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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Bautz'ner

Meet Germany's most popular mustard: Bautz'ner Senf. Well, to be precise it's really East Germany's most popular mustard but as it is THAT popular in the East it's overtaking all of the other mustards nationwide. Bautzen (a lovely hill-top town in...

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Giesskannen

It's difficult for me to walk past a cemetery and not wanting to have a little wander around it. I found these simple structures covered with Giesskannen (watering cans) at a cemetery in Berlin Koepenick. The colours of all the...

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Olympiaturm Munich

When I retire I think I will go and travel the world and visit every single telecommunications tower there is. That doesn't mean I can't visit them now, so when I was in Munich recently, one of the first things I did, was go up the Munich Olympiaturm

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Bauhaus Dessau

I recently fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams and visited the holy shrine of design and architecture: The Bauhaus in Dessau. When in 1925 the Bauhaus moved from Weimar to Dessau, Walter Gropius, the then director of the Bauhaus, designed...

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Ruhrtalradweg

Even though I went to Australia as my main hoilday earlier this year I still managed to squeeze in the odd long weekend away here and there. For the last weekend in August I finally managed to cycle for 4...

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