Donaueschingen Danube River Source – A place worth visiting.
The top image of this post features “Donau Quelle” which is the German for Danube River Spring. For those who don’t know, Danube is the second biggest river in Europe, after Volga. It starts in the Black Forest in Germany and ends in the Danube Delta of Romania (and a small part Ukraine). From the source, the river flows for a distance of 2850 km (1771 miles) and goes through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
I always wanted to see the source of it. The time arrived in 2011, when my husband and I went to visit Germany.
Donau Quelle – Danube River Spring
The spring resides on the domain of the Fürstenberg family, where there is also a castle with the same name and a cathedral. The zone is partially under construction and I couldn’t get any decent shots of the castle. Too bad, but my target was to see the source anyway…
The water goes from here to the small river (Breg), which joins another river (Brigach) 1 km farther. From there it becomes the actual Danube.
The closest place to the source is Donaueschingen town. I speak a little German, but not enough, so what I could find out was that the name of the town could be translated as Danube confluence. And this is what it actually was. Here are two pictures of this town’s red roofs, viewed from above.
Donaueschingen is a very nice old German town with some new updated modern architecture and lifestyle.
All these pictures are available as art prints for wall and home decor in my Germany gallery. Just click on them to see all the options. If you are like me and want to have the Danube river spring image as a poster in your home, this is how it will look like:
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- Almost ALL accept, and also like paintings! The fact that there are not too many painters around, doesn’t mean that you cannot post 🙂
* Lens Artists don’t at this time 🙁
- Some challenges that specify a particular day or week-end go for the whole week. For example: Dutch goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenge – This week: “Slippery” (link inside) – This is a quality challenge!
Fog over West Dover Nova Scotia
West Dover is a small quiet fishing village on Prospect Bay on the Atlantic ocean in Nova Scotia. It is actually in Peggy’s Cove area in between the famous heritage village and Halifax. This is a very good place if you want to relax and stay cool in the summer.
It was at the end of July when we celebrated our wedding anniversary here. I took this photo from the terrace of a nice restaurant overlooking this small bay.
When pointing my camera toward the fisherman’s houses and boats covered by the afternoon fog, a seagull entered into the frame. I was amazed by this lucky happening – What a great gift for this special day 🙂 Thank you seagull!
My husband and I spent a few months in this tranquil area in a rental house right on the water.
One day we were invited by some friendly neighbors to take a tour of the bay on their boat. This is what the water and the shore looked like in the light of the setting sun when returning from the trip.
Both images: Fog over West Dover Nova Scotia and Sunset on the water are available as art prints for wall, home decor and accessories. Just click on them for options on sizes and prices. * Upon purchase the images will be WATERMARK FREE. Every purchase includes a money-back guarantee!
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Are you a fan of Cuban architecture? You’ll love “Red” by Dawn Currie featured in Travel Art group on Fine Art America! This artwork is of a heavily textured and bright red wooden facade of a building with a solitary white ladder leaning against the deteriorating wood siding. Five shuttered windows hide what is behind.
Add a touch of Cuban style to your decor
Now imagine ‘Red’ in your home or office. Certainly this artwork will enhance your room and spark conversations. All because you ordered a print according to your style and taste – framed art print, modern metal print, acrylic and more, in the size you need.
Visit the Cuba Autos and Architecture Gallery and find even more images of Cuban architecture to enhance your decor. Share a glimpse of modern-day Cuba. And while you’re there, consider ordering greeting cards of your favorites. These images will bring a slice of the Caribbean, with a Cuban flare, into your home and place of business. Bienvenido a Cuba!
Panama City Panama Skyline
Panama City Panama skyline, an amazing view from Amador Peninsula, across the Panama Bay.
I took this photo on January 1st 2012. Yes, we spend our New Year’s Eve and a few more days after in Panama City, Panama! 🙂
* Here is the postcard I sent to my friends, taken from the hotel we stayed on Amador peninsula. It is certainly available without the text on it 🙂
This is an astonishing busy city and we tried to see as much as we could, by car, taxi or walking. The old historic Panama City – “Casco Viejo Panama” was also on our itinerary.
Here we are in the taxi and its driver who was our touristic guide for about one hour – a great ride with many useful explanations. * Panamanians speak English as a second language and the cabs are quite inexpensive.
I never expected to see such an impressive city in Central America! It was the starting point into our three month journey in Panama 🙂
Panama Bay – shown in the first picture, is actually part of the famous Panama Canal. Sure, we have visited that as well… I’ll post some of those photos later 🙂
I uploaded this pictures into my Panama gallery. They are available as art prints for wall, home decor and accessories. Click on them for more options:
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Mexican La Calavera Catrina and the Day of the Dead.
The Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos holiday is over, but the fun in Mexico never ends 🙂
During the celebration, the central plaza in Patzcuaro was full of vendors selling “ofrendas” (offerings). These are generally sweet treats made from Mazapan (Marzipan), chocolate and pastries.
