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Hallig Hooge

Hallig Hooge is also called the Queen of the Halligen. The Halligen are very special islands in the wadden region of northern Germany. They are not protected by dykes and are very low, the inhabitants are used to the islands being flooded 40-50 times per year. So to be safe and dry the houses are built on so called warften, little villages built on earth mounds. Hallig Hooge and it’s nature is truly something extraordinary, a calm spot in midst of a rough sea.

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Ribe in Pictures

Ribe ist regarded as one of the oldest towns in Denmark. An important church was built here by the missionary Ansgar of Bremen in the 9th century, probably the first church in Scandinavia altogether. By then the town was already well known as port town and for its sophisticated craftsmen. Nowadays Ribe is of middle size but the church is still one of the finest examples of sacral architecture in Denmark and the inner town is lively and colourful.

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The North Cape

At the latitude of 71° 10′ 21″ in Norway there is an island called Magerøya, a seemingly barren land with no trees and harsh weather conditions. The most northern tip of the island consists of a heavy rock reaching into the Arctic sea widely known as North Cape, the most northern part of Europe. I had the chance to visit this place a couple of times before but I saw it as most of the visitors experience the North Cape: With heavy fog and strong winds and slim chances to see the midnight sun. In July 2019 though this changed for me and I was finally able to see our home star on a blanket slate of a clear blue sky in the middle of the night.

The phenomenon occurs during the white nights in summer when the sun is not setting down, around midnight it reaches it’s lowest point on the horizon but is still shining brightly. It looks almost like a sunset, just that the sun is never setting behind the horizon and is getting up again. In these special and somewhat spiritual nights there is no darkness and this barren land seems to be alive like no other place. You see all the birds feeding of the waters, which are still rich in fish and sea animals. And there are reindeer grassing everywhere on the island, eating their beloved reindeer veil, which grows everywhere on Magerøya and is like candy for these animals.

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Of Castles and Bridges

The islands of Great Britain and Ireland are crammed with historic monuments from different time periods, reaching from pre-antiquity (Stonehenge) to the modern era (Shard in London). Many interesting sights though were built in medieval and early modern times (St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, picture 1 and Culzean Castle, Scotland, pictures 3, 5 and 7) or in the time of industrialisation (Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England, picture 2, Menai Bridge, Wales, picture 4 and Britannia Bridge, Wales, picture 6). Some impressions.

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