Travel Scan: Prague, Astronomical Clock

Writing about the astronomical clock in Rostock, Germany, made me think of the one in Prague, so I scanned this image:


This clock was first installed in 1410 and is composed of three parts: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; “The Walk of the Apostles” or “Apostle-go-round,” with the Apostles and a figure of Death (a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions for each month.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Rostock, Part II

Back to Rostock. :)



The city library was constructed in the late 15th century and is an example of medieval residences in Rostock.


The colors are so well-coordinated.



At the end of the street you’ll find City Hall. Yes, it’s pink. City Hall was built between 1270 and 1290 (!) as a two-story gabled house with a vaulted cellar, which was also used as a market in the Middle Ages.

Across from City Hall, Neuer Markt (New Market)….




That church on the right? Marienkirche or St. Mary’s Church, built in 1472 and one of the few buildings to survive the Allied bombing in World War II.

Here is a painting by Egon Tschirch of the church with the city in rubble:

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The church was saved due to the courage of the tower attendant Friedrich Bombowski and his daughter Ursula who put out fires from the bombing.


Inside, you’ll find an amazing 15th-century astronomical clock showing daily time, zodiac, moon phases and month. At the very top, every hour the apostles cross before Jesus for a blessing before entering into eternal bliss, and the last, Judas, is shut out. You can watch the “apostle-go-round” on this Youtube video:

I’ve only seen one other astronomical clock, in Prague, and find these creations beautiful and mind-blowing.


Under the clock, a calendar which is valid until 2017.


A Baroque organ with 5700 pipes. The church was under renovation, hence the white sheeting on the left.


The gilded High Altar.


This stained glass window is 85 feet (26 m.) tall, making it one of the largest single stained glass windows in Europe. It depicts “The Day of Judgment.” The window survived World War II in various states of disrepair and was restored between 2003 and 2008. It now has a protective glazing.


Outside, in the former churchwarden’s house, Marientreff Café.

Warnemunde is the seaside part of Rostock and where our ship was docked. I’ll cover that in a future blog post. It exceeded my expectations too.

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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Rostock, Part I

The city of Rostock, Germany, joined the Hanseatic League in 1251. In the 14th century it was a powerful seaport town with 12,000 inhabitants and the biggest city of Mecklenburg.

As I mentioned in a previous comment, I didn’t realize Rostock was in former East Germany (GDR or DDR) until a few days later. I’m kind of glad I didn’t know, because it exceeded my expectations. Living in West Germany years ago, I noticed that the DDR was not looked upon very kindly.

I was amazed that some parts of the medieval city wall had survived:


The city was bombed heavily during World War II, so it’s even more surprising that the wall still stands.


Kröpeliner Tor, one of the surviving medieval city gates.


The gate is 180 feet (55m) high.


A tiny glimpse of the city. I couldn’t wait to photograph those pastel buildings.

But first, a brief stop at the University of Rostock.


The institution was founded in 1419, making it one of the earliest universities in Europe.


It was the fifth university established in the Holy Roman Empire.
According to Wiki, Albert Einstein and Max Planck received honorary doctorates on November 12, 1919. This made the University of Rostock the world’s first institute of higher learning to award this honor to Einstein.


Beautiful details throughout.


This is the beginning of Kröpeliner Strasse, a shop-filled, cobblestone pedestrian street with the lovely pastel buildings.


Love the architecture they chose to rebuild with. Dutch Renaissance?






Some roses along the way.

We were able to duck into a bäckerei/cafe for just a few minutes so I could take these shots:





I took the bicycle photo next to this cafe.

More on Tuesday. :)

Great weekend, everyone!


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This Is Jeopardy

After we had lunch at the Farmers Market in L.A., we went to a live taping of Jeopardy! I have wanted to watch a taping of any show since I was a kid, and we are total Jeopardy nerds.


One of the sound stages near the Jeopardy set.


Just outside the studio.


Heeere’s Alex. Or rather, a cardboard cutout. We weren’t allowed to bring “real” cameras on the set, but I had my iPhone and they let us take photos in the hallway.



Some of the thirty Daytime Emmy awards the show has received.


This guy kind of ran the show. He told us when to clap and when to be quiet during the taping. We were told to not whisper the answers because there were microphones above us that could pick up everything. My husband and I couldn’t resist whispering a couple times, but didn’t get kicked out. :)


We had to climb stairs to get to the studio audience area.


