torstai 30. marraskuuta 2017

Turkey time in Petterweil

Indeed, at the end of November there is this highlight:
Not that for us Finns or Germans this day is special,
but the turkey meat is so delicious!

Tradition decoration.

Thanks to our hosts M and JS,
once a smaller group but it worked out fine.

Traditional soup first, thanks for making the portions smaller.

Seen in the oven. The bird this year wasn't smaller.


Definitely enough!

Traditional pies as dessert.

Thanks God we are not birds, after that dinner
nobody had been able to fly.

Looking forward to next year's quizz with the popcorn question!

keskiviikko 29. marraskuuta 2017

Backstage in Wiesbaden

Ain't I lucky, 
got to see the theatre in Wiesbaden.

The Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden is the State Theatre 
of the German state Hesse in its capital Wiesbaden, 
producing operas, plays, ballets, musicals and concerts on four stages. 
It is also known as Staatstheater Wiesbaden or Theater Wiesbaden, 
its orchestra is the Hessisches Staatsorchester. 
The building was inaugurated in 1894.  (Wikipedia)

Somewhere in the backyard, where the King used to enter the building.

The building of the theatre was initiated and substantially supported 
by the German emperor William I who regularly visited the spa in Wiesbaden. 

Was a bit challenging to take pics by iPhone.

The stage. Yes, it's all black behind the curtains.
And huge, high space.

Today nothing works without technic.

We got a chance to see the world behind the stage,
here the MALSAAL, where the props are being prepared.

More props for the stage, sculptures made of styrofoam etc.

Yes, you need several craftsmen to get the plays look real.

And in the cellar there is a huge collection of everything,
furniture, suitcases, lamps ... you never know what is needed. 

And this foyer, awesome!
Here preparations for a private venue.

Cool surroundings.

This is also where you can get a drink or a snack before the show.

End of November the focus is on winter and Christmas time,
this bar is next to the ice skating rink, in front of the theatre.

Lunch in Ratskeller where the walls are decorated by the 
coat of arms, the three lilies.

Als offizielles Wappen der Stadt Wiesbaden gilt durch den 
Magistratsbeschluss vom 3. Mai 1905 
ein mit drei gelben Lilien auf blauem Grund belegter Schild. 

Wiesbaden, the most conservative town in Germany,
there is this layer of charm and elegance laying over the city.

maanantai 27. marraskuuta 2017

Graue Zeiten

New sight in Frankfurt:

Das „Denkmal der Grauen Busse“ ist ein Mahnmal in Bewegung. 
Nach Berlin, Köln oder München ist Frankfurt am Main die 20. Station. 
Mit dem in Originalgröße aus Beton gegossenen Bus erinnern 
die Künstler Horst Hoheisel und Andreas Knitz nicht nur an die Opfer, 
sondern sie suchen mit der Nachbildung des Tatwerkzeugs auch 
die Auseinandersetzung mit den Tätern. Grau gestrichene ehemalige Postbusse 
beförderten 1940/41 im Zuge der „Euthanasie“-Aktion Patientinnen 
und Patienten mit psychischen Krankheiten und geistigen Behinderungen 
in Tötungsanstalten wie Hadamard.

This bus will stay there until May 2018.

Frankfurt Hauptwache.

These gray objects could be art as well but no,
they serve a purpose. They should protect people
from bad guys driving big cars.
Let's hope that we all have a peaceful per-Christmas-time.
Advent, Advent may come.

sunnuntai 26. marraskuuta 2017

It's only a number

Yes, I went public about my age.
Facebook, Instagram, whatever.
It made the whole thing easier.
The aging thing. The new decade. The scary 6.

Fakten Fakten Fakten.
Thanks little sister for the modern Kalevala pendant.

I did espace on my birthday, but I could not escape my friends.
The last two weeks have been wonderful!

Received so many cards, just amazing, here some of them.
Yes, paper cards, on top of all the electronic wishes.

My hubby surprised me first with these roses.
No, I did not count them.

Today's absolutely highlight: new bag.
Our dear neighbours have started with new business.
Classy, modern, practical, hand-made ... perfect bags for a city "girl".

Check for further details here:

Blue is the colour of this Finland100 year of celebration.
Was so good to have friends over from Fiskars in Frankfurt.

Finnish design getting better and better,
look at these beautiful earrings. Mine! Thanks E, S+T+W+J!

The Moodag touch on silver stems back to the Iron Age. 
Creating contemporary wearable art with age-old techniques 
is our tribute to tradition. The beauty and serenity of the North 
is reflected in each piece of Moodag jewelry.

And my international ladies ... made me a Muumi-Collector!

With my museum girlies in Kunstverein having fun
with virtual art:

Tequila shots afterwards were hot, thanks Tartaruga.

Looking forward to our theater night in the new year.

Maria's fantastic cake!

