sister_luck: (Default)
2017-04-23 09:45 pm

Laach Lake

In German Laacher See - or Lake Lake, as Laach is from Old High German lacha - which is related to English lake of course.



Read more... )
sister_luck: (Default)
2017-04-21 07:46 pm
Entry tags:

Maar III.

I am starting this with a map of the three maars in Daun:



Read more... )
sister_luck: (Default)
2017-04-19 01:30 pm

Maar II.

After walking half-way around Schalkenmehrener Maar, it was time to tackle the next maar which is called Weinfelder Maar after a small chapel plus cemetery left over from a village abandoned in the 16th century because of the plague. Alternatively, it is also known as Totenmaar or Maar of the Dead.

And right away, the atmosphere is different - it also didn't help that the blue skies had given way to grey clouds:

Read more... )
sister_luck: (Default)
2017-04-18 11:47 am

Maar.

You may know the common German word for lake, which is der See. Yes, it looks a lot like sea, but that's more commonly known as das Meer unless you're being poetic and then you can call it die See. German is NOT straightforward - a claim I've heard recently and which I find a little naive.

To make it all the more complicated there is also das Maar, which is a special kind of lake (and even that is not always true).

The word derives from the dialect of the Eifel region for the lakes of the region and in its most scientific definition it pertains to a broad, low-relief volcanic crater caused by a phreatomagmatic eruption (an explosion which occurs when groundwater comes into contact with hot lava or magma). Thanks, wikipedia! Often, these craters fill with water and then you get a Maar lake, but they also dry out (on their own or through human intervention) and then they become known as dry maars or Trockenmaare.

Among the most famous Maare are three lakes situated in close proximity in the Eifel near Daun. Here is one of them, the Schalkenmehrener Maar named for the village of Schalkenmehren which you can see in the background.



Read more... )
sister_luck: (Default)
2017-04-01 05:12 pm

Saturday a week ago.

A week ago on Saturday we took out the bikes for the first excursion of the year.

The weather was so beautiful and we didn't want to go on Sunday when everyone else was going to be outside.
We headed off in a different direction this time, because we were hoping the kid would be able to handle a longer trip. (He was great.)

Pictures )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-10-09 07:31 pm

Autumn picture dump.

Autumn at the playground.

Took the bikes out yesterday and had a look at a playground that we hadn't been to. The kid got a handy little map at school showing all the best spots in town, so there was a new place to discover.

Kid liked it - I didn't think it was that spectacular but one of the better-maintained ones around.

While the kid played, I took my first real autumn pictures of the season.

Autumn at the playground )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-08-27 05:57 pm
Entry tags:

St. Ives.

St. Ives is a very pretty place and of course everyone else thinks so, too, so it's teeming with tourists, but not horribly so. It's just very full. Parking is only possible outside the town which I think is absolutely fine, but it's a bit on the expensive side. They could probably pedestrianize more of the area around the harbour - at least during the summer months when they already restrict parking in several streets.

But yes, very very pretty, especially in the evening light:

Pictures )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-08-18 04:43 pm

Seagulls.

Going on a seaside holiday of course you encounter gulls.

Pictures related to gulls )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-07-18 09:00 pm
Entry tags:

Sunday evening stroll.

The kid being at the grandparents' and this being the summer holidays I indulged in a little picture-taking in the parkland close to our house.

I did not spot the cormorant again (yes, really) who somehow has been hanging out on the local river, but there were lots of butterflies, dragon-/damselflies, several species of waterfowl and all sorts of creepy-crawlies.

I'm doing this photo project on twitter called MissionFoto and the theme this month is Gegenlicht, i.e. Contre-jour or backlighting. I've been playing around with that a bit but there are also some more straightforward pictures.

Under here )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-07-04 08:04 pm
Entry tags:

Nostalgia.

Yesterday we added to our carbon footprint by driving in the car to a village in the middle of nowhere where we boarded a narrow-gauge steam train to travel to another tiny village where we walked around 15 minutes and then we went back by train again.

The grandparents were happy. The kid enjoyed it. My brother loved it.

Here are some pictures )

sister_luck: (Default)
2016-05-18 09:18 pm
Entry tags:

Weilburg.

Weilburg, the city of my father's childhood, is a place we visit about once a year, usually in spring.

This year we made it up to the town centre with a famous castle/palace ensemble which does not have an English wikipedia article - I am genuinely shocked at this oversight.

Here are some pictures )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-05-05 08:57 pm
Entry tags:

Zons.

Last Sunday the weather was stunning - blue skies, sunshine - a much needed improvement after lots of proverbial April weather with rain and even hail.

Ignoring the desk and the clutter we decided to do some local sight-seeing, visiting a place that the kid had not seen yet. Zons is an old fortified town by the Rhine.

Last weekend they had a medieval market and fair which also included the re-enactment of a famous battle.
We did not witness the battle, but still had a very good time in the sun.

Picspam )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-02-13 04:58 pm
Entry tags:

Elbe Philharmonic Hall

One of those prestigious building projects that horrendously ran over cost and time but a fascinating building nonetheless. Still not finished.

Lots of pictures )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-02-10 06:09 pm
Entry tags:

Holiday walk.

We did a holiday park break over the long Carnival weekend again, but I've got to say I can't spend the entire time within the confines of the park, I need to see more than playgrounds, petting zoo and swimming pool (and shops and restaurants).

With the L√ľneburg Heath around us, there was plenty of landscape around us.

I'd been there once before, as a child, with my father and my grandparents. The names on the road signs were familiar and when we drove towards the town I knew I had stayed in, I spotted the words Pietzmoor on a sign and that rang a bell. We parked close to the holiday home village where we had rented a cottage and went for a walk around the Piet's bog.

Efforts are under way to restore this rain-fed bog - it was drained and there was a lot of peat extraction even as late as the 1980s there and you can still see where the peat was cut - the rectangular holes have filled with water.

Pictures )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-01-25 07:53 pm
Entry tags:

Architecture.

When you cross the border, much is different.

The first thing you notice is that the signage is in another language: sometimes the words are off just by a few letters, sometimes they are nearly incomprehensible.

Even the motorway signs, although they have the globally accepted white colour on blue background, are just a tiny bit wrong. The familiar names of cities seem changed when written in a font that is ever so slightly rounder with the individual letters ever so slightly further apart. Or are they closer? You cannot tell, but the name of the city you were born in suddenly looks foreign.

There are much larger cues though than the writings on the walls.

Houses )

Writing this down, I've come to realize that my expertise in architectural styles is a little vague at best, so all mistakes are clearly my own.

And: While these houses in the Netherlands seem very different to what I'm used to, there are also striking differences between different German regions: slate shingles in the Bergische Land, red brick in the North, wooden balconies in the South.
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-01-02 03:58 pm

New Year's Day Walk Extended Version.

Under the cut, some of the pictures of our New Year's Day Walk.

Read more... )
sister_luck: (Default)
2016-01-01 07:43 pm
Entry tags:

Customary New Year's walk.

Sending along my best wishes for a lovely, peaceful, healthy and happy 2016!