Having a few hours to kill today, I took Ellie for a stroll around the old town of Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt. 

I consciously opted for sight-seeing instead of shopping even though it looks like there’s good shopping too. Close to the hotel is a “shopping palace” – this building really uniquely looks like the department store that it actually is (and with the hotel key card you get 10% off).

But it was warm and just walking around with the camera was more appealing than lugging bags around.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what all these beautiful buildings are. 

This seems to be the old town hall and it has many statues right next to it.

There is generally a lot if art work around.

And there are modern buildings too.

They also have a building designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser – no straight walls.

Of course, there is also the Elbe river.

And – the center piece: the cathedral.

And when you are out by yourself, yes, you even take pictures of your food.


The Baltic – again

It seems like most trips we are taking this year take us to the Baltic Sea. This weekend we returned once again to our favorite island Usedom. We often visit the same old places, but they are always different, mostly depending on the time of year we are there. It’s high season now and it was busy, but with a not so great weather forecast for the weekend it was not overcrowded at all – and the weather was fabulous!

The hotel was not right at the beach, but at Lake Gothen.

Just as well hanging out and enjoying the view.

The beach at the German side of the island.

The beach at the Polish side of the island.

Watching the sunset over the lake.

Good night.