Monday, October 31, 2016

Abbey Cathedral

Abbey Cathedral of St. Gall

"The Abbey of Saint Gall (German: Abtei St. Gallen) is a Roman Catholic religious complex in the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland of a dissolved abbey (747-1805). The Carolingian-era monastery has existed since 719 and became an independent principality between 9th and 13th centuries, and was for many centuries one of the chief Benedictine abbeys in Europe. It was founded by Saint Othmar on the spot where Saint Gall had erected his hermitage. The library at the Abbey is one of the richest medieval libraries in the world. The city of St. Gallen originated as an adjoining settlement of the abbey. Following the secularization of the abbey around 1800 the former Abbey church became a Cathedral in 1848. Since 1983 the whole remaining abbey precinct has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site." ~ Wikipedia

Sunny Days

Saturday, October 29, 2016

BR 01

"The Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft's BR 01 steam locomotives were the first standardised (Einheitsdampflokomotive) steam express passenger locomotives built by the unified German railway system. They were of 4-6-2 "Pacific" wheel arrangement in the Whyte notation, or 2′C1′ h2 in the UIC classification. The idea of standardisation was that it would reduce maintenance costs; i.e. if a BR 01 whose engine shop was in, say, Berlin broke down in Dresden, instead of having to ship the necessary part from Berlin and take the locomotive out of service, a part from the Dresden shop could be used as all of the engines, parts, and workings were exactly the same and produced nationwide. Thus it was a 'standard' product for engine shops." ~ Wikipedia


I'm only now beginning to explore Georgetown Waterfront Park. Expect more views to come. Yesterday, in fact, I happened upon yet another approach to the park.

Friday, October 28, 2016


"Konstanz has multiple train stations. The Konstanz Hauptbahnhof is the main station and is located in the old town. It's the last German stop before the Swiss border, and is therefore served by both German and Swiss trains. Hourly direct trains from Zurich Main Station (1hr 20min) go via Zurich Airport. Zurich Main Station has excellent connections to the rest of Switzerland as well as Italy, Austria and France." ~ Wikitravel


I'm still not sure what that device is for in the bow of this boat. My guess is that it has something to do with this being a utility boat for Key Bridge Boathouse. Maybe it's helpful when moving boats in and out of their moorings. This guy was towing another similar boat behind him and heading back to the boathouse.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Remember yesterday's cheesecake? What if good ol' Jan could have washed it down with something for the Corso Bar? I can only imagine he would have been appalled at what had happened to his neighborhood. :-)

The City Planners

Cruising these residential Sunday
streets in dry August sunlight:
what offends us is
the sanities:
the houses in pedantic rows, the planted
sanitary trees, assert
levelness of surface like a rebuke
to the dent in our car door.
No shouting here, or
shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt
than the rational whine of a power mower
cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass.

But though the driveways neatly
sidestep hysteria
by being even, the roofs all display
the same slant of avoidance to the hot sky,
certain things:
the smell of spilled oil a faint
sickness lingering in the garages,
a splash of paint on brick surprising as a bruise,
a plastic hose poised in a vicious
coil; even the too-fixed stare of the wide windows

give momentary access to
the landscape behind or under
the future cracks in the plaster

when the houses, capsized, will slide
obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers
that right now nobody notices.

That is where the City Planners
with the insane faces of political conspirators
are scattered over unsurveyed
territories, concealed from each other,
each in his own private blizzard;

guessing directions, they sketch
transitory lines rigid as wooden borders
on a wall in the white vanishing air

tracing the panic of suburb
order in a bland madness of snows 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Just had to smile at the idea that Jan Hus might have indulged himself in a little cheesecake had this restaurant been next door to his house while he was still living. :-)

Kennedy Center

"The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts . . . is located on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. The Center, which opened September 8, 1971, produces and presents theater, dance, ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music, in addition to multi-media performances for all ages." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Saw this in an art shop in Constance and couldn't pass up the chance to photograph it.

