September 22, 2007

There are no plains at Northern Corsica

"There are no plains at Northern Corsica"

Weekend visit in September 2007 to some friends from Trekearth - visiting several places at Northern Corsica as: Bastia, Cap corse, Corte and Porto.
Beside the title photo you are welcome to visit:

My Corsica photo set at Flickr >>

September 20, 2007

MS "Color Magic" - premier cruise

Detail from the 160m long interior promenade deck.

A small intro to the newest of the 2 sisterships MS "Color Magic" and MS "Color Fantasy". Sailing daily between Oslo, Norway and Kiel, Germany. Leaving each day at 14.00 and arriving next day at 09.30.
These photos from Sep. 2007 on the 3rd trip for the newest ship MS "Color Magic". Build as cruiseships, still in principle the biggest car ferrries in the world.
Klick for a Flickr photo set here >>


74.500 gross reg.tons
224 m length
60 m height
15 decks
42.400 hp
22 knots
160 m promenade/shopping street
966 cabins
2.750 passengers
750 cars

September 6, 2007

Summer in South of France

August and September a good time to spend in South of France, for us in the little village right in the heart of the region Languedoc-Rousillon.
The photo above from an early evening in our little town Collioure.
Presently there are some 70 photos in a photoset from different places in the region >>

July 23, 2007

A weekend in Romania

From some few days, a weekend, in Romania with local friends from TrekEarth. Visiting Bucharest, Arges, Balea Lac and Sibiu in Transylvania. The photo above: The Dome of the old Curtea de Arges.
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June 18, 2007

Contrasts in Varmland

Outside of the urban Sweden with the big cities like Stockholm and Gøteborg you will find, as in Vãrmland: forests, lakes, sparsly populated areas and some contrasts if you look for them...

Klick for a set of 9 selected photos of Varmland contrasts..

May 28, 2007

Carcassonne the medival city

Carcassonne one of the strongholds of the Cathars in the 1200. Later the city was expanded by the French. Today it presents itself as a giant tourist trap. Maybe a "must" to see in South of France but be there early in the morning or as here a bit out of season on a grey day to avoid the usual "tourist invasion"...

Klick for a series of 9 Carcassonne photos...
City (pop., 1999: 43,950), southwestern France. Situated on the Aude River, it was occupied by the Iberians in the 5th century BC and later by Gallo-Romans. Muslims took it in AD 728. The French soldier Simon de Montfort captured it c. 1209, and in 1247 it was united with the French crown. It was burned by Edward the Black Prince in 1355 when he failed to take the citadel. A 13th-century church and cathedral survive, as do remains of medieval fortifications, the last of which were designated a World Heritage site in 1997. The city's main economic activities are tourism and retailing. (Ref. Brittanica)

April 16, 2007

Pont du Gard - Oh.. those Romans..

The best time to visit one of France most popular tourist spots must be in February. Being almost alone, taking time to study the place and the details of this facinating 2.000 year old structure.

Just klick here for a Flickr set of photos from the famous place..

Pont du Gard, Roman aqueduct across the Gard River, Gard dept., S France. Built in 19 B.C. to supply Nîmes with water, it consists of three tiers of arches and is c.900 ft (270 m) long and c.160 ft (50 m) high. This famous construction is admired for its architectural proportions. The lowest tier is now used as a road bridge.
It was constructed entirely without the use of mortar. The aqueduct's stones – some of which weigh up to 6 tons – are held together with iron clamps. The masonry was lifted into place by block and tackle with a massive human-powered treadmill providing the power for the winch. A complex scaffold was erected to support the aqueduct as it was being built. The face of the aqueduct still bears the mark of its construction, in the form of protruding scaffolding supports and ridges on the piers which supported the semicircular wooden frames on which the arches were constructed. It is believed to have taken about three years to build, employing between 800 and 1,000 workers.

The Pont du Gard was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985.

The Pont du Gard is today one of France's top 5 tourist attractions, with 1.4 million visitors.

April 12, 2007

Luxembourg in February

Not the best weather these days in February, on the other hand not so many tourists either at the popular place to visit.
(Photo above HDR, 3 photos bracketed, Photomatix)

For more photos of Luxembourg visit my Flickr set..

Luxembourg in the northwest Europe bordering on Belgium, Germany, and France. Created as a duchy in 1354, it was ruled successively by Burgundy, Spain, Austria, and France between 1443 and 1797, and it was made a grand duchy of the Netherlands by the Congress of Vienna (1814–1815). In 1839 the greater part of it passed to Belgium. The remainder became autonomous in 1848 and was declared a neutral and independent territory in 1867. Luxembourg is the capital. Population: 468,000. "

February 25, 2007

Winter days in Collioure, South of France

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The little village Collioure in the region Languedoc Rousillon in the South of France. Very popular to visit in the summer.
Not so many to see around in January and February.
The photo above from the 'outside' of Collioure under some January storm 2007.

For a whole set of photos from January/February just click here...

January 30, 2007

Winter also in 2007

It took some time this year but in the end - like in January we had the snow up in the mountains. As here in our valley Tisleidalen, Valdres not far from the National park Jotunheimen.

You will find 12 selected photos by clicking here..