As noted in the last post, there is a page for each country in the CIA World Factbook. All have maps and and cover the same categories of facts. Additionally, there are a handful of photographs on some nations’ pages.
What is good about these is this statement that you find accompanying each thumbnail photo you click on:
Factbook photos – obtained from a wide variety of sources – are in the public domain and are copyright free.
But there are several odd things about these photos. The first is the absence of any reason why some countries have them and some don’t. For example, there are 15 photos of Jordan, and none of Iran or Iraq, 10 of Libya and none of Ethiopia, 11 each of Albania and Croatia, and none of Ukraine, Romania, or Bulgaria. The other is that by and large, these are tourist brochure shots: pyramids in Egypt, lions in Kenya.
But they are in the public domain, and it can be hard to find public domain photos of places outside the US since the understanding that photos taken by Federal employees on the job belong to the public is not an opinion globally shared.
So let’s start our world tour by meandering through Central Europe and the Balkans.
Santorini, an island 120 miles southeast of mainland Greece.
14th century Rousanou Monastery, Meteora region, Greece
Parthenon, Athens, Greece
ALBANIA, CROATIA, SLOVENIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA
The central tower of Petrela Castle outside Tirana, Albania, was erected around 500 A.D.
Tirana, Albania, and Mount Dajti, Dinaric Range
Looking down on Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, a walled port city on the Adriatic Sea.
Predjama Castle, Slovenia, is built into a huge cave
Slovenia: Church of the Assumption and Bled Castle on Bled Island, and the Julian Alps.
The Danube River as seen from Buda; across the river in Pest is the Parliament Building. Buda and Pest united together are Budapest, Hungary.
Fortress outside Eger, Hungary
Bratislava Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tatra mountains seen from rural Slovakia