Category Germany

David Bowie, Street Art in Manchester's Northern Quarter

David Bowie

David Bowie 8th January 1947 – 10th January 2016 Today is my birthday and also marks the third anniversary of the untimely passing of perhaps Britain’s finest ever contemporary creative genius. When I heard the news of his death from cancer three years ago, I played Lazarus on my MP3 and bawled my eyes out. […]

2018 Gone, 2019 Beckons

Travels in Europe, Asia & The Americas It is the time of the year to reflect back on the year’s adventures and look forward to what 2019 may bring. There is something different for me this year however. A recent nine-day hospitalisation has given me time to think about what the privilege of travel really […]

Wilbur’s Travels is Four Today

Those nice people from WordPress have just informed that my first post was published four years ago. That first post told the tale of my 1995 visit to the Chinese city of Guangzhou by boat from Hong Kong. 710 posts later I am still enthused and planning much more. Here are a selection of photos […]

Bridges of Europe – Part Four, Northern & Central Europe

The feats of engineering that has enabled road & rail bridges to be built in the mountainous regions of Central Europe & Scandinavia is nothing short of mind boggling. Couple that with the atmospheric canal bridges in the likes of Amsterdam, Bruges & Stockholm and you get a rich tapestry of crossings throughout the regions. […]

Wordless Wednesday – Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Berlin – A Day Trip

I decided to suss out a day trip for my birthday. Ideally I wanted to leave from Gatwick, which is less than thirty minutes from my home, and it needed to be possible to fit in a good few hours exploring. I narrowed the choices quickly down to Toulouse or Berlin, both served by easyJet […]

English Icons

In the space of five days I have visited memorials to perhaps two of the finest contemporary musical artists England has ever produced. John Lennon Memorial, Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York taken 15th January 2018, Martin Luther King Day in the US. David Bowie Memorial, 155 Hauptstraße, Berlin (Bowie’s former residence) taken 10th January […]

Christmas Markets

Germany and Austria are considered as the homeland of Weihnachtsstimmung (Christmas mood) and the German speaking world takes the credit as the source of the modern Christmas. They were the first nation to bring a tree into the house and decorate it and are also the original region for Christmas markets. Their traditions have of […]