Finally, Canstatter Wasen has started again. I love the rides and the good food, but I also appreciate the nice colors at the festival.
For a change no HDR images. I've bored you with HDR images enough. In fact, these images haven't been changed on my computer at all (except adding the black border).
Yesterday I went to the New Castle, because I wanted to take some pictures at night. Unfortunately, something's blocking the view, what I didn't know before. Ok, so I got curious and wanted to know what it is. It's the world's largest curtain, and it will go to the Guinness Book of Records. Well, as if someone would be needing that. Maybe that's some compensation for our bad success at the Olympic Games this year.
Anyway, another unusual view of the New Castle...
This will be the last post about my city and/or my hikes for I while, I promise. But today my roomie has joined for the walk. He saw the pictures I had taken yesterday, and he felt like walking with me today. He got infected, he already told me to join me again tomorrow. So today it wasn't my regular walk again, we went to the Bismarck Tower and a little bit further to a park that we've usually been visiting by bus.
Yesterday when I arrived at the Bismarck Tower I suddenly had a feeling like being in San Francisco. It reminded me very much. But I didn't tell anybody about that feeling. However, Jimmi wrote in a comment that it reminds him little bit of San Francisco. That made two of us. Funnily enough, when Sven arrived up there, he said, "well, this is a little bit like San Francisco." So, no doubt about that anymore. This is him and me in front of the tower. This was taken by autotimer. It actually consists of two pictures put together (bottom half and top half).
Then we jumped into our time machine and went back some years. We arrived at a nostalgic fair. It was very crowded and many children were running around. Strangely enough, there's no child on this picture.
Here's another part of the park. Please mind the horse, it's the icon of my city.
Well, here's the icon of Stuttgart. But you already knew that. This emblem is familiar to you, it's also on the hood of your Porsche, because Porsche is from Stuttgart. What? You don't have a Porsche? Well, ok, your Mercedes is from Stuttgart as well.
Ok, back to the park. Each year they have hundrets of different dalia. I like them very much, they're colorful and just nice. My roomie and I enjoy them every year. It's like a jungle of flowers.
Those are really high. I'm 6'0", but some are even higher.
In this park there's also this funny tower. It looks like a double helix.
Ok, so here's another boring post. When I woke up this morning I thought it's an excellent day. It was warm, sunny, no clouds. I've decided to take my cam with me during my daily walk. So here are some pictures. This is my neighborhood, it's where my walk is starting.
This is at the bottom of the Killesberg, the "mountain" I'm going up every day.
Just a little bit further up that hill there are railway tracks. They're kind of a border between the busy city and the quiet sub-urban area. Above these tracks there are only few cars driving. It's very silent and peaceful. This picture is taken right after the railroad bridge, you can see the bridge in the mirror (along with me).
This street (called "Herdweg") goes straight up that hill, it's a little bit steep, but I like walking up there very much. And there are some nice buildings.
It doesn't look that steep in the pictures, but it really is.
And a look down the hill after I've arrived at the top.
Up that hill there's an eccentric private school, they're doing Waldorf Education. In fact, this kind of school was founded here in Stuttgart. I think it's a little bit strange, even the road signs look different in that area. For example they have another font that doesn't have right angles or parallel lines, because they say right angles and parallel lines don't exist in nature. One thought that always came into my mind was, "what angles do the trees in their universe have when they can't grow straight up, and one tree can't have the same angle as anotherone, because they can't be parallel. But I was surprised to find this weird area up there. Ok, there are still parallel lines, but no right angles :-)
Just a little bit further there's a Bismarck Tower. Bismarck Towers are a unique German monument-phenomenon to honor the ex-chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). The towers were built on four continents (Australia, South America, Africa and Europe). 172 of 240 Bismarck-towers, including new discovered towers, still remained in Germany, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland and Chile. On special days like Bismarck's birthday they made a big fire on the top of that tower that could be seen from far away.
But from up there you have an excellent view over the neighbouring cities.
And over my city as well.
I tried to find my house from up there, but I wasn't able to recognize any building from this point. About two miles to the west there's another very nice viewpoint. Funnily I can recognize everything from there.
So, this is already the way back.
This is the other viewing point I was mentioning above. I also took a picture of me. The Guy once said after a very exhausting trip in the Swiss mountains, "You might feel like shit, but you look great".
There were also some lizards and I took some pictures of them as well.
Ok, and this is my neighborhood again, I'm back at home.
Thanks for joining me for this walk. I hope you had nice three hours. Oh wait, I hope it didn't take three hours to read all that stuff, but it took more than 3 hours to take.