Monday, September 29, 2014

unterammergau ~ pürschling ~ teufelstättkopf ~ ettal

well, after visiting beachy head few weeks ago, today we have climbed up the devil's head :-)
started from unterammergau, moved in 2 hours on to püschling cottage (1565 m) where we have had a nice sunny lunch with local bavarian brass band, finally took next 30 - 40 minutes on teufelstättkopf (1758 m), back to unterammergau and dinner in ettal ... beautiful day in the alps

tour description by (start from unterammergau, parking place pürschling => first turn left in unterammergau when coming from munich)

idea for next tour: große klammspitze (1923 m) or at least brunnenkopfhütte (start from parking place (behind the) linderhof castle: tour description

 teufelstättkopf, 1758m
my small sister
august-schuster-haus (püschlinghaus, pürschlinghaus) ~ püschling cottage 1565m
 on the way back
ettal monastery (our former visit: here)
more pictures here

Saturday, September 27, 2014

oktoberfest 2014

tooooo many people out there today ... we have moved to the beer garden next to oktoberfest / theresienwiese ... much cheaper and nice as well .... cheers
there was a bombing in 1980 ... R.I.P
as there was no chance to get a half of a table today, we have moved from thereienwiese to cirkuswiese:
almost all of us 

more pictures from 2013 + 2014 here

more coming soon or never :-)

Friday, September 26, 2014

business lunch

the resource investment community is still alive, despite the so depressed commodity prices ...

following 6 companies presented their stories in cooperation with jochen's swiss resource company in munich:
  • inca one gold (TSX-V: IO) ~ processing of gold ore in peru ~ i've bought few more shares as it is one of very few commodity companies in my portfolio which didn't collapse in 2013 or in 2014
  • timmins gold corp (TSX: TMM, NYSE-MKT: TGD) ~ gold production in mexico ~ all in costs approximately $1,000 per ounce ~ current gold price $1,200/oz ~ i've bought a small initial position approximately at USD 1.35
  • rye patch gold (TSX.V: RPM) ~ gold + silver in nevada / usa ~ royalties from the rochester silver mine (operated by coeur d'alene, all legal issues between coeur and rye could be solved) + exploration ~ my former investment is probably 30%-50% down
  • avanti energy inc (TSX.V: AVN) ~ small producer of oil in brazil and in usa from wells which were often 'left behind' 
  • falco resources (TSX.V: FPC) ~ gold exploration in historic rouyn-noranda camp in abitibi / quebec / canada ~ i've bought a small initial position approximately at approx. CAD 0.54
  • cortez gold (TSX.V: CUT) ~ gold-silver concentrates processing in mexico ~ my limit order for an initial position was fulfilled few days later at CAD 0.45
  • HDI rathdowney rersources  (TSX.V: RTH) ~ a Hunter Dickinson Inc. company focused on a zinc project (planned commercial production in 2017 - 2018)  in poland. additional assets are a discovery stage zinc project in ireland and a 16% interest in HDI heatherdale (TSX.V: HTR) which has a devolopment stage copper-gold-zinc-silver project in alaska / usa
 why do i buy so much stuff despite falling commodity markets? well, thanks to my peace activism (#OccupyWallStreet movement) i've learned that in order to save the world somebody should do it. but who is somebody? yes, you are right: all of us are somebody ~ me, you, our neighbours and their grandma ... so do not wait for somebody but start by yourself ... and thus in investing i buy few shares, some physical metals and i hope if many of us will do the same we can change the precious metals markets in our favorite direction .... => go gold bugs go and let's crash the fraudulent paper money system ... which among other things allows bankrupt states like USA, GB, FR, GER, ITA, ukraine, ... and its small dirty NATO armies to start (and to finance) wars all over the planet :-( ...

more coming soon or never :-)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

western crete

after i've show you the industrial part of crete here (our hotel area + heraklion), here you'll see pictures from our day trips in western crete:
  • knossos, the first european culture (minoan)
  • lasithi plateau
  • chania (hania), our favourite city on crete
  • kournas lake
  • rethymnon (rethymno, rethimnon, rethimno, Ρέθυμνο )
a) knossos
 the 4,500 years old palace (reconstructed approximately 1900-1933)
 the labyrinth ('minotaurus') ~ there were approx. 1,500 rooms for approx. 1,000 people in the palace including all the storage rooms (food brought as tax)
 two of us
the black sheep

Saturday, September 13, 2014

crete ~ heraklion

summer holidays with wife and youngest daughter in europe, greece, crete / creta / kreta, heraklion area, amoudara (ammoudara), hotel apollonia beach resort & spa close to 4 factories, 2 hotel building ruins, industrial port with 2-4 ships being uploaded or waiting for upload each day, airport and with layers of concrete and broken metal tubes in the sea in front of our hotel (dirty water pipelines and pipelines for sea water facilities for swimming pool?)  ... the romantic of the post-industrial era, is it? 

well, don't ask me after which criteria have my two lovely girls chosen that hotel :-)  ... probably because it was the #1 for crete in a public feedback website .... and yes, we like the hotel a lot anyway, especially the so fantastic food and the so friendly staff here .... if you asked me, the chimneys of the first (and biggest) factory are high enough to spread the smoke above our hotel and the sea absorbed the rusting pipelines and masses of concrete also quite well (probably was it a cheap way of waste disposal few decades ago or it has something to do with the salt water swimming pool facilities, who knows?), so we've also acclimated to this industrial scenery soon :-)
sweet romantic of the post-industrial era at appolonia beach close to amoudara, heraklion

our last time in greece was 2012 at the peloponnese peninsula looking at beautiful beach and romantic sunset behind the hills of the kefalonia island ...

btw, unlike we would expect, we haven't seen much poverty on crete .... and yes, the the beggars in heraklion we have supported at our first visit rather belonged to a beggar gang than to the poor locals as the waitress in a cafe told us ...

well, enjoy few crete pictures from our day trips here, few hotel and heraklion area pictures are  just below:
 river meets ocean #1

river meets ocean #2
a construction stuff factory? you see the entry in the hill? an old military or industrial bunker?
 one of the ships being loaded at our beach
 inside that strange bunker ...
back to the beach ... what a nice stones out there :-)
 view from our hotel room balcony to heraklion ...
32 times zoomed :-)
koules fortress is a venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare (1523–1540) on the left side
 Agios Minas Cathedral
ikarus + daedalus (ikaros + daedalos)
the venetian loggia (1626–28)
the venetian morozini fountain at lion's square (built under care of francesco morosini in 1629)
 ... by night with soooo many people sitting around in the cafes + restaurants
... whar about the crete mythos?
 heraklion by night. there is no crisis in heraklion, you know? 
the bars + cafes + restaurants are full with locals + tourists 😉
... all censored and uploaded crete pictures here
more coming soon or never 😃