Shared No. 110: First e-Book “Seasons Of Friendship” — by the illustrator & author John Spiers (Blog: My Life With Gracie)

Cartoons, Creatures, humor, Insights, Kunst, Nature, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps, Zen

Heart-warming wisdom and charming dialogues between Gracie and her feathered sisters and their loving human father John Spiers …

“Seasons of Friendship” is the very first book with beautifully illustrated stories from John`s tiny urban coop.
The perfect giveaway to express your appreciation not only to your friends but also to others who might become your friends soon…
And do not forget to be your own best friend too!

All royalties from the first publication “Seasons Of Friendship” until the end of the year will be given to the women’s group at St. John’s Church in Portsmouth / USA, as agreed with John`s big-hearted Buff Orpington hens Gracie and Bessie.

For more details about the e-book “Seasons of Friendship” (Barnes & Noble), cuteness & kindness overload and food for thoughts, feel free to visit John Spiers Blog: “My Life With Gracie”

You can learn a lot from a chicken, especially when it’s a chicken like Gracie! Timid and shy, Gracie stayed mostly to herself and away from the other young chicks. Without her best friend, Bessie, she may never have survived those difficult first weeks. The stories in this collection take place over a single year […]

“Seasons Of Friendship” — My Life With Gracie
Group Portrait of John`s chicken family
including fluffy Blanche (middle row, left side), who unfortunately passed away Eastern.
We will miss you!
Amelia & Bessie

Shared No. 102: “My Life With Gracie…Seasons Of Friendship” — by My Life With Gracie (John Spiers)

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We are awaiting John`s first book impatiently….

“What are you doing?” asked Gracie. “I’m making some pencil sketches of you and the others.” “Why would you do that?” “So I won’t forget any of you.” “You aren’t forgetful. You always remember to feed us.” “Well, sometimes people forget even though they don’t want to forget especially when they get old. So I […]

My Life With Gracie…Seasons Of Friendship — My Life With Gracie

The “MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD”…My Nominees…and a few Infos about mySelf.

Cartoons, Insights, Oddities, Tipps, Uncategorized

I would like to nominee a number of candidates for The MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD and thank Angela (The English Introvert) for suggesting my still tiny and young blog The RedBox.

Following the rules of the creator of The MYSTERY AWARD, Okoto Enigma, please find the requirements (including questionnaire, information about yourself etc.) and my response below.

THE “Mystery Blogger Award” RULES:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

THE CREATOR OF THE MYSTERY AWARD:

I would also like to thank Okoto Enigma, creator of “Mystery Blogger Award.”  Okoto’s blog can be found here.

What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma

MY THANK YOU NOTE:

I would like to thank Angela alias Athena Minerva author of the Blog: “English Introvert”
https://beyondtheenglishintrovert.com/ ….for nominating me and for number of as funny as inspiring chats.

THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF…?

  1. I am an instable simpleton (Weiss-Nix = Knows-Anything), who regards life as a candy shop or optionally as self-made hell on earth – and who is challenged with herself (yes, I am a female).
  2. I am many (personalities) …follow the link to the cartoon no. 17 “Who Are You?” in the chapter “My best posts” below.
  3. I am a wayfarer.
The origin of my avatar image, my cartoon: Here & Now.
Bear: “Perhaps you should simply relax and learn to live in the Here & Now”…
Wayfarer: ” But this will work just for a moment…”

