Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dusseldorf

In keeping with my extensive backlog of photos from Europe (even though lots of fun stuff has been happening in Australia!) - I give you m day in Dusseldorf.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn't gorgeous, but at least it wasn't raining. Walking through the glamourous shopping district, the Konigsallee. I wouldn't touch those shops, but the river was lovely.


This is just along the Rhine promenade, with the Alstadt (Old Town) in the distance, including St. Lambertus church.


Dusseldorf was full of statues and sculptures, old and new. I kept m eye out for the 8 "pillar saints" but only found 4.


The Tourist (looking up at the Rheinturm).


The Photographer.


One couple.


The other couple.

The wonderful old statues could be found all over as well:




Walking through Dusseldorf is never boring - there are fantastic old buildings, with centuries of history like the Schlossturn:



The Kunstammlung, home of a huge modern art collection:


The Tonhalle, once an observatory and now a concert hall:


Church and modern art sculpture, co-existing:


The Media Harbour is where you find the really far-out modern architecture, including the works of Frank Gehry:







I had a lovely stroll through the Hofgarden, where I saw the brave little crocusses starting to bloom:


and I got a pleasant little surprise when I ran into some fellow Canadians!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bonn

Pat and I took a day trip to Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven. It was overcast and it rained a little, but it was a good day to visit museums, which Bonn has in spades!

First off was the Beethoven Haus, which is the house Beethoven was born in and grew up in. It's now filled with instruments he played, his hearing aids, original sheet music and the notebooks he used to have conversations with people. We couldn't take pictures inside, but I took plenty outside.







Next, we hit up the Museum Koenig, the natural history museum. Following that, we went to the German history museum, which was interesting but almost entirely in German, so we puttered through the Humour/Satire exhibit and then headed across the street (most of the museums were on the same block) to a very interesting and thorough exhibit about Napolean at the Art and Exhibition Hall. We couldn't take any pictures of the exhibits, but they were really well done!

Bonn had so many beautiful little streets and buildings, we honestly could have taken a picture of every street, but it wouldn't be able to capture the atmosphere. Everywhere breathed history, it was too cool.







Little German fruit market. They also had cheese, meat and bread. After all, it was Germany.



Parting shot: Beethoven statue. Rumour has it Beethoven actually hated his hometown, but they still love and worship him there. I definitely enjoyed my time there.

Cologne, Part 2

I'm so backed up! I have so much more to post! The best part is, I've been doing awesome fun stuff and taking more photos. So, keep coming back to this blog because this is where the action is. Or will be. My excuse is that it takes my computer forever to upload photos. Anyway, I have some free time now so here we go.

Cologne, Part 2: The German Experience

Cologne is most famous for, obviously, Cologne. So I headed over to the Glockengasse 4711, where the sell the famous Eau De Cologne.



It smelled amazing in there. I bought so many bottle of EDC, it is such a lovely fresh scent, and I am not a perfume person. Looking at the museum area, there was a plaque listing the awards it has won.



Look a little closer:


The Australian connection strikes again!

There was one day I decided to head to the zoo and aquarium. I had two cameras with me and they both ran out of battery about halfway through the zoo! There were so many beautiful animals including the exotic grizzly bear and raccoon. There was also a litter of baby capybaras and some beautiful okapi, which I'd never seen in real life.

There were about 14 elephants. The littlest one was very affectionate towards the others:


Camels, relaxing:


And Mom, here you go: Meerkats, meerkats, meerkats!!




video

The Hohenzollern Bridge is the famous bridge that crosses the Rhine, connecting Cologne proper with Cologne Messe/Deutz. The tradition is to write your name and your lover's name on a lock, lock it onto the bridge, then throw the keys into the Rhine.


Here I am on the bridge, holding Pat's beer for him. Again, public drinking it totally acceptable. And it was the afternoon, so it was even more totally acceptable. There were so many locks.


If you're ever in Cologne, it's definitely worth a stroll to look at all the locks. And you can have a look for me and Pat's!