VAGABONDS OF OBLIVION

When entering a borderland of human civilization and natural wildness the own intentions and angles of view obviously do quickly change as more imminent primordial ambitions dominate the mind automatically while the gates and windows of such an extraordinary place are widely opened in order to nourish the secondary surrounding forests.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #38

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOYAGE AT HOME

Each journey requires an appropriate device. This building in the East-German countryside at Gellmersdorf used to be a stable for pigs for very long time before changed to an airplane in 2012 by a local aviation enthusiast. The painted house shows “Aircraft 152” being built in the former German Democratic Republic starting from 1958. 12 jet aircrafts of this type were manufactured then production was stopped as it had turned out as simply too expensive. The premise serves as a small information centre and venue regarding aviation.

Voyager

 

ANCIENT CONVENIENCE AT HOTEL SIDI DRISS, TUNISIA

If you are looking for some special comfort or experience, you will find it possibly at Hotel Sidi Driss in old Matmata, Southern-Tunisia. We had the opportunitiy to visit the site during a round trip through all Tunisia in 2006, and it attracts not only fans of Star Wars in which this filming location featured as the home of Luke Skywalker on the planet Tatooine for the 4th film episode in 1976.

The contemporary hotel was designed as a traditional Berber troglodyte underground building at medieval times. The Berbers created them by digging a large pit in the ground with a depth of ca. 10 m. Around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves were then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways. These structures in the ground were much cooler than buildings on the surface, ancient airconditions not requiring any energy like today.

Actual accomodation fares at Hotel Sidi Driss are not really high, as the standard is obviously quite simple, rural and original. Room numbers are pinned on the long existing old walls, but we did not test it as we had already a booked accomodation at the oasis of Tozeur.  Besides a lot of people are passing by for a short visit to feel a little bit of multiple Star Wars ambitions and more here in the vast desert of the Sahara.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Comfort

 

URBAN MAZE AND VISION

Urban realities tend to be cloudy and incompatible from time to time. The familiar surroundings of yesterday may vanish as simple dust the other day. Tamped to the ground by effective machinery much faster than being built, one must be happy that some old buildings are rescued and prepared for a second life. Old and new are playing wellknown games as dateless competitors on urban fields in order to establish a vision of reality.  The movement will not stop at a street-corner, let’s follow it and search the next challenge in the municipal maze.