Play Me

In every country we visited throughout Europe we found pianos in public places available for public performance. This one was inside the mall adjacent to the Central Station in Amsterdam. The piano was in tune and pianist actually knew how to play.

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Play Me

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Creative Tree Trimming

I have noticed that in Europe there is a formality and structure to even the smallest garden. This attention to detail extends to even the way they trim their trees. This tree is along the Rhine River near Breisach Germany

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Breisach Tree

Autumn in The Rhineland

A year ago we put on our adventurer’s caps and traveled down the Rhine River in Germany. This scene was shot from the top deck of the Viking Hiln.

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Autumn in the Rhineland

The Brass Penis

I can’t remember where I took this picture. I think it was in Heidelberg. Oddly it reminded me of the The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. In the center of the Galleria there is a mosaic of a bull. Legend has it if you grind your heels of the balls of the bull you will have good luck. The mosaic has a hole in it from a life time of people spinning on the balls as this young lady is doing.

I don’t think this statue has any such legend but a lot of people have been rubbing the penis!

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The Brass Penis

Kölner Dom

The Cathedral in Cologne Germany is official known as Hohe Domkirche Sankt Petrus but in Germany is simply called Kölner Dom. It is one of the few buildings that was not destroyed by the Royal Air Force in World War Two. It was however damaged as the rest of Cologne was leveled. Today the cathedral is battling another enemy and quite honestly depressing to look at from the outside.

The stone has been severely damaged by acid rain.I thought this survivor needed a better look, So with a little creative editing I made it into the golden survivor of the great war, a more fitting look for Saint Peter.

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Kölner Dom

Two Church Village

The Rhine River cruise was too interesting to be boring. However, after a while the villages became predictable. There was a dock, a town hall, a small square and a Church. This town must have been special because there were two churches along the river.

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Two Church Village

Marksburg Castle Revisited

Last year I published an article on Marksburg Castle. Here are some additional views of the castle not in the original post.

Along the Rhine River is a stretch known as the Rhine Gorge which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Forty castles line both sides of this section of the river. Marksburg is the only castle that was never destroyed and sits above the town of Braubach. The fortress was used for protection rather than a residence for royal families.

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Marksburg Castle Revisited

Marksburg Castle Revisited

Marksburg Castle Revisited

Marksburg Castle Revisited