Thursday, 24 May 2018

Global warming

I love oleander!!! One of the few flowers I can recognize and name. I've seen a awful lot of them in places like Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, places where I feel at home. Imagine my surprise this spring when I noticed them in Strasbourg. They are not growing wild like in the south, but still: what does a middle eastern flower have to do here, so far north??? They are everywhere now. So, global warming deniers, how do you explain this???

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A bridge to the Neustadt

Probably the nicest bridge in town! A bridge between the old town, aka the city center, aka la grande ile, big island, and the new town, German: Neustadt, the monumental area built by the German occupiers around the 1870es. Which passes as new hereabouts.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Into the green

What a nice, bucolic, romantic, warm, etc,  day yesterday was, in the Petite France, along the river Ill!

Monday, 21 May 2018

De Pijp mural

A ray of sunshine in cold and grey Amsterdam, last month., near the Albert Cuyp market, in the Pijp area
Click here to see more Monday Murals.
You also might like this gem, from 2 days ago.
Which brings to wishing a blessed Ramadan to those who follow it!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

TV? Internet? Chores?

Here is another idea for your Whitsunday. Being a danger for others and myself on a bicycle, I went for a walk.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Hidden

Hidden away in a leafy courtyard, behind a bookshop, in an over 2000 years old street... Mother Teresa, of Skopje, Macedonia, and of India. One of my personal heroes, since first I met her in the 80es, and a huge influence in my life. I was lucky enough to meet her several times, in India and elsewhere, Saint Teresa of Calcutta/Kolkata.

Friday, 18 May 2018

36 shades of grey

Quiet street in the city center.
Join us, like almost every weekend, to see more b&w. Where? Here, of course!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

What time is it, Herr Doktor Einstein?

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation. Michael Jackson

Monday, 14 May 2018

From the air we share

From the air we share is the name of a HUGE mural from FAILE, a Brooklin collectif . Made for the 20th anniversary of our local modern art museum. This is only a small part of it...
An artist at work:
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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Caddie art

Part of the 20th anniversary of the modern art museum. I like it! You've seen caddies on the US, Dubai, in your favorite supermarket or airport, but what you might not know is that they made 30 km from here. They're used in over 130 countries.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Waterlilies

The water-lily, in midst of waters, opens its leaves and expands its petals, at the first pattering of the shower, and rejoices in the raindrops with a quicker sympathy than the packed shrubs in the sandy desert. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

9 years on CDP

Yesterday, I went for a little walkabout to Karlsruhe, 80 km away in Germany. Summerly temperatures, 29 degrees C, a balm to my old bones. A bit of celebrating: I started on City Daily Photographers 9 years ago in Barcelona, may 9th, 2009
Karlsruhe offers many nice views, not all of them architectural or botanical...
And

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Unity

After reading the very bad news from Washington's swamp, here is a photo, taken tonight around 9 PM, of the tramway bridge across the river Rhine. For us here, it is a symbol of peace and unity, more then just a quick way to go shopping.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Something you don't see everyday...

...unless you are in Strasbourg, of course. This is a real skeleton of a real, but unfortunately long dead, mammoth, the biggest and best preserved ever found. Or so they say. It is part of a citywide exhibition called "magnificent industry".

A little explaining...This magnificent beast is in a waterproof box, "floating" over fountains. It was bought, for many many euros, by a company specialising in waterproofing. Soon enough, the mammoth will be decorating the entrance of their HQ. Meanwhile, you can see it here.
Should be in a museum, according to me...

Thursday, 3 May 2018

OPO

Not Strasbourg today, but Porto airport, aka OPO. I was there for a few days, and I absolutely loved it!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

New avatar

To celebrate our modern art museum's 20th anniversary, the city council invited FAILE, 2 artists from Brooklin. They are now busy redecorating the town. So, the main train station has a new avatar ...

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Theme day: laugh

It's the monthly City Daily Photographer's theme day! This month's theme: laugh. Well, I don't usually shoot people, so here is an old photo, from my old Barcelona blog, from the times when I first ued HDR photography. Gay Pride, 6 or 7 years ago.
To see what my friends did on this theme, well it's easy! Just click here! And have a laugh!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Freedom, yeah

A Monday Mural, just next to the local refugees administration.
More Monday Murals here.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Amazing!

700 years old stonework... I'm always amazed by the sheer quality and beauty of the statues embellishing our cathedral here. This said, no idea who the figures are...
For the last 2 centuries or so, we have a problem here, called pollution. In my youth, the whole cathedral, made of pink stone, was actually black. Continuous, neverending cleaning and restoring (acid rain dissolves stone), and slowly, very slowly, the pink stone reappears. No problems finding a job for stonemasons here!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Weekend in black and white

5 minutes from home... Waiting for the swamp monster to come out for the photo...
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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

1 Place Broglie

A protected art deco building, built by a hairdresser in 1900, with probably the most outstanding door in town!

Monday, 23 April 2018

Having a laugh

Those 2 gargoyles always make me smile. I wonder what they're laughing about... Me? The tourists? Are they planning their next shenanigans? We will never know. I've tried to ask them, but was met with a stony silence.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Number 13

A ceramist workshop in the city center. The warm colors make it look mediterranean. But alas, the Med is so far away...

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Weekend in black and white

Running a bit out of Strasbourg photos... So, here is one from Italy, last summer. More b&w here, as usual.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

What's on the menu?

Tourist checking the menu of this ultra-touristic restaurant in the heart of the tourist zone. Well, don't ask me, Mister: I've never eaten here!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Looks like...

It looks like spring, doesn't it? WRONG!!! We bypassed spring, and went directly to glorious summertime. 27 degrees C as I write this, 80 degrees F.
As Napoleon Bonaparte's mother famously said as he became emperor: pourvu que ├ža dure, let's hope it will last!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A monday mural, on tuesday

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
Seen on a school, here in Strasbourg.
More Monday Murals here.

Monday, 16 April 2018

My corner of the woods

I moved a few weeks ago, to a nicer, bigger and cheaper flat. This is 5 minutes from home, walking distance. My kind of surroundings!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Intricate

Some more details on a 16th century house neat the cathedral. It is oak, I think, which is pretty hard to engrave. Good job!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Place du Chateau

The Place du Chateau, or Castle Square. From left to right: a post office, the cathedral, a high school, and last but not least, the former palace of the prince-bishops of Rohan, now hosting not less than 3 museums and an art gallery.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Lunchtime, folks!

Buerehiesel: alsatian for a small farmhouse. This particular farmhouse was disassembled and rebuilt in Paris, for the 1865 Universal Exhibition, before going back to Strasbourg. Nowadays, a famous 3 stars restaurant since 1970, with a nice timepiece and garden. Wish I could afford it!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

By fair weather...

... you can see the Feldberg, the Black Forest's highest mountain in Germany, and you see it from my balcony, lucky me!
Well, only by clear weather, as the thin needle on the right side, actually a huge tv antenna, is 85 km, 50 miles away. Best moment to see it is just before sunrise.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Gone fishing

Apart from being a nice Chris Rea song...
The weather got suddenly very acceptable! 25 degrees C yesterday, imagine that! I'm slowly defrosting.

Friday, 6 April 2018

49 shades of...

Grey Easter weekend in Amsterdam.
As usual on friday, click here to see more excellent black and white photos. Free grey included!