Salt with Pepper – The underground Chapel of Wieliczka

April 14th, 2015

Salt with Pepper – The underground Chapel of WieliczkaThe South Polish town of Wieliczka hosts a very special UNESCO World Heritage: one of the oldest salt mines on our planet hosting the world’s largest underground chapel. Being located approximately 100 metres below the surface, the chamber got carved into the rock salt under the village whose name literally means “Great Salt”. With only some 20 kilometres distance from Krakow, Wieliczka is definitely worth a day trip »»

Wales in the Desert – The Rock Paintings of Tsodilo Hills and Twyfelfontein

March 31st, 2015

Wales in the Desert – The Rock Paintings of Tsodilo Hills and TwyfelfonteinThe black continent can look back onto a far-reaching history as among all landmasses of our planet Africa is inhabited by humans for the longest time. References of that time are the various rock painting site. Two of them are Tsodilo Hills in Botswana as well as the mountain area of Twyfelfontein in Namibia’s Damaraland. Both spots are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and served as temporary settlement places to nomadising San people, a tribe that today is known as Bushmen. Their rock paintings and engravings stood the time of millennia. There’s a reason why we say “It began in Africa…” »»

Okavango Delta – The Course of River and Time

March 19th, 2015

Okavango Delta – The Course of River and TimeIn March 2003 the city of Maun used to be a village, but now, 12 years later, it’s a town, even Botswana’s third largest town. Without interruption the sky above Okavango Delta, that locals refer to only as The Delta, gets cut by airplanes carrying hundreds of tourists that want to see what the Delta looks like from above. From time to time even jets mingle with the crowd of planes as African Maun even has an international airport; an opened and properly operating international airport, something that we Berliner’s can only dream of until 2018 »»

In the Final Round…!

February 27th, 2015

logo_en I am on the way to Moscow now, to attend to the award ceremony of Golden Turtle, a big international photo contest and […] the largest international eco-cultural educational project, carried out in Russia. I have no idea which one of my photos made it into the final round and I have no clue if I’ll win or not, but it’s quite an honour having reached the last round of the first photo contest I have ever joined at the first go. Why the first ever? Well, just have a look at the mouseprinted terms & conditions of National Geographic & Co. that should make you think twice before uploading photos… Let’s have a look what will happen :-)   »»

Makgadikgadi – The Salt Pan with Zebra Crossings

February 12th, 2015

Makgadikgadi – The Salt Pan with Zebra CrossingsWhen travelling Botswana by car then kilometres pretty much pile up on the clock as many roads lead around the national parks. One of those national parks is the Makgadikgadi salt pans area in the northeast of the country. Coherently seen they are the largest of its kind on planet Earth. The rare minerals of the salt draw thousands of animals to see the pans. In particular when African spring changes into summer, when rainy seasons starts, then rhinos, giraffes and large flocks of Zebras make their way to those depressions where rain water gathers to feed lush vegetation and mighty baobab trees »»

Chobe River – Botswana’s Elephant Paradise

February 6th, 2015

Chobe River – Botswana’s Elephant ParadiseChobe River and Zambezi, Botswana’s north is pretty much under the influence of water making the local vegetation literally running to leafs. That place is paradise to the most likeable pachyderms of the world: Elephants »»

Hello 2015!

January 1st, 2015

Hello 2015!Thanks a lot for your sincere interest in my actually very individual photographic point of view. May the year 2015 bring us down to earth again and do not make us escalate things further. I am in Africa now, alone with a jeep in the bush. Let’s have a look what’s going on here :) Greetings, Florian »»

Germany’s longest real Underground – Berlin’s U7

November 21st, 2014

Germany’s longest real Underground – Berlin’s U7Number 7 among Berlin’s undergrounds can score with the superlative of having the longest subsurface leading route of Germany’s metros, that is a 31.8 kilometres long tunnel, which was even the most sprawled out tunnel in the world from 1984 to 1988. From northwestern Berlin (Rathaus Spandau) to the southeastern end of the city, that is Rudow, a ride on the U7 needs almost one hour travel time. It diagonal route through the city leads through former West Berlin only and stops at historic gems like Hermannplatz, an underground cathedral being built in 1926. Through the years it got extended several times like modern designed stations Rohrdamm or Mierendorffplatz show, making the U7 so interesting and inspiring that you can even find it in computer games »»

Moving from West to East – The U5 Line

November 11th, 2014

Moving from West to East – The U5 LineWhy did the U5 run once in West Berlin and what does a Swede have to do with pre-war Berlin? Why do the stations of today’s U5 appear similar and functional? What role played the GDR and what does the U5 have to do with Klaus Wowereit’s still unfinished BBI airport desaster? Like all other also the fifth BVG underground line is unique but also prompts a couple of questions. Its highlight is Alexanderplatz, an underground cathedral from where in the future U5 will extend to join forces with the U55 to finally shake hands with the central train station infrastructure-wise. Reflecting the history of that line one thing becomes apparent: Money played the most important role in life of the U5 »»