MY NOMINEES …OR BETTER: RECOMMENDED BLOGS

  1. John Spiers, “My Life with Gracie” https://mylifewithgracie.com/
  2. Balle, Balles World https://ballesworld.blog/
  3. Karmen Jurela – “Ich kreiere, also bin ich” https://ichkreierealsobinich.com/
  4. J. Walters, The Canadian Art Junkie https://canadianartjunkie.com/
  5. Helga Kleisny, Flug und Zeit https://flugundzeit.blog/
  6. Various Authors, Asia Dialogue http://theasiadialogue.com/
  7. Roland Risch, Rischs Blog https://rolandrisch2.com/
  8. Dina-Hanne Siebers, Klaus-Bernd Vollmar, Siri and Selma, The World According to Dina https://fabfourblog.com/
  9. Nina, Törtchen – Made in Berlin
    https://toertchenmadeinberlin.com/meine-rezepte/alle-rezepte/
  10. Biff, Biff Sock Pow https://biffsockpow.wordpress.com/
  11. Dwight, Roth Poetry https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com/
  12. Fay, Made by Fay https://madebyfay.wordpress.com/
  13. Mona, Abenteuer 50 https://abenteuer50.com/ueber-mich/
  14. The Travellothoner https://thetravellothoner.wordpress.com/
  15. Henry, My Quest Blog https://myquest.blog/
  16. Roland, Rolandomio Travel https://rolandomio.blog/
  17. Hildegard & various authors, The attitude blog https://attitudeblog.org/

All of you are awesome, also the authors I didn`t mention here just to stay within the scope of this post!

MY 5 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

  • Imagine you would be able to send a message to your-self back in time. What would you like to say to your self in the age of 16 years?
  • What would you do if you had a sabbatical / gap year?
  • What are you thankful for?
  • What is your favorite movie/song/ book?
  • Voilà,…the weird question: What has been the weirdest / funniest / most surprising gift you have ever received?

MY ANSWERS TO ANGELAS 5 QUESTIONS:

i) Why did you decide to start blogging in the first place?

I wanted to get an insight into social media platforms. Originally, I didn`t plan to run an own blog. My publications in The RedBox have been a kind of field test, firstly.

ii) Do you have a plan for your blog?

No…not really. But of course, I thought about the question if and how to continue my blog and how to set priorities. My blog TheRedBox actually reflects the very wide range of topics I am interested in, appreciate and like to share with others – hoping that the wordpress readers share my fascination and sense of humor. I came to the conclusion not to “feed” or satisfy the preferences of reader groups just in order to generate more followers and receive more likes. But actually, I enjoy feedback and an exchange of thoughts very much. Thus, it is my plan to be an engaged reader & commentator too. The RedBox is and will remain 100% non-commercial. To stay motivated, it might be better in my view to focus on your own interests and to enjoy the research for posts, the writing and the illustration of posts (I love eye-candy). Finally, I`d like to add that I surprisingly experienced another positive side effect of blogging. Due to the fact that I used to ask the international artists – I introduce in The RedBox – for their permission to use images of their art work, I had the opportunity to get to know a few artists.

iii)How much time do you devote to your blog?

Well, I spent a couple of weeks in hospital and utilized the time to fill my pipeline of posts that are scheduled for publication – complemented by spontaneous posts . Thus, I leave the impression of blogging frequently. I would estimate that I spend 5 – 6 hrs a week with blogging.

iv) What has made you happiest so far about your blog?

Nice conversations & interesting exchange of thoughts; the discovery of new, inspiring artists and of my capability to write Haikus and a couple of poems. If somebody likes my self-made cartoons, poems and Haikus, it is a nice compliment, of course.

v) What would you like to change/improve to make your blog better?

My English language skills could be better. I noticed that my non-business English vocabulary is limited. And maybe I`ll reduce the number of post per week…to give each post more room or time to be noticed.

FINALLY, A FEW EXAMPLES OF MY POSTS

The RedBox contains a wide range of in most cases bi-lingual (Engl. & German) posts covering e.g. poems, haiku, photography, paintings, sculptures, installations, cartoons, oddities, humor, nature, creatures, technology insights, politics & society, fashion, cooking & bakery, traveling and much more. I`ve created numbered series of posts to ease retrieval.

My “best” blogs???…difficult. The ones which have been most viewed or liked? Or the posts, I like most?

The most viewed post is actually one of my own cartoons No. 17: Who are you?

