Monday, 15 June 2015

City Tour - Münster

Human Chain at the Prinzipalmarkt to St. Lambertikirche protesting about the tightening of Asylum laws
 Entrechtung stoppen
Asylgesetz kippen
Stop the Tightening of Asylum Laws

The historical Marktcafé and the Cathedral with the public market

Enjoying coffee and the view of the weekend market at the Cathedral Square (Domplatz)

This is one of the reasons why I always go back to the market of this city - the Reibekuchen (potato pancake with apple sauce)

Prinzipalmarkt - principal marketplace of Münster

Gymnasium Paulinum - founded around 797 and claimed to be the oldest school in Germany (wiki)
The old building of Kollegium Heerde - an Internat (boarding house) for boys

Giant Pool Balls sculpture von Claes Oldenburg at Aasee Park

Aasee, the lake in Münster

Sunday, 7 June 2015

June is for Championship League

June is for Messi

The week of hot summery days in Germany, in June. When I asked my dear Rajah Puti (the white Rajah) if we are watching Euro Cup that hot Saturday, 6th of June, he almost exploded and gave me instant briefing on the difference between Championship League and the UEFA-Euro Cup. 
"So now, you know what's at stake tonight," he finished his sporty lecture touching on these and those football clubs which may qualify for the games. My response: I really don't care. I only want to see cute football players." End of lecture. The rest is history. 
3 to 1 against Juventus Turin. (And my heart bleeds for Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon but they remain in the list of my champion league.)

Congratulations FC Barcelona, Barça "Mes que un Club" (Catalan word which means more than a club). May you keep your aspiration to be the best ambassador for sport in Catalonia, Spain and to be seen as a defender of human rights and democratic freedom. Real Champions!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Alles neu macht der Mai

May means revisiting cherished friends' nest and their rhododendron blooming for brunch and asparagus dinner

Lunch with former neighbors who made us feel so cherished preparing our favorite German potato salad

White wine to go with our German-Italian lunch

Seeing again the house and the street lined with blooming chestnut trees

Lilo prepared the butter so artistically, I didn't want to touch it.

Lilo's own dessert-cream with blueberries and toasted almonds

May is month of Maibowle

Looking at this shop while enjoying our Maibowle and beer

Ludwig Windthorst (17 January 1812 – 14 March 1891)

Osnabrücker Rad - the logo of the city

Hase river

A little Madness in the Spring, is wholesome even for the King. (Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886)

Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling. Walt Whitman 1819-1892

Another city to visit in May for Reibekuchen, May in Münster

May for strawberries

to match asparagus, white or green

cherries for dessert

or the Rhododendron with dry sherry before dinner

Dinner of golden asparagus to match the young potatoes of Spring cooked with love by Rolf and Heike

Two towers, rotating telling the story of the battle of the Germanen and the Romer

O, the month o May, the merry month o May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green
O, and then did I unto my true love say,
Sweet Peg, thous shalt be my Summer's Queen.

The Merry Month of May by Thomas Dekker (c.1572-1632)

Sunday, 10 May 2015

40. Frechener Töpfermarkt (Potters' Market)

Töpfermarkt 2015
Potters‘ Market 2015

Good timing for this year's Mother’s Day is the yearly Potters‘ Market (Töpfermarkt 2015) on May 9 and 10 in Frechen City.There are about 130 ceramic artists and craft potters coming from Germany and other European countries presenting
their creations from decorative vases to functional but attractive kitchen and dining wares. Loyal visitors and new guests to this 40th Pottery Exhibition and Market get to know the wonder world of ceramics visiting stands and tents presenting works in modern sculpture, jewelries, water pipes, wind chimes, frames, soap and candle holders, animal figurines and other beautiful creations.Do not miss it. Bring the whole family and spend some time appreciating and supporting the works of the participating ceramic artists and craft potters. Just hope weather will be very cooperative for your visit and for the potters. 
Happy Mother's Day!