Minsk – Refuge of Socialist Modernism

Belarus unclenches itself towards the rest of Europe and welcomes meanwhile visitors, landing at the Minsk International Airport, with a visa on arrival. Beside a typical Soviet style metro inviting me to continue my European subway photo project, Minsk boasts with an urban architecture telling from pre- as well as post-war Socialist times, the so called Socialist modernism… Read More

Scottish golden Autumn Days

Scotland is much better than its food-based reputation. Meanwhile the notorious Scottish-English weather even excels our Berlin mix of clouds and rain. No matter if in the Highlands or in east coast cities and villages, there’s always a break in the clouds permitting the light of low standing October sun to push through and to stage the mountainous landscape between Edinburgh and the lovely Isle of Skye.… Read More

Surfer paradise at Timanfaya volcano – Out and about Lanzarote

On Lanzarote and neighbouring La Graciosa the volcanic origin of the Canary Islands is most apparent and youngest. In 1730 a gigantic eruption started, tore the Earth open and created within 6 years only an exceptionally extraterrestrial appearing landscape. Lanzarote’s way of growing wine in the lava desert is unique worldwide and complements fish and seafood like hand and glove when sitting at the Atlantic shore watching some first-class surfers taking the waves… Read More

Kiev – Monasteries, monuments and Maidan

When it comes to remnants of the Eastern bloc, then Berlin and Kiev are pretty much alike as social as well as architectonical traces are still yet omnipresent in both cities of a 3 million. Kiev’s most remarkable eye catcher is one of the tallest of its kind, that is the imposing Mother Motherland Statue.… Read More

Berlin, bombs and bunkers – In the underground of Alexanderplatz and Moritzplatz

Berlin has a worldwide unique history since all hot conflicts one the one hand, as well as the Cold War on the other hand, left its traces behind in the city. Shortly before World War I Berlin saw a its most profound changes. The city grew and had to update its infrastructure to meet the increase in population plus being technically en vouge in terms of transportation.… Read More

El Teide – Tenerife’s Volcano Giant

The Canary Islands are located at the shore of North Africa and only a few couple of hours on the plane away from Europe. All together they are witnesses of Earth’s history and on Tenerife that gets revealed at its best as over there the interior force of the earth created El Teide, an imposing volcano that is to boot Spain’s tallest elevation.… Read More

Athens, Acropolis and Roman Ruins

The area of greater Athens is inhabited by humans for about 7.500 years. Symbol of this presence and its cultures is the Acropolis Hill, the famous and conspicuous castle hill with its Parthenon temple. The rock as well its development are evidence of some of the world’s greatest civilsations, of the Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans as well as the ever boiling conflict discord about the Mediterranean Sea.… Read More

West Berlin’s Soviet Heritage – The Tiergarten Soviet War Memorial

The preliminary final of my photo series “East Germany’s Soviet Heritage” is dedicated to a paradox, that is the first of Berlin’s big Soviet commemorative sites as well as the only Soviet War Memorial on the territory of West Berlin. The monument was guarded by Red Army soldiers around the clock and is located within sight of Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag.… Read More

East Germany’s Soviet Heritage – Löwen-Adler barracks and the Elstal Olympic Village

When hearing of the Olympic Village for the 1936 Berlin Games, then people quickly think about Hitler, the Nazis as well as their making a cult out of Hindenburg, the former WW I hero and later President of the Reich. However also the Soviet Army lodged itself in strategically well located Elstal and its Löwen-Adler Kaserne military barracks, leaving a very interesting melange behind as in the Olympic Village not only a terrific abandoned swimming pool can be seen, but also a mix of clearly recognizable Nazi elements neighbouring with typical Soviet iconography Read More

Gasometer – Berlin-Schöneberg’s steel skeleton

Hip and cool Berlin can be pretty shallow as with having a highest elevation of only ~100 metres it’s generally got a very flat topography. And since German megalomania once also regulated the maximum height for residential buildings, it is very easy to overlook whole Berlin when standing on elevated places.… Read More