Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Graffiti or Street Art?

I really enjoy street art-graffiti!  Every time I see a "tag" I wish I could speak to the youth and ask for something constructive and more clever.  When walking around Krakow one neighbourhood in particular was full of really cool art, some even thought provoking.  Enjoy the colourful creativity of these street artists.  
What do you see, flies or bees?
This piece of art work really drew me in.  From a distance I thought the boy was kicking a soccer ball. It wasn't until I got right up on it that I realised it was a skull.  Is the artist trying to say something about the absence of a feeling for the sanctity of life?  Is he referencing Poland's past or is it a commentary on their present condition?

Having recently endured a root canal this spoke to me.
What you don't see so well in this photo is the bottom where a mass of people have gathered.  Is this a riot, or does it recall an episode familiar to Polish citizens?  I don't know, but I am certain lectures could be given on the social meaning of all this street art.  I love it!

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

Monday, October 20, 2014

Munich Monday: Hiking the Geigelstein

Notice how the clouds seem to be spilling over the mountains in the background?  This was our early morning view as we embarked on our hike.  As you can see, we are already high above the valley floor and that's because we hiked about 1/3 the total distance the night before.

When we hike as a family we typically do a day trip, up and back,  we've never done an overnight hike together.  So, when Bob's boss arranged this family-friendly hike in the Chiemgau I was excited, but unsure what to expect.  The only thing I knew for sure was anything I packed in, I'd have to pack out so I was very judicious to bring only the essentials.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Night Time at Oktoberfest

Since my husband and I don't drink, Oktoberfest is all about the rides, the treats and an opportunity to wear our festive clothing.  The following is nothing more than a long photographic journey through our evening at Oktoberfest and my attempt at night time and moving target photography. Enjoy. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Favorite Little Church in Anger, Germany

I love Salzburg (I've written about it herehere  and here), mostly because I LOVE the movie The Sound of Music. Every time  I hear the opening score from the SOM I'm transported to a happy place, my soul really is lightened.  Am I being a bit dramatic, perhaps?  But those arial shots in the opening scenes represent the beauty I dreamed about one day seeing in person and define what I've come to love about Southern Bavaria and Austria.  How I will miss these green mountains when we leave next year.  

This sweet little church is on the road heading to Salzburg and I admire it every time we pass it. I was recently re-watching the Sound of Music for like the 1,000 time when it hit me that this favorite of mine just might be a church featured in the opening credits.  Instantly, I was determined to get a closer look to find out once and for all. My opportunity came while my mother was visiting back in August.  On our way home from Bertchesgaden, we decided to pull off the freeway and check it out.  

Sunday, October 5, 2014