At a time when a new architectural style had conquered Europe, the major characteristics of the new style dictated that it would mostly serve sacral purposes. Gothic Cathedrals were designed to bring the faithful closer to God through visual experience. The indoor and outdoor support system helped Gothic buildings to reach to great heights while delivering light at ground level. The supporting system served at the same time a decorative function. This unique performance in combination with ornamental vaults, and last but not least the colour effects of stained-glass windows, were fascinating then and continue to charm us today.

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Astronomically, the Northern Hemisphere entered the winter season before Christmas.  When, and whether, the snow arrives . . . well, that all depends. While some places there are piles of snow, elsewhere the weather reminds one more of the early spring than winter. Nevertheless, come and have a look of the best pictures of snow so far this year.

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Central Park – a notable landmark in New York City, a green oasis (sometimes also referred to as the lungs of New York) surrounded by skyscrapers. With a sizeable area of 843 acres, it might be assumed that the park was always a part of the Commissioners' Plan. The opposite, however, was the case.  New York City’s population expanded rapidly before the second half of the 19th century, and the growing need to escape from the rush and noise of the city became the question of the day.

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You could read how we tracked the lions in the very first part of „Tour of Uganda I.“. Needless to say, the lions were the proverbial icing on the cake. However, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, wild pigs, monkeys, birds, Ugandan kob and crested crane – all symbols of Uganda – crossed our path while we traveled through the country. Among the most stunning of the Ugandan species, though, were surprisingly the zebras. Their stripes, which by the way are as uniquely individual as human finger prints, were quite breathtaking. Today's photo gallery is dedicated to Ugandan wildlife.

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The sight I saw when I woke up in the middle of the night was hilarious and panic-inducing, both. My friend, with whom I shared a tent, was pointing with her torch to the spot where the dimensional silhouette of a hippo could be seen – a sight almost as impressive as the animal drawings in the Lascaux cave in France, but with just one small problem: the tent canvas separating us was way too thin.

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Owls don´t move their eyeballs,and instead turn their heads almost all the way around.  Chameleons, on the other hand, can move their eyes around independent of each other, which allows them to look at different things simultaneously. And if you think that the weakest point on a crocodile´s body is its eyes, then you had better be ready to run in case you come across one, because he can simply hide his eyes inside.  A fascinating look into animals‘ eyes in today´s photogallery.

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A little girl with a gigantic basket full of bananas on her head had followed us since the moment we entered Kabale. Finally she reached us at the gas station. Her basket approached us at eye level before she showed up, too. She had plenty of spunk and a strong voice, though, to offset the unimportant inconvenience of her stature. "Why is she driving?", she asked, looking at Sam and nodding towards me. "Why not", he answered. Apparently not happy with such a simple explanation, she came back with another naughty question/statement: "But you are the man, no?"

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The weather here in Europe has been unexpectedly warm and sunny the last couple of weeks, and therefore we can share with you some bright, colourful, sharply focused pictures that create a natural counterpoint to the hazy autumn panoramas that we published recently.

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Munich’s Oktoberfest 2017 is over, and as the official website of the event notes, there are only 339 days left before next year‘s festival.  Now you can see the atmosphere of this traditional beer celebration through the eyes of this year’s visitors.

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No other season offers such diversity of weather. The mornings are long and dark, sometimes giving no indication of which way the day is headed. Foggy dawns are not unusual these days. Whether they form layers and layers of differently shaded areas or minimalistic compositions, fog has its  own ephemeral beauty.

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