I’ve had a lot going on but I just wanted to take a moment to say this about today.
Please remember why you have this day off and pay tribute to those who have and continue to server for you!
Many military HEROES, past and present, gave up their tomorrow’s so that you could continue to have yours.
To my brothers and sisters in arms, Thank You!
New year, new me. I know I didn’t post that often last year but this year I am going to try really hard to get a shot or two up a week. If you don’t see something bug me for a post!
So the wife and I headed up to Frankfurt for New Year’s Eve. My goal was to see some fireworks and we got our wish. Instead of the city doing the fireworks show, all the people gather along the banks of the river Main and turn it into a war zone of sorts. You see the video of what it looked like here. Although not as intense, the fireworks start a lot earlier, about an hour before midnight and went on strong for an hour and a half past midnight.
Before the fireworks we wanted to take a walk and see the city. When we got to the river we went down and walked beside the river on a very snow and icy trail. After dodging many walkers, runners and geese we came to this spot where you see this picture above. It caught my eye because there was a fog and I liked how it looked with all the lights.
On a recent trip back home we took some time out to go to White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo New Mexico. We had been there before but never at night. They offer a “Full Moon Hike” where you can go on a tour of the dunes at night and they teach you some things. Pretty interesting and well worth it. You can even hang out afterwards in the dark and take cool pictures like these.
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We went to Oktoberfest this year, which starts in September for those that don’t know. We stayed at a very nice bed and breakfast, Hotel Post in Grainau, Germany. Of course this isn’t the beer tents and Bavarian “babes” that most are used to associating with Oktoberfest. Those pictures will come later. The morning after we woke up to the sound of a bunch of cow bells outside. This is what we saw when we opened the balcony door.
It’s pretty hot today here in Germany. So as I sat here and tried to think of cool thoughts, I thought of snow. It reminded me of this trip in January where we went to Bern Switzerland. One of our stops on our way to Bern was this old style cheese house. Inside was an old man who makes cheese the same way they did way back in the day. He had to stand in this smokey room and stir this mixture by hand for hours at a time. As interesting as it was, and as much as my wife loves cheese we couldn’t stay long because the smoke was burning our eyes. The cool though helped out for a second, the ice pack on my chest helped out a lot more.
I’m trying to spend today catching up on my photo’s and posts. That’s why more than usual. Last weekend we were in Rome so the wife could attend a seminar. We had a little time to tour Rome, nothing serious as we intend to go back sometime in the future and spend more time at the sites. In order to go back to Rome everyone stops at the Trevi Fountain and tosses one coin in. That means you’ll go back to Rome one day. I didn’t catch it in this shot but it is a very crowded area with people everyone. Off to the left is one of the best Gelato (Ice Cream) shops we have ever been to.
A couple weeks ago the wife and I took a trip to where I grew up in Germany. The name of the town is Sennfeld. One of my memories is having to walk my dog after school. At the end of our street was a narrow walk-way that opened up into a large area of farm-fields where I would let him run loose and do his business. Going back almost 20 years later it hasn’t change at all. This picture also has an interesting story which also kind of adds to the feel of the darkness on the right side. As I was setting up for this shot, at the end of the road to the right, a little off frame a farmer was dying. After I took this we started walking and an ambulance came racing by out to the fields. They tried CPR but weren’t able to revive him. Unfortunately his wife showed up a few minutes later. That memory of what was going on makes me agree with the dark side of the image.