so HAVE A NICE Season & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In January we visited this cool place being directly situated at the German-Polish border in the meadows of the river Neisse and being called ‘Kulturinsel Einsiedel’. There you will find the 1st treehouse hotel of Germany and also small summer huts, but on this premise the people also construct and build treehouses for worldwide export.
During our visit we were the only guests in the treehouse hotel while it was quite cold in the night and as well in the early morning around – 10° Celsius. Fortunately there was electrical heating in the treehouse otherwise it would have been not so nice. In summer it will be definitely more crowdy there as an overnight stay in a treehouse means just great fun and adventure especially for children.
For going to the toilet this icy bridge had to be crossed, then downstairs again to normal level and another 150 m walk through the frosty forest, so we refrained from using these facilities during the night. However, we really appreciated our short visit in the woods, the sleep in the treetops and the profound experience of winter in a real borderland.
When I visited Penzlin Castle some time ago, the small tour allowed a view into the old smoke kitchen but when entering, the room entirely was just black and dark, only some details and corners were rarely illuminated by small spotlights.
The open fire-place itself was not really visible and all appeared quite spooky although this really used to be the place where meals were cooked for the former owner of the ancient castle and his guests. So here you get only a more imaginative idea of how primordial, rural, smoky and simple life used to be mostly during these medieval times.
This photo shows a view of the funnel vault from 1520 with a 12 m high chimney which was also utilized for smoking fish or meat. The light conditions were really poor but at least some tools did emerge from this more creepy darkness.
But where to find an espresso machine? Even coffee not available for breakfast just wine and beer those days, the socalled medieval diet.
Now I understand the name of the place much better, because it seems that an invisible hammer of decay and time-passed-by has just hit some of the buildings there severely overnight.
Location: Hammer-Unterwiesenthal, Ore Mountains, Germany
with real winter weather in early January 2016
Some snow already in the Ore Mountains this year by end of October. So the winter tourists will soon return, mostly for country ski, otherwise much more houses would look alike in this quite remote area near the Czech border.
LIKE AN ARTEFACT OF THE ANALOG INDUSTRIAL ERA THIS OXYDIZING SKYSCRAPER IS CLIMBING NOSTALGICALLY TOWARDS THE BLUEISH SKY. WHAT WILL BE LEFT WHEN ARCHEOLOGISTS DIG UP THESE GROUNDS IN 1000 YEARS? IN ANY CASE THE LIMITLESS SKY.
When the sunset is reflected in the moisty sand of the legendary and quite windy beach of Sagres at the Algarve (Portugal) – being used mostly by surfers today due to the breezy and quite rough sea – a lot of people always join this daily spectacle at this most South-Western part of the European mainland. The region used to be always a mythical place, so not far away near the villages of Vila de Bispo and Raposeira still more than 100 menhirs can be found from the Neolithic era (ca. 3,000 – 4,000 BC). All of them were overturned and also partly destroyed lateron by Christian missionaries, but at least one menhir was re-erected (Menir do Padrão) in the meantime. The ancient Greeks named this place Ophiussa (land of the snakes) and its inhabitants Oestrimni (people of the utmost West). The Romans who seized this region 2,000 years ago preferred to call the site Promontorium sacrum (holy footlands), a magical place at the end of the world where the deities use to live and where the sun is engulfed by the ocean.
WHEN YOU MEET A STRANGER IN POSTMODERN SOLITUDES
RAISING THE RIGHT HAND GENTLY AS A WORDLESS SIGN
YOU WILL SURELY KNOW: MAY PEACE BE HERE WITH US