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French countryside   Leave a comment

Captured in the early morning just before landing at Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris. I can almost smell the croissants that a bakery down there probably is serving up right now.

French village in the country side, seen from above

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Posted August 22, 2019 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Landscapes, Travel

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Paris couples   Leave a comment

Paris is great for all kinds of couples. Here are just a few examples.

The kissing couple:

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The ‘I’d rather spend my time with my cellphone’ couple:

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The fashionable tourist couple (with matching hats):

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All kinds of couples, basically:

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Posted September 3, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Europe, People

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Paris cafe culture   1 comment

Spotted these wonderful characters in various cafes in Paris:

 

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Posted August 31, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Europe, People, Uncategorized

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Crooked Paris   2 comments

So many streets in Paris feature buildings that seem to lean against each other, each one at a different angle.

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Posted August 28, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Black&White, Europe

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A visit to the Bois de Boulogne   4 comments

This lovely park contains wonderful distractions: lakes with row boats, a childrens’ amusement park, endless trails through sun-dappled woods, the new Louis Vuitton Foundation building, and much much more.

Posted August 27, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Landscapes, Travel

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The quietest spots in Paris   Leave a comment

Are its beautiful cemeteries. Recently I visited two: cimetière Montparnasse and cimetière Montmartre. Click on any photo to see them in slide show format.

Posted August 21, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Black&White, Europe, Travel

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Paris Icons   5 comments

Yes, just about everyone knows these and they’ve been photographed from all possible angles – but when you’re in Paris it’s hard NOT to take pictures of some of the icons that make this city so lovely and unique:

Posted August 17, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Black&White, Europe, Travel

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Paris Sunsets   4 comments

Every evening on my recent trip to Paris rewarded me with gorgeous sunsets. Click on any pic to see them in slideshow format.

Posted August 14, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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Paris Passages   4 comments

On a recent trip to Paris, I strolled through several of the beautiful covered shopping arcades that were built in the early 1800’s. Click on any picture to see them in slide show format.

I was inspired by this lovely post on a blog I follow, which has great insider tips about Paris. Thanks Theodora!

 

Posted August 13, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Europe, Travel

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Tuscan Courtyard   Leave a comment

Captured in the town of San Giminiano.

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Posted September 27, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Europe, Travel

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Little-known Tuscany   1 comment

I once had the opportunity to see some of the lesser-known gems of Tuscany – here are some shots of Pienza, Monteriggioni, Montalcino and San Giminiano. Click on any one to see them in slideshow mode.

 

Posted September 20, 2015 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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The Tiny Streets of Bruges   7 comments

Bruges is full of small streets, unexpected views, and gorgeous canal scenes. It’s definitely my favorite small city in Europe. Plus, the chocolate and fries are to die for.

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Sleeping in Paris   6 comments

I caught these folks napping in the same park in Paris – I guess the afternoon sunshine made everyone a bit sleepy. Wish it were that warm here, now…

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Sleepy tourists

Paris Nightlife   1 comment

I am always enchanted by the many cafes in Paris, especially the neon signs at night. I’m going through my past photos, as the winter storm has kept me from taking new pictures.

Paris Bistro

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Ghostly Cemetery   Leave a comment

A long exposure in the cemetery Pere Lachaise in Paris produced a nice effect that was well-suited for this melancholy place.

Pere Lachaise

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Windmills 250 Years Apart   1 comment

You come across all kinds of windmills in Belgium – old ones from the mid 1700s to new ones towering over the freeway.

Modern Windmill

Bruges Windmill

Reflections of Flanders   2 comments

Shot these in Amsterdam and Bruges.

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Belgian Chocolate is the Best   4 comments

Many country claim to make great chocolate (Switzerland, Germany, Italy), but none have as much variety as Belgium. Here are just 3 of the dozens of chocolate shop windows I drooled over in Bruges.

