Afternoon tea stop in the

Rhineland Region of Germany

and it seemed only right to try out

some Black Forest Cake

at its point of origin.


These were desserts at

Auckland’s (NZ) Sky Tower…


…we we celebrated No. 1 Daughter-in-law’s

birthday in 2018…

…a few days prior to No. 1 Son’s wedding

to No. 2 DiL…an Auckland girl.


Auckland Harbour Bridge

from the

Sky Tower.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:   Dessert



Inside looking out.

With our branding legislation as it is,

it is difficult to know if this sign means

the whole train or the window

to which the sign is affixed.

Outside looking in.

Commuter train arriving at

Geelong North Station

from Melbourne.



Dubai train.

MGW loved these trains because ladies and children

sit apart from male train travellers.


A Rhineland train.

A Melbourne train from Melbourne’s Sofitel Hotel.

We were there for breakfast after our

Hot Air balloon flight over Melbourne.

The view is from the male public toilets.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Trains







Layers from Italy and Germany

this week.

Layers of Black Forest Cake.


One of my favourite buildings and its layers



Inside, the layers are smaller…



…but more plentiful.


And the smaller layers create

the larger layers.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Layered

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Layered

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Layered

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Layered






cause or allow (liquid) to flow over the edge
of its container, especially unintentionally.

Rhine Falls did not appear to be a large water fall.

However, the water spilling over the spillway

dwarfs the onlookers of the platform.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Spill








a transparent tank of water in which live fish and other water creatures and plants are kept.
a building containing tanks of live fish of different species.

My images are not exactly aquarium images…

 …but they all show fish…


…in water.

Looking through a glass bottom boat on

the Great Barrier Reef,

near Cairns in Queensland

is probably the closest I have to an aquarium shot.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Aquarium



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Rhine Falls

We left the Cuckoo Clock factory and traveled on….


 through Switzerland’s and Europe’s villages

which differ so much to their Australian counterparts.


All these villages and bridges surrounded by mountains

the likes of which I have never seen where

I have lived in Australia.


Eventually arriving at Europe’s

largest plains waterfall (Google)


The Rhine Falls, in mid afternoon.


Having been on The Maid of the Mist at

Canada’s Horseshoe Falls at Niagara

I would have loved to have joined these tourists,

however, time was of the essence..


This would have been a good spot for a photo also.


A parting galnce at the Rhine Falls and…..


we bade Rhine Falls

Farewell and

continued our journey

to Lucerne.



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Last week we had just arrived at…


the Cuckoo Clock factory.


A short walk found us at the main building,

which was designed as a huge cuckoo clock…


 with figurines waltzing around the balcony

to mark the hour of the day.



Although photos do not do it justice, I thought

the best part was being able to see

what happens behinds the scenes.


We were given a short talk about cuckoo clocks,

which are all made from Black Forest wood, I believe…


and shown various types of clocks…


The clocks were beautiful, however…


being hand-made many had price tag reflecting

the number of hours it took

to create this work of art.

rhineland_cuckoo_0089As we left the factory we reminded how far were from home.

The pointer above Shanghai points to Sydney some 16,606 kilometres.

Add another 878km via the inland route (8 hours drive),

or 1,380km along the coast road (18 hours drive) to that journey

for those of us who live in or near Melbourne.

Thank goodness for air travel.


So!  After all that looking, listening and photographing,

in congenial surroundings, it was time…


for a slice of Black Forest cake

before continuing on our journey.



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