Monday 31 October 2016

Tomorrow is CDP theme day...

... the theme being "out of focus". So, (un)sharpen your cameras! Stay focused!

Saturday 29 October 2016

The sky above...

Fitting ceiling at the Sofia airport metro station... Even by grey weather.

Friday 28 October 2016

Paying to take photos...

A shocking thing to me, having to pay for the right to take photos, specially as a sign forbids it... Anyway, this is St Alexander Nevski orthodox cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria, the town's main attraction (see the photo I posted a few days ago).
Well, I paid (the price of a good meal in a good restaurant), and I didn't regret it.
More info as usual given by Wiki.

Thursday 27 October 2016

Rilski Manastir

AKA Rila Monastery, Imagine, a over 1000 years old place, totally lost in the mountains, 120 km south of Sofia. A truly beautiful place. More, here.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

One heck of a landing!!!

Well, this is not Strasbourg. I was away for a week, to the beautiful city of Sofia, Bulgaria. A dangerous city in a way, as the planes are crossing the city centre before landing. But what a view!!!
Well, this the Alexander Nevski cathedral, orthodox. More about it later.

Thursday 20 October 2016

Welcome to the East!

Looking for wisdom in Sofia , Bulgaria, lol! How good is your Greek???

Tuesday 18 October 2016

I'm leaving on a jet plane...

Well, I'm off for a few days, pursuing my (re)discovery of byzantine Europe, after a 2 years long gap. II am not taking my laptop, but I might be able to post from my mobile phone. We'll see. See you then!

Monday 17 October 2016

The coolest car in town

Pimp my merc, the Strasbourg version.
You would think that Strasbourg was a medium-sized town, with its 275.000 inhabitants. It is not! I see this car at least once a week, he seems to be everywhere I go. OK, it's very easy to recognize, but still: once a week??? No: Strasbourg is a small town, with but a few cars. Or so it seems.
Anyway, the statue looks amused.

Sunday 16 October 2016

Saturday 15 October 2016

Real men love dogs!

Weekend in black and white is a meme, based in Ireland. It's animated/created by Dragonstar, since june 2010, and I love it! I am very thankful to this meme, as it ... pushed to create my own B&W.
Curious? Well, easy peasy, just click!

Friday 14 October 2016

Just before sunrise

From my kitchen window, whilst having my first coffee.

More sky photos here

Thursday 13 October 2016

Cover up!

Right, you can still have lunch or coffee outside, but you better cover up, with midday temperatures barely into double figures. But hey, good news: soon enough, they will put heaters out!

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Здоровье, товарищ!

Now then... You see the yellow building? The bistrot des copains. Bistrot: a drinking place. Copains; mates, buddies. The name bistrot, or bistro, comes from the russian "bystro", quickly, fast. This dates back to the occupation of Paris by cossacks, in 1814. The russian soldiers were thirsty, the french waiters slow...

Tuesday 11 October 2016

The perpetual daydream of the three madmen from the mountain

A painting by German painter Daniel Richter, to be seen at the Museum of modern art. More about him here.
As for the original title... It is: der ewige Tagtraum der drei Irren vom Berg

Monday 10 October 2016

Sunday 9 October 2016

It's all so quiet...

I love going through on sunday! I like the quiet, the few people around take their time. And so do I!

Thursday 6 October 2016

UDS:3. Nobel: 4

The university garden. The local U is the Université de Strasbourg, or UDS (formerly ULP, Université Louis Pasteur). 3 universities in one, with 50.000 students and 4000 researchers. And 4 obel Prize winners working there right now, teaching, 3 in physics, one in chemistry. The U teachers won 3 Nobel prizes since 2011. You might see them in the garden...
More b&w for this weekend here.

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Raven's court

Actually the raven's courtyard. Ravenscourt is a tube station in London, from where I commuted daily for a few years. Well, couldn't resist, couldn't I!
Anyway, this is the Cour du Corbeau. An old inn, it became a hotel in 1528. Yeah, things are old here! This is the entrance to it, 57 rooms in a 4 stars hotel, a few minutes from the cathedral.

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Monday 3 October 2016

The CIA chateau

Well, we even have our very own castle here, the chateau de Pourtales! With a rich history.
Built in 1784, called after Mélanie, countess of Pourtales, a favorite of Napoleon the 3rd. When she was in town, she had many hosts: King Ludwig the 2nd of Bavaria, the German emperor, the Prince of Wales, many kings and queens, Albert Schweitzer, Franz Liszt, and so on.
Melanie died in 1914, and her castle closed in 1939.
After the war, the castle housed the Free Europe University in Exile founded by the CIA in 1951 to form cadres for the reconquest of Eastern Europe. I wasn't aware of this when I played in the park and used the chateau's toilets in the 60es...
In 1972, it became a campus of Schiller International University.
A fancy hotel occupies now the former stables, see below

Sunday 2 October 2016

Abandoned bunker on the Maginot Line

One of the last bunkers in Strasbourg. There used to be a lot more of them, as we are right on the german border. Growing up the 60es,  we kids used to play hide and seek or cowboys and indians in them.
Still a necessary thing for many.

Saturday 1 October 2016

CDP monthly theme day: abandoned

These are the 2 abandoned kittens we rescued in the last 8 years, In Cyprus and in Spain. Rio and Bundles.
How could someone have abandoned them at the first place??? Beats me.
More about the City Daily Photo blogs theme day here. And thanks, Peter, for not abandoning us! :-)