Water's Up!

Happened by Fletcher's Cove again yesterday and saw where the water level in the canal was back up. And The Georgetown?

Well, let's just say now we know why it had to be taken out of service. :-)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Trinity Church

My rough translation:

Trinity Church

Former church of the Augustinian hermits monastery. Built in 1268. Baroquization dates to 1740. Frescoes on the arches are from the Council time [Council of Constance, 1414-1418]. Rich murals by Constance painters Storer 1635, Stauder 1733, Spiegler 1738 and Marie Ellenrieder 1844.

The church is in the old town (Altstadt) section of Constance.

The Georgetown

Sad end to a local attraction. The canal's water level has been lowered to facilitate restoration work in Georgetown between 30th Street and Thomas Jefferson.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Recorder Player

You're Not Alone

While photographing Key Bridge and Rosslyn early one morning last week, I was quite surprised to suddenly look up and notice that a fellow photographer was doing the same.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Medieval Windows


Rosslyn skyline as seen early one recent weekday morning from Georgetown's Waterfront Park.

"Rosslyn is a heavily urbanized unincorporated area in Northern Virginia located in the northeastern corner of Arlington County, Virginia, north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown and Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C. Rosslyn encompasses the Arlington neighborhoods of North Rosslyn and Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights, and is located east of Courthouse, another urbanized Arlington neighborhood. Characterized as one of several 'urban villages' by the County, the numerous skyscrapers in the dense business section of Rosslyn make its appearance in some ways more urban than nearby Washington." ~ Wikipedia

Friday, October 21, 2016


Waterfront Park

"The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011. Part of the Georgetown Historic District, the park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street, NW to the Key Bridge." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Key Bridge

"The Francis Scott Key Bridge, more commonly known as the Key Bridge, is a six-lane reinforced concrete arch bridge conveying U.S. Route 29 (US 29) traffic across the Potomac River between the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia, and the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Completed in 1923, it is Washington's oldest surviving bridge across the Potomac River." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tale of Two Priests

Saw these to sculptural pieces through a shop window. I have no idea or not whether they were really made to represent priests. But to my mind they look like priests, so priests they are. And now you know my tale. :-)

Local Controversy

Unbeknownst to me at the time, I snapped this photograph at exactly the same moment as a controversial new fence was being erected. You can see the workers beginning the installation in the background.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Medieval Antenna

Potomac Tower

If my research is correct, this is the Potomac Tower in Rosslyn, Virginia designed by James Ingo Freed. Here's a little more about Freed:

"James Ingo Freed (June 23, 1930 – December 15, 2005) was an American architect born in Essen, Germany during the Weimar Republic. After coming to the United States at age nine with his sister Betty, followed later by their parents, he studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in architecture.

In the late 1970s, he was a member of the Chicago Seven and dean for three years of the School of Architecture at his alma mater. He worked for most of his career based in New York, and went beyond the Internationalist and modernist styles. In partnership with I.M. Pei, in their firm known as Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, he worked on major United States public buildings and museums." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, October 16, 2016

St. Stehanus


I haven't quite yet figured out what's being built here. Some kind of high rise. My guess is that it's probably a mix of commercial and residential. I'll have to check it out the next time I pass by.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Karl Steuer

Karl Steuer (1908 - 1962), a locally well known humorist, who is famous for his performances at the local carnival.

Capital Bikeshare

Have you heard about our Capital Bikeshare program? It's clearly growing in popularity. I regularly see people now commuting to work using Bikeshare's bikes. I think it's one of the more positive results of Metrorail's woes. Even so, it's going to be a long winter for some commuters without Metro.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Community Garden

I happened upon these lovely morning glories on one of my recent rides. I had seen them before and resolved the next time I passed to stop and photograph them. I believe the woman in the background is the gardener. She seemed very pleased by my interest. :-)