Category Archives: Germany

Unlikely matchings.

I was browsing some photos from the Landschaftspark Duisburg which I’d taken last year, and I stumbled upon this one. This roulotte was meant to be some indie food truck of sorts, but it struck quite an impression in my mind. … Continue reading

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Zollverein Shaft XII – “The most beautiful coal mine in the world”

The whole city of Essen, suburbs included, sits on top of one of the largest coal deposits in the world. 300 million years ago this industrious corner of Germany was covered in a dense, thick deciduous forest; natural events – … Continue reading

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Zollverein Kokerei – The monument that was due to be sold as scrap.

Coking is the last step of a journey that started in the aptly named Carboniferous period, 300 million years ago. Despite that, it also was the first one I discovered in my journey through Essen’s industrial heritage. Biblical parallels (Blessed are … Continue reading

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The twentieth century’s cathedral: Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Part II)

From steel to grass The closure of the Rheinische Stahlwerke zu Meiderich bei Ruhrort left in its wake unemployment and pollution by the bucketful. Nowhere was this poisonous legacy more evident in the vast wasteland stretching between the towering blast furnaces … Continue reading

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The twentieth century’s cathedral: Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Part I)

“Düsseldorf?” asked Terry, taking a sip of coffee from his paper cup. “Me’ old man used to fly over there a lot”. Terry, a retired teacher from Newcastle, was flying on his daughter’s staff travel to New York; as for … Continue reading

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