16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 2 – Bon Om Touk

Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you’re living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

I spent the last couple of days of my trip to England back in July on the Norfolk coast, so here are a few impressions from that part of the trip:

 


Snettisham Beach


Wells next the Sea


Cromer Hall (inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Baskerville Hall)


Norfolk Broads — cruise in a historic steam boat


Horsey Windpump & Horsey Mew


Happisburgh beach & church (inspiration for the setting of P.D. James’s Devices and Desires, and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Dancing Men)


King’s Lynn (town center, purfleet, and guild hall)

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And since I am blessed to live (and have grown up) in a beautiful part of the Rhine Valley, here are a few of my favorite spots on the Rhine in and near my home city:


Views of Bonn’s city center from “our” (= the opposite) river front


Historic flood marker on the river front, and a replica of “the Bridge Manniquin”, which used to be on a pillar on our side the main bridge connecting both sides of the Rhine, pointing its backside in the direction of Bonn.  Other places have city rivalry — we have river bank rivalry!


Sunset on the Rhine, looking towards Bonn


Looking towards the “Seven Mountains” (“Siebengebirge”), south of Bonn


Drachenfels, the best-known of the “Seven Mountains”


Arp Museum, a modern arts museum south of Bonn (designed by Richard Meier, the architect who designed the L.A. Getty Center) — and looking back towards the “Seven Mountains” from the patio of the museum restaurant (the lower of the two buildings in the left picture; a former train station)


Remagen and the ruins of the bridge (now a peace museum)

 

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