Wednesday, January 23, 2008

From the Archives:

Some very old work I did for "Catscratch", I see things I would change now if I could do them again but I guess that's a good thing...always progressing...

Monday, January 14, 2008

Where In The World Have I Been? Conclusion

I really enjoyed my short time in Germany, it was much more open there which was refreshing after all the tightly packed cities we'd visited and it smelled really good, like bratwurst and roasted chestnuts : )

Berlin, Germany:
A segment of the Berlin Wall:Europeans love their small cars, I saw lots of Mini Coopers but especially Smart Cars-they were zooming around all over the place.??...Um, there were some exceptions:
New Year's in Berlin:
Photos can't describe the craziness!
Thousands of people(with backpacks stuffed with fireworks) gathered in celebration at the Brandenburg Gate(I was there though I never saw the gate it was so chaotic). I tried to take pictures but it was really hard when you are completely surrounded by people and fireworks and having to shield yourself from the blasts - I kept the hood of my jacket up the whole time. No Man's Land: Areas of the street were designated as zones for lighting fireworks but that didn't keep people from throwing live firecrackers into the crowd, I had to watch my feet.At the stroke of midnight the entire place exploded, booms and blasts in all directions, it was incredibly loud!It was so smokey you could hardly see the official fireworks going off in the sky.Somehow I made it out of there with only a few minor singes, definitely an intense experience I won't soon forget...

New Year's morning... it snowed!The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church: It was bombed in World War II and all that remains is this clock tower which had the most amazing tolling bells I've ever heard. Surrounding it was a neat little Christmas market selling all sorts of German goodies.
On to Frankfurt:
Coming Home:
Somewhere over Greenland....definitely not very green ; )
To conclude, it was a wonderful adventure that gave me a new appreciation for all these historical places. I'd definitely love to visit Europe again someday....but it is good to be home ; )
I hope everybody enjoyed these pictures, I know it's not the same as actually being there but it's the best I could do...

Okay, I'll be getting back to my doodles now... : )

Friday, January 11, 2008

Where In The World Have I Been? PART III

Rome, ItalyI think I walked the most in Rome, a very bustling city with a mystifying conglomeration of the old and the new. Ancient ruins are still being discovered, it was so odd to be walking along and come across new excavations right in the middle of town.
The Ancient Roman Forum:
The ColosseumIt's a strange feeling to be among such old remains. (That's my shadow on the wall btw)Fragment from the past:

The Vatican:It felt like I walked for miles down these elaborately decorated hallways in search of the Sistine Chapel:The Pantheon:

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Where In The World Have I Been? PART II

I was in Florence, Italy for Christmas, it was lovely there:
The Duomo is gigantic and so ornate!
Interior of the Duomo:
The Fountain of NeptuneKeeping watch:The Lucky Bronze Boar:I really liked these little produce markets:
How cute is this!These marble sculptures are so lifelike, it's amazing to think they are made of stone.Lookout David!
Don't worry, that's just a copy, I saw the real David indoors, he was very impressive ; )