Photographer's Note

A view of the German town of Laufenburg taken across the Rhine from the Swiss side last week. With such warm temperatures on this day it felt like summer, though the colours and bare branches give away that it is still barely spring. Also, the river is rather a murky colour compared with the greener hue in summer. The Rhine marks the border between Switzerland and Germany along this stretch of the river, and also marks the divide between the Black Forest to the north and the Jura to the south. Originally called Louffenberg, the town was founded in 1207 by Rudolf II von Habsburg as a strategic and political seat, and the town remained Austrian until 1801 when Napoleon declared the Rhine as the Swiss-German border and the town was thus divided. Today, nothing much seems to happen in this town, which sits sleepily in the sunshine.

Song title: "The Other Side of Summer" by Elvis Costello

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