Justinuskirche or St. Justin’s Church is the oldest building in Frankfurt. The church dates back to the Carolingian era and was first consecrated in 850. The three-naved church was modified during the fifteenth century, although it still retains much of its original design. The choir however was completely rebuilt in a late Gothic style. The bombastic altar was created in the eighteenth century in the then popular Baroque style. white painted watchtower of the Höchster Schloß towers over the old town. Originally built in the fourteenth century, work on the castle continued during the following centuries and at the end of the sixteenth century it was expanded with a new structure in Renaissance style, the Neue Schloß (new castle). In 1908 the dilapidated complex was acquired by the local industrial magnate Adolf von Brüning, who opened the castle’s park to the public. Since 2002, the complex is owned by the German Foundation for Monument Protection.

21oct18. Höchst, Germany 🇩🇪



The original Goethe–Schiller Monument (German: Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal). It incorporates Ernst Rietschel‘s 1857 bronze double statue of Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749–1832) and Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805), who are probably the two most revered figures in German literature. The monument has been described “as one of the most famous and most beloved monuments in all of Germany” and as the beginning of a “cult of the monument”. (Wiki)

Großer Geist. “Great Spirit.” Thomas Schütte.Herakut. The church of Ss Peter and Paul is also known as Herderkirche (Herder Church) after Johann Gottfried Herder. It is the most important church building of the town, and is called Stadtkirche (town church), opposed to the courtly Schloßkirche (court chapel). It has been the church of a Lutheran parish since 1525, after the Reformation. The church is part of the World Heritage Site Classical Weimar. (Wiki)

Rathaus Weimar.

Schloss Weimar.

Goethe’s House.

30sep18. Weimar, Germany 🇩🇪


The Dresden Kreuzkirche. Built 1800.


Lots of construction 🚧🔨 going on.

The Goldener Reiter (Golden Rider), a gilded equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong is one of Dresden’s best known landmarks.

The statue, showing the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland dressed as a Roman Emperor, stands at the Hauptstrasse, the main pedestrian boulevard in Dresden’s Neustadt district, just across the Augustusbridge from the Schlossplatz.

HerbstmarktDresden choirboy statue Ritter Sport chocolate 🍫 display in Dresden Central train 🚂 station

27sep18. Dresden , Germany 🇩🇪


The Elbe River meanders through Dresden.Dresden Frauenkirche. Built in the 18th century, the church was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during World War II. The remaining ruins were left for 50 years as a war memorial, following decisions of local East German leaders. The church was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany, starting in 1994. (Wiki)

Knocked down Martin Luther statue in front of the rubble of the destroyed church. 1945. Photographer unknown.Stormy Waves 🌊 fountain by Robert Dietz in 1894.

26sep18. Dresden, Germany 🇩🇪


A stencil of the iconic image of Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain (“I’m happy again!”) has even here since the spring of 2014.

Entitled ‘Judah,’ this large mural by Pil Peled – one of Israel’s most famous street artists – was created in July 2013 as part of the Jewish Culture Festival. According to the artist, the image of the child represents fear, vulnerability and the inner child, and the lion represents the Jews’ struggle to survive and preserve their culture, as well as the strength to overcome their fears.

Created by the artist Broken Fingaz, this large-scale mural was created during the 2014 edition of Kraków’s Jewish Culture Festival. The mural takes inspiration from well-known art nouveau era artist Maurice Lilien – a native of Drohobycz (now in Ukraine) and graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts – and is dedicated to the memory of the Bosaków family who built the building and lived there through the generations for 400 years, before relocating to Israel after World War II.

This mural by Piotr Janowczyk was installed outside Pub Wręga in autumn of 2015 as part of the Kazimierz Historical Murals (Kazimierskie murale historyczne) project. Featuring five portraits of Polish historical figures – namely, (from left to right) Emperor Józef Hapsburg II, Helena Rubinstein (born in the district), Karol Knaus (local architect, artist and conservator), Esterka (the lover of King Kazimierz the Great), and finally King Kazimierz the Great himself.

