Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

service station

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
service station

service station

celtic cello

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
celtic cello

celtic cello

stylish

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
stylish bar in pamplona

stylish bar in pamplona

night speeding in Dublin

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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speeding 2

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
bus race

bus race

fit for Olympia

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

crema marfil

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
crema marfil

crema marfil

gestern – heute

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

seen in in Wetzlar

gestern und heute in Wetzlar

gestern und heute in Wetzlar

architectural phallus

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
phallus

phallus

commemoration

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
berlaymont

berlaymont

chinese spring

Friday, November 29th, 2013

beijing international airport

Jingshan Park

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Jingshan Park, Beijing

Jingshan Park, Beijing

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

 

shark in the bowl

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
shark in the bowl

shark in the bowl

 

nodog

nodog

look right

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
look right (from the dows' perspective)

look right (from the dows’ perspective)

last remains

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Foshan

Foshan

guardian

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Foshan ancient temple

Foshan ancient temple

express to germany

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
foshan cultural festival

foshan cultural festival

greening cities

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
foshan recreation area

foshan recreation area

me

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Foshan Ancient Temple

Foshan Ancient Temple

quietness at a rainy day

Friday, May 24th, 2013
quietness at a rainy day

quietness at a rainy day

a normal day in heidelberg

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
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heidelberg

NSU

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
nsu

nsu

 

concrete today

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
concrete today

concrete yesterday

concrete today

concrete today

concrete today

concrete soon

relic – biomio

Monday, May 6th, 2013
relic - biomio

relic – biomio

relic – frizer

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
frizer

frizer

beautiful architecture (again)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Rheinsteig

Rheinsteig

framed domkyrkan (without spring)

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
domkyrkan

domkyrkan

spring approaching

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
spring approaching

spring approaching

HAL 9000

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
HAL 9000

HAL 9000

go

go

 

tricorne

Sunday, March 10th, 2013
tricorne

tricorne

pizzacorne

pizzacorne

 

anthill

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
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Manhattan

the winner

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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the winner

middle class position

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
vote Obama

vote Obama

before Sandy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Coney Island

Coney Island

reflection no 4

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
reflection no 4

reflection no 4

reflection no 3

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
reflection no 3

reflection no 3

reflection no 2

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
reflection no 2

reflection no 2

reflection no 1

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
reflection no 1

reflection no 1

Naples is the flower of paradise (Alexandre Dumas)

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
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Waste in Naples

Waste problems which peaked in 2008 still seem unresolved. Not only destroyed or over loaded waste containers, no, the street are full of empty plastic bottles, plastic bags, and other waste from shops, fast food chains and households. Luckily, German waste incinerators still have unused capacities which makes waste travelling thousands of kilometres through Europe ending up in smoke in Cologne. Goood business for the operators: 100 Euros per ton waste which the Italians pay.

 

Vedi Napoli e poi muori!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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Historic centre of Naples

“See Naples and die!” – some say that it was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who coined the phrase, and the phrase can be found in his ‘Italian Journey’ (1786-1788). The historic parts of Naples maintain the stereotype of narrow alleys with noisy scooters, honking cinquecentos, bars with life football maches on their screens and summer heat. The historic part also shows decay, plaster falling from the wallsand street markets with super cheap Chinese imports.

rural beauty

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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eifel rural beauty

Close to the Eifel National Park an investor is building these beautiful and typical Eifel timbered houses. Compelling individualism and stylism is the result of the endeavour.

not Las Vegas

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
not las vegas

not las vegas

… seen at the world’s largest miniature model railway. Amazing details and almost real light effect makes it almost difficult to distinguish it from real world. Such as the photo ‘tricycle on the motorway’.

 

tricycle on motorway

Monday, June 18th, 2012
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tricycle on motorway in almost real traffic

stairway to heaven

Friday, June 8th, 2012
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stairway to heaven

squeezed défense

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
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La Défense

past values vs. today’s values

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Kapnikarea

Kapnikarea, built in 1050 - H&M, build in 1947

sun power

Saturday, April 28th, 2012
athens

Athens

Nuclear springtime…

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

… for some European countries. This one will disappear within the next eight years after having been in operation for three months only. Stupidly built on top of a fault line and the building permit was withdrawn. A pity that the site is not converted in a fun park. Would be less costly for tax payers.

 

nuclear

nuclear springtime

blanc bleu rouge

Monday, March 26th, 2012
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blanc bleu rouge

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bleu bleu

visible history 2

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Mal schaun, ob er es merkt:

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visible chimneys

periurban monument

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Absolutely unspectacular monument in a periurban landscape.

 

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periurban monument

colours of konya

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Konya Central Market

mevlana

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Rumi is probably not known to us Westerners although we have heard about the whirling dervishes, often performed at tourist places in Turkey. Rumi was a Persian poet, Islamic jurist and theologian of the early 13th century. He paved the way for the Mevlana order in Konya which practiced the sufi dance to express the mystery part of Islam. The ceremony is referred to Sama which is broken up on four parts, each with a particular meaning. The whirling dervishes are representative of the moon and they spin on the outside of the Sheikh who is representative of the sun. An impressive experience.

