Ulm Minster

I'd all but forgotten that we'd even visited Ulm, until I came across a set of photos of the interior of the minster.

Ulm Minster

Zugspitze

Fear and exhilaration on the other side of the safety fence, at the absolute "Top of Germany".

Zugspitze

A picture in ten thousand

Before I was any good at taking photos, I’d flick through the pages of National Geographic and daydream of trips to new places, where I’d capture wonderfully lit scenes to my heart’s content. Michael Palin’s first travel TV series “Around The World In Eighty Days” was the first series which piqued my interest in travel documentaries and the…

A picture in ten thousand

Wedding portfolio update

I’ve been prompted recently to update my wedding portfolio; in particular since I’ve begun using Flickr as an extension to the image archive for this website. I’ve added three new groups of photos over the last couple of days: from Interlaken in 2011… …from Lindau in summer 2012… …and from Zurich in December 2012.

Wedding portfolio update

Nazi Party Congress Hall, Nuremberg

When we visited southern Germany in 2011, one of the places I wanted to see was the former Nazi Party rally ground on the outskirts of Nuremberg. The site is one of huge historic importance and although all of the identifying insignia have been absent for nearly seventy years, much of the foundations and layout of the rally ground still…

Nazi Party Congress Hall, Nuremberg

Some favourite memories of 2011

When I look back at the photos I've posted to my Flickr photostream in 2011, I see how fortunate Jo and I have been to have had the opportunity to travel so much. Starting with a trip to the photo'11 exhibition in January, my year has been filled with journeys, both long and short. We've been to the U.K., Italy…

Some favourite memories of 2011

Schloss Banz

Construction of this former monastery began in 1698. The church, built in Baroque style, was consecrated in 1719. The main altar, the chancel and the statues of saints in the church and on the facade are by Balthasar Esterbauer; the ceiling frescoes are by Melchior Steidl. In 1933 Duke Ludwig Wilhelm in Bavaria sold the buildings to the Community of…

Schloss Banz

The Courtyard

On a visit to Ebern in Germany, we came across a picturesque autumnal courtyard. On the wall outside, a plaque told of many years ago.

The Courtyard

The Thirteenth Country

As we were so near the border when we visited Bavaria in October, we drove over into the Czech Republic to add the thirteenth country to the list of those I’ve visited. There’s not much in this region and in order to avoid paying a motorway toll – as we were only there for an hour or so – we…

The Thirteenth Country

Television tower number one

I like being up high. When we were in Stuttgart at the beginning of October, I could therefore hardly turn up the chance to visit the restaurant at the top of the world’s first concrete television tower. I am a little scared of heights when on man-made structures, but I managed to overcome a wobbly-knees moment when we arrived…

Television tower number one

Porsche Zentrum, Stuttgart

Jo and I split our journey to Franconia in southern Germany with a stop-over in Stuttgart. As we’d time to kill whilst there, we looked up some of the sights in advance and decided to stop off briefly at one of the centres of German engineering: the Porsche district. Alongside the obligatorily huge showroom of the dealership next door, and…

Porsche Zentrum, Stuttgart

Are you Charlie Baker?

I have translated this short story from an archived article in German newspaper Die Zeit from June 1976, which I came across via a link which Konstantin Binder posted to his Twitter account. The original title is “Oh! You're German?” but I don't feel that this direct translation matches the tone of the article. I find it touching and an…

Are you Charlie Baker?

Get Shorty

A gallery of images from my journey to the U.K. and back in 2006, collecting Jo to bring her to live with me in Switzerland.

Get Shorty