You know that feeling when you spend Christmas with family and all you do is feasting or nestled cozy beneath the Christmas tree with cookies and tea. In this situation at one point, I get unruly, desperate for a stroll in fresh air.
So when we visited my in-laws, they suggested a hilly area which has been turned into a small nature reserve some time ago and is called Kaiserstuhl. The day we went strong winds were blowing. I suppose the winds always go harsh around there as the up and down slopes just seem like they have been carved from the air. In the far mist kept raising up giving the whole place some fairytale vibes. The view was beyond beautiful. Standing on top of the volcanic hills you can see the black forest, the exceptional phenomenon of wine terraces and herds of goats eating fat grass. Weird thing is that in order to keep high animal and botanic diversity the Kaiserstuhl hills need to be kept up by men. It was discovered when forest vegetation became too dense it left no chance for the smaller life forms. That’s why you see this prairie like grass parts. My father in-law kept repeating how this region transformed recently into vineyards (about 100 years ago) and was beforehand more into apple trees. He also told me about the two different terrace designs. Due to special soil conditions the terrain at Kaiserstuhl is prone to erosion hence the patio landscaping. Below on the last pic you can see them in comparison. Left in the sun the old style terraces formed by manual labor. The lots are much smaller in surface and height and match the natural land scape. On the right hand in the shadow the bigger rectangular newer terraces. If you look closer you can see each embankment declining hillside. In the 70s this seemed like a great idea to circumvent erosion but proofed to be devastating in the aftermath as for example in winter water tended to accumulate and freeze in the cavities and cause frost damage.On that day we were very lucky. It had been cloudy all the time but for a brief moment the sky opened and bathed us in sunlight. Enough so for my little iPhone to snap these shots quickly.
Continuing with images from Freiburg, I like this mid-century type on a house front there.
And if you’re like me and enjoy writings, retro and neon signs, too than you should keep an eye at the Instagram account @basicgermanwords which develops around any lettering in German speaking areas of the world.
Italian Girl in Double Portrait, 1834 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, who later went on to become a famous court painter. He is today known for his flattering and romantic grand portraits of European high aristocracy. But beforehand had some learning years in Italy where Franz Xaver Winterhalter perfected his style with portrait studies and landscapes.
This painting hangs in Freiburg’s Augustinermuseum where they also had a comprehensive exhibition about the artist some time ago. The young and mysterious girl is shown from two perspectives with focus on her image above shoulders. With a skin darkened by the sun and a natural flush on her cheeks she showcases a raw beauty with no need of any other kind of makeup. Of course there is still some embellishment around the face. She wears beautifully simple but heavy gold earrings and a red necklace, the dark hair is intricately braided on top of the ears and at the neck, reminding contemporary viewers probably or Princess Leia from Star Wars.
A really well done semi abstract sculpture of Germany’s coat of arms eagle the Bundesadler hangs at the front of the former Post- und Fernmeldeamt Freiburg, developed and built 1954-1961. Now Carl-Schurz Haus, a German-American educational institution.
The building is part of a bigger complex and only the main building has the red sandstone cladded exterior which has become pinkish over time. The rest of the complex has only two to three stories and appears in a light green color.
As usual with buildings from the 50s they appear today as very reserved and minimalist but when you get closer you can spot all these thoughtful details which make the whole architecture very sophisticated. Examples are the flat flying roofs or these fun glass bricks at one side pointing to the googie style.
Very near to the big cathedral of Cologne there is the Disch-Haus, an architectural masterpiece which people pass daily. With its smooth simplicity it blends perfectly in with the surrounding buildings and you may not even realize that it doesn’t stem from the 50s like Continue reading →
Three giants of all life ages carrying the world designed 1895 in the then requested style of Historicism by Prussian sculptor Ernst Wenck who later went on to become a member of the Berlin Secession.
On the sides flanked by allegories of transportation and science having each their companion pointing to the emblem in the middle depicting the imperial eagle, making clear who enables them to strive. Originally the Continue reading →
This is my friend Agathe’s hand sporting incredible rings in silver just in time for Silver Sunday!
We finally met last week at a fair fashion event where she talked about the lingerie brand Opaakwhich she founded. I know you already keep wondering, the beautiful brassière in these pictures is from Opaak.
All in all 4 minimalist rings but two a little more chunkier. On the left hand’s middle finger she has a thicker wire twisted around with a sphere attached, elegantly covering the ends. On the ring finger is Agathe’s engagement ring to be found, costum made by Continue reading →
I just had enjoyed a miserable coffee and not the most beautiful chocolate cake on the terrace of Cologne’s museum of far Eastern art amidst its ever incredible mid century architecture that I glimpsed a Continue reading →
I am not a finisher. Even sample size products like the two on the left of this picture I have a hard time using them up. That’s why all my storage space is overflowing with beauty and cosmetics which has never stopped me from buying or accepting even more.
So I was very pleasantly surprised when I actually used up three at once. Here is what I think of them in short: Continue reading →