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/cartoon-no-17-who-are-you-wer-bist-du/

Highly-ranked is also the introduction of the Portuguese photographer Henri Prestes, Tipp No. 99: “PERFECT DARKNESS & HAUNTING LANDSCAPES” – CINEMATIC PHOTOGRAPHY BY HENRI PRESTES (PORTUGAL)

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/tipp-no-perfect-darkness-haunting-landscapes-cinematic-photography-by-henri-prestes-portugal/

Beyond my various Haikus with Cats (or humans?), the Haiku No. 116: “Sleeping Time” was much appreciated…

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/haiku-no-115-sleeping-time-schlafenszeit/

Cat Haiku example “Inventory Differences”:

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/haiku-no-33-inventory-difference-inventurdifferenz-cats-katzen/

Jaques Prevert`s poem “To paint the portrait of a bird” is still a favorite of mine…

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/das-portrat-eines-vogels-jaques-prevert/

Yes, of course…I am an animal lover. Thus, here is one charming example of the series “Beautiful Creatures – The Seal”

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/beautiful-creatures-no-9-seal-seehund/

I am also very much interested in new technologies. Therefore, I`d like to add at least one tiny post as example, although this category is less popular among the visitors of my blog The RedBox…“Babble-Fish Earbuds”

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/insight-no-79-breaking-through-technologies-babble-fish-earbuds/

Finally, at least one of my political posts that enjoy the lowest level of attention to be honest…“Chinas Social Credit Blacklist 2018”

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/insight-no-75-china-social-credit-blacklist-2018/

This is The RedBox.

Sound of Music No. 1: “Der Hölle Rache” (Hell`s Revenge) by Florence Foster Jenkins

arts, Film, humor, Movie, Musik, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps

Queen of The Night by Florence Foster Jenkins – known as the Worst Singer in The World Ever.

True passion and devotion doesn´t need to strike the right note.

The Artist

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Florence played by Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins (born Narcissa Florence Foster; July 19, 1868 – November 26, 1944) was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. The historian Stephen Pile ranked her “the world’s worst opera singer … No one, before or since, has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”

Her TOP Hit…

A Recommenation:

The sweet-bitter movie about Mrs Florence – with some very good laughs and an excellent performance of Meryl Streep, singing the aria in person!!!

Amazing to be able to intentionally miss the notes – just by less than an inch.

In my opinion Hugh Grant is the perfect match for the role of Mrs Florences husband – great!

“Without dreaming big, drive, courage & loyalty, there is nothing.” 

Queen of the Night by Meryl Streep alias Madame Florence

The touching movie based on a true story….a lesson on courage.

Tipp No. 8 (revised): Amazing 3D Organic Forms In Biomorphic Shapes by the Artist Sui Park (South Korea, now: USA)

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ABOUT THE ARTIST SUI PARK

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Sui Park is a New York based artist born in Seoul, Korea. Her work involves creating 3-dimensional flexible organic forms of a comfortable ambiance that are yet dynamic and possibly mystical or illusionary. 

She is currently holding a solo exhibition, Floating Imagery at the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York. She also had a solo exhibition, Playing with Perception at the Denise Bibro Fine Gallery in Chelsea, New York, Garden of Humans at the Kingsborough Community College, CUNY in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. She participated in over 80 exhibitions, including an ongoing exhibition, The 5th Textile Art of Today at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovak republic where she received the Excellent Award in September 2018. Park’s artwork has been acquired by numerous places including Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in United States.

Sui Park’s education includes MDes in Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and BFA in Environmental Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Sui Park also has MFA and BFA in Fiber Arts at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.

THE ARTISTS STATEMENT

My work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. Through these forms, I attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives. While they resemble transitions, and transformations of nature, the forms are also to capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories and expectations.

I weave and connect traces and tracks of the subtle changes into organic forms. The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular, Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, trivial, inexpensive and easily consumed materials. But, when I weave and connect them, they are transformed into organic visualizations. I want them to be creating lasting moments, evoking and encapsulating our precious thoughts.

I often find these moments from nature. I think nature allows us to pause and find things that have been overlooked and are inspiring. Nature provides me with rooms to find breakthroughs and answers, and gives me time to ponder into thoughts. Through my work, I want to bring to our attention the moments that nature allows us to find and look back. I present nature in abstract porous ways so that they can be filled with our moments.

For more details and further impressions of her arts, please have look at her website: http://www.suipark.com …if you share my enthusiasm.

Sui Park is also represented on Instagram and Pinterest with her organic installation arts.