People, I do have very awesome, lovely friends.
Thank you to all of you, I did not expect any presents,
appreciate so much your gifts, you all were very generous.

Kiitos Yoschie!

The pressure to organize a big party is growing ...
Let's see what next year brings!

* * *

Finnisch für Anfänger:

KIITOLLINEN = dankbar / thankful

Luepa Carun tarina:

perjantai 24. marraskuuta 2017

esa excursion


Did you know that the European Space Center is in Darmstadt?


Darmstadt is a city in the state of Hesse in Germany, located in the southern 
part of the Rhine-Main-Area (Frankfurt Metropolitan Region). 
Darmstadt has a population around 150,000 (2013). 
The Darmstadt Larger Urban Zone has 430,993 inhabitants.
Darmstadt holds the official title "City of Science" 
(German: Wissenschaftsstadt) as it is a major centre of scientific institutions, 
universities, and high-technology companies.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. 
Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and 
ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits 
to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. 
By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, 
it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond 
the scope of any single European country.

ESA's headquarters are in Paris which is where policies 
and programmes are decided. ESA also has sites in a number of 
European countries, each of which has different responsibilities:

EAC, the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany;
ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, 
in Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain;
ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany;
ESRIN, the ESA centre for Earth Observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy;
ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology 
Centre, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
ECSAT, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, 
Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
ESA Redu Centre, Belgium.

ESA also has liaison offices in Belgium, USA and Russia; a launch base in French Guiana and ground/tracking stations in various parts of the world.

Here in Darmstadt you can walk around the premises,
there are new information placards.

But also mini satellites and the stuff.

And walking around, reading and listening ... you realize ...
there are so, so, so many things going on the the space
and you have no, no, no idea ...

But the guys who work there are professionals.
They'll definitely calculate if any meteorite 
is approaching the planet earth. Or so.

Satellites hanging everywhere.
Very interesting indeed.

ESOC, the institute in Darmstadt, celebrated this year 50th anniversary.

torstai 16. marraskuuta 2017

One day in Amman

Amman, Jordania.
 Get the view.


Amman (arabisch عمان) ist die Hauptstadt des Haschimitischen Königreiches Jordanien 
und zählt 4.044.000 Einwohner (Volkszählung 2015). 
Sie ist eine moderne Stadt, in der Muslime und Christen (10 %) zusammen leben. 

Dead Wikipedia, yes, Amman is modern but has a very Arabic touch.

Yes, city. 

Citadel, THE sight in Amman.

The Amman Citadel is a historical site at the center of downtown Amman, Jordan. 
Known in Arabic as Jabal al-Qal'a, (جبل القلعة), the L-shaped hill is one
 of the seven cabals (mountains) that originally made up Amman. 
Evidence of occupation since the pottery Neolithic period has been found. 
It was inhabited by different peoples and cultures until the time of the Umayyads, 
after which came a period of decline and for much of the time
 until 1878 the former city became an abandoned pile of ruins only 
sporadically used by Bedouin and seasonal farmers. Despite this gap, 
the Citadel of Amman is considered to be among the world's oldest 
continuously inhabited places. (Wikipedia)

View from the Citadel.

Amman's Roman Theatre is a 6,000-seat, 2nd-century Roman theatre. 
A famous landmark in the Jordanian capital, it dates back to the Roman period 
when the city was known as Philadelphia. (Wikipedia)

Another view from the Citadel.

Roof view from the Citadel.

The birds.

Again, the birds over Amman.


Yes, sky scrapers like ... in Frankfurt ... or maybe less.

Down town.

View from the Citadel.

Another view from the Citadel.

In the museum views to the ancient world.

The Jordan Archaeological Museum is located in the Amman Citadel of Amman, Jordan. 
Built in 1951, it presents artifacts from archaeological sites in Jordan, 
dating from prehistoric times to the 15th century. (Wikipedia)

Museum's declaration.

School class!

Mosque visit.

Lady in black.

Have seen prettier mosques, like in Istanbul ...

Nice carpet.

In this mosque no old-fashioned hands allowed. iPhone maybe?

Outside okay.

Next door the Christian church.
In Jordania there are like 5% non-muslims.

THE street to see in Amman.
We ask: why?

In a bar we found this. So funny!

The Film Institue in Amman.

What the f..k? Only Swedish films???
After asking they told us that they do have one Finnish film. ONE!
Kaurismäki: Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana.

Downtown Amman.

Shop in downtown Amman.

Buy what?

Buy sweets!

Or buy shoes!

In the market hall you buy veggies.

Or you buy meat.

Or ... you buy .. or you just do not buy ...

Outside the market hall.

Drinks earned.

One part of the breakfast area of the Fairmont hotel.

Lamps in the breakfast hall.

Hall ... this is the entrance hall of the Fairmont hotel.
So clean an shiny.
Soon more guests will come.