The first stop on the roadtrip was Berlin and its surroundings. We spend two days exploring the city centre and one morning visting Potsdam. Below are some pictures I took there.
#20: The palace Charlottenburg in West Berlin
#21: Sony Center near Potsdammer Platz
#22: The Reichstag
#23: The Church on Franzosicher Platze
#24: The television tower and the church near the Alexanderplatz
#25: The palace of Potsdam
#26: Tea-house in the palace gardens of Potsdam
Very nice tour de l'image there Dennis (or should I say Tour mit Bildern).
That TV tower looks vaguely reminiscent (albeit a bit smaller) of the Pearl Tower in Shanghai.
these have that typical denis quality about them. great stuff.
but more importantly than anything else...which city had the hottest women. :D
Thanks Rooz and George.
That would be Riga; the women there were absolutely stunning. Although Stockholm was a very close second :)
Originally Posted by Rooz
Here are some more pictures, this time from Poland. We drove through Poland to Lithuania in about 4 days, visiting several nice places on the way.
#27: The wandering dunes of Słowiński National Park
#28: Sopot, a popular holiday resort near Gdansk
#29: The Castle of Malbork (or Marienburg, as it was called when the region was still German). It is one of Europe's largest castles.
#30: Roof of the watermill of Gdansk
#31: Square in Gdansk. The weather got a bit worse when we were there.
#32: The bunkers of Wofsschanze (Wolf's Lair), Hitler's Eastern Front headquarters during World War two. This was also the sight of the famous assassination attempt on Hitler.
Wow I feel like I have new favourite thread. Thanks ever so much for sharing these beautiful image Dennis. I especially enjoyed seeing again those few places I'd visited when I used to be under 25.
The Castle shot is picture postcard perfect.
Like Hitlers reviewing stand in Nuremberg, it's hard to translate, in an image of places like Der Wolfsschanze the overall feeling of walking in the footsteps of such a nefarious person in history.
Like Dread, you are helping us to remember trips to some of these terrific places. Wunderbar!
Thanks DPR and George. I'm glad you like the pictures.
I agree, places such as Wolfsschanze are indeed difficult to translate to a picture. It wasn't easy from a technical point of view; most of the structures were overgrown with forest and in the shade. In combination with the brighter sky, this made it a lot more difficult to get good shots of the place. However, capturing the feel of the place is even harder. In the end, I wasn't all that happy with any of my shots of that place.
Originally Posted by D70FAN
The next series of pictures will be from Lithuania, the first of the three Baltic states that we visited on this trip. We stayed here for two days and visited Vilnius, Kaunas, Trakai and the Hill of the Crosses (see next post).
#27: The Castle of Trakai
#28: Church on the historic campus of the University of Vilnius
#29: A church in Vilnius
#30: The cathedral of Vilnius
#31: A pile of rocks in the lake of Trakai (the castle is shown in the background)
#32: The city hall of Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania.
In Lithuania we also visited the Hill of the Crosses (Kryziu Kalnas). People have been leaving crosses at this site of pilgrimage since the mid nineteenth century. Over the years, the site became a symbol of resitance against the Russian oppression in the period from 1795-1918 and, more recently, 1944-1990. The Soviets have attempted to destroy the place on three occassions, but it was quickly rebuilt each time.
It is estimated that there are over 100.000 crosses located here. Although I'm not religious myself, I thought the place was very interesting and impressive. It was definely one of the more memorable places I visited on that trip.
Wow. Absolutely fantastic. #33 and #36 are about as dramatic as images get.
Make me want to cash in the retirement fund buy a Eurail pass and head back to Europe for a month (or more). I do miss traveling.
Dennis! I mentioned you in another thread here a few weeks back, it's great to see you posting again. Your landscapes/architectures are always favorites of mine and these don't disappoint! To me, you're the standard everyone should strive for with landscapes.
You always amaze me that you do that with "just" a D50. Proves the talent makes the equipment, not the other way around!
Thanks for sharing and its great to see you back!