Second vacation this year and again some pictures to show.
To make up for the expensive flight of the last trip this was a rather cheap car tour to the west of our own country (Germany). I've never been there for sight seeing before so that was okay. In the area there are a lot of cities with hardly any space between them, including Duesseldorf, Essen, Cologne, Oberhausen etc. The area is full of coal so the coal and steel industry created thousands of jobs in the past for Germans and immigrants (mostly Turkish people). Now only little is left. The air has gotten better and the landscape greener. Former mines and industry areas have become parks or museums and the Turks have opened a ton of stores for wedding clothes...
Around my own city in eastern Germany were coal mines, too, but day light mines. They were flooded to become lakes.
This is a park in Duisburg with remains of a steelwork. The construction on the right is a lookouts now.
Oh swimming is not allowed in this former clarification plant for industrial waste water.
Statue inside an old gasometer in Oberhausen. So THIS is how a tree looks like! Thank you so much!
Car hanging from the ceiling of a former coal mine building. Now it is a museum for product design.
The dome of Cologne. I like how the scaffolds start in midair.
After WW2 the whole city of Colognelay in ruins except for the dome. (To be honest all the other buildings in the inner city look really ugly now -.-)
We've also been to Netherland's capital Amsterdam for one day. Really pretty! Every 2nd street there is a channel. The houses are old, small and crooked but freshly painted and nice looking. And no we didn't try the cannabis cookies!
Did I say "small houses"? Should have said "tiny".
Try to read the time from this train station tower!
On a side note we've also been to the GamesCom. My advice: Don't come if you ain't press. As a normal visitor like me you have to wait hours to even see a demo. And you don't get any loot if you don't scream and jump like an idiot.It was basically like the GamesConvention just way more people for the same booth space. The corridors of the Cologne trade fair are wider than in Leipzig and hold more people but that doesn't mean, all the people can actually play something.
Tomorrow I'll have to work again... until Christmas :/
Thanks for reading! See you!