Little Gems in Germany

Now, where was I? (Apologies for the break; I needed a short vacation from the vacation.)  Immediately after the Prince 2014 tour, we experienced life in a little Franconian farm village.  Or hamlet.  (What’s smaller than a hamlet?  This place was an omlet.)(yes, I KNOW that’s not how it’s spelled.)  Here are scenes from the afternoon  (I would have included at least one picture of the pig sty – a small, windowless, stone structure made warm and humid by, oh, LOTS and LOTS of pigs.  I can still smell them in my hair.  And on my camera.  Which wouldn’t open.  (Well, not in the millisecond I spent in the sty.)

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The next morning, in a heavy drizzle, we visited Nuremberg.  I made a few judgements about the place.  The drizzle seemed appropriate because there was nothing joyful about most of the sites we visited.   From the Nazi rallying grounds (did you know that it’s illegal to give the “Sieg Heil!” salute in Germany?) through the huge HQ of the party (now a museum) and ultimately to the courthouse of the famed trials, Nuremberg seemed hunkered down and grim.  Maybe it was just the rain.  You be the judge:

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To escape the rain (and avoid eating more sausages) , I wandered into St. Sebaldus, a medieveal church in the center of Nuremberg.  In the dimly lit interior I found my favorite memory of this city – an evocative meditation on war as I hope we never know it:  (Please try to ignore the poor quality of the photos, but do try to read the text.)

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On to happier shores tomorrow!

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5 Responses to Little Gems in Germany

  1. sandy June 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Thank you for sharing these images Elaine. Thank you for the reminder and the feeling hope the candle lit photo brings.

  2. Morgan Wood June 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    These posts are always enlightening and entertaining, and make me want to be your full time sherpa.

  3. Vic A. Giannelli June 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Wonderful photos, though very sad – thanks for sending

  4. Herr Doktor Gallo June 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    You truly are a talented story teller.
    I feel like I was there.
    That sausage looked goooood!

  5. Jane Butcher June 30, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Remembering being there several years ago. The plaza was rockin!
    Also lovely woman from Durenberg offered to help pay our bill, when we discovered we were short. Pay it forward!

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