Given the sad news about the fire at Notre Dame in Paris, here are some pics from our visit there in 1999. Shot on negative film, some of these have deteriorated (hence the purple splodges).
After the fire, several sections of the roof have collapsed. Below is a illustration of the parts which have collapsed. The part of the roof at the top of the pic is no longer there, and there’s a pile of debris on the chairs in the foreground.
We went out walking at twilight on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, we didn’t have anything particular in mind, but the light was interesting. On Sunday we deliberately went to see Chinatown, hoping for a good show as it’s close to the lunar new year.
Chinatown was decked out in lots of red lanterns. I used this as an excuse to use my “faster” lenses (the ones which are better with less light). Unfortunately, the red of the lanterns didn’t always show up in the pictures, looking more orange, or even yellow. All the lanterns are actually red if you go see them in person.
We had no plan for the weekend, but on Saturday decided the Bay Bridge was close by, so went down to the Embarcadero to take some pictures.
On Sunday, we discovered there was a bus directly to Lands End, the northwest corner of San Francisco, and you can get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge from there. As usual, when we’re in the City, it was brilliantly sunny. The locals says this is unusual weather.
I spent a little time at the puffin exhibit, trying to get a shot of one swimming underwater. The wall of the exhibit is glass, so you can see both above and under water. I’m not happy with any of the ones I got. The best picture I did get was the splash when a common murre dived underwater (below).
The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium, wasn’t fishy though. It was this guy shooting on film. Not only film, but medium format film, which was pretty rare even in the era of film. (The camera is a Mamiya C220.)
We were in Monterey at Thanksgiving, we went to the aquarium (we’re members) a few times.
One of my favorite places is the deep ocean tank. It’s a humongous tank, kept mainly in the dark. It holds the large deep ocean critters. In the photo above, they’ve turned on the bubble curtain, which helps new critters not to bang into the glass. It does obscure our view though.
Critters, like sharks, tuna, mahi mahi, and turtles.
Our favorite is the sunfish (mola), which looks like nothing on earth.
There’s also small shoaling fish in the tank. You can see how the shoaling behavior confuses the predators, so usually they don’t get eaten. Occasionally a small fish will separate from the shoal, and be vulnerable. Like the fish below.
The trip is almost over, we made our leisurely way back to Britain today, with nothing else to do except get there. We left plenty of time, as Frankfurt airport has a reputation for being confusing. But things went smoothly, so we ended up with plenty of time to spare, and watched the previous plane leave.
On the way into Oxford, we took a detour to finally find some fish and chips. When we got to the hotel, we got the “quaint” room. That means low doors and exposed medieval woodwork.
We took a trip into Sachsenhausen today, that’s the trendy bit of Frankfurt south of the river. We took the tram and stopped in Otto Hahn Plaza, mainly because he came to our attention yesterday. There didn’t seem to be much happening there, but the next stop near Schweizer Platz, a shopping district, was much livelier.
Then we went looking for the Rittergasse, which is supposed to be the party end of town. That involved a tram to the amusingly named Frankensteiner Platz. We found both the Big (Große) and Little (Kleine) Rittergasse. The Kleine Rittergasse seemed to be the party place, with lots of bars, and even the real exotic like a Hooters. Though they were all closed.