I love Germany! Nature, shopping, bakery, historical and trendy places, castles. Germany has the most. My love for Germany is special. It was my first country which I visited on my own at the age of 18. That's why Germany is something unforgettable. Still I have much to explore. My last trip was with my friend and I believe its a great weekend trip just 2.5 hours from Holland.
Since my friend had a shoe mission, this was rather a shopping weekend then a cultural one. Still we managed to combine both. This is what we did:
On the 13th and 14th Sri Lankans celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
Let’s celebrate it with the below pictures taken from our fantastic trip to Sri Lanka in 2013.
9/11 Museum, Memorials, Freedom Tower
After the opening in May last year, the 9/11 museum was at the center of an intense debate. According to sources like CNN still 8,000 unidentified human remains are entombed in the bedrock beneath the exhibition space, while souvenirs like mugs, t-shirts and cheesy stuff are sold at the same place. Families of the victims have expressed their feelings by saying that it is insensitive to sell souvenirs on the place where people died or still are missing, while others criticized the highly admission fee of $24 making this place a commercial enterprise.
Today I would like you to show you some outstanding photographs of abandoned and forgotten places. Daan Oude Elferink takes breathtaking pictures of old living rooms, theaters, schools, churches etc. Abandoned places can be creepy but he presents them in an amazing way. I love it!
At this time it's Sakura season in Japan especially in Kyoto and Osaka. While the cherry blossoms bloom, Japanese people enjoy this by gathering together where the trees are found. Spreading their mats out they are having sake, dine or just walk in the park. This is called Hanami which was a pleasant experience when I was in Japan already 13 years ago. OK people are more interested in drinking and eating but all this together was a nice happening. Kyoto is extremely popular around this time which you might can imagine because of the nice scenery in this old capital. The old tradition of Hanami (accually flower viewing) goes way back in Japanese history and is first mentioned in this meaning in the Japanese first novel – Genji Monogatari from the 11th century. It is said it even started during the Nara period (710-784) where it was ume (plum) blossoms that they admired.