Friday, December 13, 2013

Lights of our Dreams: The Phantasialand Theme Park

I am posting this under Friday my Town Shoot Out, even though this isn't clearly my town or city. But as a child I grew up here, so it is a part of me, even today. These images were taken in the theme park called "Phantasialand" last year, during our visit to Cologne. Actually today marks exactly one year since we have been here. And even though I have posted about this place before in the Cologne Series (listed again below), there were a few images from here that I didn't publish back then.

So sit back, get yourself a cup of hot cocoa or tea, and enjoy the lights that marked not only a wonderful journey, but also a childhood.

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This theme park in attracts approximately 1.75 million visitors annually. The park was opened in 1967 and although starting as a family-oriented park, Phantasialand has also added thrill rides, especially during recent years. Among the park's thrill rides is a themed Mine Train roller coaster called Colorado Adventure, which runs among some mountains in the park's Wild West section and was opened by Michael Jackson.








Have a great weekend everybody!

If you would like to see more from Cologne visit the links below!
The Cologne Series includes:

49 comments:

  1. your photos have a Christmas card look, picture perfect. I like the lights in the 6th shot the most, but that was very hard to decide. I have posted from many towns, my rule is wherever I happen to be on Friday becomes my town. Has worked for me. and Hometowns count as home / my town. I feel sorry for our spotlighter this week.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the compliment. The surroundings here are so beautiful that it's hard not to get a good shot.

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  2. I was thinking the same thing as Ginger. These photos would make great Christmas cards. Excellent job on showcasing the beauty of this place.

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    1. Thank you so much. I wish I had my Canon 6D back then, the images would have been even better.

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  3. beautiful night-time lights!

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  4. All colours in the night shots are great but I really love the bright colours during the day on the top shot. It's such a beautiful image.

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    1. Yes, that one has a special feel to it too.

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  5. Sheer Magic! each photo is sheer magic... I went through the slide show 3 times... fantastic!

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  6. Wow, it is a winter wonderland. Love those night shots.

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  7. That place is well named! What a wonderful place to visit just before Chirstmas! No way could I pick a favourite.

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  8. Almost every picture can be easily a beautiful Christmas post card, Mersad! Every picture has its magic!

    Beautiful photo works, Mersad!!!!

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  9. Wow! What a gorgeous place! I love the lights and all the vibrant colors!

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  10. I'm not sure whether you see beautiful places or you make places beautiful. These are so, so pretty. that first one, especially, is crystal clear. My first thought was how crisp the photo was. My second thought was what a pretty jigsaw puzzle it would make. :)

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    1. Maybe it's a combo of both of those things. Thanks so much. I did use my sharpening method for a crisp look.

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  11. Awesome photos. I really liked all the colors, and the night shots!

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  12. I can see I shall have to increase my portfolio! You are all such great photographers. I especially like the first one, but the second one is so unusual. You have to see like a photographer to take faces with deliberate shadows like that.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. It's appreciated.

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  13. Wonderful pictures with lovely warm colors..... they are very good Mersad.

    Wish you and your friends a nice weekend

    Greetings, Joop

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  14. what a spectacular, mersad!
    these are all fabulous! my fave is that first one.

    have a great weekend~

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  15. I would once have loved skating there.... I can imagine the thrill of open air skating with all those lights around me. I almost went to one of the German markets, and I think it was in Cologne, but things happened to prevent the trip. Loved all these very scenic photographs, Mersad.

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    1. That's a shame. Cologne is amazing.

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  16. Das erste Bild schaut aus, wie aus einem Märchenbuch (mit der Hand gezeichnet) ausgeschnitten wäre. Märchenhaft :-) Und die Bilder Nr. 8-9-10 mit diesem blauen Licht sind einfach megacool. Liebe Grüße

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    1. Ich mag die blauen Lichter auch und Du kannst Dir ja dann vorstellen wie schön das alles in Person ist.

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  17. Gorgeous! Your images are always so incredibly wonderful. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  18. All are really great pics, I love the night ones the best.

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  19. I'm intrigued by the 4th picture although I can't make out what it's supposed to be. Does Phantasialand somehow refer to Die Unendliche Geschichte, by the way? - I also really like the 12th picture, with the street. Tablecloths on tables outdoors in winter strikes me as unusual, don't think I've seen that here!

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    1. I don't think it does, but then again, I'm not 100% sure where the name comes from. Phantasialand means "Land of Fantasy".

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  20. I'm feeling sorry for our spotlighter too, this week, since it is me. Love them all. No doubt about it you have been many places and seen many things. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much Peggy. I'm sure you'll choose great ones again.

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  21. What a magical place! Colorful and mysterious. :)

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  22. awesome shots and sooooo magical. pretty lady too :)

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  23. What wonderful atmospheres you have captured.

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  24. What a lovely, magical place!

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  25. I was scrolling through some of your photography blogs and saw the picture at the top of this series -- grand color.

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