Strasbourg Cathedral

A man stands in the rain while admiring the west façade of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg (or Liebfrauenmünster in German) in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. From 1647 to 1874, the sandstone structure with its 142 meter-high spire (466 ft) was the world’s tallest building.

Gold Aureus by Brutus

This admittedly is not a great picture for I had no macro lens with me (at an undisclosed place in Frankfurt) when I was was shown this gold Aureus minted around 42 BC by Brutus, commemorating the assassination of Caesar.  On its reverse side there is the cap of liberty (pileus), traditionally given to one who has been freed from slavery, and two daggers, recalling Cassius and Brutus as the principal conspirators.
At the time, it was worth twenty-five denarii, the equivalent of a month’s pay for a Roman legionary. Today, the tiny coin might be worth 2 million euros (or dollars).

Where Anne Frank was born

Ingeborg Strauß (a very friendly and open minded lady), aged 84, holds a photo of Anne Frank while standing in the living room of her appartment at Marbachweg in Frankfurt (Feb.19), the very same appartment where Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929. Anne spent the first two years of her life here. Over the last decades, Ingeborg Strauß has shown her place to many visitors from all over the world. A lot of things are left unchanged since the 1930s, like windows, doors, tiles and the bathtub.
The Franks eventually left Frankfurt in 1933 after the Nazis gained control over the country. In Amsterdam, they were trapped when the Germans occupied the Netherlands. The family was forced into hiding for two years during which time Anne Frank wrote her famous wartime diary (The Diary of a Young Girl) that was published posthumously. Anne died in 1945 at a concentration camp just two months before the end of the war in Europe. Her family and other members of the group in hiding had been betrayed.

Old Concrete

A bridge spans over a footpath at a park in Offenbach, just east of Frankfurt, Nov.10. It is one of the two oldest concrete structures without steel armouring in Germany still standing today. Together with a small temple (seen in background) it was erected in 1879.