Silent Sunday….. Gothic Style


The Gothic splendour of the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Schleswig is still as impressive as when first built (or maybe that should be rebuilt).  Dating back to 1134 this giant of a Cathedral, but also needing reconstruction of the high nave after a collapse in 1276, but still a construction achievement.

In contrast to the interior, the exterior is rather austere. The sturdy walls from local red brick or mostly unadorned, the dramatic element being the tall Spires. The Cathedral has long been surrounded by the community it serves.  Unlike many Cathedrals, that stand in grand isolation, best to show of their importance, Saint Peters of Schleswig, despite its size, seems to be hidden away….the only sign posts being those Spires..


Step inside and you suddenly become aware of the shear size of the Cathedral.  Mosaic tiled pillars, richly carved Alter and Choir Stalls, dominant Wooden Pulpit, whilst various Ecclesiastical works of art adorn quiet corners.  It is also,only once you are within the walls of Saint Peters, that the ‘spirituality’ of the Cathedral surrounds you.


Exterior utility style of construction, punctuated by large windows, gives way to the colourful craftsmanship of the interior…..  a contrast that creates lasting memories of Schleswig Holstein. Germany and its majestic Cathedral

Wherever you are this Sunday…….

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

14th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Lake and a Castle…………


Glucksburg Castle.

Home of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein for well over 400 years, Glucksburg Castle is Germanys largest ‘moated’ castles.   When it was built between 1582 & 1587, by Duke Johann the Younger, it was to become one of the most significant family seats in norther Europe.

Not a bad place to live, you can understand why it is still a family home.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

26th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

The City that never Sleeps…..


Hamburg, Germany.

Yesterday I shared an image of a very small, but onetime very important Port.  So here as a contrast is another port.  At the same time as little Ravenscar was trading,  in Germany on the River Elbe, Hamburg was been founded.

Whilst the Port of Hamburg is Germany biggest, it is also one of the worlds major trading hubs. But to say Hamburg is a Port  would be to ignore the growth the City has made in commerce, banking and the arts.  The dramatic skyline round the old port give you some indication of the Cities obvious success.

I mentioned the arts.  Culturaly Hamburg has a veritable feast on offer….. its latest major investment in the Arts is the waterfront building on the right.  A spectacular piece of architecture…..  It is the Elbphilharomonie Concert Hall.  Apart from Concerts it is also now a major Tourist attraction with guided tours on offer. I say now…as sadly we were too early to enjoy a tour.  The day the above image was taken the building was being officially opened by  Prince William and Kate.

I said the City doesn’t sleep, well it doesn’t appear to.  Nor more so than at the International Docks…. the rumbling of cranes and the coming and going of barges and ships continued thru the night.

Hamburg Doks

If you had to choose a word to describe success then that word would probably be Hamburg.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

14th April

(C) David Oakes 2020


A Wet Day in Luneburg………


Even a very wet June day could not put us off enjoying an exploration of the narrow streets of old Luneburg.

Luneburg is one of the original Hanseatic Ports, not the largest but still important.  Located in the District of Saxony, Germany, it lies on the River Limenau, a tributary of the River Elbe.

Now we have known for years that brick is a great construction material, but in Luneburg the architects and bricklayers have pushed their skills to the limits of their generation.  Perhaps not surprising as the area that surrounds Luneburg was rich in clay, so I guess no shortage of bricks.

The old town is a mix of dwellings but mainly buildings  that were for multi use, Offices, Warehouses, Workshops…  for many it was also where the owner and family all lived on the premisies.


The rain never eased but somehow it didn’t detract from the our visit.  The cobble stone streets glistened and those multi colour bricks had an added glow.


I also guess that the rain ensured we had the street pretty much to ourselves!

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd April

(C) David Oakes 2020

Cees B&W Photo Challenge….. Stones and Bricks


No not an optical illusion but a bulge in this house wall.  No apparent reason for it…. but the house has been standing for a couple of centuries and by all accounts has always enjoyed its distinctive bulge.

Cee’s Challenge this week is stone and bricks and my thought went back to a visit we made to Luneburg in Germany. The area is famous for clay and as a result bricks.

The old town is a testament to the Bricklayers art with some very creative buildings. It was also a very very wet day so the rain added shine to the stone cobles and the bricks…. a rather fabulous old town.


Here is the link to Cee’s B&W challenge page:-

8th November

(C) David Oakes 2019