Saturday, October 21, 2017

stift melk ~ melk abbey ~ austria

on the way back from slovakia we stopped by in melk abbey (benediktinerkloster stift melk, vorher auch stift mölk) in the wachau area of austria, at the beautiful unesco heritage benedictine monastery built 1702–1746 above the danube river. 

it is beautiful from outside + from inside, my dears and among others, it accomodates austrias oldest still operating high school (gymnasium).

enjoy few pictures:
the church inside melk abbey as seen from river danube / source: thomas ledl / CC-BY-SA 4.0 / wikipedia (english)
inside the church
looks like crazy chemtrails over the blue sky, doesn't it?
library ~source rollroboter/CC-BY-SA 4.0 / wikipedia (german)
hello dad :-)
more pictures here

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

oktoberfest 2017

oktoberfest2017 is over => but let's look back for a while :-)

how everything begun in 1810
how it begun in 2017: the run for beer or were all of these folks hypnotized by colleague of my wife olf (hypnotist; but during the oktoberfest an almond seller in family business) who made this video from INSIDE the feast area. who knows?
if you asked me, this video reveals a lot what is wrong in our world. in order to help others or to save the nature there would not be that many folks running like crazy, would they?

enjoy few pictures and insights as i have been this year twice. at the very first day (09/16) and at the very last day of this oktoberfest (10/03) ...
 two of us
augustiner beer is currently the probably most popular bier in munich
löwenbräu beer tent
... the oide wiesn (the old oktoberfest) is a paid area with few historic attractions
family on tour :-)
 late(r) at night
more pictures? here
few pictures from an earlier visit? here


Saturday, September 23, 2017


on our way back from a great, great birthday party in nuremberg (nürnberg), we have visited the medieval franconian (fränkisch, franken) city of schwabach. did you know that schwabach is also the (czeck + slovak) name of the old german 'gothic' scripture (schrift) from 15th century also called schwabacher?
enjoy few pictures + insights, but first please reward our under brute pressure enforced trial to paint the expression of our souls :-)
my masterpiece
my sweeties workmanship
schwabach (i love these timber framework houses (fakwerkhäuser)):
there was the yearly schwabacher funfair, too
(modern) virgin mary in front of the main church in schwabach?

of course we did not miss the chance to swim in the beautiful lake pfraundorfer see close to beilngries 
more pictures here.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


activist is a person which not only complains about the dirty river but also cleans up that river, you know?

well, we have been about 25 people (young and old) organized by rehab republic and cleaned up a huge part of isar river in the southern part of munich called flaucher. it was not too dirty or differently expressed: the yangon river in myanmar was in a much much worse condition before the trash heroes arrived, if you asked me :-)
 isar river
this is a household, not a trash heap ...
well, as i still had a trash bag with me i've also collected the trash in our neighborhood on my way home.
more pictures here

Saturday, September 9, 2017

kirchheim unter teck

on our way back home from the protest camp #StoppRamstein we have visited the beautiful medieval city of kirchheim unter teck (kirchheim under the castle teck) in the schwäbische alb area of southern germany. if you asked me, it is much much nicer and wiser to spend the needed breaks (lunch &co.) interesting places than to eat at the dismal highway restaurants :-)

we were lucky, we had a beautiful weather and a 'day of open monument' here in kirchheim, so we could visit the church tower, town hall tower and many other heritage buildings which are usually closed to the public

enjoy few pictures. as you probably already know, i like the timber-framed  buildings (fachwerk, fachwerkhäuser)
town hall (rathaus)
 the old house
 old city walls
more pictures in my g+ album