Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bavaria (part 2) - This time with some pics (update)

Uploading works again, so I better start posting some pics from our trip to Bavaria. I don't have time right now to provide some backgroundinformation and links to more detailed information about the locations/places, some of the buildings, etc. I'll will try to update this information later this week. I already can tell you that the pictures below were taken at Passau and Burghausen.
More detailed backgroundinformation will follow later. For now please enjoy the pictures.


Much later than intended but here is finally some more backgroundinformation about the pics in this post. As I wrote in the introduction of these post the pics were taken at Passau and Burghausen, two medium size cities in East and Southeast Bavaria, Germany. The first three pics were shot from a viewpoint in the hills just outside the old citycentre of Passau. Passau is also known as the City of Three Rivers, because the river Danube (Donau in German) comes together with the river Inn and the river Ilz.
The next 6 ictures were taken at the Stephansdom (St. Stephan's Cathedral) (picture above) at Passau. We went there and listened to a short (half an hour) organ concert which also included the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor from J.S. Bach. The pictures were shot with the Tokina 12-24 F/4 Pro DX, a very nice and good lense and more than half of the price of it's Nikon equivalent. The pictures were shot short before the concert started. The organ you see on the pictures is one of the biggest cathedral organs in the world.
The next 8 pictures were taken at the city of Burghausen were our friend Frank lives. The city is known for it's longest castle of Europe (more than 1000 metres). It can be seen on the first picture. And the city is also known for it's annual International Jazz Festival. Through the years it brought many famous jazzmusicians to Burghausen. In the town they have a "Walk of Fame" with bronze paving stones with the names of the artists that performed at the festival the past 40 years. Names as: Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Michel Petrucciani, Art Blakey, Barney Kessel, Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Gerry Mulligan, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Stephane Grappelli to name a few. From the artists I enclosed pictures from their "Walk of Fame" I added a link to their Wikipedia information.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bavaria (part 1)

Currently there is a problem at Blogger which makes it impossible to upload images. So unfortunately I can't upload any pictures yet. So please have a little more patience. As soon as the problem is fixed I'll start uploading pictures to my weblog.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Just a bit more patience

It's been a little while since my last post. We came back last night from a 10 day trip to Bavaria, South-Germany. The first 5 days we spend with my friend Frank (Mr. Superfly for close friends), who I met 11 years ago at the kibbutz in Israel. He drove us around and took us into the Bavarian Alps to some sightseeingplaces (mostly castles/pallaces and countryside). After that we spend 5 days in Munich from where we made a few more trips. Mostly to places related to King Ludwig II of Bavaria, because my wife N. is very much interested in this fairytale and (in my opinion a bit tragic) king.

Anyway, as soon as I sorted out the pictures I will post a selection.