Bad Gastein: Downhill Hike From Beautiful Stubnerkogel

Our first hike in our holidays! And again we made the old flatlanders mistake to think of kilometers in the mountains nearly as kilometers on flat land. Our knees and calves reminded us for the next three days to never do it again, but we already forgot it 🙂

Stubnerkogel mountain top is easily accessible by two (expensive) ensuite cable cars and you have the best views from around there. On bright days you can even see famous GroĂźglockner. There is even a suspension bridge but there is no sense for the bridge, it is just to lure tourists like us over there.

If you have seen it all, you can now turn around and drive back to the valley, you can walk downhill to Stubneralm and have a “Brotzeit” and then take the first cable car or you can walk further downhill to Bad Gastein all the way, like we did (no!). It was good anyway, but only do it if you are already well trained.

Nuremberg: Building The FĂĽhrer Myth

Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitlers photographer, once said “Der Fotograf bildet ab, sonst nichts.” (The photographer depicts, nothing else.) This was his argument for turning a 10 year prison conviction to only 4 years.
Albert Speer, Hitlers architect and later Reich Minister for Armaments and Ammunition, was convicted to only 20 years of prison while other leading Nazis of his rank and with very similar collections of crimes against humanity were sentenced to death.
Leni Riefenstahl, Hitlers infamous director, wrote: „[…] wo liegt denn meine Schuld? Sagen Sie mir doch das. Ich habe keine Atombomben geworfen, ich habe niemanden verleugnet. Wo liegt denn meine Schuld? (Where is my fault? Tell me that. I didn’t throw any atom bombs, I didn’t deny anyone. Where is my fault?

Together with Göbbels as Reich Minister of Propaganda and many others creatives, they created the myth around Hitler and the Nazis. Their grandeur and elevation. They depicted the führer as a Messias and the SS as saviors from evil. But their professions deal with visual aspects and they have been and still are underestimated in their effects.
Is design able to create a monster? As you can see in this very distinct examples, it sure is.

The Kongresshalle

A never finished building to host more than 50.000 people. With a planned height of 70 meters and a diameter of 170 meters the biggest still existing of the Nazi buildings.

The ZeppelintribĂĽne

from where the Reichsparteitag happened and Hitler held his infamous speeches.

Berlin Day Hike: A Trip To Oder River

We had a hot sunny day near to Oder River in Stolpe and Stolzenhagen. Pavlov saw and played with dogs and learned, how to jump into the water from above. At first he was kind of reserved, but once he got it, he was unstoppable.

Stolpe and Stolpe Tower

A Walk to Stolper Loch

An old industry complex at the canal

Berlin Day Hike: Through The Forest to Klobichsee

A fine hike on a bright Sunday afternoon to beautiful Klobichsee. Have a cup of coffee in the middle of the forest at Drei Eichen.

The Garden In June

Compared to last year it rained quite a lot this year and everything is green and blooming in June. Pavlov likes to bite plants.

Berlin Day Hike: Flower Fields Forever

We had a very colorful summer hike near Ihlow in Brandenburg. As it is June, everything is in bloom and the fields show their most splendid dresses. We even saw a deer, but fortunately Pavlov didn’t. I guess he is a city dog.


If you are around Ihlow, don’t miss to visit Biohof CafĂ© and have a rhubarb yeast cake. Yummy!

The Garden In June And Two Crazy Dogs

Coco came to visit Pavlov or – you can also say – Eva and Olli came to visit us we had coffee and the two dogs played for hours, slept, played again and killed my bergenia field. Coco is a Great Dane and will soon be much bigger than Pavlov.

The Different Faces Of Our Garden In May

Incredibly great changes become visible when taking pictures of the same garden very early in the morning or after the rain. I’m always impressed how nature changes during the seasons or with light and weather.

After the rain

Early Morning

Nova Scotia Duck tolling retriever

Berlin Day Hike: A Taste Of Spring Near Garzin

Still not in form, we chose to have a short walk near Garzin along Haussee and over the fields. What shall I say? Spring really tries, but the weather is still cold and mostly dark and a lot of plants still wait for their signal to start their new life in bloom. Pavlov is getting bigger and bigger and is coming back when we are calling quite steadlily. He chased the two huge cranes over the fields and even came back when I called him in the middle of hunting. Maybe only because the cranes started flying away and he recognized, that his chances of catching them were very thin.

On the last picture Pavlov is becoming a grown up :-). He still pees like a baby, only some times – very rarely – he lifts his leg.

Berlin Day Hike: Sunny Walk With Two Dogs

Having a dog, means hanging out in the park quite frequently. But who would have thought, that this leads to new friends? Like that I got to know Palina. She fell in love with Pavlov and told me, she will soon have a dog herself. Than I got to know her Mum Natalija and her dog Pandora, a 3 month old Maremmano-Mix. I think we just connected at first sight and I invited them to come over to the little house on the prairie. What a fun afternoon we had!