Berlin, Germany

In February 2017, Aleksi and I met in Berlin, Germany. I’d just been to London to visit him in October, and he’d already been to Tennessee a few times, so we wanted to go somewhere new. We stayed at a flat in Prenzlaurberg for six days, and had an amazing time exploring, even in rainy weather. I can confidently say that Berlin was one of the coolest cities I’ve ever visited. It was my first time to Germany, and I can’t wait to go back to Berlin (maybe in the summer next time) and explore more of Germany.

Above: The Reichstag building, home of the German legislative body, the Bundestag.

Below: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

 

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

ÍS: Snæfellnes and Surrounding Area

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When I returned to Iceland for two weeks last August to participate in a manuscript editing seminar, I brought along my youngest brother, who hadn’t gotten a chance to visit me while I was living in Iceland. After the course was over, we took three or four-day trip to the Golden Circle and all around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. I didn’t take too many pictures since I’d just been through the area a few months earlier with another visiting friend, but here’s what I’ve got!

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reykjanes15 [35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of southwest Iceland.]

ÍS: Skógafoss

Skógafoss, Iceland For much of the south coast stretch of the Ring Road, the road runs along the base of dramatic cliff left behind when the coastline receded (within recorded history). About halfway between Reykjavík and Skaftafell, the river Skógá comes thundering over the cliff edge into a shallow ravine created by the falls.

Skógafoss, Iceland You can either walk up to the top of the waterfall or walk in very close to its base. The ground in the ravine is all black sand, creating a vivid contrast with the white-blue water of the falls and the lush green moss clinging to the rocks around it.

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Skógafoss, Iceland

Skógafoss, Iceland [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of southern Iceland. Click here for more pictures from my late May 2015 Ring Road Trip.]

ÍS: On the Way to Akureyri

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IcelandAt the end of my final semester in Iceland- at the end of May- my oldest friend (since 2nd grade) came to visit me. We spent a few days in the city, then did a high-speed trip around the Ring Road for six days. I accidentally got them developed out of order, so I will probably post them somewhat out of order as well. I’ll tag them all as Ring Road Trip 2015. Here are a few pictures from the beautiful stretch of the Ring Road between the Westfjörds and Akureyri in the north. 
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Iceland[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000 SLR. Click here for more pictures of northern Iceland.

ÍS: Golden Hour in Reykjavík (Pt. 3)

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Above: Hallgrímskirkja visible behind a traditional house with corrugated metal siding. This particular house above is probably the most colorful house in Reykjavík. It’s even easy to spot from the bell tower of the church. city2

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Reykjavík, Iceland

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Denmark: Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus

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If you find yourself in Aarhus Denmark, as I did in March, I highly recommend the 40 minute bus ride just outside the city to the Moesgaard Museum. In addition to its delightful modern architecture, this brand new museum has some really fabulous exhibits (lots of fun for both kids and adults and grown-up kids) on the history of pre-written-record Denmark. Aarhus, Denmark

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Aarhus, Denmark  [35mm taken with my Canon Rebel 2000 SLR. Click here to see more of my pictures from Denmark.]

Denmark: Aarhus Cathedral

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Standing in the middle of downtown historic Aarhus Denmark is the beautiful Aarhus Domkirke. Construction on this cathedral was begun in the end of the 12th century and completed in 1350. The red brick exterior would have been striking at the time, since they were not used in Denmark until about 1160. The cathedral was renovated in the Gothic style during the second half of the 1500’s.000013aarhus“Until the Reformation most of the Cathedral’s walls were decorated with frescoes. Many of them have disappeared, but Aarhus Cathedral is the church in Denmark with the largest total area of walls and arches covered by frescoes, including one of 220 square metres, the largest in Denmark. It represents St Christopher and St Clement. Other frescoes include St George and the Dragon, a three-tier picture representing Purgatory, The Day of Judgment, St Michael the Weigher of Souls, and numerous others.

The frescoes were all made between 1470 and 1520, except the one surrounding the socalled leprosy window in the northwest corner of the Cathedral. It was painted in about 1300, and it is the oldest piece of art in the cathedral, the only one left from the Romanesque church.” (via)Aarhus, Denmark

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Aarhus, Denmark  [35mm taken with my Canon Rebel 2000 SLR. Click here to see more of my pictures from Denmark.]