I thought I might show you a little more about the area where I live now. So the walks with my baby gave me plenty opportunity to take beautiful pictures with lots of sunshine and coloured trees. Maybe I'll add new pictures now and then, so if you like, keep your eyes open.
A few kilometres away from here, we have a beautiful reservoir, where you can make a tour by boat:
And now to our little town. We have a castle here. When I go there with the baby, I carry him on my back. Going there with the pram is not a good idea, because the footpath is very steep and there are stairs, too.
In the park of the castle there is a stage, too, where they used to play theatre :
A view towards the market. In the centre: the primary-school. To the right: the church
The Church from the outside. Inside it has a famous organ, built by Mr. Silbermann.
And now a few pictures from the outside of the castle:
Finally for today: A few pictures from our walk at the riverside:
This is it for today.
Thank you very much for looking in. Kind regards, Bente
Looks such an interesting place to live Bente with variety of architecture from beautiful church, magnificent castle to bridges and reservoir - must be a wonderful place to take your baby for a walk with all that fresh air and scenery. Thanks for such an interesting post Bente, its so nice to see your local area.
Hello Hazy, thank you very much for your kind words. If only the entire town were as beautiful! You won't know this, but after the reunification of eastern and western Germany, many people went away from here, and a quite big number of houses stands empty since then. And many a factory closed down since then and stands empty, too. And what happens to these buildings? Although there still exist owners, who are responsible for these buildings, the buildings are in many, many cases left to decay. It is so sad to see! Little trees are growing on roofs and from cracks in the walls, parts of the roofs are coming down, so I often look up to make sure I can use the pavement. Windows are broken or replaced by wood. Only when it is really dangerous for the public, the authorities step in and tear a building down. But apart from that, I like it here, and people are really friendly.
It's sad when a town with so much history and ancient buildings have been abandoned since reunification and parts have gone to ruin. As you say Bente, people moved, factories then closed and one thing leads to another but you and your camera have managed to show a more beautiful side to the town that you like and I hope in time it can be restored again to the full bringing in more work prospects and attractions to draw people back. I can imagine it must be difficult for you getting around with many unsafe buildings left to decay and local authorities only intervening in the most serious cases but its good to hear that the people living in your area are friendly as that counts for so much more Bente.
Lovely photos Bente it looks a beautiful area despite some of the factories and houses having closed.
Love the Castle and Church.
first if all: Thank you so much for your interest and looking in. Today we've had another nice walk. So I can show you some more about our very beautiful and famous bridge. I won't tell you too much about the theorie. If you are interested, you can look it up on Wikipedia under "Göltzschtal Viaduct". Just this much: The bridge was built between 1846 and 1851 as a railway-bridge, which it is still. It consists of more than 26 000 000 bricks taht are continually checked and replaced. The bridge has 98 vaults on 4 levels. In the middle there are 2 large vaults. This had not been planned in the beginning, but it turned out that the ground there consisted of alum shale, which is quite soft and would not have stood the weight of a pillar.This much to the building, Except that my grandfather has told us about a little family-history belonging to the bridge: An uncle of his is supposed to have flown through one of the large vaults with a plane in the 1920's or so. Crazy, isn't it? I can't vauch for this to be true, of course, but my grandfather never lied.
To get to the bridge from our house on foot you either have to walk beside a busy road, or use a footpath through the wood along the riverside. Neither is appropriate for a pram, so I carried my son on my back, like this (picture from July):
And here we have the beauty:
In front of the bridge you can see that little arteficial hill. That is a stage. Every year in August we have a big concert there that is called "Philharmonic Rock". Hundreds of people come from near and far, and every bit of space is used for parking. The people even walk quite a distance to get from their car to the concert.
I think it's a pity that the bridge is so seldom illuminated at dark. When it is, it looks just georgeous, as you can see on this pictures from winter 2016:
This was it for today.
Have a nice evening!
Wow, what a monumental bridge with those 4 tiers and it does look beautiful lit up at nightime. Young Karl looks very comfortable, fast asleep in the carrier, bless him.
Thank you for showing the sights of the town where you now live, Bente. The castle and church look beautiful as does the surrounding countryside especially with the Autumn colours of the trees. The bridge is really spectacular. I think the designers must have taken inspiration from the Romans as it reminds me of the Pont du Gard aqueduct near Nîmes. Love the story of your Grandfather's uncle flying though the one of the arches.
Little Karl looks very comfortable in the back pack.
Very nice pictures Bente, thank you for sharing them with us.
What a fabulous looking place, somewhere to put on my list of places to visit.
Always interesting to see somewhere new Bente, and your photos show a lovely area with interesting buildings and wow that fabulous bridge, spectacular.
Hello Bente, thanks for the new thread from your home town. It looks lovely, and the buildings very grand. The autumnal colours are lovely. Little Karl was loving his walk about, sound asleep.
So lovely to hear from you Bente & to share your town views, so much of interest to see ... such a delightful pic of you with Karl, not long now to the first birthday celebrations!
Thanks, Bente, for the lovely photos of where you live and especially for the lovely photo of you and little Karl.
Hello everyone, thanks again for looking in, and for all the kind words.
Soem of you have observed how content Karl is when I carry him on my back. This is absolutely true. We haven't carried him like this from the beginning. We started that only recently, in July. We had an appointment with a counsellor for carrying babies. She showed us just a few ways to carry Karl, and she said time must show if Karl will like it, as he is not used to it. We could tell very quickly that he likes it very much. When I "put him on", I have to take him first onto my hip, on my right hand side, and then somehow showe him over to my back. Then I have to put my right arm from the back to my front, between Karl and me. This is a highly ticklish moment. Then I have to see that Karl's both arms are "free". This is not often the case. one arm ist always between Karl's body and mine, so I have to take it out there. This is also always ticklish. Karl always laughes. Then I have to tie the straps very tight. If Karl didn't like this, he would scream. But he only makes sweet little sounds. And when he is fastened securely, he keeps "talking". Often he falls asleep one time or other. I alwas notice it before. The "talking" gets less frequent, he doesn't turn his head around any more, and I can feel that he is getting "heavier" (sound stupid, I know, but I don't know how to describe it otherwise). Then I can feel Karl's entire body relaxing, and his "teeth clattering" ( sounds stupid, too, as he only has 2 teeth at the moment, and there is not much that could clatter).
Now to my pictures from today. We didn't take a walk, as weather was not reliable. And apart from that I had to cook baby-food for lunch. I always cook a big amount that lasts for a week or so. But when I prepared the vegetables, I noticed that it was raining, although the sun was shining at th same time. So I took out my camera and watched out for a rainbow. And there was one, if only a faint one!