If I had to choose a landscape in which to spend my time it would be the seaside. Throw in some fields, dunes and forrest on a tiny island in the sea and I am a happy girl. For that reason it seems that being closer to the north of Germany than to the south … Read More
I feel so lucky to have had two such fantastic weekends away in a month. As an added bonus (because of my geographical positioning and timing) I was able to see lilacs and lupine in bloom in three different locations. I also loved it that the places I stayed, both on Lake Superior and Amrum, … Read More
Wow. Those of you who know my work will not be surprised that this place caught my eye. I have been trying to write this post for days but just can’t quite seem to say what I want to say. You see, if I think about The Suburb as I understand it—its history, reason for … Read More
I was really delighted by all of the flowers on Amrum. And so happylucky that many of the Lilac and Azalea bushes were still in full bloom; I don’t know that I have ever gotten to enjoy two rounds of those fleeting beauties in one year. Bonus! But wait—there’s more! Lupines. Lupines everywhere!
Imagine my consternation when, in order to reserve a room on the island of Amrum, we were asked to mail our hostess a postcard with the dates of our trip. On one hand it seemed unnervingly lo-tech and yet on the other hand it was rather charming in its eccentricity. And so we sent off … Read More
The second part of our weekend took us to Krefeld, a thirty minute train ride from Düsseldorf. Krefeld isn’t a big tourist destination, but there is something about it in terms of size and layout that I find fascinating. When I am in these small or mid-sized German cities, I always feel like I am … Read More
The first part of our weekend was spent visiting friends just outside of Düsseldorf. We walked around Schloß Benrath (that’s the pink building) and I just about lost my mind over the fragrance of the magnolia tree. The weather was lovely and I ate two ice cream cones in two days, which I don’t think … Read More
The German half of this relationship thinks that my fascination with Kleingartens is equal parts horrifying, crazy and amusing. When it was mentioned to friends last night I don’t think that anyone took it seriously and it was quickly disregarded. From my outsider perspective, however, they are genuinely interesting. They remind me of miniature suburbs, … Read More