The main character of the holiday is the Mexican La Calavera Catrina. For those who don’t know, Catrina is a doll with a face of a dead woman. * Calavera in Spanish stands for Skull. You will always see her dressed in the European last century style, wearing large hats. the photo below shows a spooky bride candy Catrina. 🙂
Mexican La Calavera Catrina
The doll was originally created by the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada. Although a little weird, this funny character became very popular. I noticed that Mexicans like weird, funny things 🙂
Colorful and well ornamented, Catrina is not always a candy doll. She often welcomes customers to stores, bars or restaurants. Mexicans venerate her as the beloved “great dame of death”.
When I first saw this in an artisan store, I was shocked. However, Mexicans are putting a lot of artistic talent in creating this character. Soon I started to like her myself. The “doll” can be even adorable… so to say 🙂
– Many tourists also like to buy her for a souvenir.
If you like funny spooky things, Catrina will be happy to keep you company. 🙂 All the pictures above are available as art prints on various materials, for home decor or accessories.
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An Italian piazza is a town square. It is often surrounded by cafes, restaurants and stores. And sometimes there is a church, a statue or a fountain. A piazza is enjoyable because there are often markets and musicians.“Italian Piazza with Laundry,” was painted after an Italian vacation. I often saw laundry hanging from windows.
Many enjoyable activities take place in the piazza. People go to the piazza to visit and eat for instance. Coffee-drinking is popular. Gelato ice cream is for sale and popular. As a result many flavors are available. And children play. Also people stroll on streets from one piazza to another.
One of the most famous piazzas is Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy. Nearby is the Campo de’Fiori piazza. Piazza San Marco in Venice is also worth a visit. You don’t want to miss Piazza della Signoria in Florence. The large Piazza del Campo in Siena has the famous palio horse race.
Switzerland – Cabins in Snow
Watercolor Paintings by Sabina von Arx
Cabins in the Grison Alps
Wooden cabins and barns in the wonderful winter landscape in the Sertig Valley, Switzerland. The Sertig Valley is located in the municipality of Davos, south of the town, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden (Grison). The small village of Sertig (at 1,861 m) is accessible by road, 15 min. from Davos.
Cabins in the Bernese Alps
Beautiful view on the three famous swiss mountain peaks called Eiger Mönch and Jungfrau close to the village of Grindelwald. The Eiger has an altitude of 3,967 meters above sea level and its “North Wall” has a rather fearsome reputation. The three mountains tower over nearby Grindelwald, a popular hiking and skiing destination in the Swiss Bernese Alps.
Cabins in the Valais Alps
The most famous mountain of the Valais Alps is the Matterhorn on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a well-known mountain due to its near-symmetrical pyramidal peak with an altitude of 4,478 metres (14,692 ft), making it one of the highest summits in Europe. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt, in the canton of Valais. The painting shows cosy wooden barns close to Zermatt.
My Artistic Approach
I do chose a semi-abstract approach for my watercolor paintings. Therefore I change the local color to powerful tones and shades of atmospheric light. So the painting depicts a dreamy world of wonderful holidays. Also see my other Posts with paintings from Europe Provence France – Old Village of Gordes and Italy – Pai Sopra on Lake Garda. Art Prints on paper and canvas prints are available in different sizes and qualities. Visit my online art gallery for more paintings of mountains and winter sceneries
When we were in Prague, we took a sunset cruise on the Vtlava. The views from the river were spectacular. The Prague skyline is a full of spires and wonderful shapes. The beautiful Prague architecture made the perfect backdrop for the sunset.
Historic Old Town
Historic Old Town in Prague is visible from the river. The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Rococo. The colorful cityscape is reflected in softly moving river below.
Modern Prague has some non=traditional architecture, such as the Dancing House or Fred and Ginger House. This modern skyline, after dark features the Dancing House and the Jirásek Bridge, is reflected below in the river.
Further down the river, these two spires stood high over the buildings below. The Basilica of St. Peter and Paul is located in the Vyšehrad fortress. I love the way the towers are lit from inside, creating a little detail in the silhouette.
Prints of my images are available on my website – here.
New Orleans Magical French Quarter is filled with talent and each block offers a different and wonderful form of entertainment. At nearby Jackson Square you can listen to great blues, learn your future from a tarot card reader, and watch a mime or magician entertain a delighted crowd. There is never a dull moment.
The music is the true soul of the Quarter.
A trio of musicians in the French Quarter plays some fine hurtin’ music for cash. This trio uses a child’s potty chair to receive donations and has decorated it with fake dog poo. Who can resist donating to such quality sounds and wit!
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans is a jazz group that preforms regularly at the corner of Royal and St Peter St in the French Quarter. Doreen Ketchens, the leader of the group, is called “Queen Clarinet”, “The female Louis Armstrong”, and “Lady Louie” by music critics. They have performed around the world and for four United States presidents. Here, Doreen’s husband Lawrence plays the trombone.
In New Orleans Magical French Quarter the sounds of everything from jazz to country fill the air, often performed by world famous musicians. Wander until you hear something you like, pull up a curb and let the music wash over you.
Antoine is from France and has opened his own creative business on Royal Street in New Orleans Magical French Quarter. He is using what surely must be the world’s oldest typewriter, which creates its own special music.
From the French Quarter to your walls
You can get any of these images as prints for your home or office decoration. They are available on paper, canvas, acrylic, metal or wood. Click on any of the images on this post to see your options.