After I took this I got a gentle reminder that photos of the set are not allowed. It doesn’t show much, so that’s probably why they weren’t that perturbed. I think the chair is for Johnny Gilbert, the announcer.

The set was much smaller than it looks on TV. The camera does an amazing job of zooming in so everything looks a lot bigger. There was no cameraman blocking our view, just a camera mounted on a long metal arm that went up, down and sideways.

Alex Trebek kind of has a reputation for being (cough) a jerk, so I was curious as to how he’d be in the live setting. He took questions from the audience during commercial breaks and was surprisingly warm and friendly. Funny too. For some reason that doesn’t come through the camera.

Johnny Gilbert also took questions and was very entertaining and nice. He looked to be wearing a wig, but I had no idea the guy is 90! He’s been with Alex since the 80s. Can you imagine saying “This is Jeopardy!” for that many years? Unbelievable.

We were inside the studio for about two hours, but it seemed like one. Alex did three or four retakes when he messed up a question or didn’t like the way he sounded, but that was it. I’m really glad we went.

Have you seen a live taping? I’d love to catch Letterman before he retires.


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Peach Cruiser


I took this in the charming little town of Rostock, Germany. I loved the peachy walls and gray shutters in the background. Rostock was an unexpected gem and I’ll be blogging about it in the near future.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Vintage Planter


I’ve been meaning to photograph this old pickup for months and am glad I waited. It’s been planted with succulents and everything is blooming in and around it. Sea lavender and vintage pickups: two of my favorite things. :)



The fence is really that bright green, and even more so with the sun low in the sky.


The succulents really set off the sea lavender, don’t they?


The pickup is next to a very small nursery that was closed when we were there. I want to go back and compliment them on the way they’ve done this.

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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A Corner of Seville

I’ve had to go through my archives lately for a project, and it was fun to revisit photos taken during our honeymoon in Spain. I love the colors in this shot of Seville (Sevilla). You don’t see this color combo very often in the U.S.


Great weekend, everyone, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate.


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L.A. Farmers Market


The Farmers Market in Los Angeles first opened in 1934, but was originally a dairy farm owned by A.F. Gilmore and a partner in 1870. Oil was actually discovered on the site in 1905 and the Gilmore Oil Company occupied the space.
The large derricks were eventually outlawed, and the land remained empty until 1934 when two businessmen, Fred Beck and Roger Dahlhjelm, approached A.F.’s son, Earl Bell, with the idea of letting farmers and merchants park their trucks at the corner of Third and Fairfax and sell fresh produce from the back of the trucks. By October 1934, the market was really popular, and more farmers and merchants moved into permanent stalls.

I think that’s what surprised me the most: that the market is permanent. I should have known this, because it’s so old, but it just didn’t occur to me. I was expecting lots of fresh produce and flowers, but they were in short supply. No matter. The place oozes retro charm and is a great spot for eating and people-watching. Jimmy Kimmel often shoots segments of his show here and the market was the setting for an episode of Entourage. Let’s stroll through it….


I love the vintage look of this Starbucks sign.


All of the produce photos were shot at this particular stand. I didn’t really notice the tree in the second photo until I looked on the computer. :)


I also liked all the colorful tables with mint-colored chairs.


The pies were even more drool-worthy in person.




This crêperie looked so cute, but I have to confess I can’t stand crepes made in the U.S. I’ve tried many, and they’re either too rubbery or sweet or blah-tasting. American crêpes just can’t compare to the ones I had in Bretagne. Best ever.



The “fudge brownie monster” sounded amazing, but we decided on ice cream at this place:


The coffee ice cream was fantastic. :)

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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Farmers Market Sneak Peek


One of the things we did in L.A. the other day was to visit the Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax. Don’t let this photo fool you–there wasn’t that much fresh produce. It was mostly places to eat. Full post on Tuesday.

Great weekend, everyone!


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Favorite Cookies

My all-time favorite cookies are chocolate chip. Especially with Guittard milk chocolate chips. I made some this weekend:


The very same day, I saw this on line:

Charles Schultz

Charles Schultz

Made me laugh.

I’m going to be in L.A. today, so won’t be able to answer comments. See you Friday!


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