Her contact details according to her website:

suiparkart@gmail.com
artist.suipark@gmail.com

Tipp No. 2: The Affordable Art Fair 2018 /19

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International Arts for Limited Budgets

A laid-back exhibition with many opportunities to: Come-together, gather inspirations, exchange ideas and buy & sell art pieces despite of limited budgets ranging from Euro 100,- to 7.500,-. (in Hamburg). Newcomers and established artist are showcasing and offering their contemporary art pieces covering all Kind of art categories, such as paintings, rints, photography, sculptures, installations, graffiti commissions etc.

Locations:

  • New York: 27th – 30th Sep. 2018
  • Stockholm: Info coming soon
  • Battersea: 21st – 28th Oct. 2018
  • Amsterdam: 01st – 04th Nov. 2018
  • Hamburg:  15th – 18th Nov. 2018
  • Singapore: 16th – 18th Nov. 2018
  • Milan: 25. – 27th Jan. 2019
  • Battersea Spring: 07th – 10th March 2019
  • Brussels: 15th – 17th March 2019
  • New York: 28th – 31st March 2019 
  • Hong Kong: 17th – 19th May 2019
  • and so on

Details: https://affordableartfair.com/fairs (incl. well-organized online shop; filters related to art category, Artist, Price range)

 

Affordable Art Fair Hamburg – Impressions:

 

 

Insight No. 3: Mental Resilience: Don`t let yourself down!

Insights, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps

 

 

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RESILIENCE

The capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and Systems to survive, adapt and improve conditions – no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

Beyond the basic two options upon experiencing stress and strain – “return to normal” or “break” – there is a third one: “Growth”!

Initiating and managing personal growth to gain mental resilience requires….

 

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Life is not about

how fast you run,

or how high you climb,

but how well you bounce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tipp No. 15: “Neuschwanstein”, Just One of >25.000 Castles in Germany

arts, Insights, Kunst, Reisen, Tipps, Travel

No, Neuschwanstein is not the only castle in Germany. In fact, Germany gives home to more than 25.000 castles, fortresses & palaces despite of decades of war throughout the centuries, like the Nine Years War, the Thirty Years War and WWII – not to forget alll the local rencounters and intrigues in history. Unfortunately, not all castles could be repaired or rebuilt completely.

As you will see you don´t need any expertise in history or architecture to notice that each castle has got its unique personality, purpose of life and relationship to its surroundings.

There are well-designed castles as well as organically grown ones that look like patchwork buildings.

I don´t want to provide you with an information overkill. Thus, I didn’t comment all castles & fortresses.

 

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Dornröschenschloss (=Sleeping Beauty Castle) close to Sababurg / Hessen. The hill castle appears in 1334 as the Zappenburg to protect pilgrims to the nearby pilgrimage site of Gottsbüren. In 1490, the hunting lodge of Zapfenburg grew out of the medieval castle site. After 1957 the site was restored and since 1959 has housed an hotel. Visitors enjoy the Sababurg Wildlife Park and the virgin forrest Sababurg Urwald.

 

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Herten Castle in the district of Recklinghausen / North-Rhine-Westfalia. It is located within an old English landscape garden incl. orangery & tabacco house and its first men-tioning dates back to 1376. In 1962, the main castle building was declared a cultural heritage monument.

The main castle today is a venue for numerous cultural events, such as classic concerts and exhibitions. Every year at whitsun, the castle’s park hosts a two-day arts and crafts market including several performances.
The castle houses a café with two rooms in the northern wing. During summer time, there is seating also on the wooden bridge across the moat. It is possible to have civil weddings in the castle.
The carriage house is used as a social center and day hospital.

 

 

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Palatial Castle of Schwerin in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state (Northern Ger-many). For centuries the palace was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Today it serves as the residence of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament (German: Landtag). The castle is regarded as one of the most important works of romantic Historicism in Europe and is designated to become a World Heritage Site. It is nicknamed “Neuschwanstein of the North”.

 

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Altena Castle, near Lenne in North Rhine-Westfalia. The castle was erected by the early Counts of Berg in the year 1108. Eventually, the House of Berg abandoned Altena and moved their residence to Hamm. Today, Altena is a tourist attraction. During the first weekend of August a yearly Medieval Festival takes place in the castle and town. Part of the castle is used as a restaurant.

