Streets of Shanghai

Dear friend,

I’m on a business trip in China at the moment. This week Shanghai, Monday I’ll be off to Changchun.

As the weekend is to my own disposal, I took the opportunity to roam the French quarter (yes there is one in Shanghai too) with the Taikang Lu and the Fuxin Park.

I usually start my day in the Fuxin Park, yes it’s not my first time in town. As the Chinese flats are tiny they go out to practice and perform what ever hobby, leisure activity they favor. There is dance (mostly European standards), Thai chi, sword play, choir, juggling and even saxophone practice going on. The big, new trend seems to be badminton. Everybody is trying to have a good time.

The Taikang Lu is quite famous for it’s small streets and shops, art, food, souvenirs.

The French quarter originates back to the early 1900 when the European merchants had a huge influence and the money to arrange with the officials an area where they build European style.

Soooooo enough text, this is a photography page. Any way here is a first, fast selection of the pictures I made today…

Comburg Samba Festival

Coburg is a small town it is know for historic personalities like Matin Luther, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, but also for the Veste, which is the castle looking over Coburg and the landscape surounding the city.

But once per year the city changes, it gets flooded by Sambaistas from all over the world. Starting on Friday evening way into Sunday night there is no chance escaping the drumming units the rhythm and the dance, except you leave the city limits. The Coburg Samba Festival is one of the biggest outside Brazil. So there is always opportunity for making great pictures. Here are my favouret pictures of the last years.

 

Streets of Ghent

Dear friend,

Right before Christmas I conducted a work shop in our plant in Ghent, Belgium. 

Ghent is a beautiful city, with a great historic center. Belgium offers a lot for travelers. A great variety of beers, great food and awesome chocolates. Shopping hours are short, most of the shops open between 9:00 and 10:00am and already close at 6:00pm so you have to speed up collecting your souvenirs. But to make up for this there are lots of small watering holes and restaurants all over town and most of these offer a huge selection of different beer brands and styles. 

Let’s see what results are worth sharing with you…

Frank