Tourist Moments #4

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When in Copenhagen….you’ve got to check out the LEGO!

Everyone in our family is an enthusiastic LEGO builder and player!

So, on my brief layover in Copenhagen last May, naturally, I was always on the alert to see where LEGOs would pop up.  Particularly since it’s a long-lasting classic toy originating from Denmark.

On an evening walkabout, when most stores were already closed, I spied this brightly lit up store and spent some time looking at all the LARGE and well-constructed LEGO creatures, such as the dragon above.  It boggles the mind, thinking of the planning and then constructing that went into these amazing structures.

 

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My friend, Josh, stood beside this LEGO guard in order to provide a comparison perspective to show the size of these LEGO people.

 

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On one wall were the various LEGO logos designed over the years.  LEGO logos – say that a whole bunch of times real fast!  Haha!

 

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And imagine my surprise when at the airport the next day, there was even a LEGO store there….in among the usual clothing and electronics stores.

 

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Certainly not a small store – given it’s at the airport – and filled with a large and varied selection of different types and sizes of LEGO toy boxes.

Here’s a closer look at the LEGO playing table….laid out so invitingly for sitting down and playing.

 

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Near the entrance stood an almost life-sized LEGO traveller, complete with pith helmet, tropical shirt, and an assortment of cameras.

Imagine how long it took to put that fellow together!

 

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“Moving Water”

Yay!  An opportunity to participate in this week’s photography assignment with the topic being “Moving Water.”

The following were my four submissions:

Moving Water #1 – (taken over a week ago) Fascinating circular sprinkler action in the garden of a swanky hotel in the Black Forest that my uncle showed me at my recent visit to Germany.

 

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Moving Water #2 – (Archived from May 2016, Copenhagen). I love fountains! Be they whimsical, artistic, or large and commanding. I picked this one out of my fountain collection, because of the solitary frog spurting out an endless supply of water…..and cleverly missing the tiny human tucked just under the water’s arch….. 😉

 

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Moving Water #3 – (Taken over two weeks ago)….in the midst of take-off sitting in a propellored airplane – Bombardier Q400 – and I sat enthralled, watching the wheel outside my window spinning along, through the puddles that had accumulated from all the rainfall that day.

 

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Moving Water #4 – (Taken just over a week ago)…..on a hike along the shores of the Weitach River on the outskirts of Augsburg, Germany. My friend, Toni, pointed out the family of ducks he’s been keeping track of on his daily walks here. And I immediately began taking oodles of photos of this Eurasian Coot family. Here, the Papa is gliding along towards one of the two ducklings who was curious enough to move out of the nest and Mama’s warm, feathery embrace to join in for some swimming and feeding.

 

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NOTE:  Some of you may recognize this last photo from the blog article I posted a couple of days ago, entitled “Eurasian Coot.”

Six Word Story #15

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Imagine driving this dazzling shimmery car!

 

What would it be like?

The car itself would be fun to drive.  And the colourful effect is occurring under flourescent lighting.  Would it be the same outside in the sun?  And what about on overcast, cloudy days?  Would it just look like a plain silvery car?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to those questions, so my imagination will always be wondering…..

Night-time Flight

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Sea of blue below,

The steady wing runs its tip,

Reaching toward Space.

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Looking out the window of the airplane on the overseas flight to Germany….in that time between setting sun to seeing the new day’s sun appearing on the sky’s horizon again.

A magical quiet time.

The Pink Dancer

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Two-toned curving whorls,

The floral dancer swishes

In pink flourishes.

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Walking by an enclosed garden near my friend’s house in Augsburg-Inningen, Germany last week, I couldn’t help but notice this shrub that was bursting with clusters of pink magnolia flowers.

It was the first time I’d ever seen magnolia flowers beyond gazing at them in illustrated horticultural books.  🙂

 

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Eurasian Coot

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Looking a bit naked around the head and with pokey pre-feathers sprouting, this little duckling is keen and curious!

About a week ago on a hike along the shores of the Weitach River on the outskirts of Augsburg – during my recent trip to Germany – I had the pleasure of watching this Eurasian Coot family.  Known as “Blässhuhn” in German.

 

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At first Mama coot was nestled snugly on the nest with her two babies’ heads poking through her feathers, seemingly enjoying the warmth of her embrace.

 

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Papa coot was swimming around and close to the nest.  At one point, one of the ducklings decided to follow Papa and splashed into the water.  Swimming about a bit and then it was time for feeding.

 

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Meanwhile, Mama coot and the sibling stayed nestled in warmth.

 

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Unique additions to an underground garage

Having a long overdue trip to Germany – filled with visits with my cousins and uncles, as well as enjoying some sightseeing excursions.

This time the explorations have been in the northern part of the Black Forest area and a couple of places in Bavaria…..all of which I hadn’t seen before during previous family visits.

Now generally, the underground garages in Canada are fairly well laid out in that parking spots have designated numbers and letters, and then there are the entrances and exits with either ramps, stairs, and elevators.  Nothing that stands out.

Today I saw these two unique features of an underground garage located in the town of Füssen, Bavaria, namely…..

 

a)  A cordoned off area for people’s bicycles, which seems quite useful for certain situations.

 

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……and then…..

 

b)  a designated “Frauenparkplatz” ie. a woman’s parking spot – there were close to 10 of them in this underground garage.

 

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And I wondered…..

WHY would women need these designated areas??

I can already imagine the comments from the peanut gallery…..haha!