Archive for January, 2010

bruxelles ma belle!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Walking from Gare du Nord towards Ixelles emerges to a journey through Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Brussels is a melting pot of  different cultures, although critics say that its segregated cultures living their own lifes. Still, for a visitor it is astonishing and amazing.

sunrise at the danube

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In the past, the Danube river posed a risk in winter when the sheets of ice pushed upon each other and blocked the water flow. Severe flooding was the result. Today, it just looks peaceful when the ice sheets slowly pass by.

taking a break from winter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Széchenyi thermal bath in Budapest is certainly the most beautiful spa which I have ever seen. The unique setting within the 19th century building complex and the variety of different thermal baths make the visit an exceptional experience. Despite air temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius people enjoy the outside pools – even playing chess in the water. The biggest challenge is to expose the camera to the freezing temperatures outside and the humidity within the bath.

winter goes on

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

About two hours drive from Cologne the landscape is still covered in snow and ice. Next to crowded ski resorts one can hike through lonesome nature. The perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Sauerland

Höhenfelder See

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Swimming in summer and ice skating in winter: as far as temperatures allow, the small quarry pond of about 20 hectares offer many leisure activities. On a Sunday early morning the lake is almost yours, except few joggers.

tranquil ‘oberpfalz’

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

This landscape reminds me of my early childhood.  Sure, this tree could be anywhere, the grassland could be anywhere and the sky could be anywhere. The smell of the soil, the air and the water, however, is distinctive and intriguing. ‘Home’, I would call it. Or trapped in backwardness?

Oberpfalz

welcoming 2010

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

The reputation that Germans turn loads of money into ear-splitting noise, glistering fire, and breathtaking smoke to welcome the New Year is truly true. Picturing the detonating fire crackers was a particular challenge which may require further experiments in the coming years.

New Years Eve