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Chocolate Shop

Chocolate Shop

Posted July 17, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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Bruges at Night   5 comments

Bruges is even more scenic at night (especially after a rain shower, as all the tourists have retreated to their hotels):

AT-AT Walkers Attack Holland!   2 comments

Actually, these were locks that control the flow in one of the many canals in the Netherlands. But from afar, I was reminded of the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars (original below):

Locks in Holland

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Amsterdam in Black and White   3 comments

Even in black and white, the city of Amsterdam is beautiful. Especially at night. Click on any one picture to see them in slideshow format.

Velomobile   2 comments

This guy won’t get wet when it rains in Amsterdam, but how he squeezes in there is a mystery to me. You can find out more at velomobiel.ne.

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He didn’t seem to command much attention among the other bike riders:Velomobile large

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Dutch Graffiti   2 comments

Amsterdam had some cool graffiti, these are just a few examples. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.

The Eye   4 comments

This film museum in Amsterdam opened in 2012, and is across the river from the Central Station. Great architecture!

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Who Needs Strollers?   3 comments

I didn’t see any strollers in Amsterdam: Kids either walked with their parents or they were ferried around on bikes. And helmets? Didn’t see any of those, either. And pets of course got the same treatment. 🙂

Click on any image to see images in slide show format.

Amsterdam at Night   9 comments

I had the pleasure of having a professional photographer named Tom show me around Amsterdam at night, and teach me about night photography. I arranged it through Photo tours of Amsterdam, and was extremely happy with the tour, which lasted from 10:15pm (when it was still light out) until 1:45am. I can highly recommend it. Here are some samples from that night’s work. Click on any one picture to see them in slideshow format.

The World’s Capital of Cycling   1 comment

Amsterdam offered a great opportunity to practice panning, while enjoying the variety of bicycle riders. I’m not sure how romantic all this seems when it rains, but in the summer it is enchanting to see how everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) rides their bike. And no one bothers with helmets – how wonderfully nonchalant!

Click on any image to see them in slide show format.

My New Favorite Bakery   3 comments

This little bakery is called Hinkel and is in the ‘Altstadt’ (old town) of Düsseldorf, Germany, where I recently bought some delicious sweets. I wish I had enough room in my luggage to bring back some of that tasty bread. Here’s my last post on bakeries.

 

Hinkel Bakery

Hinkel Bread Assortment

German Bread

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Posted June 23, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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Postcard from Bruges   2 comments

After a day of overcast skies, the sun finally managed to get through in the late afternoon, for a beautiful view of one of the many canals in this beautiful city.

Bruges Canal in Sunlight

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The Cat Who Owns The Bar   Leave a comment

This cat certainly seemed to have the run of the house in the little Amsterdam bar I stopped in to inquire about the menu. Fortunately the weather was so nice that everyone sat outside, leaving her the interior.

Black Cat in a Bar

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Posted June 18, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Europe, Travel

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Vintage London   4 comments

Discovered some cool pictures my dad took when he was in London in the 1950s, so I had them scanned, then cleaned them up a little with Aperture, and thought I’d share them:

Trafalgar Square

 

 

 

Downtown London

 

 

 

Big Ben

 

Posted June 1, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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My favorite Paris cafe   4 comments

Well, actually there are too many to list, but this one’s very nice: Au Rocher de Cancale in the Rue Montorgueil. Posted today because a new follower from Paris made me realize how much I miss it.

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Posted February 24, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Black&White, Europe, Travel

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Berlin Train Station Platform   Leave a comment

As I waited for my commuter train to Potsdam, just outside of Berlin, I caught the train as it pulled into the station.

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Posted December 22, 2010 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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Evening along the Seine in Paris   Leave a comment

Paris has so many beautiful spots to relax and be romantic – this is one of my favorite ones.

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Posted December 3, 2010 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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Berlin stroll   Leave a comment

A rainy night didn’t keep me from walking around Berlin earlier this year while on a business trip, and capturing this scene on one of the main avenues of Berlin: Unter den Linden.

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Posted November 27, 2010 by Lutz Braum in Europe, Travel

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