Vernissage “aus 2016” – Gunnar Asmus and His Photography

Everyone knows I love photography and I am so lucky to know some amazing photographers. Some of them are maybe not worldwide known until now but they are on the way to be. One of these amazing photographers is Gunnar Asmus. And he stated today an exhibition of his photos of the last year.

The vernissage was held in the Kulturcafé Klausberger in Eutin. Eutin is a pretty little town in the heart of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost region of Germany. The surroundings are famously known as the ‘Holsteinische Schweiz’ (Holstein Swiss).

The Kulturcafé Klausberger is a tiny cafeteria where one buys fresh baked bread, has his morning coffee and can enjoy also a wonderful exhibition now.

When I arrived the cafeteria was packed with people. I knew I was in the right place!

I was lucky to be have had the chance to talk to the artist for a few minutes. Everyone wanted to ask him, talk about the photos, where and when shot.

He presents a great mixture of themes. Black and white, urban photography, landscape, sea and beach photos, espresso in the make… he immortalizes all what he sees and thinks it is worth to remember. He has great eye and captures the most interesting thinks.

I had a talk to a few people, didn’t know anyone but Gunnar and his wife but we all had the same interest: photography. Some were talking his photos, what, why, where he got a shot.. that was interesting as well.

I am happy I went tonight to wish him luck, to see his photos and the many people coming to see his art.

The exhibition will be from 16 February to 17th May 2017.

Kulturcafé Klausberger, Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany:

For further information:
Kulturcafé Klausberger
Gunnar Asmus on Facebook

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Chocolate Kisses For Your Valentine

Today is the day all love birds are waiting for to celebrate their feelings for the one and only. We should celebrate every day of the year. I thank every morning for having the most amazing person of the universe in my life!

All I want is to tell my Valentine thank you for loving me so much! And what is better than expressing feelings by kissing? So I created a chocolate kiss. The idea came when I got an email from one of the paleo bloggers I am following. She made a great paleo version of the bacio perugina, famous in Italy and for sure one of the most brought presents from Italy.

I transformed the version into my own interpretation and instead of the hazelnuts I used almond as I like them more. A little rum gives them a special note. If you prepare these kisses for children, simply omit the alcohol.

Ask your love to be your Valentine with a kiss!

chocolate almond rum kisses
Chocolate Almond Baci
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Servings Prep Time
17 pralines 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
17 pralines 30 minutes
chocolate almond rum kisses
Chocolate Almond Baci
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
17 pralines 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
17 pralines 30 minutes
Servings: pralines
  1. In a small saucepan heat the sugar and the cacao together with the water and let it simmer for about 2 minutes. The mixture becomes lightly thick.
  2. Let could the mixture a little bit. Then add the almonds, rum and vanilla and stir well.
  3. Form as much as possible balls and put them on a plate in a way they don't touch each other. Let them cool in the freezer.
  4. Meanwhile melt the chocolate with the pinch of cinnamon.
  5. When the chocolate is melted well take out the chocolate balls and start to roll one after the other in the chocolate until coated. With a fork let drip the excess chocolate and place on the plate. every two/three balls put some pistachio dust on the top.
  6. Place them again in the fridge and let them cool out well until the chocolate forms a hard shell.
  7. Serve cold and enjoy!
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The Basilica of San Petronio of Bologna

Bologna is one of the most livable cities in Italy, a city of universities, very international and it has the nearest airport from where I live when I am in Italy. Here friends arrive when they come over visiting me. Sometimes the flights arrive late or the departure is very early in the morning and I/we prefer an overnight stay as the city is about two hours from the place I stay. This way I had the opportunity to visit the city and see the sights. Like the basilica San Petronio in the Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the historic district.

The 51 meters high religious building is dedicated to San Petronio, a bishop of the 5th century and the patron saint of the Bologna. An interesting fact is that the building is a communal project and not of a bishop. It symbolize the communal power and was only consecrated in 1954 after being transferred to the diocese in 1929.

The building of this amazing master piece started in 1390. Antonio di Vicenzo was commissioned with erecting a Gothic church. At least 8 other churches and towers, the Curis of Sancti Ambrosil and other buildings had to be demolished for giving space to this huge building with a large piazza in front. Only 90 years later the church was ready in its first version.

Just 20 years later there was already a revised plan to get into competition with the Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The church to me still seems to be unfinished as the facade is half with marble and half brownish stones which gives a very special look anyway.

The church inside is amazing and breathtaking. It appears rich in decoration but compared to most of the Catholic churches it doesn’t feel overloaded.

I love a lot the combination of white and pink and the play of the colors. They give the church a great depth and dimension.

Noteworthy are also the stained glass windows. Wonderful colors and very vivid images that come wonderfully out with the sunlight.

The church houses 22 chapels inside. Every chapel is different and all are amazingly decorated. And there are two great organs, completed in 1476 and 1596 and still in original condition.
The church was (and is still) renowned for the instrumental and sacred instrumental and choral music in the middle ages.

Don’t miss the meridian line inlaid. In the left aisle in 1655 it was calculated and designed by the astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini, a astronomy teacher at the university of Bologna. It determines the length of the solar year and is one of the largest astronomical instruments in the world.

