I am very thankful that smart phone cameras are good enough to take daily good shots. I was on a business trip to a conference being held by Deutsche Post in their headquarters tower in Bonn, Germany. The building is glass and is the tallest in Bonn. The bright blue sky was reflected nicely off of the building and the curves and angles of the building make for some excellent pictures. I could have spent hours here getting different shots – and maybe I will one day. But as I didn’t have time nor my camera, I settled for a few iPhone shots.
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. After a wonderful two days in Graz, a flat tire and a public holiday got in the way of continuing the trip. While this meant we would not be able to spend as much time in our next destination, there was more time to explore Graz. One of the many beauties of Graz, Austria is Eggenberg Palace, and this was on the agenda for the extra day. The was built in the 1600’s. The palace is very beautiful inside, but the outside impressed me as well. The interesting patters the courtyard walls made, from the arches to the placement of the lamps, struck my eye.
I love the architecture of skyscrapers. Europe isn’t known for it’s tall buildings, but thankfully I live not to far away from Frankfurt, which has the highest number of skyscrapers in Germany. Every year they host a Skyscraper Festival, so in 2014 I attended. It was a nice day, though taking full advantage of all on offer would have required more planning. Of all the photos I took, I like this one the most. I think because, to me, it shows not matter high we build, we are still small.
Metz, France is a beautiful city on the Moselle River. I have very fond memories of visiting it while on my year abroad, and have been drawn back a number of times. The city shows a number of different architectural styles, reminders of the chaotic history of the city. In this picture you see the Moyen Pont (Old Bridge), which was built in the 13th century and the Temple Neuf (new temple), an early 20th century Protestant church.
I find religious buildings fascinating. They say so much about history, about a culture. Germany is known for its grand cathedrals and ancient buildings, like the Cologne Cathedral. But most churches in Germany are modern and not so grand. This is a church in Ludwigshafen, most likely built some time in the 1950’s. It is a simple church and speaks to the post-war reconstruction of the 1950’s. Today it has lost it’s shine, but I wonder how the churchgoers must have been excited to be able to worship in a brand new church after the war. It must have meant a lot to them.