Dymník - Rauchberg

 The top of Dymnik (516 m) is located near the town of Rumburk. At the very top there is a lookout tower named after the councilor, August Wenschuch who let it built at his own expense in 1896 on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday and devoted it as a gift to the town.

 When propane fails and the going gets tough, ancient indigenous techniques have to be employed!

...resulting into a very nice cup of coffee

We smell of fire and we like it very much.
Bye Dymnik!

Abraumförderbrücke F60

The F60 was built by VEB TAKRAF Lauchhammer in Lichterfeld from 1989 to 1991. It is the largest movable industrial machine ever built. This brown coal conveyor bridge worked just from March 1991 to June 1992. After only 13 months of operation, the F60 was shut down because of reasons related to energy policy. The opencast mine Klettwitz-Nord, where the F60 was located, was closed.

it is here

The steel construction is also known as the „Horizontal Eiffel Tower of Lusatia“. With a total length of 502 meters, the F60 beats the Eiffel Tower, which is 182m shorter.

Thanks to a handful of enthusiasts, led by the local council of Lichterfeld, and to Elke Löwe, a landscape architect from Senftenberg, the F60 could escape its fate. They realized the potential of the bridge, which combines old and new, being not only a symbol of the industrial heritage of the region, but a sign of the structural change as well.


„The F60 is a godsend for the Lausitz region, for Brandenburg and for the whole of Germany“.
[former Federal President Johannes Rau 2003]

74m above ground

Glück auf!


London Calling - Season 2

 Arrived to London on a sunny Friday afternoon.

 Our airbnb is right above this bar!

 We met the house lady, drank some Stellas and went for an afternoon walk to Docklands.

Listen all y'all, it's a sabotage!

Let's grab some supplies and have a barbecue on our terrace, mates!

 Steaks, chicken curry marinated thighs, veggies and beer from "our" bar downstairs.
Several pints of good Guinness :) happy!

Next morning and full English breakfast in a proper local bistro. Choose love.

 Off to Brixton.

...but Cutty Sark first. I've never been to her before. She's huge!
I couldn't even fit her on a film frame so I decided to compose this "ran-over sea urchin" shot :)

David Bowie mural / Brixton

 Brixton. Roman is strangely gloomy. Too much unusual things and people I guess. To lift the spirits we went to the Brixton Village, popped in a jerk chicken joint and feasted on a fantastic tamarind one with mango and habanero dipping sauce. We topped it with homemade spicy ginger beers.

 I don't usually shoot other people's art but this actually has something to do with my friend's emotions.

Sunday weather was not great but at least we managed to get to the Imperial War Museum.
Really cool exhibitions, deeply touching stories and some great coffee too.

The Giant Mountains

A short stay in the heart of our highest mountain range. Wooden cottage, nice people around, great food and drinks. Already missing it!


Josef Sedlon @ Strahov 007

 Friday night. Teamed up with Brno guys and Pepa at my place. We ate roasted pork knuckle and played some vinyls. Warmup in Krymska street with our most favorite Radio 1 DJ Babe LN on vinyl decks! She killed it big time. Off to Strahov now.

Legendary Club 007 and his truly Josef Sedlon in the mix. 

  Top track - The Prodigy - Everybody in the Place

Often the crowd got really jumpy making the local CD decks skip.
Well.. nobody really cared much :)

 Our first keyword of this weekend is "Geňo" - a Slovak word for a festival package which consists of a hoodie, small bag and a plastic bottle with your DIY drink.


 Late night vibes

3AM - time for a little snack and a last track.

P.S.: The second keyword was a "fluffer" (google it :))


The Protest

presidential candidate Prof. Jiri Drahos signing the petition

March 5th thousands of Czech citizens protested on the Venceslas square. Zdenek Ondracek - an infamous former communist police officer who had brutally beaten students during the Velvet revolution in 1989 was ellected to a top position in Czech security forces.

Three days later Ondracek failed to withstand the public pressure and resigned.

The shot is taken from the same spot where Josef Koudelka took his famous picture of Soviet occupation armies in 1968.


Ice Skating

Normally Hamersky rybnik (pond) in Prague Zabehlice does not freeze. At least it does not get "skateable". But not this winter! Went there twice and it wasn't bad at all :)

It doesn't get more natural when it comes to ice hockey. You put your skates on, make goals of boots or backpacks and play a fair match. Watching them play was somehow satisfying. Unlike the game you see on TV, these guys don't wear any special gear which means they play nice and slow. And as a bonus you even see the puck!

Those two were playing shootouts against each other. The dad commented on his son's moves like a proper ice hockey speaker calling him Gretzky, Jagr or Hasek when the kid was playing goalie.

There is not so much you can do outdoors when it is freezing in the city but ice skating totally made my day. Anytime again :)


Backcountry Explorations in Sudeten

Late morning in the Jeseniky mountains. It's -12°C.

 Sometimes you just don't want to stay on the track. Especially when it's all covered in tree needles, bark and cones.

  Piles of fluffy powder snow. With xc ski on I'm climbing the top of the Bílý kámen hill (948m). The map shows something I do want to explore.

This site is often referred to as Skritecká gorge, but it is not a gorge in the true sense of the word. There are some remains of an ancient pit. Back home I found out people used to mine silver here in the 18th century and then used it for money forgery.


 However, the shaft has dropped over time and today there is just a gap deep up to 40 m.


 Going downhill was a nice reward.
 It's about time to get back to the car.