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Lüftlmalerei, or Air Painting in Bavaria: 14 Examples

I mentioned Lüftlmalerei, or Air Painting, in my 68 Hours in Garmisch-Partenkirken Notebook post yesterday, but feel it needs a little further explanation. And more examples. Lüftlmalerei refers to the colorful frescoes that are commonly seen on the sides of houses, hotels, storefronts and shops throughout not only GaPa, but …

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68 Hours in a Snowless Garmisch-Partenkirchen – GaPa Notebook

The Zugspitze is Germany’s highest peak. At 2,962m (9,717ft) It’s also among the highest places in the Alps where you can get a decent glass of sparkling wine. Reason enough to make a small detour last month to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s premiere winter sport center on my way home after a …

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Haus Höllental, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

45-Second Cheap Hotel Adviser – Haus Höllental, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Haus Höllental Höllentalstraße 39 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany €38/night via booking.com, local tourist tax of €2/night not included. There is no shortage of places to lay your head in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s most popular winter sport destination.  At under €40/night, my guess is that you could do much worse than the Haus …

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – Travel | Stock Image Gallery

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bavaria, southern Germany Date: February 2014 Weather conditions: unseasonably warm, rainy, cloudy All images (c) Bob Ramsak 2014. All rights reserved. For stock or editorial use please get in touch. For print purchases please visit here; for greeting cards and post cards here.    

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Silhouette of the Brandenburg Gate

Atop the Brandenburg Gate

Today’s Pic de Jour is a silhouette of the quadriga that tops Berlin’s emblematic Brandenburg Gate, a four-horse chariot driven by Victoria, the Roman Goddess of victory. The chariot was sculpted by Johann Gottfried Schadow, and the gate completed in 1792. At a quick glance it appears that each of …

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Waxenstein Mountain, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Waxenstein Mountain, Bavaria (Pic du Jour)

This is a south-facing view of Waxenstein Mountain taken this afternoon from the shore of the Riessersee lake in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Kleiner, or smaller Waxenstein, to the right stands at 2,136m (7,007ft) while Großer Waxenstein reaches 2,277m (7,470ft). The mountain is part of the compact Wetterstein Range shared between Germany’s …

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The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin (Pic du Jour)

I’ve posted this image of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial before, but thought it appropriate to share again on the occasion of today’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The memorial, whose official name is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, is a powerful and unsettling reminder of the horrors humanity is …

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Hohenzollernplatz U-bahn stop, Berlin

At Berlin’s Hohenzollernplatz – Pic du Jour

At the Hohenzollernplatz U-banh stop, that is. 31-May-2008

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Weekly Sunday Drive – 60-second Trabant Tour

When I was a kid growing up in the U.S. midwest, Sunday afternoons were oftentimes about drives. Usually into the nearby countryside east of Cleveland, much of which has long since devolved into developments with monstrously enormous homes. It was the same for a colleague Edwin, who grew up in …

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Berlin Quickie

Here’s a 4min&8sec vidblog from Berlin, the latest in my small –but growing!– Piran Cafe City Quickie series. Berlin has long been on my short-short list of favorite European capitals – I’ve visited about a dozen times over the past eight years and always feel revitalized by the city’s unique …

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