20sep18 Kraków Poland 🇵🇱

KRAKÓW , POLAND: Niedoskonałość jest doskonała (Imperfection is Perfect)


Pierogi ruskie topped with fried onion (filled with cottage cheese and potatoes) 
The Battle of Grunwald, fought between the joint armies of Poland and Lithuania against the Teutonic Knights on July 15, 1410, is considered to be one of the greatest battles ever to take place in medieval Europe. A defining moment in Polish history, the battle was immortalised in Kraków with the unveiling of this weighty monument in front of an estimated 160,000 people on the 500th anniversary of the event in 1910. Antoni Wiwulski’s (1877-1919) original masterpiece was, not surprisingly, destroyed by the occupying Nazis during WWII and the copy that now stands in its place dates from 1976, having been faithfully reproduced using sketches and models of the original. At the top on his horse is the King of Poland Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint army. The dead man at the front is Urlich von Jungingen, the Teutonic Order’s Grand Master, who lost his life during the battle.


Street musicians (Muzycy uliczni)
Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (also known as Saint Mary’s Church; Polish: Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Kościół Mariacki) is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. Standing 80 m (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz).
On every hour, a trumpet signal—called the Hejnał mariacki—is played from the top of the taller of Saint Mary’s two towers. The plaintive tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack on the city. The noon-time hejnał is heard across Poland and abroad broadcast live by the Polish national Radio 1 Station.,_Kraków

19sep2018. Krakow, Poland.

the ever-popular antique horse-drawn carriages that line the market square
Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Kraków, (Polish: pomnik Adama Mickiewicza w Krakowie), is one of the best known bronze monuments in Poland, and a favourite meeting place at the Main Market Square in the Old Town (Stare Miasto) district of Kraków.
The statue of Adam Mickiewicz, the greatest Polish Romantic poet of the 19th century, was unveiled on June 16, 1898. (wiki)There’s a fascinating history behind the monument which is as interesting as the statue is recognizable. One of the most curious facts is that Adam Mickiewicz had never actually been to Krakow. His remains arrived to the city posthumously in 1890. This was 35 years after his death in Istanbul in a cholera epidemic in 1855. Meanwhile in the same year, the remains of the poet are put onto a ship, which transports him to France, before finally burying him in Paris. After transporting the remains to Krakow in 1890, the great Pole poet was put to rest in the crypt of the Wawel Cathedral.
Cafe Culture (Kultura kawiarni)



I visited the villages of Narizhzhya (population 300) and Novyi Kalkaiv (population 30) (about a 4 hour car ride from Kyiv)  this past weekend and it was humbling to see how villagers live. We were welcomed with food, beds, and warm smiles.

bus stop ~ автобусна зупинка
bicycle ~ велосипед
Katya and her cat. Unlocking the basement door to take steps down to pickled tomatoes.
Kitchen in the ‘summer house,’ separate from the main house.
Ducks ~ качки
Cheese dumplings ~ пельмені з сиру
Tomatoes ~ помідори


Cabbage dumplings ~капустяні пельмені
Katya’s farmhouse.
A kalunya (sp), hut, where she keeps hay.


Organic cherry tomatoes.
With beetroot for the rabbits.


The next morning I walked out of the main house to this scene ~ cleaning onions 
Katya’s favorite cake from Kyiv, a special treat for her.
For breakfast, last night’s cheese dumplings, fried. Awesome. Delicious ~ смачно
Breakfast spread: coffee, dumplings, jam, sour cream, and cake
This cabinet is over 100 years old and was a gift from her best friend of 60 + years, whose childhood home, it used to be in.


with humility and gratitude
The doorway into another meal in another village: Novyi Kalkaiv. The husband and wife who live here, are 2 of the 30 people living in the village.
A meal of kapusnyak (Ukrainian sauerkraut soup) and stuffed red peppers.
In Luda’s kitchen.

9sep18. Narizhzhya & Novyi Kalkaiv, Ukraine.


Baba Jan is a leftist political activist in the Gilgit-Baltistan administrative territory of Pakistan who is serving a lifetime sentence. He is the former vice-president and now member of the Federal Committee of Awami Workers Party. His hometown is Nasirabad in the Hunza Valley.

Baba Jan is currently serving a lifetime prison sentence after being convicted by an anti-terrorism court of participating in a protest against killing of a disaster-affected man and his son by police on August 11, 2011 at Aliabad Hunza.

3sep18 Islamabad, Pakistan 🇵🇰


Street art and graffiti are illegal here, so, rarely will you see non-commissioned art on public wall space. Interestingly enough, sometimes when you do, you see that someone is channeling their inner Banksy …

Above: City Kitty Street Art from New York City

August2018. Lahore, 🇵🇰