Sunday 31 December 2023

A weekend reflection


We're having almost spring weather, up to 13 degrees C. I want my winter back! lol

More weekend reflections here.

Friday 29 December 2023


More b&w right... here

              Wishing you all a very happy new year 2024!!!

Wednesday 27 December 2023

Monday 25 December 2023

Wishing you all a very...

 And my sister yet another happy birthday!Bon anniversaire, vieille!  😂 

Friday 22 December 2023

Wednesday 20 December 2023

La tienda de Jordi

Or Jordi's store, in the Istanbul Spice Bazaar. Jordi being a Catalan name (for George), you would that Jordi was Catalan, or at least Spanish. You would be wrong! According to Turkish television, he is actually Mehmet Kaynar, a Turk, speaking Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and English. He fell in love with the Spanish language years ago, and change his name so to attract customers in his spices and herbs shop. The shop attracts mostly thousands  of Spanish speaking tourists, but also Sting, Jackie Chan, Jodie Foster...  Bona sort, Jordi! 

I am not getting paid for this, just found it funny. 😂 

Tuesday 19 December 2023

For cat lovers!

From my trip to Istanbul a few months ago. Istanbulites love cats! Many cat food shops around, with cat toys, lasers...

Monday 18 December 2023

Saturday 16 December 2023

The cube

The cube, just next to Berlin's central train station. An international food hall inside. More weekend reflections 

Friday 15 December 2023

Christmas market in black and white

We have in Strasbourg the oldest European Christmas market, every year since 1570. 3 million tourists expected this month... A decoration on one of countless stalls.

More b&w here.

Thursday 14 December 2023

More Christmas decoration. Oh well, t'is the season...

At the old city hall, built in 1731, former residence of the counts of Hanau-Lichtenberg. These figures are not the counts mentioned above...:-)

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Tuesday 12 December 2023

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

A place I always visit when in Berlin. Click
here to know more of the place. I'm writing this on Monday December 11th, the fifth anniversary of the Strasbourg Islamic terrorist attack.

Monday 11 December 2023

Oh my, what did I do!!!

I ventured into town yesterday, Sunday, to take a few photos... Big mistake! I've never seen my town that crowded! Pedestrian traffic jams, long queues at the few public toilets... The Christmas markets weren't even open yet. Yesterday was also a shopping Sunday, all shops were open. Despite of all this, I managed to get a last (maybe) Christmas present, yeah!

Sunday 10 December 2023

Snow, ice, cold

I spent a few days in snowy and icy, and so cold Berlin this week. Managed not to fall or break a leg.

Friday 8 December 2023

Holy? Unholy?

The Russian orthodox Holy Trinity cathedral in Paris... Hard to find anything holy about Russia nowadays. In my opinion anyway.

More b&w here.

Monday 4 December 2023

On the road

I'll be away for a few days, to the world capital of Currywurst. I'll try to post from my phone, whenever possible.

Saturday 2 December 2023

December theme day: local history

Well ok, this is in Venice, not Strasbourg. But the theme is local history, and I'm not living in Venice anymore... Then why? The Valentine's day 1349 massacre, or pogrom, that's why. The Black Death killed about 25 million people in Europe. The church authorities were sure the Jews poisoned wells, therefore causing the plague. So, February 14th, 1349, they decided to burn the entire Jewish population of Strasbourg, 2000 men, women, children. It didn't stop the plague.

A few families, fearing what would be happening, managed to escape before. They settled down at the only place allowing Jews, in the old foundry in Venice. Foundry = ghetto in the Venetian dialect. Many Venetian Jews are descendants of there Strasbourg Jews.

More theme day posts right... here.

Friday 1 December 2023

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Maybe tomorrow...

Winter. Day temperatures are around zero C. This is an old photo, no sunshine today. But, if the weather report is correct, I might have a hot cup of coffee on a terrace somewhere. Fingers crossed.

Update: coffee inside, far too cold for a terrace, and no sunshine. Sigh.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

The white house

Levantine building on one the Prince's Island in the Marmara Sea, near Istanbul. It's for sale, should you interested... I'm not, too big.

Monday 27 November 2023

Saturday 25 November 2023

Cadbury cocoa

Seen in Valetta, Malta, a few years ago. Malta is a photographer's dream!

Friday 24 November 2023


The small river fleet is closed for the winter. Wish I could hibernate too...
More b&w right... here

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Lights in the city

Many nice street lights in town, some dating back at least a century.
I am currently a Facebook jail inmate, so unable to post on the City Daily Photo page for 3 days. The effing bot misunderstood something, again.

Monday 20 November 2023

7 dwarves

The town is getting ready for Christmas. Not sure what the dwarves have to do with Christmas though...

Sunday 19 November 2023

A little color

Everything here is grey, brown or yellow. But, only 6 days left till the opening of the very colorful Christmas market, the biggest and oldest in France.

Monday 13 November 2023

A Monday mural

Europe, down my street. Regularly dirtied, regularly cleaned. Some hate the idea of Europe... Anyway, more Monday murals right... here.

Sunday 12 November 2023


Travelers. Aka homeless, often by choice. I help them when I can.

Thursday 9 November 2023

"Books are a uniquely portable magic."

So says Stephen King.

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”

Malcolm X