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 was...free.

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

Weekend!!!

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.
Click!

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

Madness

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

Monastic

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!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Family fun

Fun to watch, but you wont get me on the rink! Safer from the outside! On Place Kleber, till the end of the year.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Een maandagmuurschildering

A dutch Monday mural, seen in North Amsterdam, during one of my many trips there.
More Monday Murals here

Sunday, 25 November 2018

The Finnish way

This years guest country of the Christmas market in Finland. This is how they smoke salmon here, on Place Gutenberg

Saturday, 24 November 2018

It has started

The 449th Strasbourg Christmas market. Feel free to join the 2.5 millions tourist expected.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The piper

Near the cathedral, close to the FEC. If there are any Irish students residing there, I'm sure they love the name!!!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

3 days

3 days to go till the opening of the 448th Christmas markets. This year's guest country is Suomi Finland.
For us here, it means zillions of tourists crowding the streets, heavily armed army and police checking bags, coats, public transport problems... It is a good festive time, but we're glad when it's over!!! Last day: December 30th.

Monday, 19 November 2018

A Monday railway mural

Last spring, 2 Newyorkers were asked to do an enormous mural on the glass bubble surrounding the central railway station here. This is a small portion of it.
More Monday Murals here, at Sami's colorful blog

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Notre Dame

Morning stroll in town, looking for the first Christmas present. Cold but sunny, nice!!!

Friday, 16 November 2018

Weekend in black and white

Probably the most beautiful tree in town!
More b&w here
The same tree below, in his best autumn garb

Thursday, 15 November 2018

The Sea of Straw

Mar de Palha. Well, kind of. Not actually a sea, more a large bay, where the Tejo river, aka Tagus, flows in the Atlantic Ocean, in Lisbon, Portugal. The name comes from the color of the water at sundown. In the back, the 23 km long Vasco de Gama bridge.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Sunday, 11 November 2018

100 years ago...

At the end of WW1, in November 1918, a red flag was floating on top of the cathedral. Strasbourg was declared a socialist republic, for about 10 days, until the french army "liberated" the town.
Last night, some partisans of the independence from France floated the "Rot Wiss" ,red and white alsatian flag on top of the same cathedral. It was removed by the police at 10.30 AM.
History repeating.
Below, the press photo;

Saturday, 10 November 2018

A weekend reflection

Les Ponts Couverts, or covered bridges, part of the old fortifications around town. Well, we had to ward off the nasty Germans, innit!
More weekend reflections right here.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018

A Monday Mural

Well, what can I say? It's a camping, in Argeles, south of France
More Monday Murals right here.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Saturday, 3 November 2018

The Amis are coming!

American jeep, seen this morning at a vintage fair.
This said, tRUMP, the demented psychopath,  is coming to Paris next week, for the WW1 commemorations, as guest of Macron. Wish I could go to Paris to join the protest!!!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Weekend em preto e branco

On a very rainy and cold January  morning in Fatima, Portugal, eons ago...
Want some more b&w this weekend? Easy, just click here!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November theme day: friends

Some old friends and former colleagues of mines, in their best Sunday outfits...
More friendly photos and posts here

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

St Peter the young

The central nave of this most beautiful church in town. In my opinion anyway.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Sunrise? What sunrise?

Pretty dramatic, no? Lasted all but 3 minutes, before fading to grey.
 Good news: it's finally raining. And snowing on thhe hills nearby. Not a lot, but even a little is welcome

Monday, 29 October 2018

Rosae, rosae, rosas...

Do you see the inscription just underneath the statues?
A Monday Mural, spotted somewhere in the Pyrenees mountains.
More monday murals, right... HERE!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Petite France

Photo from sunnier days... Here, today: winter is coming with a vengeance, as they say in Game of Thrones

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Friday, 26 October 2018

Glendalough

A wonderfully misty and frosty afternoon near Glendalough, Wiklow mountains, Ireland. Eire. This weekend, Ireland (the republic) elects its next president. And also, they will have to decide if blasphemy is still a crime in Ireland...
More weekend in b&w here.

Éirinn go Brách!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Indian summer

Summer is over, and so is indian summer. We're back to normal temperatures, but still no rain... Major drought in France, many rivers are dry. And I mean totally dry, not a drop of water anymore. I've never seen the Rhine river that low.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

World's best!!!

Right, it is not Christmas yet. The reason why I'm posting this photo, is a CNN article, listing 17 of the world's best Christmas markets.Guess who is number 1... The article is here.