I went to Germany for the first time in the late 1960s, and during the next two decades I lived and worked there six or seven years in all. The Cold War focused my generation on Germany, and I feel as if I’ve been learning about the Germans for 50 years. A decade ago, I started studying the language formally, and now I travel back every summer or two to work on my German and absorb more about these people, who long have been at the center of Europe and European history. This blog displays photo impressions of those trips and of a few trips to neighboring countries.

In lieu of crediting Wikipedia in practically every caption, please let me just state with my thanks that most of the data for the captions comes from that great online encyclopedia. Another indispensable source has been the short online “histories” of the tourist office in each city.

Up to 2018, the photos were taken with a small handheld. In 2018 and 2019, I wanted to see whether photos from a mobile phone could advance a narrative as effectively as photos from a conventional camera. You be the judge. After that, driven by a desire to escape limits of a phone’s wide-angle lenses, photos were taken with a Nikon DSLR.

Clint Swift

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