|One of the many typical Bavarian churches, this one in Rudolfing|
|Fall cycling at its best|
|Lederhosen were worn only on stage|
A few days ago I left Bavaria and headed for Jena, the place that is world-renowned for its Carl Zeiss factory and its glass factories. Two years ago I had stopped over here to see my old mentor and friend, Dr. Dennis deLoof, whose classes I had taken during my university days back in Trier. We spent an enjoyable afternoon/evening catching up with each others' lives, and there was much to chat about. Dennis had arranged for my room at the Steigenberger Esplanade, from where I looked upon the dome of the Zeiss astronomical observatory. Jena is certainly not the most exciting town for a tourist visit, but that was not the purpose of my trip anyhow. It sure was good to see you, Dennis!
|A room with a view in Jena: The old Carl Zeiss observatory center right|
|A fellow ICE passing us, inch by inch, while both are barreling along at 100 mph|
|Two giant pugilists in the river Spree, with red-hot lofts and the TV tower in the back|
|The view from my dad's balcony: the 24-hr beer stop and the tattoo place next door|