And so a new series starts here on Highball Emy’s! I wanted to share my travels and mini adventures with all of you. I must warn you in advance that I won’t be jetting off to Tokyo or Los Angeles every other week, but I hope I can still drum up a few interesting, exciting, and beautiful photos and stories.
We’ll start in Kassel. That’s a little German city. In fact, it’s almost slap bang in the middle of Germany – if you take a map of the European Union’s most populous state and point at the centre, you’re probably not so far off. This is a country close to my heart: I studied German at university, and I lived there for a year-and-a-half, first in Hamburg and then in Ludwigsburg. And Kassel? Well, my boyfriend lives there, so there’s my motivation.
The Kassel Orangerie was built in the 1700s – it’s a fancy building with a fancy garden, where a fancy man used to live. I really loved all the statues on the roof. There were so many I thought it looked like a bit of a party up there. The colour really reminded me of when I used to live in St Petersburg, Russia, where the buildings are like huge cakes in pastel pinks, blues and yellows.
The walk down to the actual building was very pretty too, although as you can see, the weather was not our friend.
The city sits on the Fulda, which you can see glinting in the background of one of these photos. I love water: from a brook to the ocean, I can happily stand and stare out over the ripples and waves for a long time. In fact, I’d love to live in a house somewhere around here…
Unfortunately, Kassel was bombed pretty seriously in the Second World War (sorry about that, guys), so most of the buildings are not exactly beautiful – unless you are a huge fan of ’50s and ’60s rush jobs. The market hall and this church are both still intact – and both still lovely.
And, perhaps most importantly, it was easy to find a good White Russian.