Stockholm impressions

I know, I know, I write too much about those photos. I’ll try to be brief this time. The Nordic Museum reminds me of the Harry Potter castle with its many towers. I did not visit it, but its neighbour, the Vasa Museum. But more on that in a later post. Me being a total ship ignorant, totally missed that I had passed the Dannebrog Royal Yacht, one of only two remaining officially royal boats still in use. My hotel was located near the ferry harbour, leading to very peculiar traffic signs…

CERN impressions

A spontaneous visit to CERN was surprisingly rewarding. I managed to sneak into the fully booked French guided tour. For the next two hours, we visited two spots: first was the historical synchro-cyclotron, which surprised with a well-produced animation of its inner workings, projected directly onto its skeleton. Then we went to the building above the ATLAS detector, which (of course) could not be visited directly. Instead, we saw another presentation. A small bonus was the direct view into the control room.

Lights of London (yep, these are wallpapers)

When I stood on Queen’s Walk in London, next to the National Theatre (roughly here; btw: this is one of the few occasions where “here” is a sensible choice for a link text, but I digress…), I could not help but notice the abundance of lighting. So I opened the shutter and waved my camera around. Here are the (unedited, except for level adjustments) results:

Zillertal mountain hike

Panoramic view of a dam crest, its storage lake and mountain formations all around; on top cloudy sky

Last weekend, I went on a mountain hike with my camera. Fortunately it didn’t rain, so I could take many photos of rocks, mountains and the sky. We started Friday evening, walking for three hours before arriving at the hut Alpenrose where we stayed for the night. The next day we had big plans: climbing up Schönbichler Horn and descending to the Schleigeisspeicher storage lake (above).

Barcelona by night

While the harbour looks great in the night, the valuable coastline next to the city is occupied by concrete, cranes and industry. The first two photos show both freight and passenger docks. The city itself is quite photogenic, thanks to bright lighting and organically grown buildings. The Plaça d’Espanya is one of Barcelona’s traffic nodes in the north-west. The cheapest connection to the airport (bus line 46) departs here. La Rambla is the main promenade, connecting Plaça Catalunya to the coast at Port Vell.