This & That - Photographs For Sale In Prints, Greeting Cards and PostersThese are just a few of the many miscellanious collections of my photographs - a unique photographic record of life from around the world.
Antique doors in Budweis
In 1265 Bohemian King Přemysl Otakar II chose the confluence of the large South Bohemian Rivers Vltava and Malše (Moldau and Maltsch) to found the city of České Budějovice to strengthen his position of power in South Bohemia.
Over the centuries České Budějovice, home of the famous original Budweiser Beer, grew into a economic and cultural capital of South Bohemia, but heavy, hundreds of years old wooden doors still open to cozy, restful interiors in old burghers' houses in quiet streets.
Altar Dresdener Hofkirche
Though rebuilt sooner than the Dresdener Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) the original Dresdener Catholic Church of the Royal Court (Hofkirche) was built not only after the impressive "Stone Bell" but in response to it.
Step inside! Its cool and simple splendor - much white, gold, porcelain, marble and natural light - radiates quiet grandeur. Of particular interest is the high altar. It is made of local marble and gilded bronze ornaments. The six large silver candlesticks (1752), each foot adorned with the figurative allegories of the three theological virtues of faith, hope and love, are 2.15 meters high. The crucifix (1756) of this silver treasure has a height of 4.20 meters and weighs 250 pound.
The Hofkirche at the Palace Square in Dresden is a prime example for the beauty of late Baroque architecture.
Pig plus Barbecue equals Mmmm Good
Suckling pig (or sucking pig) is known in German cuisine as Spanferkel. It is often grilled and served at festive occasions. It's more than a meal. It's an event.
By far the hardest thing in suckling-pig-grilling is to obtain the barbecue and the piglet on a spit. The only task in the five to six hours it lasts to grill the piglet is to monitor it while sitting in a camping chair under an umbrella next to the grill, to control the heat supply, and to drink not too much of cool beer. Pouring a a bit of beer over the pig every now and and then adds additional flavour.
'Suckling pig from the grill' may sound like something primitive, decadent and medieval, but Whole Suckling Pig is a true delicacy and is served at the finest establishments around the world.
Wall of American License Plates
License plates have been around for longer than there have been automobiles. They have been a source of interest and fun since the very first ones were issued.
The following funny story really happened to a man named Robert Barbour: He requested personalized license plates from the California DMV in 1979. The DMV form asked to list three possible choices for his plates, and he entered:
3. NO PLATE
The third "NO PLATE" option meant, if he can't get the first or the second plate, then he didn't want personalized plates at all. However,officials at the DMV didn't understand his intentions, so they sent him vanity plates with the words "NO PLATE" written on them.
About a month later, Mr. Barbour started to receive loads of parking tickets, from all over the States. Even from places he has never been to. In total, he received about 2,500 tickets. He alerted the DMV about the problem, and he responded to every citation with a form letter.
Why did this happen? Well, law enforcement agencies usually used "NO PLATE" when citing a parked vehicle that had no plates. And, DMV computers finally found a matching address for a car with the famous "NO PLATE" license plate.
Prague - Mysteriously Beautiful
Prague is like a good flirt - she only reveals as much leg as you need to see to keep you interested, but the anticipation and the eventual sublimation is always worth the wait.
She's a labyrinth of streets, alleys, passages, staircases, yellow streetlights, background sounds, cigarette smoke and drunken voices. This is no New York City with its 42nd Streets and numeric grids. New streets and pubs and bookstores and people and suspicious smells are turning up daily and nightly. In contrast to Los Angeles, where it's a pleasant surprise to find a building older than your father, Prague is a city in a country that has been in the middle of myriad empires, wars, rebellions, atrocities and struggles for national identity.
If there were two words I had to choose when describing Prague it would be 'mysterious' and 'beautiful'.
Prague - The Iron Man from a long time ago and a country far far away
On the corner of New Town hall and Marianske namesti square in the Old Town of Prague (Stare mesto) stands the statue of The Iron Knight, also know as Iron Man.
A hundred years older than the 'Star Wars' movies the sculpture does not represent Darth Vader but, according to one legend, the emperor Rudolph II in disguise, who, a long time ago in a country far, far away, walks to the Jewish quarter to see the young and beautiful doughter of a rabbi. A girl, hidden in a crinkle of his coat, is hiding her face because she knows that it is a sin to fall in love with a christian.