 

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Imperial Palace Goslar (11th Century, residence of the Salian Emporers) / Lower Saxony. 1253 was the last time a German king, William of Holland, resided at the palace. Thereafter it fell into decline.

The Imperial Palace is one of the most outstanding tourist attractions in the town of Goslar and the Harz region. The Kaiserhaus may be visited daily and guided tours are available, whilst, the old quarters are used for administrative purposes and exhibitions. In addition, in the Goslar Museum (town museum), there are exhibits from the palace district, especially from the Monastery of St. Simon and St. Jude, for example, the Krodo Altar and a number of stained glass windows.
Since 1992, the palace district, together with Goslar’s Old Town and the Rammelsberg Mine have been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

 

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Braunfels Castle (13th century) in Hessen. The Castle was mentioned in 1246 first time. Originally the Castle served as a fortress for defense purposes towards the Duke of Nassau, then it became the family domicile of the Duke of Solms in 1280. The Castle was rebuilt / upgraded, but also conquered and damaged many times – in particular during the 30 years-war.

Today, the castle contains a family museum and showcases various collections of antiques.

 

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Castle Satzvey (12th century; first time mentioned in 1368) in Mechernich / North Rhine-Westfalia. Every year in September the Castle host a medieval Tournament / knights festival for two days.

 

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Burghausen Castle (= longest castle worldwide with 1051 m), the oldest parts have been built in the 10th century (but in fact the Celts and Romans have been the first settlers). The Castle was mentioned first time in the year 1054.

 

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Glücksburg (= Good Luck Castle built 1582) is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. It is the seat of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and was also used by the Danish kings. Situated on the Flensburg Fjord the castle is now a museum owned by a foundation, and is no longer inhabited by the ducal family. Its board of directors is chaired by Christoph, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein, the current titular duke and head of the House of Glücksburg and House of Oldenburg.

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Eltz Castle located between Koblenz and Trier was built in the 9th century – starting as a Manor that was extended to a fortress. Burg Eltz was never destroyed in history. Therefore, the old lady is in quite good shape. She is still family-owned but is partially open for visitors.

 

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Wettin Castle (Saxony) is a former castle that stood near the town of Wettin on the Saale river in Germany, and which is the ancestral home of the House of Wettin, the dynasty that included several royal families, including that of the current ruling families of the United Kingdom and Belgium. That castle is a rebuilt ruin, used as part of a building that houses a school and other public institutions but other castles owned by the Wettin family, from the 15th century, still exist in Meissen,and on the Elbe river.

 

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Schloss Marienburg close to Hanover (Lower Saxony). The castle was built between 1858 and 1867 as a birthday present by King George V of Hanover (reigned 1851–1866) to his wife, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg. Between 1714 and 1837 there had been virtually no royal court in Hannover as the House of Hannover had ruled the kingdoms of Hannover and Britain by personal union, and so the Castle was also built to serve as a suitable summer seat for the House of Hannover in Germany. The British Royale are still closely related to the House of Hannover.

 

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Heidelberg Castles is the Landmark of the City of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.
The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is served by an intermediate station on the Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway that runs from Heidelberg’s Kornmarkt to the summit of the Königstuhl.
The earliest castle structure was built before 1214 and later expanded into two castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning bolt caused a fire which destroyed some rebuilt sections.

 

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Castle Hohenschwangau (lit: Upper Swan County Palace) is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It is located in the German village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Füssen, part of the county of Ostallgäu in South-Western Bavaria, Germany, very close to the border with Austria. In the 12th century it was originally a Fortress, later on it became the summer & hunting (Focus on: bears) residence of the Wittelsbacher. Fortunately, the Castle was not damaged in WWII. Today, Hohenschwangau is a very popular tourist attraction.

 

Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. The third of three hilltop castles on the site, it is located atop Mount Hohenzollern, above and south of Hechingen in Baden-Württemberg. The first of three fortresses on the mountain was constructed in the early 11th century. None of the German emporeres stayed long-term in the Castle. In fact, it was a kind of show piece over the centuries.

