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Golden october sunday

Today has been all about the pursuit of Carpe Diem – spending the first half of the day outside on a long photo walk- and the second half at the open Windows of my favourite room in my Appartement, sketching, drawing, colouring the latest ideas from the bottom of my heart.

Here are some impressions:

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As to the drawings – imagine being invited to have a peak at my vw campervan – Daydream-Edition 🙂

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My hometown from an interesting – sunlit – perspective

Even before going on today’s adventure I was convinced: It’s so much fun being a Tourist in your own City.

Yet I have learned that experience got its own ways, or, in other words: It wasn’t just fun, it was even better!!

It’s been a late September Day, very warm, golden sunlight and I decided to try out the muchly admired City Tour bus which passes by at Burg Frankenberg near my place. So, off on the upper deck, appreciating that the nice bus Driver opened the Roof and I was in for 2 and a half hours of sightseeing of an area of about 10 kilometres altogether. If you have such things in your hometown and haven’t tried it out – I can recommend to pencil in a date for this and go ahead. And – don’t forget your camera. Here are today’s impressions of my hometown, Aachen, Germany, with bits of information or rather subjective comments on the places or Events.

On my way to the bus stop - autumn is saying hello and I feel ready to face the Beauty of leaves

On my way to the bus stop – autumn is saying hello and I feel ready to face the Beauty of leaves

 

At the bus stop - the schedule and information about the tour and fees

At the bus stop – the schedule and information about the tour and fees

 

Drinking out of a camera-objective-styled thermo Cup caused a certain bewilderment, especially with the guy next to me who introduced himself (or rather his character) by asking me if I am at all able to handle such a camera :)

Drinking out of a camera-objective-styled thermo Cup caused a certain bewilderment, especially with the guy next to me who introduced himself (or rather his character) by asking me if I am at all able to handle such a camera 🙂

 

Elisenbrunnen = Elisen-fountain, nice architecture combined with smelly Sulfur water coming out of wells. Not everyone's Cup of tea. Behind Elisenbrunnen lies the ancient part of the City with pretty cobblestone streets and lots of Cafés and stores.

Elisenbrunnen = Elisen-fountain, nice architecture combined with smelly Sulfur water coming out of wells. Not everyone’s Cup of tea. Behind Elisenbrunnen lies the ancient part of the City with pretty cobblestone streets and lots of Cafés and stores.

At Elisenbrunnen, too. The upper deck of the bus offered a special perspective

At Elisenbrunnen, too. The upper deck of the bus offered a special perspective

 

Passerby blurry Impression of my neighbourhood

Passerby blurry Impression of my neighbourhood

 

Ludwig Forum, a former umbrella factory, now Hosting important pieces of Modern Art. A good place to go actually, yet the neighbourhood isn't my favourite...

Ludwig Forum, a former umbrella factory, now Hosting important pieces of Modern Art. A good place to go actually, yet the neighbourhood isn’t my favourite…

Tivoli, the Soccer Stadium and home of Alemannia Aachen.

Tivoli, the Soccer Stadium and home of Alemannia Aachen.

 

Aachen is famous for their horse riding tournaments, world wide even. CHIO is the name of the game. There are rumours in Aachen that it always rains during the CHIO week. As it often rains anyway it's hard to prove ;)

Aachen is famous for their horse riding tournaments, world wide even. CHIO is the name of the game. There are rumours in Aachen that it always rains during the CHIO week. As it often rains anyway it’s hard to prove 😉

 

This is a very new bridge next to the Stadium for horse riding and Soccer. It's the northern entry/Exit of the City.

This is a very new bridge next to the Stadium for horse riding and Soccer. It’s the northern entry/Exit of the City.

 

Ha! Spotted a van. It's a good day when I spot vans :)

Ha! Spotted a van. It’s a good day when I spot vans 🙂

 

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Alley

 

Lots of houses in Aachen have this kind of beautiful statues

Lots of houses in Aachen have this kind of beautiful statues

 

Europaplatz - Europe square. A huge roundabout, framed by the flags of many European countries. Aachen gives an Award for extraordinary success in european dialogue each year called The Karlspreis, "Karl's Award", named after the Emperor Karl der Große

Europaplatz – Europe square. A huge roundabout, framed by the flags of many European countries. Aachen gives an Award for extraordinary success in european dialogue each year called The Karlspreis, “Karl’s Award”, named after the Emperor Karl der Große

Blurry but colourful view into Pontstraße, heart of the Student quarter, Café next to café

Blurry but colourful view into Pontstraße, heart of the Student quarter, Café next to Café

This lizard looking building is a rather new helicopter landing spot at the (incredibly ugly) University Hospital Aachen. I don't find it pretty but I am very fascinated of its architecture again and again...

