Trip to East Germany

Earlier this week I went on a business trip to a potential supplier in East Germany to conduct an audit. The company was in Wolfen, a town approximately 90 miles west of Berlin, but we stayed the night in a hotel in the nearby town of Bitterfeld.

As usual when I go on a trip I was up early, before a nice continental breakfast, to go on walk-about with my trusty Lumix LX3 compact camera. Here are some of the photos taken as a reminder of the trip:


Built in 1896 as the home for a local industrialist, the Villa Am Bernsteinsee has 7 well appointed rooms and, understandably, is a popular wedding reception venue. Also an excellent restaurant.


At the bottom of the hotels land is a vast lake – man-made from an open-cast mine which, when depleted, was allowed to flood. It all looks very natural now and has its own little harbour.

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Chateau Impney hill climb 2016

This weekend is only the second time in nearly 50 years that the sound of roaring engines have invaded the tranquil setting of the Chateau Impney hotel in Droitwich. Last year was the inaugural reintroduction of an event that started back in 1957 and continued for about 10 years – when it sadly went into decline. Although not a hill climb in the same league as nearby Shelsley Walsh or Prescott it does hold its own with the impressive background of Chateau Impney itself and so over 200 competitors took to the 1,000 yard course to show what they could do.

Here are a few examples from a splendid day out – not only due to the venue and cars but also for the great camaraderie I had with fellow media representatives and marshals. A photo album will be added soon.


Frazer Nash Shelsley Single Seater


The Red Devils arrive in style

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