Surprisingly, there is quite a bit of swampland around the Finger Lakes in New York. It made for beautiful scenery on the golf course! Photo taken in May 2012. If you like reflections, you can see more at Weekend Reflections.
31 May 2012
30 May 2012
I couldn't believe there was a section dedicated to Canadian maple syrup inside a Berlin supermarket. And it was even on Angebote! I found it funny anyway. Photo taken in April 2012. If you'd like to see more signs, take a look at Signs, Signs.
27 May 2012
Another look at a work from the Oppenheimer Villa. This one is by Adolf Brutt who is apparently one of the founders of the Weimar school of sculpture. He was born in Northern Germany, but studied and lived for a good bit of his life in Berlin. I also found this piece very moving. It's called Gerettet or Saved.
I think it's worth a close-up look at the fisher's face. It's a powerful work of art. Photo taken in April 2012.
26 May 2012
25 May 2012
Summer days are upon us! There's nothing like a good bath in the river to cool down as shown in Badende Jungen or Bathing Boys. I also found this one in the Oppenheimer Villa. It's painted by Berlin artist Philipp Franck. Photo taken in April 2012.
24 May 2012
A look at one of the works inside the Oppenheimer Villa. This one really appealed to me, I love the textured brush strokes and the way the yellow lights seem to glow in contrast to all the grays.
Here's a better overview of the work. It's called Zur Grube or To the Pits and shows the miners on their way to another day's work. This work was painted by Berlin artist Hans Baluschek. Photo taken in April 2012.
Here's the entrance to the Oppenheim Villa in Berlin. This is the museum where I caught Narcissus gazing at his reflection. They have a lot of works by local artists here and an exhibit of how the city of Berlin has progressed over the years. Photo taken in April 2012.
17 May 2012
I found this bronze in one of Berlin's smaller museums. It's Narcissus giving his reflection some love. I loved all the details in this sculpture, the photo doesn't really do it justice. The original work is by Ernst Waegener. Photo taken in April 2012.
16 May 2012
A look at the doorway to the Ratskeller of Köpenick. It's a cute little village near Berlin with lots of historic buildings and sights. Every town has a Rathaus (city hall) and a Ratskeller (traditional restaurant inside/near the city hall) and here is the one you'll find in Köpenick. I didn't try it out, but it looks like there's a potential customer reading the menu. Photo taken in April 2012.
15 May 2012
In Germany, it's very important for families to take care of the grave. This one in the Saint Mathias cemetery in Berlin is very well cared for. I like it in black and white. Photo taken in April 2012. To see more cemeteries, visit Tapophile Tragics.
14 May 2012
13 May 2012
12 May 2012
11 May 2012
10 May 2012
09 May 2012
This restaurant is named after the old practice of letting guard dogs roam the walled city of Saint Malo once the sun went down. Apparently these dogs were pretty fierce and the fear of facing one in the dark streets was enough to keep people out of mischief. I'm not sure it's the best name for a hotel- restaurant, but it's historic! Photo taken in April 2003. For more signs, visit Signs, Signs.
08 May 2012
07 May 2012
I love the architecture of Saint Malo. It's a wonderful place to walk around and snap photos. Buildings like this make me wonder what their original use might have been: a place to lock people up, food storage, a safe house? It's a mystery for the ages! Photo taken in April 2003.
06 May 2012
05 May 2012
Believe it or not, Jackson, Mississippi also has its own Hindu Temple. And after some research, I've learned this one was built by the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism, the same one that built the temple in Toronto (which I showed recently on my daily photo blog).
While this temple is a bit smaller than the one in Toronto, it's no less ornate and it was built on the same architectural principles - there are no steel reinforcements, it's all balanced through the laws of physics and engineering! Who would have thought there would be a Jackson - Toronto Hindu connection? Photo taken in October 2010.
04 May 2012
03 May 2012
Another French street, this one is Rue Saint Georges in Rennes. When I was living there, this was my favorite street for a nice dinner out. There were lots of lovely little places. Photo taken in April 2003.
02 May 2012
I don't know if this was intentional or not, but this sign made me think this sandwich shop in Saint Malo is trying to be some sort of ersatz McDonald's. I found it funny anyway! Photo taken in April 2003. To see more signs, visit Signs, Signs.
01 May 2012
I found this grave at the tiny cemetery on the Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France. There is still a group of monks who inhabit the Abbey, so I imagine they are responsible for the decoration and upkeep of the graves. I found this one particularly attraction. Photo taken in April 2003.
To see more cemetery shots, take a look at Tapophile Tragics.