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Cochem is a town at the river Mosel. Above the town, you can find an old castle: Reichsburg Cochem.
The term Reichsburg (empire castle) is from the medieval Holy Roman Empire, a time, where the imperator has had to move around in his empire constantly to control and to govern it.
This castle was founded in the late 12th or early 13th century and reconstructed in the mid 17th century. Thus it is a good example for the neo-gothic architecture style.
Hey guys, I’m totally happy. Last night we have had a moon eclipse and the weather conditions were great for taking some photos. The eclipse started here at about 2:11h in the early Monday morning and lasted until 6:27h. It was a crisp cold night with about 4°C, but a clear sky – perfect.
Several years ago I didn’t have had a proper camera for this job and the last 2 or 3 occurrences the weather conditions were too bad.
There’s a big church in Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja
It’s the second highest building and the sixth in size of Iceland.
The design of the church is inspired by the Icelandic landscape. The walls are formed by pentagonal pillars. You can find this kind of pillars on many places on Iceland: it’s the shape of slowly cooled down lava. Basalt pillars. The bright color reminds on glaciers and the wall shape of all the columns
In front of the church you can find the statue of Leif Erikkson (Leifur Eiríksson), an Icelandic discoverer (970 – 1020). He is supposed to be the first European, who discovered the east coast of North America and founded a few small colonies there. His trips to Helluland, Markland and finally Vinland.are documented in Icelandic sagas. Scientists are quite sure about the location of Vinland: Newfoundland at the Canadian coast.
In my next post, I’ll show you another iconic monument, reminding to his trips to North America. Stay tuned!
You’re a regular reader and you’re surprised seeing a different topic as usual on Tuesdays? Don’t wonder. Leanne Cole, the organizer of Monochrome Madness, is currently on vacation. Though, she pauses for a few weeks. But, I put a monochrome image online for you, anyway.
Summer’s nearly over, now. Meteorologists declare September 1st to be the first day of fall, although the astronomical start of fall is tomorrow. I hope, you enjoyed your summer (in case, you live in the northern hemisphere, like I do) or your winter (in the southern hemisphere).
September 23rd is the day, when day and night are of the same length, just like on March 20th. This happens, when the sun crosses the equator. Because of the tracks of our planet through the universe is not exactly balanced with the earth rotation, these moments can differ a few hours. Thus, it is i.e. 23rd in one year and 22nd in the other. The same is true for the crossing in spring.
Here we are again, at the weekly photo challenge organized by “The Daily Post”
(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)
In every town, you can find some things that seem funny, special or even weird. That also true for Reykjavik.
Some of these things are so with intention. Others are modified by the locals and you can call them street-art. The blue bike, i.e. is used as a gate. I found 4 of them, each in a different color. So, they can also be used as a meeting point. They are used, to close the pedestrian area for cars and vans. Only in certain times, they are opened to give permission to vans to deliver goods to the shops. In the meantime, they look way better, than a common red-white colored bar.
Some shops decorated their front with statues of vikings or trolls, mythical beings from the nordic sagas. Each region or county has its own culture and that’s what make traveling so interesting.