175 Photos - Jul 4, 2010
Photo: with my friends Gisi and Gerald in Unterfranken, near Wuerburg, GermanyPhoto: city walls of little village in UnterfrankenPhoto: Gerald, Markus and Gisi in Wuerzburg, with Marienburg fortress in backgroundPhoto: Gerald, John, and Gisi in Wuerzburg, with Marienburg fortress in backgroundPhoto: view of Wuerzburg from Marienburg fortressPhoto: view of Wuerzburg from Marienburg fortressPhoto: Gerald, John, and Gisi with Wuerzburg in backgroundPhoto: famous Residenz in Wuerzburg, the archbishop's palacePhoto: view of Residenz in Wuerzburg from gardens in backPhoto: view of Residenz in Wuerzburg from gardens in backPhoto: Johnny, Thomas, and Manuela in Erfurt, GermanyPhoto: Vierzehnheiligen pilgrimage church in Unterfranken, dedicated to 14 saints with special healing powersPhoto: Vierzehnheiligen pilgrimage church in Unterfranken, dedicated to 14 saints with special healing powersPhoto: cathedral in Bamberg, GermanyPhoto: cathedral in Bamberg, Germany, viewed from the beer garden on nearby hill where we had dinnerPhoto: restaurant in Zirndorf, near NurembergPhoto: Johnny and Thomas in Zirndorf, a suburb of NurembergPhoto: Johnny with friends in suburban garden near NurembergPhoto: fortress above little village in GermanyPhoto: cathedral in Regensburg, GermanyPhoto: view of passageway in Regensburg, GermanyPhoto: RegensburgPhoto: main cathedral in Prague, Czech RepublicPhoto: stained glass window in Prague cathedral, with important scenes in Slavic historyPhoto: bell tower of Prague cathedralPhoto: St. Nicolaus Church in PraguePhoto: Novy Svet (New World) section of PraguePhoto: panoramic view of Prague cathedral, castle, and old townPhoto: Johnny with Filip and Bara, children of Ondrej and KatkaPhoto: view of bridges over the Moldau River in PraguePhoto: Johnny with Prague bridge and castle in backgroundPhoto: fountain near city marketPhoto: city market in PraguePhoto: market church in PraguePhoto: monastery in PraguePhoto: monastery in PraguePhoto: scenic square in Prague near castlePhoto: House of the Two Suns: buildings in middle ages had no street addresses but instead were identified by these sorts of symbolsPhoto: scenic little house in Prague with castle in backgroundPhoto: Johnny and Katka on balcony of Ondrej and Katka's apartment near the Prague cathedral and castlePhoto: Estates Theatre in Prague, where Mozart's opera "Don Giovani" was first performedPhoto: typical cafe in PraguePhoto: scenic old square and fountain decorations in Prague's old townPhoto: typical scene on Charles Bridge in Prague, with lots of musicians, street vendors, and touristsPhoto: another scenic square in Prague, on an island in the Moldau RiverPhoto: Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic, Bohemia and MoraviaPhoto: Ondrej with his two kids Filip and BaraPhoto: Johnny with Filip and BaraPhoto: Johnny with Moldau River and Prague in backgroundPhoto: Bara, Dana, and Filip at dinnerPhoto: Dana, Bara, Johnny, Filip, and Katka at special sushi dinnerPhoto: Ondrej and his family on excursion to scenic Czech town about an hour from PraguePhoto: Johnny and Ondrej's family on excursion to scenic Czech town about an hour from PraguePhoto: Johnny and OndrejPhoto: weird tower of the town hall in this northern Bohemian townPhoto: Filip, Bara, and Ondrej's Dad PetrPhoto: scenic corner of housePhoto: tower of main churchPhoto: typical Czech street scenePhoto: little church in townPhoto: typical Czech street scenePhoto: Johnny eating typical Czech pancake, palacinkaPhoto: Ondrej's family with coffee, palacinky and ice cream on break during our excursion to countrysidePhoto: interesting rock formationsPhoto: Johnny with Bara and FilipPhoto: Katka and Ondrej wearing large leaves collected by their son Filip on the walk through the woodsPhoto: crucifix on the Charles Bridge, which is lined with statues of saints on both sidesPhoto: Scenic square in PraguePhoto: Johnny with Moldau bridges in backgroundPhoto: view of Prague marketPhoto: Ondrej and our German friend Petra, who was