Neuss is a city just opposite my home town Düsseldorf across the river Rhine. And even though it is so close, I have never been there. Today, that changed.
Entering Neuss from Düsseldorf though the Obertor*, one of the last remnants of the medieval fortifications.
I went on one of the city tours called “Historic Neuss” (in German). And while the tour guide was clearly very knowledgeable about the city’s history, a fairly large part of the tour was dedicated to the Saint Quirinus church alone. I’m not sure whether that is because Neuss has little else to offer.
This fun piece of art right in the middle of a sidewalk honors the city’s utility workers.
And while I don’t think this is officially an art installation, I think it nonetheless looks like one.
Overcast fall day in the city park (“Stadtgarten”).
Interesting concrete architecture in the Clemens Sels Museum adjacent to the Obertor, thus ending my tour of the city right where it began.
* The Obertor photo at the beginning of this post was edited to make it more visually appealing by removing a street lamp, a few signs whose bright blue clashed with the tone I was going for and two bystanders who probably wouldn’t appreciate to show up on the internet.
When I was in Dresden, I had one day to visit Freiberg, the town that I lived in for almost four years during college. I have been to Freiberg a few times since graduating, and on each visit the town looked better than it had before.
Nonetheless, there are still a striking number of buildings in the center of town that appear untouched at least since reunification 25 years ago.
I also went by the house that I used to live in, still featuring the world’s most ridiculous radiator
The very first official event was in the Physics building. Even at the time, the building was looking terrible and in dire need of major renovations. While most other buildings have seen substantial remodeling, this one is even 12 years later still in terrible shape.
Every time I visit I make sure to snap a picture of it. Here’s its entrance in 2007, 2011 and 2015. As you can see, there have been a few modifications (such as a new light on each visit), but the overall look is still pretty sad.
My drama group had been invited to represent our state North Rhine-Westphalia at the national Schultheater der Länder festival. So at the end of September we went to Dresden, Saxony, for a week. After arriving on Saturday and preparing for our performance on Sunday, I had the rest of the week to see 15 other interesting plays and explore this beautiful city.
I also got one day off to visit Freiberg, the town that I lived in for almost four years during college. Those pictures will follow in a separate post.
A tourist must-see: the Semper Oper at the night of our arrival.
Beautiful typography inside the theater.
Giant chair behind the theater junge generation.
We had a few hours between checking out and and the departure of our train, giving me some time to roam the beautiful main hall of Dresden’s main train station.
On our way to Dresden, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of V 200 033, which according to Wikipedia “is the only authentic example of a V 200.0 still operational, retaining all the important original features”. This class hasn’t been in regular service in almost thirty years and therefore still carries the markings of Deutsche Bundesbahn, as the German federal railroad was called pre-reunification. Fun fact: The first locomotive I had when I got a model railroad at the age of nine was the metal V200 that my father had when he was a kid.
Interesting window placement on one of the upper floors of this office complex.
I didn’t have a tripod, but even free-handed, this night shot from inside the Dresden World Trade Center looks pretty good.
Here are a few more pictures from my London trip in July.
My previous trip to London was on business, hence I had little time to explore the city. It was enough time, though, to make me want to come back and really see the city. So when M could add a few days to her London trip for us to see the city together, I gladly came along.
I have a bunch of pictures from this trip that I really like, but unfortunately, the selection is a bit random. I’ve compiled those pictures with a theme, in a second post.
Seeing London from the Emirates Air Line is amazing. At just a few pounds (pay-as-you-go with Oyster card), it’s way cheaper than the London Eye, too.
A random note on the floor of Liberty London (I did not push).
Not sure why a bank would sponsor these gray blocks between Millenium Bridge and St. Pauls, but they did.
London? Or Amsterdam? Hard to tell sometimes around the canal.
Enjoying the cool of the forest on a hot and humid summer day in Düsseldorf’s Aaper Wald.