When in the Black Forest, you can really picture Grimm’s fairy tales taking place. The dense woods and mountains are beautiful, but at times foreboding. The Triberg Waterfall is one of the highest in Germany. (The town claims it is the highest, but that is disputed). The waterfall cascades 163 meters down rocks on the Gutach River, not far from the center of town. This accessibility makes it one of the most visited attractions in Germany. I love waterfalls and enjoyed the day trip to see it. The fact my parents were visiting probably also make me recall the day fondly.
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.
I do not like hot weather, and the recent hot weather led me to think about the fall. I took this picture on a walk to look at the foliage. Unfortunately the fall foliage in Germany does not compare to what you see in New England, but the colors are still pretty. I remember not liking the fall as a kid because it meant back to school. But as I attended college in New England, I grew to love the fall – the cool weather, the beautiful foliage, and well back to school was a good thing. Now fall is one of my favorite seasons. I don’t want to wish the summer away, but thinking about the fall helps me stay cool during a heat wave.
Modern German history has fascinated me for a long time. The country has been through so much turmoil, so much change in such a short time. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Berlin, where the scars of the World Wars and Cold War division are still visible – even if they are disappearing. Whenever I am in Berlin near where the Wall stood, I find it hard to fathom that I would have been shot for standing there and taking a picture. Pariser Platz, where this picture was taken, was in the death strip, where the East German border guards had a shoot-to-kill order. A no man’s land after the war, Pariser Platz is now a symbol of a unified and revitalized Berlin, even if a bit of a tourist trap. Continue reading “I Would Have Been Shot”
NYC has the Statue of Liberty, London has Towers of Parliament, and Berlin has the Brandenburg Gate. Mannheim has the Wasserturm. The weather was gorgeous today, and I couldn’t wait to test my new lens and ND filter at the fountains at Friedrichsplatz. This is the home of Mannheim’s Wasserturm (Water Tower)…the symbol of the city. Friedrichplatz is really beautiful, with art nouveau architecture abounding. Especially when the weather is nice, it is a wonderful place to come together with friends and enjoy life. So here it is – the symbol of my adopted city.