also an exchange student at Rutgers here in NJ, with Malostranska Square in background, taken from Ondrej's office at Charles University in Prague, where he never gets any work done because is always looking at this view from his window!Photo: Johnny, Ondrej and our German friend Petra, who was also an exchange student at Rutgers here in NJ, with Malostranska Square in background, taken from Ondrej's office at Charles University in PraguePhoto: Filip, Johnny, and BaraPhoto: Johnny and German colleague Uwe Kunert of the German Economic Institute in Berlin, here at his house in the Zehlendorf section of Berlin, just before our bike ride to PotsdamPhoto: Johnny and German colleague Uwe Kunert of the German Economic Institute in Berlin, overlooking Wannsee Lake near Berlin, on our bike ride to Potsdam.Photo: Johnny and German colleague Uwe Kunert of the German Economic Institute in Berlin, enjoying lunch in beer garden near PotsdamPhoto: Johnny and Uwe with the palace of Sans Souci in PotsdamPhoto: Johnny and Uwe on bike ride from Berlin to PotsdamPhoto: Statue of Frederick the Great on palace grounds in Potsdam near BerlinPhoto: Statue of Frederick the Great on palace grounds in Potsdam near BerlinPhoto: Palace grounds in Potsdam near BerlinPhoto: Palace grounds in Potsdam near BerlinPhoto: mosque in PotsdamPhoto: Johnny with Brandenburg Gate in BerlinPhoto: Ganesh, the Indian god of happiness and good fortune, in Petra's apartment in BerlinPhoto: more gorgeous Indian artifacts in Petra's apartmentPhoto: more gorgeous Indian artifacts in Petra's apartmentPhoto: more gorgeous Indian artifacts in Petra's apartmentPhoto: St.. Martin's Church in Muenster, GermanyPhoto: typical gabled house in Muenster, GermanyPhoto: St. Lamberti Church in MuensterPhoto: St. Lamberti Church in Muenster, with three cages hanging from top, used to put corpses of executed Protestants who had been tortured to death by the Catholic bishop for having up to 42 wives each! Back in the 15th Century! Happens less seldom these days.Photo: cathedral in Muenster, with weekly market in foregroundPhoto: cathedral in MuensterPhoto: weekly market in MuensterPhoto: rennovated former brewery in Muenster, turned into a City Beach and entertainment centerPhoto: Rita and Johnny visiting rennovated former brewery in MuensterPhoto: rennovated former brewery in MuensterPhoto: guest house of Univ of Muenster, where Johnny lived in autumn 1996 as visiting professorPhoto: guest house of Univ of Muenster, where Johnny lived in autumn 1996 as visiting professorPhoto: gravestone of my dear friend Erica Stork, who lived over 100 years, and who was bured here in Central Cemetery in MuensterPhoto: St. John the Evangelist writing the gospel, from St. John Church in Gimbte, near MuensterPhoto: Central Cemetery in MuensterPhoto: Central Cemetery in MuensterPhoto: Central Cemetery in Muenster, gravesite of local nun who was cannonized as saint.Photo: Central Cemetery in MuensterPhoto: John and Rita near open air museum in MuseumPhoto: John and Rita near open air museum in MuseumPhoto: St. Clemens Church in MuensterPhoto: St. Clemens Church in MuensterPhoto: Erbdrostenhof Palace in city center of MuensterPhoto: main street of Muenster, Germany, which is car-free and only open to pedestrians and cyclistsPhoto: Johnny, his borrowed bike, and tower of Lambertikirche with the three cages used to show off the executed Protestant polygamists in 15th Century. Empty today, however. The Middle Ages was not a tolerant or kind era. The cages are cute, however!Photo: Johnny cycling down main street of Muenster, rather bumpy ride due to the cobblestone!Photo: Joerg and Johnny on Principalmarkt in MuensterPhoto: Johnny and Joerg after a very long bike ride through countryside near MuensterPhoto: Elisabeth, Werner, Joerg and JohnnyPhoto: Elisabeth, Werner, Joerg and RitaPhoto: courtyard of main cathedral in MuensterPhoto: typical house in MuensterPhoto: plaza near Lambertikirche in MuensterPhoto: plaza near Lambertikirche in MuensterPhoto: plaza near Lambertikirche