Among the historical artifacts of Prussian history contained in the castle are the Crown of Wilhelm II, some of the personal effects of King Frederick the Great, and a letter from US President George Washington thanking Hohenzollern descendant Baron von Steuben for his service in the American Revolutionary War.

With over 350,000 visitors per year Hohenzollern castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany. The castle is privately owned by the House of Hohenzollern.

In 2015, parts of the 2016 thriller-horror film A Cure for Wellness were filmed at the Castle, closing it from 13–24 July 2015.Hohenzollern Castle as well as Peckforton Castle in England were also used in the filming of the 2017 TV adaption of The Worst Witch.

 

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Lichtenstein Castle was built 1840 and is located in the Reutlingen district / Baden-Württemberg. Of course, there have been other castles at the same location before (11th century). Lichtenstein has inspired poets & novelist (like Wilhelm Hauff), architects, movie-makers, computer game developers and business men. Actually, the castle was copied several times worldwide.

 

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Mespelbrunn Water Castle – Hamann Echter (vizedome of Aschaffenburg) got the house as a reward for his services against the Czechs (on 1st May 1412) and were allowed to add von / zu Mespelbrunn to his Family name. The Castle is located in the Spessart forrest, which was a hide-away for bandits. therefore, the Echters converted the manson to a Fortress quickly. Thanks to its hidden Location in the (at this time) wild, virgin forrest, the Castle was one of the very few lucky Castles that weren`t destroyed in the 30 yrs war.  Today, the family of the Counts of Ingelheim (the last Echter died 1665) are living in the Castle.

 

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Moritzburg is a fortified castle in Halle (Saale), Germany. The cornerstone of what would later become the residence of the Archbishops of Magdeburg was laid in 1484; the castle was built in the style of the Early Renaissance.
Since the end of the 19th century it has housed an arts museum which is recognised as being of national importance.

In 968, when the Archbishopric of Magdeburg was established by Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, he granted the archbishop his Giebichenstein Castle near Halle. Already in the 13th century powerful aristocrats could, by buying privileges, reduce the influence of the sovereign, the Archbishop of Magdeburg, on the town. Thus, Halle had practically reached a state of political autonomy in 1263.

In the 15th century a group of the important guilds formed an opposition and demanded representation in the city council, which was until then dominated by the urban aristocrats. In 1479, the opposition conspired with the sovereign and opened the gates of the city for the Archbishop’s troops. After sparse resistance, Archbishop Ernest II. of Saxony, who was only 14 years of age at the time, moved into the town. As a consequence, the town lost its earlier gained freedoms and it was determined to build a castle in order to gain better control over the town and keep it obedient and quiet.

The Moritzburg houses the art museum of the state Saxony-Anhalt. It has a collection of artworks mainly from the 20th and 21st century.

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Rastatt Castle also known as Residenzschloss Rastatt, is a Baroque Schloss in Rastatt, Germany. The palace and the garden were built between 1700 and 1707 by the Italian architect Domenico Egidio Rossi for Margrave Louis William of Baden-Baden. Visitors can tour the restored Baroque interior and gardens.

The palace is also home to two museums, the “Wehrgeschichtliches Museum” (military history museum) and the “Erinnerungsstätte für die Freiheitsbewegungen in der deutschen Geschichte” (memorial site for the German liberation movement).

 

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Imperial Castle Cochem (Reichsburg) had its first documentary mention in 1130.

In 1151, it was occupied by King Konrad III, who declared it an Imperial castle. In 1688, the castle was overrun by French King Louis XIV’s troops in the course of the Nine Years’ War (known in Germany as the Pfälzischer Erbfolgekrieg, or War of the Palatine Suc-cession), and the following year, they destroyed it. The castle complex long lay in ruins before in 1868 it was bought by the Berlin businessman Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené for 300 Goldmark and then reconstructed in the Gothic Revival style. Since 1978 it has been owned by the town of Cochem (Reichsburg GmbH).

