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Winter Storm & Flood

Sooo, the better part of Germany — everything from our general area northward — was hit by a major winter storm over the weekend and has been looking like this ever sind: (Image sources here, here, here and here) … as a result of which, trains, planes, and public transport aren’t operational, streets aren’t passable for […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “N”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “L”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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Snow!

Excuse my excitement, but I love snow, and we don’t get to see much of it in winter where I live — rarely more than a day on average each winter. Well, it seems like this was this particular winter’s occasion: Last night, when I was already on the point of going to bed, I […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “G”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “C”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two things mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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St. Martin’s Day Procession: Germany’s November Bonfire Tradition

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Bonus Task #1: Post pictures of past or present bonfires, fireworks (IF THEY’RE LEGAL) or sparklers. As a kid, one of my favorite holiday traditions used to be the St. Martin’s Day processions: The holiday celebrates St. Martin of Tours (France), a 4th century Roman military […]

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An Untraditional Christmas Tradition: A Nighttime Stroll Through My Neighborhood

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Christmas, Bonus Task #1: Christine PNW’s untraditional family tradition for Christmas dinner is to gather around the fondue pot with her husband and children after spending the entire day in her pajamas and watching movies, playing video games or reading.  Do you have any “untraditional” traditions for the day? […]

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The View from My Kitchen Window

#StayatHome blossoms — this is the view from my balcony and kitchen window at the moment. And by way of a bonus image, a pair of ducks (visitors from the banks of the Rhine, which is just a few 100 metres from my home) that were making a ruckus round about the front hedge while […]

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An Easter Walk

… or Passover, or Spring Festival, or whatever else you are celebrating these days. Easter walks are very much a German tradition (Goethe even immemorialized them in his Faust), and it turns out not even the Corona pandemic can do away with this.  Unlike last weekend, people were out only (or almost only) in family […]

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Bonn City Hall Window Lights Advent Calendar

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 1: Share a picture of your advent calendar. I didn’t have an Advent calendar of my own this year, so I’m going to share a picture of my city’s traditional one, in the windows of the historic city hall:   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2022197/24-festive-tasks-door-13-advent-task-1

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November Sunset

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 4: The Forest of Compiègne, just outside Compiègne, France, is the site of the signing of the 1918 Armistice.  It was also the site of the signing by the French of a truce with the Germans following the German invasion in 1940. – Find […]

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November Sunrise

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 1: Sunrise services are a staple of this holiday: Take a picture of the sunrise where you live and share it with us. I’m decidedly more of a night owl than a lark, but this past week was an exhibit of the kind of […]

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The Beethoven Festival

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Japanese Culture Day, Task 1: Tell us about a cultural festival or event in the area where you live. My home town, Bonn, in 1770 (i.e., 250 years ago next year) was the birthplace of classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven.  While you can’t escape this fact even when just […]

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John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany

This book is seriously odd — and it cut very close to home not merely geographically but also in terms of my own political formation.  Le Carré first takes eons to trot out his personal disappointment with having been posted to Bonn instead of a “sexier” capital (via the voices of the British diplomats and […]

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Snow

I know friends elsewhere in the world are suffering with Arctic temperatures (and climate) at the moment, but snow is rare enough hereabouts (we only get it a few times, if that, for a day at a time each winter), and I’ve blessedly had time to take a stroll yesterday and enjoy the beauty that […]

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A Mother’s Day Memory

24 Festive Tasks: Door 11 – Russian Mother’s Day, Task 2: Do you have a favorite Mothers’ Day memory that you are happy to share?  Photos welcome but optional. I usually give my mom a bouquet of flowers and take her out for lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day.  One occasion I remember particularly well […]

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Unusual Cloud Formations

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 3: Legend has it that the saltire or St. Andrew’s cross (white on an azure background) – which constitutes the national flag of Scotland – originated as a cloud formation, symbolizing St. Andrew’s being crucified on an X-shaped cross rather than an upright one.  Do […]

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Rhein in Flammen / The Rhine on Fire

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – Bon Om Touk, Task 2:  If you’ve ever attended a procession or an event involving festively decked out boats, post a picture and tell us about it. I’ve posted about this before: “Rhein in Flammen” (“The Rhine on Fire”, or “The Rhine up in Flames”) is an annual event […]

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Bonn leuchtet — Bonn Shines

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Diwali, Task 1: Share a picture of your favorite light display. “Bonn leuchtet” — “Bonn Shines” — is the name of an annual event in early November during which some of Bonn’s public buildings (and city streets and trees) are colorfully illuminated at night.  Here are a few impressions […]

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