In the church there is buried Elisa Bonaparte (Napoleon’s sister) and Charles V was coronated here.

Now in modern times in 2002 there was a planed terrorist act to destroy the church but the people were arrested before anything happened.

I was very impressed by the church and I am looking forward to showing it to some other friends when they come to Italy. Oftentimes in summer there are concerts and other events in front of the church in Piazza Maggiore. At the time I visited the place last year they were preparing for an open cinema event.

Sitting under the arcades with a coffee you can admire this masterpiece of architecture and enjoy the sunset over a super busy piazza full of music and dancing people.

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna/Italy:

For further information:
Basilica of San Petronio

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The Key to … at the Key and Lock Museum in Graz

There are a lot of different museums in the world, thinking just about the museum of broken relationships in Los Angeles for example. When I was visiting my friend in Graz we were at the Key & Lock Museum. I didn’t know what to expect.

Actually the building from outside looks like a big garage, just a concrete building, nothing that looks like a museum where normally you can see old things. We had even to ring the bell. A young lady greeted us and led us upstairs through a hall and into an office. Here we could pay our fee and she then explained in a huge hall what we will see and where we have to go.

On three different floors there are more than 13.000 objects. Keys, locks, wooden caskets and trunks, locking systems and door mountings and all that has to do with closing a door. They are made of steel, wood, ivory, gold and silver, mother-of-pearl or tortoiseshell. These objects are all a private collection of the Schell family. Many information boards explain the most curious things like why a sugar bowl once was locked up.

Even some manequins in antique dresses are giving the sense of which time period we are going through right now.

The time period of all these objects is expansive. It goes from antiquity to the 20th century. The objects are from all over the world, from Europe, Asia and Africa. The last floor shows even complete doors from ancient, long died cultures like the old Egyptians or Babylonians. There’s also a nice place to sit and rest thinking about all these different locking systems they used in millennia already.

Showcases with a huge number of golden or silver keys from baroque or Renaissance are really impressive. But also hundreds of keys from Africa more than 1.000 years old are really mind opening. Humans always wanted to lock something, to hide.

I also found out that the chastity belt never existed and is a myth. Which makes me feel better! How could anyone ever wear something like that, even going on a journey and for security?

We spent a few hours in the museum with an American and a German couple. This museum is really worth seeing, even if it is not easy to find. It is important to have enough time because keys definitely are not only keys, they are much more and super interesting. Key bits are oftentimes amazing, they can be so very elaborate.

Graz, Styria,/Austria:

For further information:
Key Museum – Schell-Collection
Wiener Straße 10
8020 Graz
Tel: +43 316 / 71 56 56 – 38
Fax: +43 316 / 71 56 56 – 38

You might like to read also:
Discovering the Most Interesting Cities in Austria – Graz
A Nearly Rainy Day in Frohnleiten, Styria
A Culinary Tour in Graz – Markets and Cafeterias

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In the Land of Giants – Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula

Cairlinn (in Irish) is situated within the Cooley Peninsula next to the Northern Ireland border. It’s a tiny super tidy town (1988 it won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition) next to the sea and int the Cooley mountains with a lot of myths and legends.

A friend of mine and I were here on a wonderful summer day with a blue blue sky. We strolled in the medieval streets, had lunch here and a look to the castle.

The town is situated of a very important place for the Irish mythology. Cooley was the home of the famous bull Donn Cùailinge and the cattle raid of Cooley.

Historically the town was occupied by the Norman knight Hugh de Lacy, who played a huge role in the history of the Leinster region. He founded the castle which still today is seen on a rock high above the sea.

Later it became a flourishing trading port during the 14th and 16th century. But this found a sudden end when the whole place was burnt to the ground by a Scots force as a punitive raid.

Of that prospered time the Mint and the castle are testimonials.

For long periods Carlingford was struggling with its economy and only in the late 19th century it started to open up to tourism. A secondary economic income gives fishing (oysters and crabs mainly)

When I was there I saw a lot of tourists from all over the world and the little town was bursting with people. Tiny shops and restaurants where people got lunch sitting outside in the yards, flower pots hanging at every street lamp, a busy port and people walking in the medieval streets… a wonderful place to dive deep in the Irish history getting the ‘perfect feeling’.

The castle is the most eminent structure in my point of view. Unfortunately it is closed due to safety but you can walk around and enjoy an incredible view on the sea, the port, the town and the not too far away mountains. The King John’s Castle has its name by Richard Lionheart (King John) who visited the town in 1210.

We visited also the Carlingford priory. It was founded in 1305 by Dominican monks. Once these ruins were a cloister, a church and some domestic buildings for living. A small river flows along the complex, perfect for a continuous water supply. But like most of monasteries in Ireland and Great Britain with the dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539 the decline was inevitable. The church survived a little longer as accommodation for herring fishermen.

There is another little church, modern and in use but in old architecture we had a look from outside. Here the windows were fascinating as the glass was uneven, wavy.

It was one of the most beautiful summer days I visited this place and it was a kind of jump in ‘real Irish feeling’. What every one believes when thinking of Ireland. When you are on the way from Dublin to Northern Ireland, this is a ‘must see’!

Carlingford, County Louth/Ireland:

For further information:
Official website of Carlingford

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