 

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Sanssouci is the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam, near Berlin. It is often counted among the German rivals of Versailles. While Sanssouci is in the more intimate Rococo style and is far smaller than its French Baroque counterpart, it too is notable for the numerous temples and follies in the park. The palace was designed/built by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff between 1745 and 1747 to fulfill King Frederick’s need for a private residence where he could relax away from the pomp and ceremony of the Berlin court. The palace’s name emphasises this; it is a French phrase (sans souci), which translates as “without concerns”, meaning “without worries” or “carefree”, symbolising that the palace was a place for relaxation rather than a seat of power.

schloss Drachenburg Königswinter

Drachenburg (= Dragon Castle) is a private villa in palace style constructed in the late 19th century. It was completed in only two years (1882–84) on the Drachenfels hill in Königswinter, a German town on the Rhine near the city of Bonn. Baron Stephan von Sarter (1833–1902), a broker and banker, planned to live there, but never did.
Today the Palace is in the possession of the State Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is served by an intermediate station on the Drachenfels Railway.

 

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Nordkirchen Castle  is a palace situated in the town of Nordkirchen in the Coesfeld administrative district in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The schloss was largely built between 1703 and 1734 and is known as the “Versailles of Westphalia” since it is the largest of the fully or partly moated Wasserschlösser in that region. It was originally one of the residences of the Prince-Bishopric of Münster.

 

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Schönburg Castle is a castle above the medieval town of Oberwesel in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Schönburg Castle was first mentioned in history between the years 911 and 1166.
From the 12th century, the Dukes of Schönburg ruled over the town of Oberwesel and had also the right to levy customs on the Rhine river. The most famous was Friedrich von Schönburg – a much-feared man known as “Marshall Schomberg” – who in the 17th century served as a colonel and as a general under the King of France in France and Portugal and later also for the Prussians and for William Prince of Orange in England.
The Schönburg line finally died out.
The castle was burned down in 1689 by French soldiers during the Palatinate wars.

After 200 yrs the Castle was rebuilt. Today the Castle is leased by the family Hüttl, who successfully runs a hotel & restaurant in the castle.

 

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Sigmaringen Castle was the princely castle and seat of government for the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The first castle was mentioned in 1044.  It was rebuilt following a fire in 1893, and only the towers of the earlier medieval fortress remain. Schloss Sigmaringen was a family estate of the Swabian Hohenzollern family, a cadet branch of the Hohenzollern family, from which the German Emperors and kings of Prussia came. During the closing months of World War II, Schloss Sigmaringen was briefly the seat of the Vichy French Government after France was liberated by the Allies. The castle and museums may be visited throughout the year, but only on guided tours.

 

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The Löwenburg in Kassel (=Lions Castle) was built 1793. It was the summer residence and gravesite of the landgrave Wilhelm IX von Hessen-Kassel. From the art history perspective, the Castle is regarded as pathbreaking for the introduction of Neo-Gothic.

The Castle was seriously damaged in WWII. by the area bombing of the Royal Air Force and the US American Air Force but the damaged buildings / structures were rebuilt step by step. Further reconstruction work shall be completed by 2022.

 

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Werningerode Castle

 

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Wartburg Castle

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Rosenberg Fortress

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Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

 

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Moyland Castle

 

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Ahrensburg Castle

 

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Marksburg

 

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Stahleck Castle

 

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Okay, okay… not to forget: The Neuschwanstein Castle!

Insight No. 31: Alles Käse…Finger weg von diesen 4 Käsesorten! (Hands Off These 4 Types of Cheese!)

Food, Insights, Tipps

Experten sind sich sicher: Käse gehört zu einer ausgewogenen Ernährung dazu. Aber nicht jede Käsesorte fördert automatisch unsere Gesundheit. 

Experts are convinced that cheese belongs to a balanced Nutrition. But not each type of cheese is automatically healthy.

scheibletten

Finger weg von Scheiblettenkäse
Eigentlich dürfte sich dieser “Käse” gar nicht “Käse” nennen. Analogkäse lautet hier der verräterische Fachbegriff. Enthalten sind nämlich vor allem Zusatzstoffe wie krankmachende Phosphate. Daher ein absolutes No-Go. Vorsicht vor allem vor Käse auf dem Cheeseburger, den es in den meisten Fast-Food-Lokalen gibt.

