favourite images of Barcelona, taken on three separate visits. Click on the thumbnail to view the … more

Ireland Photo Gallery

Ireland Photo Gallery

This is a collection of images of Ireland and Northern Ireland that I made on two separate trips in 2006. Click the thumbnail to view the full image with captions.  

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian photographer living and working in Brussels, Belgium. She specialises in garden and travel lifestyle stock photography. In addition, she is a Photoshop professional and produces digital artwork as fine art prints. Alison is available for assignment work and commissions on request.

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