Happy days with Swellheads

By: barbamz, 6:07 PM GMT on February 25, 2017




Same procedure as every year, fortunately: street carnival is dominating life in the alleys of Mainz on Rhine once again. Here some photos I took this afternoon on a square near my flat, and they may introduce to you a characteristic just of our local carnival: the "Schwellkopp", means "swollen head". These huge masks got invented in Mainz more than 90 years ago. Over the time their number increased to around 30 or more different characters. Every ...

Carnival Mainz Germany

Updated: 7:44 PM GMT on February 25, 2017

Icy Germany

By: barbamz, 10:10 AM GMT on January 24, 2017




I spent some days at my parent's home southeast of Frankfurt during the current cold spell. This month had already managed it to become one of the coldest Januaries in the southern parts of Germany in the last decades! On the afternoon of Sunday I got some time for a walk around some nearby lakes, former gravel pits which now serve either for leisure activities (swimming, fishing - or currently skating) or as a nature reserve. Those lakes are adjac...

Winter Germany Photos

Updated: 12:11 PM GMT on January 25, 2017

Visiting Elphi - Hamburg's stunning new concert hall

By: barbamz, 7:52 PM GMT on January 10, 2017




Yesterday, on January 9th, I had to do a trip north to Hamburg, and I used some free time left in the afternoon before sunset to visit the new attraction of Germany's second largest city: "Elbphilharmonie", the ambitious concert hall which is about to be officially opened tomorrow, January 11th. Name is a merger of "Elbe", Hamburg's river, and "philharmonie" (in Greek it means "the love of harmony", nowadays, as is known, a term for a concert hall)...

Photos Hamburg Elbphiharmonie Concert Hall Germany Harbour

Updated: 10:36 AM GMT on January 12, 2017

Low water at Rhine

By: barbamz, 7:58 PM GMT on January 03, 2017




Today I enjoyed a little walk along the banks of Rhine River in Mainz to have a look at its current remarkable low water. Some folks may remember that it had been this way in autumn 2015 as well. But in January a gauge like this is even more rare as usually precipitation in the months of the late year should have had compensated an earlier lack of rain. However, due to persistent high pressure December 2016 had been record dry in parts of central E...

winter Rhine water level drought

Updated: 12:04 AM GMT on January 04, 2017

Peaceful holidays and happy new year, everybody!

By: barbamz, 6:51 PM GMT on December 23, 2016






Mainz had been mostly grey and foggy this December. Photo below is from one of the few clear days this months. Hopefully the world with its current grey and dark places would see some more light soon, too!



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Updated: 1:03 PM GMT on December 31, 2016


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I'm Barbara in Germany (Mainz), and I'm interested in weather already for decades.

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