Sigh…

Today, thanks to social media, we were introduced to this video of our last home, Heidelberg, Germany.

In the middle of the most phenomenal city, chock full of history and character, was a US military community, established after World War II.  That community was why we were there.

But Heidelberg, and the surrounding Germany communities and people, were what made it home for the Goddess and I.

Here is the video.  Goddess and I cannot get through it with a dry eye.  We miss the place and our friends, nay, our family, there that much.

If you don’t watch the video, that’s understandable.  Especially if you don’t have that personal connection.

But trust me, when these are the views on your weekly Monday morning run, the place grows on you.

Heidelberg Dusting, Heidelberg, Germany
Altebrucke Morning, Heidelberg, Germany

To have been lucky enough to live in a town full of history filled with the Hohenstaufen’s, Martin Luther and the Reformation, as well as Mark Twain and the 150 years since, was nothing but a blessing for us.

Visit if you can.

Serendipity

That’s exactly what happened here.

I loved the lines and saw the perfect portal with which to frame the far merlon.  Everything lined up perfectly and I was happy.

I had no idea there was a flock of pigeons sitting there.

But something spooked them.

And this picture is so much better for it.

Flight

Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy.

Spring!

A gorgeous day here in Germany.  The perfect way to greet spring.

We stopped off at the Schwetzingen Castle Gardens to see if the cherry blossoms has started.  They had.  The trees still have a few days, if not another week, before they’ll be in full bloom, but we had a nice viewing today.

Not the same as a hanami (sakura viewing) in Japan, but this will definitely do.

Plus it gave me a chance to stretch my legs with the new toy.

Quite an impressive little package this camera is.  Even at pixel-peeping levels, I’d venture to say that in the same situation, with the same settings, this camera gives my 20D with either a 100/2.8 or 200/2.8L some stiff competition.

I won’t go out on a limb and say that it’s better, but it’s quickly approaching the quality.

Wow!

It still amazes me that I get paid to live here.

With thousands of years of history (although what you see in the image is since the 12th century AD), there’s always something new to learn and experience.  All you have to do is turn down an alley.

From left to right – the Heidelbergschlöss (Heidelberg Castle) up on the hill; the gateway to the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), which I was standing on; then the Heiliggeistkirche (Holy Ghost Church, or Church of the Holy Spirit) just behind.

Classic

Europe’s definitely full of interesting architecture.  From Byzantine to Romanesque to Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern.  Often in the same same town.

The image below is of Hohensalzburg Castle which overlooks Salzburg, Austria.  Not the typical shot of the castle, but one that I like most because it’s almost timeless and location-less.  Even at full size, the lady’s clothing can’t be pinned to a specific time.  Architecturally, the only thing that might tilt the location to any one region are the lamps.

Hohensalzburg

Plus, it’s always nice when a European sky actually cooperates.  It seems as if it’s either completely clear (and lifeless) or it’s completely overcast (and lifeless).