Archive for the ‘Germany’ Category

Jutta’s 60th Birthday

November 8, 2009
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Alt Nodhausen

November 8, 2009

Dresden

July 13, 2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dresden

We hat only some hours for seeing the center… a pity.. they had/still have an amazing exhibition of ancient sculptures.. many of them being lent by Museo del Prado, why on earth couldn’t they do that later???!!! however, I shall see them in Madrid or in Dersden! Any Roman copy of Phidias is worth a travel 🙂

The weather was great.. no rain and not clouds, at least not many.

I recommend Dresden to anyone interested in great architecture. 🙂

Nordhausen

March 25, 2008

After a long, long drive in snow storm and heavy rain we returned to good old Wien. We had a nice time at my (step)mom’s in Ossiland… now we will need some two weeks to digest all the cakes and chocolate easter-bunnies we ate. might be more then two…

Please notice the typical German domestic animals: tree-goat, lazy-wild boar and street-mammoth… the donkey, Moritz, was constantly smoking on the pics, so I took him out…

Ossiland is a wonderland 🙂 and we love it!

Pergamon Altar

February 19, 2008

Berlin, Pergamon Museum 16th of Feb 2008

“The Pergamon Altar is a magnificently opulent structure originally built in the 2nd century BC in the Ancient Greek city of Pergamon (modern day Bergama in Turkey) in north-western Anatolia, 25.74 kilometers from the Aegean Sea. It has long been assumed that the temple was dedicated to Zeus. The only lengthy reference to it in Antiquity is in the Liber Memorialis of Ampelius (8.14), where it is described as “a large marble altar, forty feet high with a great many sculptures, among which a Battle of the Giants.” The Altar has a 113 m long sculptural frieze depicting the gigantomachy, or struggle of the gods and the giants. “the frieze is composed of a sequence of isolated, tightly-knit and self-contained groups and figures” each unit assigned to one workshop. Many inscriptions on the lower moulded margin identify the sculptor responsible and his city. ”

The PA was for sure one of the most wonderful things I have seen in the past months… No idea how many, but many! I can not remember how long I stared at it and when I was able to move, but who cares! I was sitting on Pergamon’s stairs and I was admiring the giants… Little else mattered… funnily 🙂

Berlin – Part One

February 19, 2008

Berlin, Reichstag and Siegessäule, 15th of Feb 2008

“Great King’s Wife, whom he loves, Lady of the Two Lands, Nefertiti”

February 18, 2008

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Das Alte Museum (Museumsinsel) Berlin, 16th of Feb 2008

“Neferneferuaten, c. 1370 BC – c. 1330 BC was the wife of  Akhenaten. She was the mother-in-law and probable stepmother of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun“…

The only thing I can tell about her, is that she is perfect and very old… over 3000years!

The Beauty of Babylon

February 18, 2008

Pergamon Museum (Museumsinsel) Berlin, 16th of Feb 2008 

The Dedicatory Inscription on the Ishtar Gate reads:

“Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, the faithful prince appointed by the will of Marduk, the highest of princely princes, beloved of Nabu, of prudent counsel, who has learned to embrace wisdom, who fathomed their divine being and reveres their majesty, the untiring governor, who always takes to heart the care of the cult of Esagila and Ezida and is constantly concerned with the well-being of Babylon and Borsippa, the wise, the humble, the caretaker of Esagila and Ezida, the firstborn son of Nabopolassar, the King of Babylon. “

 There are no words to properly describe Ishtar’s Gate… one has to see it… and bend before it’s beauty. I was so happy to be able to stand in front of it!