What makes a museum?

Earlier this year museum visiting the acclaimed Museum Insel in Berlin, I ducked in at the Alte Nationalgalerie. To browse at leisure through it’s rich collection of  Romantic and Impressionist paintings and sculptures. In the entrance hall, “STOP!!”, commanded a staff member. “All coats MUST be deposited at the cloakroom.” This essential cloakroom turned out to be a…

The soul of a city

A friend once told me, many years ago, a city’s monuments are the visible expression of the soul of its people.  And perhaps no monument speaks for its city more eloquently than Brandenburg  Gate, Berlin. Built to commemorate peace in the end of the 18th century. With Eirene, the goddess of peace, atop the six…

The mountain that beckoned from the Autobahn

I saw it for the time first time last year, as we drove to Brandenburg, and then again this weekend on our way back from Gotha (which is well worthy of another post). Luckily this time, we had time to go crazily down many winding roads and through small villages. The lady on our car…

Zooming out -Saturday night outings

Yesterday evening we decided to make the most of some fabulous weather we’ve been having and the fact it was a Saturday to drive out to Wetzlar, a small heritage town close to home, for some photography. But a plain blue hour shot was not appealing enough that evening. Instead we experimented with some vertical…

Here’s where you’ll find me…

A long planned road trip from Vienna to Frankfurt. My first holiday in Europe… • 22-23 July – Vienna • 24 July – Afternooon leave for Salzburg • 25th July – Salzburg • 26th July – Early morning drive to Werfen, visit Visit of Giant Ice Caves – Take the alpine road onto the Großklockner…