Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A different country (literally)…

This weekend I traveled to Deutschland (or Germany) with Caryssa.  It was absolutely fantastic.  We flew to Munich, Germany and stayed for a couple of nights.  We saw castles and palaces and beer…lots of beer.  During our travels in Germany one of the big things I noticed was how different the country side was and how different the architecture was.

Munich is about 850 km (528 mi) south east of Amsterdam so a little bit less than Miami to Atlanta.  The landscape changes from the flat planes of the Netherlands to the forested foothills of the German Alps.  In Germany there are trees and forests everywhere with rolling hills of grassland and farmland in between.  It is absolutely beautiful.  I would say the transition is actually pretty similar to the transition between Miami and Atlanta although without palm trees on the Florida end and a bit more forested on the Georgia end. 

Architecture also changes the country homes of the Netherlands are nothing like the country homes of Germany.  In the Netherlands they tend to have big front windows where as in Germany this distinct feature is absent.  Instead many homes have a concrete base, wooden top complete with balcony and flowers, and clay roof.  I think the one constant between both places is the clay roofs. 

Traditional Dutch home, notice the large front window and clay roof.

German countryside, taken from the train.  This sort of gives you an idea of what it looked like but sometimes there were more trees and the pockets of houses were bigger.  Imagine this pocketed with small villages

Picture of a home in Germany, again from the train.  Multiple smaller windows instead of the larger front windows of the Dutch homes.  Also many house had red flowers hanging from either windows or on the balcony, you can sort of see them in this image (the red spots).

One last note, where in the Netherlands you see wind turbines in Germany many places had solar panels.  It was interesting to see how different Germany is from the Netherlands.


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