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Château & Co.

Chateau de Chillon

The Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon) is located on the shore of Lake Geneva near Montreux, Switzerland. The castle consists of 25 independent buildings that were gradually connected and now form a single whole.

The oldest parts of the castle have not been definitively dated, but the first written record of the castle is in 1160 or 1005.


And since then, there have been many additions and reconstructions on this Château de Chillon (official site) that’s the topic of today’s photo collection.

As with the flowers yesterday, you can also view all the photos in the Flickr set in the same medium size (and click to get the large size, of course), whereas I’m using different sizes here and add a few words, too. If it’s too much at once, if you’d prefer more small thumbnails or, on the contrary, more larger photos, please speak up…

After the wide-angle view above, let’s have a look from northwest and southeast:

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And now with a ship in the front – and the ugly stilted highway in the back; as well as from 300m higher and with maximum tele zoom (and post-processing to remove the haze):

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Let’s get inside – across the bridge that replaced the drawbridge in the 18th century:

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A few looks into and from the courts (not in the order of the tour):

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The gothic cellar vault, part-time jail, and a cellar with a small opening in the top:

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There was a photo exhibition in the coat of arms hall, and I was glad I had that wide-angle lens in the chapel:

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State-of-the-art cooking equipment and the latest in men’s fashion can also be found in the castle:

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On the left a mechanism for the drawbridge or the gate, on the right the view tall people like me (1.90m = 6 ft 3 in) get in many places without bending down:

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A bed, a chair that doesn’t look very comfortable, and a 15th century coffered ceiling:

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An old wall painting, a barred passageway, and a crenel made for firearms:

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Two pictures combined with HDR tone mapping (which I have yet to practice…) from photos with varying exposure:

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And at the end panoramic views from the keep, the highest tower, to the northwest and southeast – and downwards:

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Projekt 52 week 35: Opposites

The topic of week 35 in Sari’s photo Projekt 52:


I picked the opposites of old and new:

35: Opposites

Week 35: Opposites

The old house from the century before last, whose side wall, for instance, I already showed in week 27, during its renovation – the roof and the gables have been torn down, now they’re building a new roof and new gables on top of the old walls.

Mist, schon wieder so 'n blödes Insekt!

Of bees and buildings

A little photo walk means photos, and photos mean a blog post – let’s start with nature:

Biene auf Distel 1

Biene auf Distel 2

Schwebfliege auf gelber Blüte Hummel im Anflug

bewohntes Blatt

Now on to the Pfaffenhofen main square construction work:

Hauptplatz 1

Hauptplatz 2

…and in the Löwenstraße (lion street) – watch out, the church spire will soon be gone!

Gerüst Kirchturm an der Kette

A lantern on the town hall balcony – will it enlighten the politicians?

Rathaus mit Lampe blaues Geländer

And finally an attempt at HDR tone mapping – photographed through the building (and a dirty window) with exposure correction ±2:

Ilmgau-Kaufhaus HDR

Flickr archive with these pictures)

Like an elephant…

The scaffolding was removed recently from the department store that has been extended and received its new escalator in February, and so it shines in all its splendor – and, well, it somehow looks to me like an elephant with its tusks cut off:

house with trunk

Or what do you see? :bigsmile:

Projekt 52 week 27: (old) masonry

The topic of week 27 in Sari’s photo Projekt 52:

(old) walls/masonry

Well then:

27: (old) masonry

Week 27: (old) walls/masonry

Part of an old warehouse – other parts of which were already shown in week 20 – right in the town’s center, with construction work next to it.

Update 4 Jul: They’re actually erecting a scaffolding around that building today…

And as I got to know in the mean time, it actually is protected as a historical building – a nearby hotel already parked their guests’ horse-drawn carriages there a long time ago.