In the center of Bergen, Norway, this statue stands imposingly on a harbor pier. It really stood out. People took to sitting around the statue and birds found the top of the statue to be a nice perch. I didn’t have time to read about who this statue is of, but thanks to the internet I figured out it is of Leif Larsen. He was a naval officer and the most highly decorated Norwegian in WWII. History has so many details, it is amazing how it seems you can never learn it all.
While taking a walk along the Ahr River, I noticed this table and chairs on the side of the road right near where the path began. The table and chairs did not match and were very simple. Yet I found them inviting. They obviously were meant for the people who lived in the house, but the chairs were inviting. They were almost asking passers by to sit and take a break.
Looking at the next few photos I want to post, I noticed that many were in black and white. So I thought I would group them together in a theme “week”. It will actually be more like a number of posts over two weeks, but that doesn’t matter.
There are not many places where you can actually go behind a large waterfall. On a hike in Norway in the summer of 2015, we passed by Storseterfossen. The waterfall, located near Geiranger, is about 30 m high and can be reached by steep but short hike. The view from behind the waterfall is quite different. The sound echoes, the rocks are moist and mossy, and you appreciate the waterfall not by looking at its size cascading over the mountain, but rather by feeling and hearing it.
One of my favorite vacation spots is the Hopfensee in Bavaria. The landscape is simply breathtaking and it is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. This picture was taken on a hot August evening a while after sunset. The very last light of the long European summer day was dwindling away.
When visiting a historical spot, I always have a sense of history weighing on my shoulders. Here in Schloß Hohenschwangau I picture King Ludwig II moving through these rooms and looking out the window. He is widely thought to have been a disturbed man, I wonder if he felt the same soothing effect of the mountains that I did. Such a view is simply breathtaking.