Local Heart, Global Soul

December 10, 2011

Swanning Around in the Main Shopping Street…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Here are more photographs from my archive files, this time taking you on a retro weekend tour that Himself and I made to the town of Kleve in Germany.

The Castle that dominates the town of Kleve is called  “The Schwanenburg” (Swan Castle) so it comes as little surprise that the emblum of the town is a Swan.

Ingeniously someone made a series of these Swan seats that are in the gently sloping main street, dotted all around, and in arcades etc…

…all have been decorated by local clubs, schools and businesses.

I could have photographed a heap more of them but didn’t want to disturb the people sitting on them…

Here are some that were not occupied when we passed by…

The Swan emblum extended to some windows too, this is the Tourist Information office… (which unfortunately had already closed for the day when we got there).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Beautiful pictures

    Comment by Lulu Simawati — December 10, 2011 @ 1:06 am | Reply

  2. I love when cities do this! Will these be pernament? They’ve done something like this in Boston several times but the pieces only stay around for a limited time.

    Comment by milkayphoto — December 10, 2011 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  3. This reminds me of something similar in Singapore when we had our vacation there but instead of swans it was lions

    Comment by rsmacaalay — December 12, 2011 @ 7:16 am | Reply

  4. I’ve seen painted statues like that done with both horses and cows as well (though neither of those iterations were benches – I like that aspect!)

    Comment by Carrie — December 15, 2011 @ 2:42 am | Reply

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