Monday, November 22, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Centre, Munich, Germany

This is an extremely cool building right off of the highway in Munich, Germany.  It serves as a museum and showroom for Mercedes-Benz.  It's a great way to display the cars to drivers passing by.  The structure looks more like a vending machine for cars or a glass house for massive Matchbox cars.  A smart move to effectively turn the building into a billboard.  Another great example of bold European design.

Most of my blog posts are personal photos that give you some insight to my travels.  I make my living by being an advertising, magazine, architectural, and corporate photographer in Indianapolis, IN.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
  France was the first country in Europe I ever visited.  I was on a summer study abroad program with about 40 college students and, needless to say, we had an amazing time.  The experience definitely gave me the travel bug for Europe.  I told myself on the flight home from that trip that I would do it again.  And I have........several times.  These kinds of experiences can be life-changing on many levels.  This photo depicts the Arc de Triomphe in a triptych form.  The Arc was commissioned by Napoléon to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.  There are 12 converging boulevards which make for an interesting traffic situation and the view from the top of the Arc is awesome.  It's located on the Champs Elysees, probably the most famous street in Paris.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ochsenbraterei tent at Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

The annual Oktoberfest is going on in Munich, Germany as I type this and I'm really wanting to jump on a plane and take in the festivities.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the event so you know there will be a big turnout.  If you ever have a chance to experience this event I highly recommend it.  It's the world's largest fair with upwards of 6 million people attending over a 16 day period.  This video is from the Ochsenbraterei tent where they serve Spaten beer.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
  This photo is taken in the Temple Bar district know for it's trendy and touristy nightlife scene, shops, galleries, theatre, cafe's, pubs and restaurants.  It's a great spot for live traditional music and dancing.  On several occasions in the pubs I would see a table of friends hanging out and all of a sudden one of the guys would break out into song.  He would sing loud enough for the others in the pub to hear and sometimes his friends would join in but oftentimes he would finish his verse all by himself.  And this wasn't when music was being played.  He would just belt out a tune acapella.  This was always amusing to me because I can't recall ever really seeing Americans do this back home, but it's very commonplace in Ireland.  I'm not sure how much of it was prompted by Guinness consumption or just a desire to sing.  It seems like I remember seeing this in other parts of Europe, but seemed more prevalent in Ireland.  It's a great country with lots of friendly people and it's entertaining to get around by car since they drive on the other side of the road.  And it's not as bad as you might think.  I managed to drive in Dublin without any problems and it's the best way to get around the country since they don't have an extensive train system.  And, yes, I thought the Guinness tasted better over there than here at home.  I had lunch one day in Galway and saw an older gentleman (probably pushing  80) come in and drink a pint of Guinness in about 4 minutes.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic

I've been hearing for years how interesting the city of Prague is and how I need to visit.  Well, just a few weeks ago I had my first opportunity to visit Prague and I understand what everyone was talking about.  One of the big draws for me when traveling to Europe is to see and photograph all of the striking architecture.  It's architecture that has been standing for hundreds of years and has a sense of style, character, ornateness and history that you can only find in the older cities in Europe.  I went to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower to get this perspective on the square.  I rode the glass elevator to the top of the tower and once I was outside and looking down on the city I couldn't help but think that the inspiration for the scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when Willy and Charlie go flying around the city in the Wonkavator came from experiencing this very thing.  The scene in the movie was actually filmed in Nördlingen, Germany but you would think you were in the movie when looking out from the top of the tower.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Appenzell, Switzerland

Swiss Cows
Cows, Alp Horns, Chocolate and that Stinky Cheese! Welcome to Switzerland!
  Appenzell, Switzerland is a story book town in northeastern Switzerland.  It has a great small-town feel with great architectural character and charming streets.  When I was there I got to witness the processional of cows through the town.  In late August and early September the cows process from the mountains through the town and are guided by whistling and singing herders wearing formal traditional attire.  The cows are wearing either massive cow bells or flowers.  It's a pretty entertaining site to see. 
One of the other funny experiences I had while in Appenzell was while purchasing some of the local cheese called Appenzeller.  Before I even set foot in the cheese shop, I was overwhelmed by the smell emanating from the shop.  There was a very pungent smell akin to smelly feet.  My friends and I forged ahead and stood inside the shop and we stood there just laughing.  I couldn't believe how they could work in this place.  But, part of the experience is to eat like the locals so I purchased some cheese for a picnic we were going to have in the Alps.  We took the bag of cheese with us on the train and it was funny watching the people who were considering sitting across the aisle from us.  Several people looked at us and smelled the cheese and went and sat somewhere else.  Finally, an elderly woman sat across from us and proceeded to look out the window.......with her finger covering her nostrils.   Priceless.  The cheese is simply called Appenzeller and you can find it in finer cheese shops.  It's great stuff and the kind I have bought in the states doesn't smell that bad.  Try it some time.   My all time favorite Swiss cheese is Gruyere.  Try the cave-aged kind and you will understand what truly great cheese tastes like.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Undredal, Aurlandsfjord, Norway

Undredal, Aurlandsfjord, Norway
  My dad is really into geneology and he has traced the Bragg name back several hundred years to Norway.  Knowing for some time that I wanted to go to visit the land of my forefathers, I decided it would be interesting to visit it right around the time of summer solstice since Scandinavia is known as the "land of the midnight sun."  So I went during that time but never actually got to see midnight sun because we weren't far enough north.  But, the sun did set around 11:00 pm and would rise again about 3:00 am.  Because of this, the sky never got pitch black at night but just looked like dusk.  The town of Undredal was very briefly seen while riding in a boat through the Aurlandsfjord.  Norway is known for their fjords and for good reason.  They make for a strikingly beautiful backdrop with deep waters and lush mountains. 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spaten Tent at Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

This was day one at Oktoberfest and it was fun to see how decorative they made each "tent".  We spent the majority of our time at this tent (Spaten).  There were no available seats inside (at 11 a.m.) so we found some seats outside.  The weather was perfect and so was the beer.  The rotisserie that you see on the outside above the entrance was even animatronic.  The Germans don't mess around when it comes to throwing a party.  I don't speak any other languages, but I always learn to say "Cheers" in whatever country I am in.  Prost!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

London, England

Food and wine bar in SoHo district of London, England

London Bar
London, England
  The SoHo district of London, England is a trendy area with upscale eateries and this food and wine bar is no exception.  You can check out their website here.  I didn't actually eat there, but I liked the facade for it's simple, charming and weathered look.  And I like how this illustrates the city life of these people and shows the various conversations taking place.  Being a big fan of Walker Evans' photography, this image reminds me of his photos of facades taken in the 1930's for the Farm Security Administration.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Monterosso, Italy (Cinque Terre)

This seemed an appropriate post today to serve as a brief daydream.  In Indianapolis, it's currently 16 degrees outside, but it feels like 5 degrees.  And we are expecting 5 inches of snow.  So I thought I would post a photo from a warmer, sunnier day.  This is the "beach" in Monterosso, Italy.  I think Americans have a different idea of what to expect when they see the word "beach".  This beach primarily consisted of rocks.  No soft sand like we come to expect in the states.  But, I found the form, color, and repetition of the beach chairs and umbrellas to be interesting.  The lines and stripes tie into the comments from my last post.