Winter Lights in Bergen, Norway

My Germany-based cousin Wolfgang occasionally travels to his second residence in Norway, and he has just sent me this photo of lighted homes along the waterfront in Bergen.

Bergen, Norway

I’ve never been to Norway, and as my days of armchair-traveling become more and more attractive with each passing COVID year, I am content just looking at images.

And yes, I will have some Gløgg (or Glogg) with it.

Here is a recipe for Norwegian Gløgg, or just buy it online from Amazon

All photo credits go to Wolfgang Drescher, who gave me permission to post this one.

Schweinfurt Military Barracks During World War II

This postcard was sent by a Mr. Bichlmaier to a vicar in Schwäbisch Gmünd on 5 April 1942. This might be a view from the present day Franz-Schubert-Strasse onto the future Ledward Barracks.

Schweinfurt Kasernengebäude im Jahre 1942

If that’s the case, then the building on the left may be the one that was occupied by the medical facilities. The one opposite it, on the right side of the photo, housed admin and personnel services. 

Again, if memory serves correct, the buildings on the left past the medical services were occupied by the 1-10 Field Artillery and the re-designated 5-41 Field Artillery during my time there from 1987-1990. Alpha battery was closest to the medical services on the left, followed by Bravo, Charlie, Service, and Headquarters Batteries. 

The 4-4 Cavalry came after that, followed by the main building with the little tower in the photo. This housed various offices, among them Moral Support and headquarters elements of the 1-10 Field Artillery.

This image is part of my historical postcard collection.

Kitakyushu Bamboo Light Festival 2021

In the early 1990s, we spent three years teaching in Kitakyushu, which is on the island of Kyushu, the southernmost and third largest of the four main islands of Japan.

We made many friends during our time there, we enjoyed the rural life in Wakamatsu-ku, and our firstborn was born in Yahatahigashi-ku.

One of my friends, Kazumi Kawano, whom I met in Kitakyushu all these years ago, took these magnificent photos during the Kitakyushu Bamboo Light Festival.

The festival took place from 23 – 31 October.

The 30.000 bamboo lanterns on display were made by volunteers.

Kokura Castle 小倉城 竹あかり
Kitakyushu, Japan

Kazumi, thanks again for sharing your photos here with us. It is truly appreciated.

Autumn in Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace, France

We spent three days in Dambach-la-Ville, and it made for a wonderful change of scenery.

There are some small villages with really impressive buildings. This one is asking people to donate blood (Offrez votre sang).

In that same village, an otherwise ordinary village well has a carved top.

Between villages, all you see is vineyards along the road.

Our courtyard patio with some essentials: a candle and a corkscrew

The walnuts we gathered on one of our walks.

Our last evening stroll through the village.

Our bags are packed and ready to go. Bye, bye Dambach-la-Ville.

On our next visit to Alsace, we hope to stay in the village of Barr. We came through Barr on one of our drives, and it looked just as inviting as this one.

October in Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace, France

Here are some more impressions of our third visit to the village Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace.

This group of kindergartners had just passed us, and it was really sweet to hear children’s voices say Bonjour.

We also explored the neighboring villages. Here we were not sure if we could continue driving. The sign ‘Nothalten’ was a bit confusing to me as a German. Nothalten could mean only stop in case of a Not (emergency), so we decided to turn around.

Later, we found out it was just the name of another village. 🙂

Heading to Nothalten, France

We are in vineyard heaven, and any remaining grapes are a beautiful sight to see in the October sunlight.

More color coming your way!

Autumn in Alsace

This is just the main road of a typical Alsatian village. This is Rosheim.

Rosheim in Alsace, France

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