Sunday, January 29, 2012

Vienna Sightseeing

City breaks are alwys popular and whilst it's low season an ideal time to get a bargain with most good airlines and hotels .
Vienna is a city I can recommend (even though it comes with a warning re not so good for none smokers). The amount of places to see and marvel at is astonishing. Culture is rich and although it's but week since I returned but I'm longing to return.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Viennese Snowglobes

Herr Perzy is the third generation of his family to carry on this wonderful historical workshop and museum in Vienna .Here you see him with his daughter at the astonishingly magical spot at Schumanngasse Strasse 87 Vienna . Talking with them was fascinating .
Seeing examples of their work and going around the museum on a 1 to 1 basis fulfilled my every dream.If you visit Vienna call in.
My filming was not it's best but this warrants a spot. Don't blame the Pansonic,I was akin to a snowglobe "All Shook Up "

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Viennese Vorspeisen.

This is but a starter so to speak.Vienna had much on offer and it gave my Panasonic Lumix plenty to do.
What can I say , except the journey there and back was excellent . My hotel likewise .Vienna public transport akin to Berlin ie cheap ,and first class. People are very friendly . The snowdome museum and factory owned and run by Herr Perzy ( 3rd generation) warrants it's own posting. For any visiting this place it's a must see.
Perhaps my most novel experience was being in Vienna and eating at Mc Donalds. Their NS policy saved me. Eating in smoke filled places makes me ill , plus stinky clothes are not my thing. Vienna flouts the EU rule big time. However as you'll see I made up for this once home in Berlin after a concert in Potsdamm. Would I return ? For sure . McDonalds is there and doing without too much food harms nobody .Seriously, there is so much yet to see .

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sanssouci Potsdamm

This must be the wettest winter on record for Berlin. However, today though very cold, was sunny so a trip to somewhere different was called for. Well clad ,out I went with Fred ,( Fred is my bike ) and where did we head for ? Why to Sans Souci / Sanssousi. This beautiful park and Schloss in Potsdamm was the favourite residence of Frederick the Great and even in winter is a rather wonderful day out . The short movie made up of stills shows but a few of the follies and temples set within the grounds . One is allowed to ride a bicycle around which considering the size of the park is a plus .On leaving the park a coffee was a 'must have' and since the cafe had home made chocolate cake with hazelnuts I felt duty bound to sample ... My finding ......Simply delicious !

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Parking With A Difference .

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Taken in a Berlin underground carpark this shot leaves me wondering are these places now catering for weary shoppers .Maybe those who cant recall which level they parked on and need a break before continuing the search ...... Tis but a thought .

Saturday, January 07, 2012

To The European Parliament

'Any fool can make a rule and any fool will mind it '
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

Something tells me that Thoreau would have had much to say to the champion, overpaid rule makers of Brussels .
They who determine our lives with what can only be termed ridiculous legislation should be treated with contempt .
History shows us how those in power are so keen to make the maddest of laws which , sadly, many go along with .
I ask you :-
Do you know your EU MP ?
Can you meet them for their help?
Do you know what they earn ?
Do you know what expenses they claim ?
Do you know if they,like millions are subject to a pay freeze?

If you have answered YES to all the above then it is either a miracle or you are related .
If you have answered NO then now's the time to do research, ask questions and get the truth.
You have a right as you are paying these people .

One final question :-
In your opinion do debates on tractor seats and fruit dimensions warrant time,legislation and expenditure ?

So wake up all 'fat cats' of Brussels you may have to answer questions.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

January 1st 2012

Last night , this morning, was spent along with many more up on Teufelsberg.
This 80 metre hill situated in Berlin provides an excellent viewing point of the city. It was astonishing and exciting to stand and film 360° whilst at the same time enjoying fireworks going off around and above one.The latter brought up by people who made sure the New Year greeting was colourful , noisy and fun packed . These two stills give an almost space quality( that on the left) whilst the right resembles an oil painting depicting the Russian Front ! Movie footage has yet to be edited ...No soundtrack will be needed at all. It is its own BIG BANG BOOGIE.So coming shortly at a blog you know BBBB which is Berlin's Big Bang Boogie. Shorter than I thought , here it is ,
the very special boogie