Half & Half

Yikes. I haven’t written in a while, because half of my life moved to Germany. Half of my time I will now spend in the beautiful Rhine Valley = wine, castles, carnival and cheerful mentality + Drachenfels (dragon’s rock), Rolandsbogen, Bonn & Siebengebirge (the seven hills) in walking distance, Düsseldorf and Cologne just down the…

Best nature photographs 2015

After a disappointing Christmas season, at least with respect to the weather, Finland has arrived at snow and ice. Today -31 °C were reported from North-Karelia. Helsinki is presenting us with mild -13 °C. In any case, one is staying more time inside and it is a good time to look at the new winners…

Onneksi Olkoon, Suomi!!

Wow, the young lions won the World Championship of ice-hockey AND the Finnish young women the 7th of overall 9 World titles in a sport that I had never heard of before: Ringette. Obviously a more feminine version of Ice Hockey. And both happened last weekend in Helsinki. Here a video of the truly “nail…

Relocation update: Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France and the oldest city actually, it is also the largest cruise harbor, so it was paramount to visit. For a change, with all the ancient architecture in this area, I focussed my visit on a very modern building right at the sea front, the MUCEM. The “mistral”…

Relocation update: Aix

Meanwhile, two weeks have passed and I lost track of all the things I have seen. This weekend I took a longer trip to Aix on Provence and then I stopped for a few hours in Marseille. Aix is the historic capital of the Region of Provence and mostly well-known because of Paul Cézanne, who…

November Relocation: Nice/Nizza

Still wandering through Nice, smelling, seeing, hearing. The city is very alive, many rules seem to be there only to be broken, especially when it comes to traffic. So many details on the old houses, even the chimneys are decorated. Makes me wonder what happened to the profession of architecture since the “golden age”…But then,…