Guess who visited Spar? Looks good to me, but then I bought it..
The chocolate was still in my bag, its from the Czech Republic. A rich chocolate and chestnut butter filling, hmmm..
It is the Salzach flowing past my window there. It makes you understand why so many lieder in Austria were written about the rivers and streams.
Its his birthday today, so here is a picture for him. It is the stadium at Schoenbrun, – one of his palaces in Vienna 🙂
Odd isn’t it how leaders sometimes have the names of other countries.. Hollande, leader of France, Franz Joseph, leader of the Austro Hungarian Empire..
A tiny little enclave in Italy, San Marino is nevertheless the oldest constitutional republic in the world. The monastic community got their independence from the Roman Empire no less. On 3 September 301 🙂
Their motto is Libertas – freedom 🙂
This is what it looks like in San Marino
starting to get the idea of how they managed to convince the Romans to leave them alone?
The theme is expended on with more walls, towers, cliffs and castles
and then people and monks can also call on a higher power
Nothing like a fire on a chilly spring morning..
Doesn’t matter how small your country is, you get your own international code and EU number plate. You can also put an Afrikaans word on your Italian car to make it more romantic…
San Marino – Build good walls + Write a good constitution + Pray = Freedom
Seems ‘Most Serene’ to me 🙂
Two people in the past 2 weeks told me about their family and bonds with Galicia.
It made me think back to the place and I found this photo of the harbour in Finisterre in my archives.
The wondrously beautiful Lisboa..
This is how you develop a rock in the middle of nowhere that your great grandfather stole..
just over 2 square kilometers
They have a pretty plaque commemorating the take over. The Grimaldi’s disguised themselves as priests, knocked on the gates and asked to be let in. Once in, they murdered everyone and took over.
What a heritage.
The Duessel river delta empties into the Rhine here and gives the city both its name and its atmosphere.
Currently the capital of the area, they are in competition with the nearby Cologne, on the same river, holders of the cathedral and previously more important than they.
Also good shopping on the Konigsallee. There is a flea market on the river side of the street as well. With art and books and of course beer and sausages 🙂
They also have this wonderful park.
A local lady stopped to tell me that during the war all the statues were removed and only restored much later.
A Japanese garden on the Rhine.
This was in a window.