According to another legend the sculpture of the man in armour represents a knight who was turned to stone after being cursed by his love, the daughter of an armourer, with her last breath, after he had stabbed her in a fit of rage when she rejected him.
A Cross on St Vitus Cathedral Prague
The Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, the largest church treasury in the Czech Republic and one of the most extensive in Europe, traces its beginnings back to the early Middle Ages. It suffered major losses during the Hussite wars and was plundered many times in subsequent periods of social tumult and economic shortages.
Even so, Prague's St. Vitus Cathedral still boasts a huge collection of precious artefacts that is breathtaking in its extent. Among the finest masterpieces is the golden coronation cross as well as a cross with a fragment of Christ's loincloth, the reliquary of St. Catherine, a crystal jug holding the tablecloth from the Last Supper, a diamond-studded monstrance, the guilded tomb of St Wenceslas; There are examples of goldsmiths' art dating from the 19th century as well as panel paintings with vera icons believed to be impressed images of Christ's true appearance.
Even in its hidden corners and winding stairways the cathedral houses tens of thousands of secrets: Icons, ancient relics, walls with inlaid gem stones, wall paintings showing Christ's passion, gilded stucco, the shadow of screaming gargoyles and the crypt of kings under the cathedral containing the remains of Charles IV himself. Those secrets, incredible riches - and more - you'll have to discover on your own.
Pepsi is here - Pepsi Cola Ad in Prague CZ
Pepsi has always been known for creating creative advertisements. Being one of the most competitive carbonated beverage makers, these folks sure know how to market all variants (Pepsi Diet, Pepsi Twist, Pepsi Max, Pepsi Blue, Pepsi Jazz, etc) under the umbrella. Pepsi ads inspire; they are cool, daring and creative.
When you walk Jindriska street from Jidriska vez (Henry tower) to Vaclavske namesti (Wenceslas square) in Prague you can see a big Pepsi wall mural. Although it is fading it is not a ghost sign from the former communist area. It's 'only' retro style. Before 1989 it was unthinkable to advertise an U.S. product in then communist Czechoslovakia, so there can't be a ghost sign about Pepsi from this aera.
I so love the elegance of the lady, her style, her clothes ... looks like something from the 1950's ... beautiful.
Bloody Mary Hand-Crafted
Bloody Mary: Take vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and lime. Shake with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the wedge of lime and serve. Enjoy your cocktail.
World-class wine is made in California
California's wine industry began in 1769, when the the Franciscan missionary Father Junipero Serra planted his first grape vines at Mission San Diego. southern California.
In 1976, Steven Spurrier, an influential wine merchant and academic, organized a 'Blind Taste Test' in Paris, France. He had long been curious of how well California's best wines would stand up to Bordeaux and Burgundy. This was probably the most important event in the history of wine in California. The Golden State did not disappoint.
While wine is made in all fifty U.S. states, California contributes around 90% of the U.S. wine production. It would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world if it were an independent nation. The industry boasts approximately 2,445 wineries, which produce more than 500 million gallons of wines every year. Chardonnay is the largest grown variety, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and White Zinfandel.
California has a reputation as a place where anyone can prosper and anything can grow. The Californian wine industry is one among the finest in the world.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it ...
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
Till Eulenspiegel - The Merry Prankster
Till Eulenspiegel was a 14th Century peasant whose pranks and drollness were the subject of widespread tales. The name Eulenspiegel literally means "owl glass" or "owl mirror". These devices also appear on Eulenspiegel's gravestone in Mölln in Schleswig Holstein, Germany. Metaphorically his name has been interpreted as "wise reflection," as Eulenspiegel was widely understood to be holding up a mirror by which society could judge itself.
In the early 1500's the tales of Eulenspiegel were printed in one or more Early New High German language versions. The full narrative of Eulenspiegel's adventures, of which there are 95, was translated to English by Paul Oppenheimer. However, Oppenheimer's translation of the original tales of Tyl Eulenspiegel reveals something quite unexpected: 16th century humor, reflecting the social and moral climate of the times, seems harsh, unforgiving, and hurtful.