 

armed raid in florence

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

loaded in florence

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Transport system in Florence is characterised by efficiently operated freight vehicles. Scarce road space and low emission zones favour alternative mobility options. Complemented by public bicycles, electric buses and a considerable share of hybrid-electric vehicles underlines Florence’s commitment towards meeting the European greenhouse gas emission saving goals. Was there any other remarkable experience in Florence? Not that I can remember.

Vulkaneifel

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Gerolstein

Surely, this is not what one considers volcanoes. But this area is seismically one of the most active areas in Germany. The volcano itself is hiding in the fog, the ‘maar’ is waking up in the morning light.

Wild camping usually is not a problem in Germany, except drunken youngsters in their tuned up car discover your tent in the middle of the night. I forgot to cover the reflectors of my bicycle which caused a scary situation. Luckily, I got away with it.

 

 

analog to digital

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Forgetting to take the digital camera along on my holiday granted me additional time to take few pictures in a very analog way. I had almost forgotten about the feeling to dive into a ‘frame’ discovering many details, nuances, sounds, smells, which otherwise would had happened in a 1/250 second. It is a very appropriate way to remember Creysse along the Dordogne in Southwest France with its bi-apsis medieval church.

for the sake of change: Bucharest 1

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Bucharest is a busy city. I have never been there and it was a pleasant experience. She is a public transport city and some people want to change it into a cycling city. With some success – even shops are decorated with it.

 

leaden slush ice

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

 

It was a remarkable sunrise which I experienced in Poland in February. The sea moved in slow motion – unreal in colour and consistency. To my regret I only had my old Canon Powershot G3 with me but the result still reflects somewhat the experience.

trinity

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Cross-country skiing belongs to the nicest activities in winter time. Off the noisy skiing resorts one moves quietly through the untouched nature. Only during crisp cold weather the snow is crunching under the skies in a meditative rhythm.


advent calendar – special kind

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Regensburg’s main theater turned into a huge living advent calendar. From the first to the 24th December, each evening a new window will be opened. No, there will be no chocolate in it – unfortunately. Neither beer nor mulled wine. The windows will be filled with songs, poetry, dances and music. Strangely, the door to 24 already opened, but nobody singing.

Father Rhine from the Dragon’S Rock

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Hiking along the Rhine is a wonderful experience, particularly during autumn: the forests’ smell of mushrooms, the colourful leaves of maple, oak, beech trees and majestic  Rhine carrying freight vessels, ferries and passenger boats.

Although busy with tourists, Dragon’s Rock offers a fantastic views up- and downstream. Here, Siegfried, the hero of the Niebelungenlied, killed the dragon and bathed in its blood to became invulnerable – almost.


Zeche Zollverein – the classical view

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

save our souls

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

no ashes, no phoenix

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Kokerei Zollverein

Malmö transformation

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

phoenix from the ashes

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

40 years later – westalgia

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Vorwerk is an international diversified corporate group with annual revenues of more than 2 billion Euros…

I was about 7 years old when a Vorwerk sales person came to our dwelling (in fact we lived in a newly built garage while my father continued constructing the house) and demonstrated the merits of modern technology. Instead of a vacuum cleaner bag he (or was it a she?) used a spotless white cloth – with appalling effect. Few days later we had one of those green and ugly Vorwerks in the garage.

Today, the vacuum cleaners still exist and are still ugly.

20 years later – ostalgia

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Germany is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the re-unification treaty between West Germany and the GDR (what was the meaning of this acronym?). The final act was the re-unification in 3rd October 1990. What has happened since then? To experience this, take your bike and ride through Germany (check out dynamobile2010).

ossi – wessi / sorge – elend

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The divide between East and West in Germany still exists and it will last yet another generation to make the borders disappear. Seen in Halberstadt where desperation is so obvious – but seen through a Western-angle lens.

Halberstadt

pianistin – rose – photographin

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Pianistin und Photographin in Einbeck

blown away

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Sadly, the shortest railway tunnel in Germany is history. For almost 150 years, it has been a landmark on the main railway line between Nuremberg and Regensburg. Our short-sighted society with economic interests as a leading principle was not willing to cover the 25000 Euros annually to maintain the cosy tunnel. 11000 tons of rubble have to be removed from the tracks until Monday to allow trains to use the line again. Commuters will miss the split-second shadow and close their books just before arriving in Regensburg.

etterzhausen

regensburg – churches at night 1

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

St Pieter’s Cathedral of Regensburg belongs to most remarkable Gothic buildings in Southern Germany. An unusual feature of the Cathedral is its separation from the older structure of the cloister. The cloister, usually not open to the public contains a fine Romanesque All Saint’s Chapel from 1164. The garden in twilight gives a sweet sense of inspiration – and a taste of what the night of open churches offers.

münchner freiheit

Friday, March 5th, 2010

finally, water on mars…

Monday, March 1st, 2010

not vancouver…

Sunday, February 28th, 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.