in Muenster, Johnny and Rita drinking coffeePhoto: Rita and Johnny relaxing in city beach of MuensterPhoto: redeveloped harbour district of MuensterPhoto: redeveloped harbour district of MuensterPhoto: redeveloped harbour district of Muenster, Joerg and Johnny on city beachPhoto: fan celebrating soccer victories of GermanyPhoto: relaxing in cafe in redeveloped port district of MuensterPhoto: relaxing in cafe in redeveloped port district of MuensterPhoto: relaxing in cafe in redeveloped port district of MuensterPhoto: carnival rides in MuensterPhoto: typical bike parking at surburban train station in Greven, a suburb of Muenster, GermanyPhoto: with my friends from Greven: Christoph and FraukePhoto: with my friends from Greven: Christoph and FraukePhoto: with my friends from Greven: Christoph and FraukePhoto: typical scene around Greven, in Muenster's countrysidePhoto: typical scene around Greven, in Muenster's countrysidePhoto: residential streets in Germany are traffic calmed, and in this street the speed limit is 7km/hrPhoto: with my friends from Greven: Christoph and FraukePhoto: with my friends Joerg and Rita on the balcony of their house in Muenster enjoying breakfastPhoto: Johnny at breakfast on the balcony, probably eating kefir and fruitPhoto: Rita and Johnny on the other balcony of the house, having dinner, with lots of salads and breads and hamsPhoto: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster; this is the main gate to the extensive complex, which is now a museumPhoto: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster; this is the Foerderturm, with the pulley to haul up the coal from below ground.Photo: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster. This is the room where the miners came to get their weekly pay, with payments made at the cashiers windows at right.Photo: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster; the sign says: "Heroes with the signs of picks and axes", i.e. the coal miners.Photo: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster, view of the complex from the tower.Photo: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster; very cruel conditions for the workers, who had to slave away on this conveyor belt for sorting coal about 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hot, dusty, noisy, and gruelling work.Photo: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster. View of the other tower from the tower we climbed.Photo: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster; Rita and Johnny climbing up one of the towersPhoto: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in MuensterPhoto: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in Muenster; art deco entrance to the machine hall, where all the machines were kept.Photo: historic coal mining site in Ruhr area of Germany, which Rita, Joerg, and I visited the last day of my stay in MuensterPhoto: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel. Incredible industrial landscape!Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel. THIS is where the molten steel comes out of the blast furnace. Too dark to see well, however.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: photos from the interesting and unforgettable visit Rita, Joerg, and I made to a huge steel factory in the Ruhr area of Germany, with a total of FIVE huge ovens for making steel.Photo: special canal facility for raising boats to higher levels in the Ruhr area of Germany; called a "Schiffshebewerk" in GermanPhoto: Amsterdam, where I spend the last two days of my month in Europe; really a glorious city!!Photo: Amsterdam, where I spend the last two days of my month in EuropePhoto: my Dutch colleagues and friends Ria and Loek during our dinner at the Waag restaurant in the center of AmsterdamPhoto: Frank, Johnny, and RiaPhoto: Ria, Loek and FrankPhoto: The view out my hotel window in AmsterdamPhoto: The gloriously blooming Rose of Vilnius, which greeted me at the front door of my house in Highland Park, New Jersey when I returned home on June 29.