More from the ever-changing graffiti mile on the banks of the Saar. I would have liked to have captured all of the beetle's snout, but another centimetre backwards and I would have ended up in the middle of yesterday's picture.
Remains of the hexagon
Saarlouis: built on the Saar by Louis XIV. The painting at the top shows it as it was in 18th century France. The photo on the bottom shows it as it is in 21st century Germany. As you can see, much of the work of the French military engineer Vauban remains. Surely, he did not use all those geometric patterns just for defense. Surely, he also wanted to build something pretty?
Still making steel
Although the iron works I have been showing over the past few days are well and truly closed, some of the steel making tradition lives on in Völklingen, as in this factory on the banks of the Saar.
This is the last of my latest series of photos of Völklingen and thus represents the end of a cycle of photos that I have taken on the Vélo Vis-à-Vis bike trail. The main circular path is ca. 330km long (50/50 Germany/France), although I must have covered about 500km as I did the path in stages and used the radial paths, too. It is a great mix of German and French, hills and plains, rural and industrial, ancient and modern. I can recommend it to anyone. For more info in French and German see http://www.velovisavis.eu - note the appropriate eu URL. I have tried to tag my photos along the path.