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text 2018-11-08 22:31
24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali, Task 1 (Favorite Light Display)

"Bonn leuchtet" -- "Bonn Shines" -- is the name of an annual event in early November during which some of Bonn's public buildings (and city streets and trees) are colorfully illuminated at night.  Here are a few impressions from this year's iteration:

 

Old City Hall (and Market Place):

Sterntor (the only remaining medieval gate / remnant of city wall):

A bit of fun fair atmosphere (thankfully not too much, though):

Main Post Office and statue of Beethoven:


... aaand Bonn University (with Old City Hall in the background):

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video 2018-10-15 17:04

BD gifts: My mom gave me a ticket for Bonn Opera's production of Händel's Xerxes -- a simply riveting, tongue in cheek production setting the story in a dictatorial fairy tale puppet theatre (yes, there apparently is such a thing) -- and my BFF raided my Ammy wishlist ... as well as adding a few things along the lines of "all things kitties."  I'm feeling very much spoiled!

 

 

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video 2018-05-20 18:03

Not in the least related to books -- but I just came across this on YouTube and absolutely love it.  That's my city, everybody ...

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text 2018-05-05 23:07
The Rhine on Fire

  

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"Rhein in Flammen" ("The Rhine on Fire", or "The Rhine up in Flames") is an annual event, inaugurated in the 1980s I think, linking the towns along the Rhine, all the way from Koblenz to Bonn, by a chain of fireworks.   The whole thing gets kicked off in Koblenz as soon as night has fallen, and finishes in Bonn at some point after 11:00pm.  You can follow along by boat -- there's a regular train of pleasure boats offering "Rhein in Flammen" cruises, with on-board entertainment etc. ... or you just pick one location to watch from (of course, there's a carnival atmosphere on the shore as well, with food and drink vendors, carnival rides, and what have you).  Here are some impressions (not my own photos) from this year's fireworks in Bonn, which just ended.

 

More photos here and here.

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video 2018-02-09 18:51

Bonn Opera's promo clip for Puccini's La Bohème (2016-17 season), starring Sumi Hwang as Mimi.

 

Ahem.  We now (finally) return you to your schelduled reading ...

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