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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 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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Sunday – Day # 25 of The August Break

Sunday mornings are something of a treat to me. There is a Radio Station called WDR2, “West Deutscher Rundfunk” it says (=western german broadcasting) which has a 1 hour interview with interesting people each Sunday at 8 a.m. . So no sleeping in on Sundays. Getting up in time to get a Cup of coffee ready and listening to this amazing Radio Show.

The woman doing the Show, it’d be called “Sunday questions” in english, really has a wonderful way to talk to people and she has the most interesting people to talk to. A year ago she talked to Imme de Haen, a woman who bought a beautiful old redbrick farm house in northeastern Germany in the middle of spectacular landscapes and started to offer retreats there.

This morning the light was quite autumn-like already. Especially at 7:30, I love to be a “half-early” bird and be up at this time of the day when everything is so quiet and the ligth so special.

Usually, while drinking the first Cup of coffee I take a look at today’s prompt theme of The August Break. I had already taken those photos you’ll see below, capturing the atmosphere (and the aforementioned plum cake ^^)  this morning and it was only then that I discovered today’s theme is …

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 So, here is Sunday morning:

Beautiful flowers from yesterday's Farmer's Market down the street

Beautiful flowers from yesterday’s Farmer’s Market down the street

Ready for having friends over.

Ready for having friends over.

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Sunday also is a reading day.

Speaking of this: have you heard about the book “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”?

Although I still have unread books in the shelve, I went back to read this book on Friday after seeing an article about it..and… I must admit that this book should have been part of my post “The August Break- Books” …

The book is heartbreakingly deep and beautiful. I so went on this pilgrimage with Harold and could not stop reading. Harold develops a real mindful attitude while on his way and his way of being able to listen to people he meets along the way, almost reminds me of Michael Ende’s Momo.

Here are a few quotes for you to get you ….more curious/going to the next library or bookstore ..

“You got up, and you did something. And if trying to find a way when you don’t even know you can get there isn’t a small miracle; then I don’t know what is.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

 

“Beginnings could happen more than once, or in different ways.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

 

you could be ordinary and attempt something extraordinary, without being able to explain it in a logical way.”  
―     Rachel Joyce,     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry    

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jan/06/unlikely-pilgrimage-rachel-joyce-review

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Proofs of spring.

You wanna know where these world travellers have been today? Well… today not too far but most definitely they’ve seen green grass, park and one of my favourite street café. They had to go through quite a bit of stop and go because it  was some spontaneous wandering around with the camera kind of thing. IMG_1601 (800x533)  On this first sunny and warm, spring-like Sunday ..ever…in a usually very rainy town at the dutch and belgian border the whole world was on its way to sunbath, play frisbee, eat icecream, play guitar in the park…the whole “when-the-sun-finally-comes-out-once-in-a-while” sort of things.

Inspired by Flora Bowley’s current blog Project “the 30 days blog love affair” (,which you should check out) and ideas from Susannah Conway’s book and blog..um..and my own natural urge to get the heck out there…^^ I took a couple of proof-photos to remind myself and you all that it is spring. Not only on the calendar. For real. At least for today : )

So here we go:

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aaaaah yes. It’s not a plant. It’s a car. But a pretty old one. A pretty one and an old one I find myself thinking.

Let’s see… just a few steps further…..

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Lovely forsythia just around the corner. Love this kind of yellow. There will be more yellow in the following photos.

Going towards the park, this made me stop

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Not only do I love to capture these on photos..but also..look at those colours and those lines. Awww. yes. Drawing/mixed media material deluxe, especially the right one.

I didn’t take photos of the Café actually, but …let me just:

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Exactly. That. Caffeine.

But let’s not get distracted from spring Topics (although, spring to me is being able to sit in a street Café having a coffee or two without winter coat and YET: without shaking or getting wet 🙂

Here we go now, getting back to spring:

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Speaking of yellow. The Daffodil. Alive and kicking.

Note to self: paint a picture with a lot of yellow. and a contrasting turquoise. Yes.

On my way back, I took a few more nice pics and two when I arrived home. Let them just speak for themselves mostly:

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No, I didn’t bring those two lovelies from the park. They happen to live here all the time. Note the “I disapprove you haven’t brought us two buckets of grass and dandelion from out there”-look on their faces 😉

So that’s that for today. Spring proof completed. Have a lovely Sunday (night, morning, afternoon, depending on where you are in this world).

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