Friday, 18 January 2019

Weekend in black and white

I spent the day for the first time ever in Baden-Baden, a small and lovely spa town in the Black Forest, 40 km from here. In Germany. By browsing the net, I discovered that the town an important russian population in the 19th century. People like Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky,  Goncharov, many Romanovs stayed there... They all wanted to the local casino. There is even a russian orthodox church.
Anyway, more b&w here, as usual

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Let the sunshine in!

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The white Black Forest

The Schwarzwald range, seen from my balcony. Complete with the huge television antenna on top of the Feldberg, some 85 km, 50 miles away. I can only see only see that far by very clear weather.
It's getting colder, but no immense snowfalls like the ones causing chaos further east in Germany and Austria.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Ain't no sunshine...

Well, we actually had a little sunshine yesterday, a few fleeting moments of vitamin Sun.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Friday, 11 January 2019

Weekend in black and white

Like a bird on...a shopping trolley, as Leonard Cohen might (not) say...
More b&w this weekend here

Wednesday, 9 January 2019


Mahatma Gandhi. My personal hero. The statue was a present from the Indian government to Strasbourg, in 2011. The artist is Ram Sutar, one of the foremost  Indian sculptors, also known for building the statue of unity in Gujarat, India.
Someone bring Gandhi some warmer clothes!!!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019


Blue sky, last summer. Well, it is winter now, we just had a first very fleeting glimpse of blue sky this yrar, all 5 minutes of it. Yeah!

Monday, 7 January 2019

A Monday Mural

Somewhere near the Marques de Pombal square in Lisbon, Portugal. Not a square square :-).I have no idea who they are.
More murals here this Monday
And don't miss last Monday's Elephant Woman mural!

Thursday, 3 January 2019


Things one can do with old audio tapes. Called cassettes in french, shortened to k7. Do you still have yours?

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Palais des Rohan

The fountain next to the palace of the prince-bishops and cardinals of the Rohan family. A notable family from Brittany who at a time monopolized all the the secular and regular powers in town, with a whiff of game of thrones.
Well, I like this fountain. Can't say the same about the family.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

City Daily Photo theme day: photo of the year

Well, the choice was fairly easy this year! It might not be my best, but it is definitely my favorite photo of the year, during the first of my trips to Portugal, in January 2018.
To see more, just click here

Wishing you all a very happy 2019!

Monday, 31 December 2018

A Monday mural

A feminine and Portuguese version of the  elephant man. Seen in Lisbon last summer.
Want to see more? Just click here!

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Ilha de Armona

It's cold, it's grey...The Australian heat wave sounds delightful!
Enjoy a bit of color!

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Joyeux Noel!

Above, it's Alsatian for merry Christmas and a happy new year. You probably guessed... :-)
Frohe Weihnachten, God Jul, buon natale, feliz navidad, bon nadal, kali chronia, nollaig shona, feliz natal, craciun fericit.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Ho Ho Ho!

Guess who is coming tonight, on his fancy green ride? Well, did you behave this year, have you been a good girl/boy?

Saturday, 22 December 2018


Like a fool, needing some parsley, I ventured into town this morning. Very bad idea! I absolutely HATE queuing in shops! Luckily, I managed to escape the "last Saturday before Christmas shopping chaos" unscathed (coffee helped). My bad: should have thought about that parsley before.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Weekend in black and white

Winter is coming! At 22h 22 minutes and 44 seconds exactly tonight, local time. All those of you on holidays: don't overdue it :-) !
More b&w here

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Last day

Last few hours of autumn, although it is not really ending. Looks like early spring, march kind of weather.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018


Well, last Sunday's snow has all gone. We will probably have the warmest Christmas in decades, grey and around 15 degrees C, or 60 F.
Last chance to see the Christmas market, as it closes on the 24th, 5 or 6 PM!

Monday, 17 December 2018

Ein Monday Mural in Berlin

See, you understand German! :-)
A part of the old Berlin wall called East Side Gallery. 110 artists were asked to decorate a one mile long stretch of the wall, back in 1991.
More excellent Monday Murals here

Sunday, 16 December 2018


And BANG! Suddenly, overnight,  it's winter! The white kind, not the fake grey and dreary one.
One question though: will we finally have a white Christmas???
More Weekend Reflections here

Friday, 14 December 2018

All hands on

Part of the East Side Gallery, the decorated remains of old Berlin Wall.
More b&w here, as usual

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Je suis Strasbourg

Terror attack here last night, 3 dead, 13 injured, 8 of them between life and death. The lone shooter fled. Cherif, 29 years old, radicalised Muslim, born and bred in Strasbourg, was arrested 27 times in France, Germany and Switzerland, the first time aged 10, spent several years in jail. He was well known by the anti-terrorist police, and

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Dom

This the protestant cathedral in Berlin, just next to the world famous Pergamon museum, on the Museum Island, on a glorious but freezing day The entrance will set you back 7 euros...
More about it here, in English.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Happy GDR propaganda

Mural seen last week in Berlin, at the old aviation ministry at nazi times, under Herrmann Goering, , now the finance ministry. No idee why they left this huge mural from communist times, when the building was used as the "ministry of ministries"...From what I know, the life in the former German Democratic Republic wasn't exactly rosy, with a sixth of the population members of the Stasi, and spying on everybody...
Next week, I'll show the East Side Gallery in Berlin, part 1 of...many
More Monday Murals here

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Action Catholique

The place is always closed, as it is an office building of the catholic church. First time I've been inside. The courtyard is used this month to sell monastic artwork, food and handicraft, as part of the Christmas market.

Friday, 7 December 2018


So, I spent a few days in Amsterdam and Berlin. This is somewhere near Alexanderplatz in Berlin. The locals call it "Alex".
This is for the Weekend in black and white meme.
And also for the Weekend Reflections meme.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Take a seat!

Inviting, innit? I'll have a triple expresso, please! And a foot massage: too much walking lately, in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018


Hallo from Berlin!
Madness. This word describes perfectly too many things...Not only the Berlin wall above... We're living in a world going increasingly mad, at high speed.

Thursday, 29 November 2018


Some stalls selling things they do in the local monasteries and convent around.

I'm off for a few days from tomorrow, haven't decided yet if I'll take my laptop, or not. Anyway, see ya a bit later

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Oh deer!

Well, you kind of expect to see many Rudolfs as Christmas decorations. Not here, not this year! Deers are the new Rudolf, with or without red noses!