All a question of DNA




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The Mediterranean is in my DNA. I'm fine inland for about a week, but then I yearn for a limitless view of the sea, for the colours and smells of the Italian and French Riviera.

- Alain Ducasse














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Rest

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Clouds come from time to time - and bring to men a chance to rest 
from looking at the moon.


 Bashô, 1643 - 1694












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Le Silence

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Le silence est l'élément dans lequel de grandes choses se façonner ensemble.

Thomas Carlyle, 1795 - 1881




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Summer in the deep South




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"Summer in the deep South is not only a season, a climate, it's a dimension. Floating in it, one must be either proud or submerged.” 

― Eugene Walter













*** Lagoons of Island Porquerolles , Côte d'Azur - France 

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Im Süden

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Im Süden

So häng’ ich denn auf krummem Aste
Und schaukle meine Müdigkeit.
Ein Vogel lud mich her zu Gaste,
Ein Vogelnest ist’s, drin ich raste.
Wo bin ich doch? Ach, weit! Ach, weit!

Das weiße Meer liegt eingeschlafen,
Und purpurn steht ein Segel drauf.
Fels, Feigenbäume, Turm und Hafen,
Idylle rings, Geblök von Schafen, —
Unschuld des Südens, nimm mich auf!

Nur Schritt für Schritt — das ist kein Leben,
Stets Bein vor Bein macht deutsch und schwer.
Ich hieß den Wind mich aufwärts heben,
Ich lernte mit den Vögeln schweben, —
Nach Süden flog ich über’s Meer.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche










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touched by heart

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

- Helen Keller




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Hamburg Moments - 6 - 14

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Speicherstadt and HafenCity: for several years these two areas grew up together, until 2008 when they were united and became an official district of Hamburg.While the historical warehouse area of Speicherstadt has long shaped Hamburg's cityscape with its brick, neo-Gothic architecture, the new development area of HafenCity, sits directly on the banks of the Elbe with an array of more modern designs.











Experience Speicherstadt

For a visit with an eye cast towards the past, have a look around the Speicherstadt. The listed buildings now house leisure activities such as the Minatur Wunderland with fascinating toy railway worlds, and Hamburg Dungeon. In this attraction visitors take a ghostly journey through the metropolis's history.

Museums can also be found in the Speicherstadt. There is German Customs Museum (Deutsche Zollmuseum), which tells the tale of customs and smuggling in Hamburg, or the International Maritime Museum with thousands of ship models and nautical charts.

Outside the old warehouses there is also plenty to do. In the long drawn out channels between the rows of buildings the barges glide along.

Despite the different architecture and the contrast of new and old, the Speicherstadt and the adjacent HafenCity are both united by their connection to the water.






by Old and New by the River Elbe





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