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Fotoeins Friday: Mural at drive-in bottle shop, Perth

18 September 2012.

The city of Subiaco is an inner western suburb of greater Perth in western Australia. As I’m visiting friends in Perth for a few days, I find myself curious about “Subi”, and that’s when bright colours catch my eye. I wander into a parking lot in front of a drive-in bottle shop. And next to the Subiaco Hotel drive-in bottle shop, a small auxiliary building is painted over with a delightful and whimsical mural by Robert Jenkins.. A time-lapse of the mural’s creation is found here. As of posting, it’s not clear whether Jenkins’ mural is still present.


Robert Jenkins 2012 mural, Robert Jenkins, Subiaco Drive-In Bottle Shop, Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Robert Jenkins mural, 2012

Robert Jenkins 2012 mural, Robert Jenkins, Subiaco Drive-In Bottle Shop, Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Robert Jenkins mural, 2012


During my year-long RTW, I made the photos on 18 September 2012 with the Canon 450D. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a16.

Fotoeins Friday: State Memorial in Kings Park, Perth

15 September 2012.*

It’s a beautiful warm afternoon for the final week of winter, and my friends in the western Australian city of Perth have suggested we spend the afternoon in one of their city’s parks, the Kings Park and Botanical Garden.

We arrive at the State War Memorial with (this east) view of the Swan River and the Darling Scarp (Darling Range, Perth Hills) in the distance. The war memorial includes the Flame of Remembrance (foreground) and the State War Memorial proper with Cenotaph and Court of Contemplation, an important site for commemorative events.

* The recorded high temperature for this date in metropolitan Perth was 26 degrees Celsius (79F): not bad for the final week of winter.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 15 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/1250-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a14.

Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof, central station, Hauptbahnhof, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

$600 savings with the German Rail Pass this fall

Above: 6am at Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof, 20 May 2016 (HL).

I’ve set foot inside Germany at least once each year since 2001. I’m “home” again for the 17th consecutive year with this autumn’s itinerary in the country’s central corridor, including Heidelberg, Konstanz, Ulm, Hannover, Kassel, Berlin, Würzburg, and Frankfurt am Main.

Thanks to their summer 20% promotion, I’ve purchased for €284 a 2nd-class German Rail Pass with ten days of travel inside one month. Compared to the advanced purchase of individual point-to-point tickets, I’m saving at least 50 dollars (Canadian), but with my preference for open-ended travel, my savings will exceed 600 dollars.

Below I describe:

  1. in detail how flexibility with the rail pass provides hundreds of dollars in savings, and
  2. how the rail pass is validated and activated.

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Fotoeins Friday: Australia’s National Carillon, Canberra ACT

9 September 2012.

The National Carillon glows in warm afternoon light and anchors the scene at the eastern end of Lake Burley Griffin. The Carillon was Great Britain’s gift to Australia on the capital’s 50th birthday in 1963.

On a gentle lake cruise on a clear late-winter day, I get to see how beautiful Canberra is, even if the Australian capital city is a careful construction in the outback southwest from Sydney. Canberra is often criticized as “boring,” but that’s lazy thinking. Any criticism won’t matter to my friends who are employed at nearby Mount Stromlo Observatory and who are raising a young family. Like Chile’s La Serena where we first met, what the two places have in common is an environment for both astronomy and family.


During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 9 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 80mm focal length (full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9Wb.

Festival of Lights, Berlin, Germany

Covering Germany’s central corridor this fall

… time I got the hell outta this dodgy town, and recharge for a few weeks …

Earlier this spring, I clinched my 17th consecutive year of setting foot inside Germany with a mostly Bavarian itinerary where I got some more Luther learnin’ done. But as the calendar switches from late-summer into autumn, I’ve been thinking about how I’m writing and photographing the country, whether I’m covering as much of her varied cities, towns, and regions as much as I can, and whether I’ve been covering a sufficient number of her World Heritage Sites.

Below is a map of my coverage of Germany thus far. Places I’ve already visited are shown as stars, and the country’s five largest cities* are shown as red stars. Despite a lot of traveling across the country over the years, there are still clear gaps to fill, particularly the corners, the centre, and the coastline.

Germany, fotoeins.com
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