This lizard looking building is a rather new helicopter landing spot at the (incredibly ugly) University Hospital Aachen. I don’t find it pretty but I am very fascinated of its architecture again and again…

Seriously, can you believe THIS is a Hospital? A renowned one, even!

Seriously, can you believe THIS is a Hospital? A renowned one, even!

On the way up the narrow curves towards the Three-Country-Spot "Dreilaendereck", where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. It's the first time I haven't gone up here by bike. Imagine the calories you burn going there by bicycle. But you'll be rewarded with sodas and icecream at the top :)

On the way up the narrow curves towards the Three-Country-Spot “Dreilaendereck”, where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. It’s the first time I haven’t gone up here by bike. Imagine the calories you burn going there by bicycle. But you’ll be rewarded with sodas and icecream at the top 🙂

The top

The top

Information about the Dreilaendereck and the fun Labyrinth (with surprise fountains in it)

Information about the Dreilaendereck and the fun Labyrinth (with surprise fountains in it)

Platform up at the Dreilaendereck. There will be one more platform to Show and for all of you who are afraid of heights, too, you should know that this is the easy one. Not that I went up there... goodness no.

Platform up at the Dreilaendereck. There will be one more platform to Show and for all of you who are afraid of heights, too, you should know that this is the easy one. Not that I went up there… goodness no.

Probably a very good Point to look out to three countries at one climb - but I will never know. :)

Probably a very good Point to look out to three countries at one climb – but I will never know. 🙂

 

This Beauty looked at me in the park near the bus stop where I stopped by after the bus tour.

This Beauty looked at me in the park near the bus stop where I stopped by after the bus tour.

Home - my favourite square - where Saturday markets delight my heart as well as Saint Martin bonfires ...

Home – my favourite square – where Saturday markets delight my heart as well as Saint Martin bonfires …

Thank you very much for staying and looking at all the photos. I sure hope that you might feel inspired to do something like this, too. It’s worth the time spend, especially if you find a good Balance between taking photos with eyes and heart and with your camera. One comment on the Headline of this post. The perspective was so Special as I sat way up on the sunny deck. Like this:

I sat on the right top seat in the front. Prime photographer seat as the busdriver expressed :)

I sat on the right top seat in the front. Prime photographer seat as the busdriver expressed 🙂

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The August Break – Day 13 to Day 16 – “my guilty pleasure”, “hands”, “blue” and “look down”

the August Break - Day 13 - my guilty pleasure

Vanilla Muffin, chocolate frosting, chocolate M&Ms on top, and a Café crème with chocomel in it.

 

what my Hands like to do... picking my favourite guitar pieces....

what my Hands like to do… picking my favourite guitar pieces….

 

the August Break - Day 15 - blue

Detail shot of my Longboard – leaning at my Petrol coloured wall. This colour combination makes me outright happy. As much as taking the board for a stroll along the Rhine 🙂

 

the August Break - Day 16 look down

a blurry shot of my old yellow chucks… I like them because they help forget about rainy days.

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The August Break – Day 11 “handwriting” and Day 12 “on the table

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the August Break – Day 11 – a Rumi Quote: “Be Ground/ Be crumbled, so wildflowers/come up where you are/You have been stony for too many years/Try something different./Surrender” -On a personal note, ahem, after having watched “The Hobbit, an Unexpected Journey”, just last night, it sounds a bit like what Gandalf says to Bilbo in his Hobbit house 😉 – no offence to wonderful Rumi though…

 

The August Break - Day 12 - a very delicious rhubarb lemonade, Natalie Goldberg's 'Writing Down the Bones' and my Journal, in which I copied several lines of several chapters. Enjoying the last few days of my summerbreak as much as possible...

The August Break – Day 12 – a very delicious rhubarb lemonade, Natalie Goldberg’s ‘Writing Down the Bones’ and my Journal, in which I copied several lines of several chapters. Enjoying the last few days of my summerbreak as much as possible…

 

This morning the sad News of the passing of Robin Williams were all over the media – rest in peace, Robin Williams, you are the first actor I ever mentioned as “favourite actor” and you brough so much emotional intelligence into the films.

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The August Break – Day 1 to Day 10 – catching up, being happy…

Lunch

Lunch at Anne&Max in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. http://www.annemax.nl

 

 

 

 

The August Break - Day 2 - Pattern  Went for a natural pattern  of beautifully textured tree bark....

The August Break – Day 2 – Pattern
Went for a natural pattern of beautifully textured tree bark….

 

the August Break - Day 3 - window

Café-houseboat belonging to Anne&Max, Alkmaar, NL (ahemm, anyone knowing me just a teensy bit will not be suprised to hear that I payed this place a second visit…actually even a third ^^)

 

Orange - well, it figures, right? :)

Orange – well, it figures, right? 🙂

 

the August Break - Day 5 - three

“Three” – taken at the dutch coast while cosily resting in a beach chair, considering to book the next (short) vacation right before even finishing this one 😉

 

The August Day - Day 6 - reflection

Reflection of the fairy lights in the Loggia window, almost heart shaped …

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the August Break - Day 8 - selfie

Selfie with picmonkey filters – yep, bad hair day all over ^^

 

the August Break - Day 9 - in my bag

Revealing a bit of my love for colours of the aqua-Family. Just a teensy bit 😉

 

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coffee from my favourite Cup – I even love the Sound it makes when putting the Cup on the saucer (nerd? yes) – then two of my yummiest coffee pads, the Hema regular coffee pads and then my vanilla flavoured ones (best enjoyed with chocomel in it ^^ again: nerd? oh well)

 

So this what I would call proper catching up. The first ten days of The August Break which is just as much fun and fulfillment – at minimum – as it was last year. What makes it so Special this year is that I know myself accompanied by wonderful friends from Germany, France, England, Australia, Canada who are doing this year’s August Break, too.

Sherry Galey, I wouldn’t want to miss for the world having met you through photo Blogging just one year ago…thought it seems so much longer!

Up from tomorrow, it’ll be less overwhelming for you guys, as I’ll shift to a day to day posting Habit 🙂 –

 

Happy Sunday everyone – and happy August Break !!

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The August Break 2014

Hi everyone,  
yes, it’s been a while…but back I am indeed and what could be a better reason to re-dive into Blogging than the wonderful August Break? Due to technical issues I am a bit late – so it’s about catching up the next few days. For now let me happily present this year’s list of prompts and see you off with this for tonight.

 

 

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Looking at my hometown with fresh eyes

It is by far not the first time for me to do a photowalk in downtown Aachen, and this morning I didn’t even change much of my usual paths but yet there were new impressions to be caught with the camera or different angles …

Some looked best in sepia and some in colour. Let me take you on a visual walk through the city which is only a few minutes from two other countries, namely the Netherlands and Belgium.

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

This redbrick building is a theatre, it offers mostly alternative plays, or at least very alternative Adaption for the 20-30somethings

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at the theatre window.

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…on my way to the cathedral and Muensterplatz (~ cathedral square)

 

Looking up does pay off from time to time

Looking up does pay off from time to time

 

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love the colour combination

love the colour combination

 

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there....

You have to know the quarter to find this passageway. Love it. So much charme there….

 

 

swirly

swirly

 

a shop selling wool. Yes, it's Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though...

a shop selling wool. Yes, it’s Aachen. Quite unusual for the City though…

 

A violin builder

A violin builder

 

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. :)

Italian Food and such an artsy sign. Note to self: Make a sign series. 🙂

 

 

cathedral...

cathedral…

Magnolia and Saints

Magnolia and Saints

 

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Don't those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures...might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

Don’t those angels get dizzy? Actually I have never paid Attention to those sculptures…might have been distracted by the magnolia tree

 

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there... and attracted lots of children

Mr Duck Swimming in a small fountain. He looked a bit lost there… and attracted lots of children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo walk in golden autumn sunshine

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This is not part of a camera filled with tea. It's a thermo cup camera-style. And today it made a grown man bump into a lamp post because he couldn't believe I was having one camera around the neck and drinking out of an objectif?? I really am sorry for him....

This is not part of a camera filled with tea. It’s a thermo cup camera-style. And today it made a grown man bump into a lamp post because he couldn’t believe I was having one camera around the neck and drinking out of an objectif?? I really am sorry for him….

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complementary colours

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How am I able to leave the loggia – with this amazing view in front of me?

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On the outlook for atmosphere in this golden autumn start. A few photo impressions

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