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The City of Augsburg Pt.1

In February of this year I participated in a two-week scholarship program at the University of Augsburg. The weather was surprisingly good and it wasn’t as cold or snowy as I expected it to be, quite contrary first signs of early spring where already in the air by the end of February. As always I enjoyed being in Bavaria. You can’t beat the beer culture and the hearty cuisine there 😉 Not to forget about the delicious pretzels! They are everywhere. Anyway: Some impressions from the streets of Augsburg, the capital of the Swabian part of Bavaria (Western Bavaria).

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Greek Series: Nafplio

This post is part of the so called “Greek Series”, consisting of photographies shot while backpacking Greece in September 2013. You’ll find a basic introduction to the series here and a list of all previous posts over here.

Nafplio is a port city in the western part of the Peloponnes peninsula. The former capital of Greece today is mostly a vacation destination for tourists from Athens due to proximity and good ferry connections. People from Athens escape here for weekend trips to shop and enjoy themselves. It is a touristy place for sure with shopping boulevards and many luxury brand stores. The economic crisis Greece is facing was not very obvious and we saw a lot less graffiti and poverty then in other urban areas. Though the city as we saw it definitely didn’t represent the living reality of most of Greek people it was definitely a good place for going out and having a good time in general. There are two castles / fortresses to see here, one on the top of the hill behind the city with a great landscape view over the buildings and the sea and a small fortress on an artificial island within the bay itself.

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Greek Series: Athens in Bird’s-Eye View

This post is part of the Greek Series, in which I recount my travel through Greece in pictures. So the first two entries were all about Athens, as it was the starting point of our journey. It’s time to get away from the city smog (and Athens has truly a lot of it). But not before I show you some impressions from above the city looking down on an amazing sea of urbanity. Most of Athens today is quite young actually, as the city regressed into a small town up to the 19th century. After the country gained independence from the Ottoman empire Athens became more and more important again and exploded truly during the 20th century into the metropole it today certainly is. There are some street shots in here as well, but most of the pictures were taken from one of the many hills of Athens with a beautiful blue sky as permanent background. The last one is a panorama.

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City in Construction: Seestadt at Sunset

On the sight of a former airfield a new city planned from scratch is being build to accommodate thousands of new people Vienna is expected to grow by in the upcoming decade. A city within the city basically. Seestadt translated in English means lake city and is named due to the artificial lake which will be in the center of the town. As to date there is not much to see besides the newly build metro station (the violet line U2), a lot of cranes and a giant mud hole in the middle (the lake to be). But especially at sunset the symphony of cranes has beauty on its own. There is also an exhibition worthwhile visiting with a lot of information about the project and a wooden panorama tower with a nice view (last picture). Local artists were allowed to spray the container in which the exhibition is happening, giving the place an urban flair already. Although the city itself is yet missing…

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Greek Series: Urban Life in Athens

A short introduction to the series

In September 2013 friends and me backpacked trough Greece and discovered a beautiful and amazing country torn between its ancient history and struggles of the present. I shot a ton of pictures in these three weeks and it took me months to sort them out. But my plan was right from the beginning to publish them on this blog. I just didn’t know how exactly. So after some brainstorming I decided to organize them thematically and post them in separate collections and not in a chronological order, which didn’t seem like a good fit for this blog. So anyway this is the first part of a long series of pictures which will continue through the winter. Occasionally there may be some postings with wintery shots from Vienna but apart of that it will get sunny, at least over here (well, maybe not right from the beginning) 🙂

In full awareness of the ancient history of Greece and their stunning remains I want to hold the old stones back for now and show you some impressions of urban life in Athens as I saw it.

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