Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Grand Place, Brussels.

Grand Place, Brussels.:

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Brussels today seems to be one big

construction site. More than ever.


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On The Way to Brussels

On The Way to Brussels:

Just sitting in the train to Frankfurt, passing Mannheim.

Will be in Brussels this afternoon.


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Highest Hill in Germany – Hohenasperg

The Highest Hill in Germany – Hohenasperg:

How comes ?

Old saying in the region:

HohenaspergW is the highst hill in Germany, you need half an hour climbing up, but ten and mnore years back down.



Prison since late medieval time, it kept lots of – sometimes locally, sometimes worldwide well known – prisoners.


Celtic principality ca 500 BC, Hohenasperg was officially chartered in 1510.

1525 the leader of the countrymen, Jäcklein Rohrbach, was taken prisoner by the governor of Asperg.


In 1737, Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, a Jew and the financial adviser to the Duke of Württemberg, was arrested and, in a dubious political trial, was sentenced to death. The poet C. F. D. Schubart was held prisoner there between 1777 and 1787. Schubart’s fate became the subject of Friedrich Schiller’s Drama “The Robber.” Schiller himself had escaped the confinement of the Hohenasperg by fleeing to Mannheim in the neighboring Electoral Palatinate.




1933, numerous members of the Hitlers opposition, the Social Democrats and Communists, were imprisoned on Hohenasperg.


Transit Camp for Deportation to Concentration Camps (1940 – 1943)




The prison later became a civil prison for the detention of non-political prisoners


and now also houses the central hospital of the prison service in Baden-Württemberg.

In this capacity it held Peter Graf, father of the tennis-player Steffi Graf, in 1995. The serial killer Heinrich Pommerenke, died in Hohenasperg in the central hospital on December 27, 2008.





Uphills – if you risk it – you find a museum detailing the lives of some of the prison’s notable inmates. (“Hohenasperg. Ein deutsches Gefängnis”).





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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Flight From Athens Northbound

Flight From Athens Northbound:

After a pretty view to the Agaean sea near Athens and westwards, clouds covered the ground. an hour later, maybe near Albania, sun set down, showing impressive colours at the horizon.







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On The Way to Athens Airport

On The Way to Athens Airport:

Though, or just because it just has ended raining, nice views.






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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Piraeus

Piraeus:

As I have been in Piraeus anyway, here some pictures. Harbour , ships and sea.










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Friday, February 10, 2012

Lysistrata

Lysistrata:

The greek problem today is still the ancient problem, that Lysistrata solved – using her way.


If you have a look on the social life today : Old men, “working”, bad mood, impolite. trying avoiding heavy actions.

Whenever you see a woman do the same job : friendly , smiling, minimum double the speed, effective (you may call this problem oriented – but it is just DOING it).


Though the solution today might not be Lysistrata’s solution anymore – they should have women doing the jobs.


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Athens

Athens:

Athens is still worth visiting, whatever is going on with the crisis. They can afford having the light on at teh Acropolis all night – though on daylight it’s closed as of strikes.





The Plaka is still the Plaka – a mix of interesting little shops, bars, and a lot of gyp and knickknack.





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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

De-Icing in Zurich and Approaching Athens

De-Icing in Zurich and Approaching Athens:

In Zurich I had the chance to take some pictures of deicing our plane to Athens and others.



Contrast in Athens : Heavy rain but much warmer than at home





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