Backdrop for imagination

The St-Just and St-Pasteur Cathedral (Narbonne Cathedral)
and the neighboring Archbishops’ Palace form a unique architectural ensemble.
Both from outside and inside.

Could be the backdrop of one of the older Alexandre Duma’s adventures.
The world famous french author hadn’t (so far as I know) any relation to Narbonne.

The never-ending story

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Alsace, another view of political contest.

The worth visting Ailsa and her inspiring weekly challenge.
The challenge this week “History“.

Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die
*Herbert Hoover – US-president*

When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die
*Jean-Paul Sartre – french philosopher*

Or the more direct version:
“When the politicians are waging a war, it’s everyone else who dies”
The history tells us clearly.

The summer of 69

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Three friends, two, nine and eighty years old.

From the the border area between Germany and Denmark.
The photographer is the mother or father of the two youngest lads.
The oldest – the neighbor who serves as the “assisting” grandpa,
because the real ones lived very far away.

This old friend of my younger brother and I.
He was conscripted soldier in World War One.

In spite of all the atrocities he had experienced in his youth.
So he was a very positive, inspiring, knowledgeable and balanced (hi)storyteller.

Weekly photo challenge “Optimistic

Floating art cross the Mersey

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This passenger ferry “Snowdrop” and its sister ferry “Royal Iris” is living history.
The inspirational backdrop to the smash hit “Ferry cross the mersey“.

Named “Woodchurch” from start in 1960 until 2003
from 2003 and onwards named “Snowdrop”.
The sister ferry named “Montwood” from start in 1959 until 2001.
from 2001 and onwards named “Royal Iris of the Mersey”.

During 2015-16, the ferry applied a unique new livery based on “WW1 dazzle ships”.
Designed by the artist Sir Peter Blake and entitled “Everybody Razzle Dazzle”.
The livery was commissioned by “Liverpool Biennial” and “Tate Liverpool“.
The Liverpool Biennial is the largest international contemporary art festival in the UK.

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Here “Snowdrop” in i’st wellknown normal workwear.

Yesterday, nowadays

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My inspiration comes from wonderful “Restlessjo” and her “Monday walk” themes.
A walk back time often called the good old days – probably more our point of view.

In the good old days, they have their problems too.

An alsatian ‘walk around’ museum with both alive performers and working units.
It’s a museum village where the buildings are separated carefully where they were
only to be moved to this “village” and reassembled – stone by stone, as they were.

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This guy he looks happy and for sure believed he was running the business.

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No it wasn’t a saloon.

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Old blue village house.

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Old water mill in the late afternoon sun.

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New made in old frames.

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Guess the lady wait inside while her panties get sundried.

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Carriage house with indoor gutter to collect rainwater in a bassin.

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Old fashion works.

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An old forge, the  home of the old-time handyman.
At that time the blacksmith served as the village’s dentist too.
There was only one treatment in addition to maintain the teeth – that was pulled out.

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The old barbershop – news focal point too.

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Old sawmill.

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Toothache – to bite into a fresh onion could keep the blacksmith away – maybe.

When borders be idyllic

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It was a hot sultry summer day in late august at the german side of Flensburger Fiord.
The clouds hung looming on the horizon but didn’t seem serious at the scary way..
The private pier of the hotel which enables to sail to the hotel on the fjord’s south side.
In continuation of the pier across the Flensburger Fiord – the north side which is Denmark.

People in the area don’t see themselves as danes or germans, but schleswiger
the german part called South Schleswig and the danish part called North Schleswig
but common values and interests with different passport – this doesn’t worry them.

On the north side is the largest danish battlefield ever named Dybbol Banke
with plenty of evidence of the high costs for both germans and danes.
Namely the war in 1864 between the two countries.
When politicians and state leaders argues, then die soldiers and civilians.

History and conversation connecting people.
On both sides they have laid the past behind.

Weekly photo challenge “From every angle

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This beach hotel was and is recreational oasis for many
among them the famous german writer and Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann.

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