Friday, 13 October 2017

Florence / Firenze

I love, love, love Florence! A cultural bomb exploded here back in the Renaissance, whose shock-waves swept across Europe and eventually encompassed the whole globe. You can still hear the echoes of that event, and feel its ripples interacting with the way we look at the world.

The revolutions in architecture, in music, in art, in language, in politics; all can still be experienced at ground zero in this most amazing of towns.

Selfishly, I'd like the place all to myself, but inevitably a million other tourists want to plug into the vibes too. That's fine, so long as you have a quiet place to retire to at the end of the day to process the experience. We stayed in a peaceful Airbnb apartment not far outside the Porta Romana, which had three cats living there too, so bliss! Unfortunately it is reached by a very steep climb out of the city, and it is for this reason that we discovered that if Florentine taxi-drivers can get away with ripping you off on charges, they will!

Here is a photographic walk around Florence. It is not intended as a tourist guide; for that, there are many available by much better and knowledgeable writers than myself. I hope you enjoy my idiosyncratic collection of images, and it inspires you to visit. Just don't go high season!


(NB: das Blog is on holiday. News from Germany will resume shortly).

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Schloss Moritzburg

Another camping excursion, this time to Moritzburg in Saxony where they have a fairy-tale Schloss surrounded by an enormous moat!

Monday, 7 August 2017


Wismar is one of the most interesting and picturesque towns in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, so whilst we were in the area, we had to explore. We last visited it four years ago, and we were impressed how much had been renovated since that time, especially around the harbour area.

Here are some photos from our afternoon spent there.