Great Timing

We're taking to this countryside living like a duck to water. 

We now have a oil-powered combination bolier and the first rule of oil boilers is: Do NOT run out of oil. 

We've run out of oil. 

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Haus Esters Haus Lange

I've been driving past the sign on the Autobahn so many times I thought next time I go to Germany to see my parents I'll definitely have to check them out. So when I went last week I finally managed...

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Black Forest Church

It's very rare that I go past a church without popping in to have a little look inside, you never quite know what to expect. Well, with old catholic ones you kinda do, there's always loads of bling.  So when...

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Baywatch - East German Style

This summer I went on a little road trip to the East German Baltic Sea, an area of Germany I have not been to before (although I went on holiday to the West German part when I was a kid but...

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More Friendly Hydrants

A few years ago I took a picture of a friendly painted hydrant in the Black Forest, well it turns out that painting hydrants is a bit of a thing in the Schwarzwald. Here are a couple more (lady) hydrants...

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Moritzburg

It simply wouldn't be Christmas in Germany (and apparenly Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Norway and Ukraine too) without 'Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel' being shown on TV, the two belong together like Christmas Markets and Glühwein.

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Angie

How on earth did I not know about these before?

I only recently saw these amazing 'Angie' lemon squeezers

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Lenbachhaus

Lenbachhaus is one of those small but perfectly formed museums of the world.

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Bastei

Bastei is definitely amongst my favourite buildings in Cologne but unfortunately I've not yet managed to see the inside.

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Beauty is in the detail

Beauty is in the detail and there were some magnificent details in the Albrechtsburg in Meissen. 

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Two Debbies

When I saw this very nicely made puppet in Germany this summer I immediately thought, crikey, it's Debbie McGee.

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Giant cocktails or cocktails for giants

I had to look twice when I saw this stall selling cocktails at a festival in Dresden this summer. I thought blimey, now there's finally a decent measure for me.

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Who knew...

Who knew that up until 1948 there were Olympic Medals for art, architecture, town planning, literature, music and sculpture. I certainly didn't (well, I do now).

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Munich Signage

Oh I do love some good signage and I saw some very nice ones in Munich recently. 

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Socialist Mosaic Master

I'm not quite sure what it is with Socialism and mosaics but they are pretty amazing and very few come better than the work of East German artist Walter Womacka.

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Where is everybody?

Eisenhuettenstadt, just over an hour east of Berlin, was once the East German socialist model New Town with, at its peak, over 50,000 inhabitants. Today there are only just under 30,000 left. Eisenhuettenstadt (which translated means literally Ironworks City) was built around....well, have...

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Troubled Shrine

When I was in Munich just recently I stumbled upon this rather odd shrine to the late Michael Jackson, outside the 5* Bayerischer Hof hotel where he used to stay when in town.

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