August 25, 2014

Photo & Video Finish and Balance Sheet in... (Rheinberg - 6257 km)

Marinel & Vasile from Clejani, the home of the sensational Taraf de Haïdouks

Distance: 6,257 kilometers = 3,888 miles
Travel period: 22.07.2014 - 23.08.2013 = 33 days
Difference in temperature: 15°C = 59°F (Nuremberg) / 38°C = 100°F (Mohyliw-Podilskyi)
Photos: more than 2,500
Traffic tickets: € 30.00 = US$ 40.00 (Ukraine)
Major Problem: Puncture in the fuel tank of the motorcycle (brazed in Czernowitz)
Bakshish: affordable
Travel expenses: Don't ask!
Personal meetings: innumerable
Experiences: priceless
Fun factor and risk of repetition: extremely high
Stages (16 = 6,257 km = 33 days)

John Cage, Paul Celan, John Felstiner and Edgar Hauster in Halberstadt - 423 km
Crossing the German-Polish Border in Görlitz/Zgorzelec - 777 km
Routes of Street Art in Kraków - 1199 km
Following in Iuliu Barasch's Footsteps from Kraków to Lemberg - 1608 km
The Goose Podwoloczyska, 26 Miles East of Ternopil - 2045 km
Let's Take a Seat in Czernowitz - 2226 km
Following the Backyard Photographer to the Jewish Quarter of Czernowitz - 2226 km
Crossing First the Pruth and then the Dniester between Otaci and Mohyliv-Podilskyi - 2649 km
The Stone Quarry on the Bug River at 8 Miles from N 48°40' E 29°15' and 54 Miles from Uman - 2923 km
Pay Attention to the Details at the Jewish Cemetery of Odessa - 3478 km
Reencounter with the Pruth River in Galați - 3812 km

I Came Too Late for the Flash Mob on the Council Square in Brașov - 4170 km
The Big Backyard Contest Between Czernowitz and Sibiu - 4339 km
One Day and One Night Intermezzo in Timișoara - 4638 km
On August 20, 2014 Both Tom Cruise and I Arrived in Vienna - 5211 km
The More Fortunate Relative of the Czernowitz Theater in Close Vicinity to Nuremberg - 5742 km

Photographic Afterthought

Backyard Idyll in Halberstadt
The Monk at the Jewish Cemetery of Chortkiv
Pipe Art in Chortkiv, the Birthplace of Karl Emil Franzos
The Ukrtelecom Radio Mast at the Top of the Cecina
Contemplating on Herrengasse in Czernowitz
Their Master's Voice on Springbrunnengasse in Czernowitz
Postmodernism in Red in Czernowitz
Lady in Red in Czernowitz
Massive Support at the Jewish Cemetery of Stara Zhadova
Slash-and-Burn in Ukraine
Odessa Naval Base
Odessa Commercial Port
Safety First in Odessa and Ukraine
The Future is Solar!
At the Jewish Cemetery of Galați
Mural Art in Galați
Famous Roof Eyes in the Old Town of Sibiu
Operational Electric Art in Sibiu
Staircase Art in Sibiu

Photo Albums (25 = 2527 photos)

August 24, 2014

The More Fortunate Relative of the Czernowitz Theater in Close Vicinity to... (Nuremberg - 5742 km)

(Nuremberg, 22.08.2014 - 23.10.2014) There's much more than history in historic Nuremberg, more than the sites of rising and fall of the German National Socialism: Reichsparteitagsgelände, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Court Room 600 of the Regional Court Nürnberg-Fürth, which gained worldwide fame as the venue of the "Nuremberg Trials". At a stone's throw from Nuremberg, you'll discover the Fürth City Theater the more fortunate fraternal twin of "our" Czernowitz Theater.

Fürth City Theater

Czernowitz Theater

Read more on the relationship between the twins at my post from December 2011: "Fraternal Triplets Brought Into the World by Fellner & Helmer!"

On August 20, 2014 Both Tom Cruise and I Arrived in... (Vienna - 5211 km)

(Vienna, 20.08.2014 - 22.08.2014) Tom Cruise and I came in town on the same day of Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Tom Cruise was spotted shooting scenes for Mission Impossible 5 in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday, and he appeared to be in full action man mode when he hit the Opera House. 

My mission was by far easier to accomplish and that's perhaps the reason, why my visit wasn't mediatized in an equal measure, not to say not at all. While Tom Cruise drew huge crowds of fans as he scaled the roof of the Vienna opera house in Austria on Thursday to practise stunts for Mission Impossible 5, I just climbed to the first floor of the Generali Building on Mariahilfer Street 1b in order to "meet" Frederick John Kiesler, born as Friedrich Kiesler on September 22, 1890 in Czernowitz. Between 1908-1909 Kiesler studies in Vienna at the Technical University and at the Academy of Fine Arts.

The exhibition "Unknown & Unbuilt? - Kiesler's Architectural Projects from the 1950s" organized by the Austrian Frederick and Lilian Kiesler Private Foundation "focusses on so far nearly unknown architectural projects by Frederick Kiesler from the 1950s and presents an unexpected struggle of the artist-architect for a fusion of utopia and pragmatism."

Wikipedia: "Kiesler was often shunned by his peers, although he was chosen in 1952 as one of 'the 15 leading artists at mid-century' by The Museum of Modern Art and in 1957 became a fellow of the Graham Foundation in Chicago. Israeli architects disapproved of his and Bartos's serving as the architects for the Shrine of the Book (1957–65) because they were not Israelis, even though they were Jews. Further objections to Kiesler were that he had not completed his architecture studies and had built no structures, despite having been a licensed architect in New York State since 1930. One of his colleagues at Columbia University joked: 'If Kiesler wants to hold two pieces of wood together, he pretends he's never heard of nails or screws. He tests the tensile strengths of various metal alloys, experiments with different methods and shapes, and after six months comes up with a very expensive device that holds two pieces of wood together almost as well as a screw' (Architectural Forum, vol. 86, no. 2, 1947, p. 140). The Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation was established in 1997 in Vienna and biennially grants the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts."

One Day and One Night Intermezzo in... (Timișoara - 4638 km)

(Timișoara, 19.08.2014 - 20.08.2014) For the sake of completeness: One day and one night intermezzo in Timisoara the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat.

No time for more than a walk starting by day from and ending by night at the Victory Square in front of the Romanian National Opera since Vienna is calling!

August 22, 2014

The Big Backyard Contest Between Czernowitz and... (Sibiu - 4339 km)

(Sibiu, 17.08.2014 - 19.08.2014) It's a long ride from Czernowitz to Sibiu, more than 2000 km through Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Romania, but now it's high time for the BBCBCS, the Big Backyard Contest Between Czernowitz and Sibiu. By way of comparison, keep "Following the Backyard Photographer to the Jewish Quarter of Czernowitz".

And the winner is: Czernowitz! What else? It's not that Czernowitz backyards are more picturesque or more valuable than the Brașov ones, but they are "ours". It's as simple as that!

August 21, 2014

I Came Too Late for the Flash Mob on the Council Square in... (Brașov - 4170 km)

(Brașov, 16.08.2014 - 17.08.2014) I came definitely too late for the Radetzky March presented to us by the artists of the Brașov Opera on the Council Square in Brașov on 06.04.2014,

but I didn't come too late to learn, that two of the finest Romanian publishing houses, Humanitas and Cărturești, opened their well-frequented stores just on that square. Romania seems to become again a country of booklovers judging by the editorial output and the quality of the publications.

One of the featured bestsellers is Vladimir Tismăneanu's "STALINISM PENTRU ETERNITATE", a political history of the Romanian communism: