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May2018 - The Poplar Avenue
May 2018 - The Poplar Avenue - It was a beautiful May day when I set up my easel at the edge of the village, exactly where the cobblestone road ends and merges into a sand path. Lined by tall, slender poplars in fresh green, the... »read more

April 2018 - The Eternal Spring of Crete
April 2018 - The Eternal Spring of Crete - What do we like about Crete in the spring so much that we come back every year? This question occupied us one evening when we were sitting with friends at Athanasia’s tavern. On the... »read more

March 2018 - Rapa Nui
March 2018 - The Moai of Rapa Nui - Of the many islands in the world, the one I find the most mysterious is Rapa Nui, also called Easter Island. A tiny May-green patch in the deep blue Pacific Ocean, many flying hours away from any... »read more

February 2018 - Longing for the Midnight Lights
February 2018 - Longing for the Midnight Lights -   Longing for something is a strong feeling: whether it is for a person, a place or an experience. Ever since I had read Georg Forster’s ‘Journey Around the World’, I longed to... »read more

January 2018 - On the Bund
January 2018 - On the Bund - To me, China has always been the epitome of the Far East: fascinating and mysterious. “China is very different, don’t have any illusions,” said my old friend Diddi shortly before my departure, “it is... »read more

December 2017 - The Nativity Scene at Santa Cruz
December 2017 - The Nativity Scene at Santa Cruz - It was just after Christmas. Madeira, the island in the Atlantic Ocean, was lapped by the heat of the Gulf Stream. One could not feel the winter: the sky was a cloudless blue, the... »read more

November 2017 - Life's Acoustic Colours
November 2017 - Life's Acoustic Colours -   Sometimes you have a good idea: for my last milestone birthday I asked all my friends and family to give me a CD with their favourite music on. I had no idea of the wide... »read more

October 2017 - The Eiffel Tower
October 2017 - The Eiffel Tower -   Some places are like myths; some names sound like music. Paris! The historical centre for art and culture. Glorified as a city of love and joie de vivre– and for me a synonym for the... »read more

September 2017 - Greetings from Graefekiez
September 2017 - Greetings from Graefekiez - Like a village in a city and yet quite different – this is a Kiez or ‘block’ in Berlin. Without a centre or an official border, it consists of several streets, public squares and... »read more

August 2017 - Enjoying the Day
August 2017 - Enjoying the Day -   I wake up before sunrise and walk to the sea at dawn. No one to be seen far and wide, only seagulls looking for food between wet, glittering stones and shells. A poetic morning. “Seagulls... »read more