For quite some time, I have been thinking that I should write a blog post about Bonn. In the first few years that I lived here, I went to see almost everything it had to offer, but I never wrote about it. Blogging came later in my life. And now, I often use Bonn as the perfect base for discovering Europe and places that I never dreamt I would so easily be able to visit. One day I will write about Bonn, there is so much I would like to tell you. But not today. Instead, I will just share some pictures that I took in the old town last night, which show one aspect of its beauty. Continue reading
I started this blog so that I could write. But photography has become equally important to me, and quite possibly, it is my photographs more than my words that attract visitors to my site. So I decided to go through the hundreds of digital photographs, all destined for the archives, to find just a few more worth sharing. Because I try not to publish pictures of people, then this small collection is mainly from the animal world, but I hope you agree that our animal friends make some rather nice pictures too.
First came the writers and the poets, then the artists, and finally, the musicians. An elderly German stood beside me and told me of the Romantics who travelled along this river two hundred years ago, including several from Great Britain. We stood there admiring the view of the Rhine through a small opening in the trees high above Oberkassel, and in just a few short moments, this passing stranger had planted a seed that would become the inspiration for me to learn about Romanticism, the Middle Rhine and its historical connection with my home nation.
Last Friday, we went to the Nikolausmarkt at Beuel to see a local band play. The market was in a small square overlooked by a church, and as soon as the bells stopped ringing, the band began to play. The music immersed us into the local culture and this made the market feel quite unlike some of the bigger and busier ones we normally visit. The smell of fried food, the cold night air and the lovely decorations reminded us this was indeed a Christmas market. Continue reading
I had planned to go and spend the weekend in Heiligendamm in the north of Germany to see the Baltic coast and a narrow gauge steam railway called the Molli Bahn. But then my neighbours invited me for coffee and cake and, as I have been on my own a lot lately, I decided to take the more sociable option and joined them on Saturday afternoon.
I woke up early last Sunday morning and, inspired by the gorgeous September sun, decided to write about what I’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks. For some reason, there is a medieval theme that runs through this which I hope you will find interesting…
In no particular order, here are ten things I love about Germany…