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Old May 14th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #41
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Hamburg too...especially the HafenCity! It's such an amazing quarter! The architecture is just unbelievable plus they didn't forget to create parks and to plant trees.
I also think it is one of the most beautiful and most urban development areas in Europe. It was a hard contrast to come to Munich a few days later and to see all the crap that is being built there...

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Hamburg is amazing as well, although it's the third largest port of Europe; Antwerp is still bigger.
You´re right, I didn´t think of Antwerp.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 04:26 PM   #42
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Old May 14th, 2011, 04:30 PM   #43
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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is not only the capital of the European Union, but also by far Belgium´s largest city with a population of around 1 million. I was really fascinated by the city and can absolutely not understand why Brussels is often said to be a grey and boring city - in my opinion, it is a jewel of European art history and has the feeling of a large world city which is surprising when you keep in mind that Brussels is about ten times smaller than Paris, for example.



















































































The city hall, 15th century:

































The gothic cathedral, 13th-15th centuries:





























































The late gothic church Notre Dame de Sablon, 15th century:



































































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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #44
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Limburg, Germany

Limburg is a nice town with a population of 30,000 in the federal state of Hesse. Its most important sight is the 13th century cathedral, an interesting example for the transition from late romanesque to early gothic architecture in Germany.













































The cathedral, 1st half of the 13th century:



































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Old May 18th, 2011, 01:03 PM   #45
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I really like your pics of Brussels!
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Old May 18th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #46
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Old May 18th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #47
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Toulouse, France

Toulouse is the capital of the region Midi-Pyrenees in southern France and the country´s 4th largest city with a population of 440,000 in the city and 750,000 with suburbs. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in France. Situated near the border to Spain, Toulouse already has a very Spanish atmosphere in its cityscape and architecture, and many street signs are already bilingual.

















A late medieval church, an example of the "latin gothic" which differs very much from the classic gothic of northern France:









The romanesque basilica St.Sernin, 11th/12th century, after the cathedral of Speyer the 2nd largest preserved building of romanesque architecture:























































The Jacobine´s church, a masterpiece of latin gothic:





























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Old May 19th, 2011, 12:44 AM   #48
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Speyer, Germany

Speyer is a small town with a population of 50,000 in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate near the French border. In the middle ages, it was one of the largest and most important cities in Central Europe, but after the troops of Louis XIV. had destroyed the city in 1689, it became an unimportant provincial town.

It is interesting to see this town in a world forum. I experienced some facts I didn't know before , although I've been there many many times because my home isn't far away from that city. Nice documentation of Speyer and Frankfurt!
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Old May 20th, 2011, 01:03 AM   #49
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The bilingual signs in Toulouse will probably be in Langue d'Oc or Occitan, the native language of the south of France. Divided into different dialects, but now on the verge of extinction. French is so much more useful...
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Old May 20th, 2011, 03:43 PM   #50
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Toulouse looks charming. Looks like a great trip you made.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 04:16 PM   #51
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The bilingual signs in Toulouse will probably be in Langue d'Oc or Occitan
I thought it was Catalan because it sounded very similar to what I saw in Barcelona.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 04:18 PM   #52
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Barcelona, Spain

Today a few pictures of Barcelona, centre of the region Catalunya and Spain´s 2nd largest city with a population of 1.7 million in the city and around 3 million with suburbs. As I arrived there during the easter holidays, the city´s atmosphere had something of a ghost town - I think I have to visit Barcelona again during a "normal" time of the time.










































































































































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Old May 21st, 2011, 06:16 PM   #53
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Barcelona looking gorgeous as usual
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Old May 21st, 2011, 10:18 PM   #54
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Wonderful thread, so many pictures. I have heard many people say Lyon is so much better than Paris. Paris is magnificent, but it's almost like there is too much amazingness, too much grey/white and too many people - after a few days, everyone I talk to says they get depressed even though it is so pretty, it's almost like there is no relief from the architecture, yes, I think more parks are definitely needed.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 07:12 PM   #55
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Interesting thread....

Thought I think you shouldn't post as many pictures in each post, there are just way too many per page and per city, I ended up skipping most pictures to get to the next city. And also, for older computers (I use a 2005 laptop that is still miracurously alive), all the pictures tend to freeze our browsers.

Pictures are interesting though, the transition from northern to southern Europe is quite visible in your pictures.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 07:15 PM   #56
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He needs more reply.
I love the fact that you don't take tourist pictures.
We see the life of the cities, not only the monuments and other tourist sights.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 06:36 PM   #57
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Paris is magnificent, but it's almost like there is too much amazingness, too much grey/white and too many people - after a few days, everyone I talk to says they get depressed even though it is so pretty, it's almost like there is no relief from the architecture, yes, I think more parks are definitely needed.
That´s true. Urbanity and density is a nice thing - but sometimes, there can be too much even of a good thing...

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Thought I think you shouldn't post as many pictures in each post, there are just way too many per page and per city, I ended up skipping most pictures to get to the next city. And also, for older computers (I use a 2005 laptop that is still miracurously alive), all the pictures tend to freeze our browsers.
You´re right - indeed I didn´t think of older computers that might have problems with so many pictures. Next time I´ll post only 40 pictures per post.

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I love the fact that you don't take tourist pictures.
We see the life of the cities, not only the monuments and other tourist sights.
That´s exactly my intention. I think it would be boring to show only pictures of a few famous monuments everyone already has seen a hundred times in pictures of better quality. And I am more interested in how most of a city´s population REALLY lives everyday life than in taking photos of a dozen tourist sights that have hardly anything to do with the city today.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 06:39 PM   #58
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Today, I´ll take you back to a more northern part of Europe:

Mannheim, Germany

Mannheim is an important industrial city in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. It has a population of around 310,000 in the city, but is the center of a pretty dense urban area of around 1.5 million people. Although Mannheim isn´t what I would call a beautiful city, I was really surprised about how urban a city of that size can be.















































































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