Hands off “American Cheese” (individually wrapped processed cheese slices)

Actually, This cheese cannot claim to be a real “cheese”. Analogue-Cheese is the treasonable technical term for it. It namely contains additives, like pathogenic phosphats. Thus, this cheese should be rather a No-Go. Beware in particular of the cheese on cheesburgers offered by Fast Food chains.

 

natrium reduzierter Käse

Finger weg von natriumreduzierten Käse
Der ist vor allem in den USA verbreitet und absoluter Humbug. Das Gleiche gilt für Produkte, die fett- oder zuckerreduziert sind. Nimmt die Industrie eine Zutat weg, füllt sie diese meist mit Zusatzstoffen wieder auf.

Hands off of natrium-reduced cheese 

This type of chees is wide-spread / popular in the States and an absolute Humbug (nonsense). This engineered cheese has to face the same criticism like fat- or sugar reduced cheese. Whenever a natural ingredient is reduced or eliminated, it namely needs to be substituted by unhealthy additives to ensure that the product remains eatable.

 

Unbenannt

Finger weg von fettreduziertem Käse
Vorsicht, wenn ein Produkt mit Fettreduktion beworben wird. Meist enthalten sie gesundheitsschädliche Zusatzstoffe, um das Fett aufzuwiegen. Wissenschaftler haben auch festgestellt, dass Menschen, die fettreduzierte Milchprodukte verzehren, in der Regel mehr Kohlenhydrate aufnehmen und einen höheren LDL-Cholesterinspiegel aufweisen als Personen, die lieber zur vollfetten Variante greifen. 

Hands off fat-reduced cheese

Beware of products that are promoted with fat reduction. See above. Scientists discovered that people who consume fat-reduced diary products absorb more carbs and possess higher unhealthy LDL cholesterol-levels than people who prefer full-fat milk products.

 

süsser Frischkäse

Finger weg von gesüßtem Frischkäse
Frischkäse an sich, ist keinesfalls verwerflich. Ist der Käse aber voll mit Zucker, sollte man lieber die Finger davon lassen. Sie enthalten Zucker und Süßstoffe wie Aspartam, das unter Krebsverdacht steht und ursächlich für Gehirnschäden sein soll.

Hands off sweetened cream cheese

Cream cheese is not condemnable in General. In the Event that the cheese is full of sugar, you should keep your hands off. These cheese types contain sugar, artificial sweeteners like Aspartam, that arouse severe suspicions worldwide to cause Cancer and brain damages.

 

Huettenkaese

Zugreifen bei Hüttenkäse
Er ist voll von Proteinen und dabei kalorienarm. Gern mehr davon!

Take Hold of Cottage Cheese 

It is full of proteines and is a low calories product. Feel free to eat more of it!

 

Parmesan

Zugreifen bei Parmesan
Natürlicherweise ist das italienische Prachtstück fetter als andere Käsesorten, dafür ist er umami (die fünfte Geschmacksrichtung ‘fleischig’, ‘herzhaft’) und verleiht allen Gerichten die rundherum perfekte Note.

Take hold of Parmesan  

Of course, this Italian specialty contains more fat than other cheese. But Parmesan is “umami” ( = the 5th taste “beefy”,  “hearty”) and therefore, provides all dishes with an all-around perfect upgrade of taste.

 

Emmentaler

Zugreifen bei Schweizer Käse wie Emmentaler
Schweizer Käse mit AOP-Siegel darf nur in einer bestimmten Region hergestellt werden. Meist sind diese biologisch. Einer Studie zu Folge, enthalten Bio-Käsesorten 62 Prozent mehr Omega-3-Fettsäuren als konventionelle Käsesorten. Zudem ist er eine gute Quelle an Kalzium und Protein.

Take hold of Swiss Cheese like Emmentaler

Swiss cheese with AOP-seal has to be produced in a very specific region with high quality levels. In most cases, the AOP cheese is produced organically. According to studies, organic cheese contains 62% more Omega-3-fat acids than conventional types of cheese. Additionally, this cheese is a good source for Calcium and Protein.

….Thus, there is no need to avoid delicious cheese, just select more carefully – from time to time at least.

 

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“CHEESE!!!”