Aerial Views over Askren Manor and Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

These photos of Akren Manor and Ledward Barracks have been given to me by the photographer, Thomas Liepert, and are now published with his friendly permission.

The first three photos were taken by Thomas taking a ride on the Ferris Wheel at the annual Volksfest (01 – 11 June 2018).



The following photos were taken around the same time, but obviously closer to the ground.


Debris and Neon Lights

Notes from Co. Cork, Ireland

During our one-week stay on the Sheep’s Head peninsula, we encountered ten minutes of dark skies and rain. The rest of the time was sunny, windy, and dry, with regular overnight rain though.

These standing stones were mentioned in the tour guide book, so we took this little walk from our cottage  further up the hill.  With the clouds hanging so low, it made for an eerie feeling.

Standing stone

Old barns gracing the wayside.

barn roof

That’s how peat is sold at grocery stores.



A sign in Kilcrohane advertising Sunday’s carnival got us curious. For some reason, I did not expect a sports competition. One local had mumbled ‘Yeah, they try to outdo each other….’, but I had associated carnival with a parade. It was worth it – alone for the people watching. This little guy on the right (sitting on the pole) was a real fighter.

Irish carnival  Carnival in Kilcrohane

Somewhere along the shore, of which there is plenty. Based on the World Resources Institute, Ireland’s coastline measures 6.437 km.

Maria at the shore

When Fasching begins in Germany

On Facebook, we get to see photos of early Christmas decorations, such as lights strung in the windows. Granted, it is a bit early in my opinion, but only because we put up our deco and lights in late November. We wait till the plates with turkey have been cleared first.

However, when I got this flyer three weeks ago, announcing the first Faschingsparty of the season, I was more than astonished.

Don’t Germans usually wait with Fasching till after New Year’s Day? Even though Fasching season officially begins each year on 11-11 at 11:11 a.m., I think we should put away the St. Martin lanterns first, enjoy Christmas markets, and dig up the champagne glasses for New Year’s Eve.

But Fasching showed its distorted face once more when I got this notification in the mail: A Carnival Evening with a Difference.

I do not care for Fasching.

Dippemess Fair in Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s  largest amusement fair in the Rhine-Main region is on!

Hours of operation:
Mon. – Tue.: 14:00 – 23:00 hrs.
Fri. & Sat.: 14:00 – 24:00 hrs.
Sun.: 12:00 – 23:00 hrs.

Frankfurt fairgrounds at Ratsweg

Dippemess in Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s Dippemess, which started out as a medieval market (a Maamess) for household supplies, such as pots and bowls (in Hessian: Dippe), has become the largest folk festival in the Rhine-Main area.

Look out for the closing fireworks on Sunday, 08.05.2010, 22:00 hrs.

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