Fountain of Friendship between Nations

Admittedly, Fountain of Friendship between Nations is a hell of a name and proves that the German compound can actually be pretty useful here and there. Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft does seem less chiseled. The avid reader of this blog knows I just love a good water feature. Also, my approach to wordless Wednesday is hopeless. […]

Fountain of Friendship between Nations

While you are there……


Mosaic at Haus des Lehrers

„Unser Leben“ is a mosaic at Haus des Lehrers by Walter Womacka. “Our Life” is a mosaic at “House of the Teacher” by Walter Womacka at Alexanderplatz, Berlin. With 7 meters in height and a length of 127 meters, it is one of the largest artworks in Europe. Say what? So on a bright and […]

Mosaic at Haus des Lehrers

This is located in Berlin at Alexanderplatz….


Growers see good wine vintage for Europe, stable volumes despite droughts

PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The good news for wine drinkers is that an increase in French barrels will keep European volumes stable despite severe droughts sweeping the continent, and while yields fell in most countries, farmers foresee a particularly good quality vintage. Several EU countries including France and Spain have suffered one of their […]

Growers see good wine vintage for Europe, stable volumes despite droughts

Good news for wine lovers. 🍷🍾


Timeless Luxury in Saxony’s Capital: Gewandhaus Dresden

My Ethereal Experience at Dresden’s Most Stylish Luxury Hotel I was invited to stay at the Gewandhaus Dresden through a collaboration I actively sought out, as I knew my audience needed to hear about this beautiful hotel. The opinions expressed in this blog post are, as always, my own. Some hotels stay in your mind […]

Timeless Luxury in Saxony’s Capital: Gewandhaus Dresden

A guest post on the Gewandthaus in Dresden.


Travel & Culture: Visiting Munich’s Oktoberfest

Following a two-year break, Munich’s Oktoberfest is back! Dhruv Rathee and partner Juli visit the world’s largest Volksfest. The 17-day event kicks off with the traditional ‘parade of Wiesn landlords and breweries”. Video timeline: 0:00 Intro 0:47 What is the Oktoberfest? 1:48 Parade of Wiesn landlords and breweries 2:58 A brief history of the Oktoberfest […]

Travel & Culture: Visiting Munich’s Oktoberfest

A tour of the 2022 Oktoberfest courtesy of Boomers Daily. 🍺🍻


Alpine Walks: St. Moritz In Southern Switzerland

Saint Moritz, a town, or Gemeinde (commune),  Graubünden canton, southeastern Switzerland. Saint Moritz lies in the Oberengadin (Upper Inn Valley) and is surrounded by magnificent Alpine peaks. The town consists of the Dorf (village), the Bad (spa), and the hamlets of Suvretta and Champfèr. Originally known for its curative mineral springs, it became a fashionable spa and summer resort […]

Alpine Walks: St. Moritz In Southern Switzerland

German utilities close to long-term LNG deals with Qatar

German energy companies RWE and Uniper are close to striking long-term deals to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar’s North Field Expansion project to help replace Russian gas, three sources familiar with the matter said. Talks between Germany and Qatar have been fraught with differences over key conditions such as the length of contracts […]

German utilities close to long-term LNG deals with Qatar

Some bright news on the home front, but it will take months to realize. More here….

VW Beetle, Germany, 1968

APRIL 1968 – Inga Schweim and her son Mark pose for the photographer in front of a brand new Volkswagen Beetle near Kiel, Germany. Scan © Mark Zanzig/ The story behind the image As long as I can think, cars have been important for our family. It began in the 1940s with the car of […]

VW Beetle, Germany, 1968

A photo taken by Mark Zanzig in 1968 which showed life during the late 1960s in West Germany. It was all about the VW and rebuilding a life after years of war and repression. More on the story behind the picture can be found in the link above.

Important! All the photos, stories and poems in connection with the death and memories of Queen Elizabeth II can be found in the categories of Literature/Genre, Photo Flick and Tributes. Click on the menu in the upper right corner and you will find the categories.


Photo Flick: Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II – Part 4

Bahadir Bermek



This is the last installment in the series dedicated in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. And of all the photos, film clips, poems and stories that have been posted, this photo taken by Bahadir Bermek, shows us everything. It’s a photo of a couple walking up the steps into a new world. And this photo is what I interpret when a person passes on. If one half leaves, the other stays behind and is given time to say thank you to those who loved the person and the couple all the years; the closest is when that person spends time with the closest- family. Elizabeth II valued family the most during her 96 years of life, especially 73 years of marriage to her significant other half, Prince Philip, who died last February. But also her children and grandchildren were her world, for she spent countless times with them. When Phillip died, the Queen knew her time would eventually come, which meant spending precious time with the people she loved, which was family. In the 70 years she was queen, her family grew, well beyond the Royal Family. Her family was the people of the UK, who thought of her as the Queen Mother, the rock that defined the UK. And it was through her that Europe became what it is today- a family.

And so we return to this picture, the one where after 70 years, it was time for the next generations to carry on. The picture serves as a reminder of the poem by Joanne Boyle. It was time for the Queen to say farewell and rejoin Prince Phillip, moving onto another life and new adventures, leaving behind memories and allowing for the family to grow further. Saying good-bye to the Queen may feel like the Lord leaving for Heaven, thus celebrating Easter, and someday, we will have a national holiday commemorating the Queen. But it’s not a sad farewell. Like Christ, we learned a lot from Her Royal Majesty and now, it’s time to continue with the Queen’s legacy, picking up where she left off.

And the Queen shall walk together with her husband to something new. God bless the Queen. ❤