Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Visitors have become such a rare sight during the Covid pandemic. Bryne, our neighbor and a fellow teacher at FIS, stopped by this afternoon.

I am still trying to get rid of the Schnaps I inherited from my family home (and other sources), so I lightened our load by having one with him. And yes, we had a beer before that.

Bryne from Hull, England

We all have been vaccinated, and do not take science and its findings for granted. Protocol can change rather quickly. But a bit of companionship goes a long way.

Driving by Former Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

As I had mentioned in my previous post, we visited my hometown area of Schweinfurt, and whatever photos I took were taken from the car.

Franz-Schubert-Straße in Schweinfurt
Former MP Station Ledward Barracks

The new campus building for the University of Applied Sciences sits fairly close to a remaining original Ledward Barracks building.

Here we reached the end of our drive-by coming along Franz-Schubert-Strasse. We turned left onto the Niederwerrner Strasse to continue our little journey.

Mainberg Castle near Schweinfurt

Some of you might have heard that Germany has been hit by severe flooding in the past few days.

A week ago, we spent the weekend in my hometown area to attend a family reunion, and we were blessed with a day of blue skies and sunshine amid a long stretch of dark and gloomy days.

Here we came down Mainberger Straße on our way to attend our get-together in Hausen/Schonungen. The Main River, on the right hand side of the tracks, has not been affected by the constant rain falls yet. Most of the flooding is happening in the far western part of Germany.

Mainberger Straße Schweinfurt

A hotel, overlooking the Mainberg Castle, is in the works right now. The Martin Family purchased a former farming estate on ‘Grundstrasse’ in Mainberg, and the hotel with Café and ‘Weinstube’ is supposed to be up and running by the summer of 2022.

This is an article in German about the project: https://www.mainpost.de/regional/schweinfurt/mainberg-die-martins-und-ihr-hotel-projekt-art-10486991

A Good Reason to Travel

In February 2020, we took our last trip before lock-down started in Germany by mid-March. Our trip had taken us to my hometown area in Franconia (northern Bavaria). Instead of visiting family there, we decided to spend a few days somewhere else. This was somewhere, where nobody knew us.

Visiting family is nice and entertaining, but it is not meant for relaxation. I get bombarded with information about people I’m supposed to know, and whom I have long forgotten about. Do you remember Klaus? No? He’s the one who married Hans’s daughter. Who’s Hans? He is the one who had bought the property next to Günther. Do you remember Günther..? He is the one who had left his home to so and so…. Hour-long conversations like this can be exhausting. I don’t care to remember. I’ve been gone for more than 40 years.

Soon, we will again visit my side of the family for a couple of days . I’m sure our heads get filled with news, which need to be flushed out with some good beer while there. 😉

Soon after, our summer holidays will take us to Dambach-la-Ville in Alsace. We had spent a few really quiet days there in the fall of 2019, and just fell in love with that place. This little town, or rather village, has a population of about 2.100 residents. When we were out and about, it felt more like 400.

This time, we will spend our summer holidays there. One week of quiet bliss, and nobody knows us.

So, heading two hours east to Franconia means a very lively visit (four siblings with families).

Heading three hours west to Alsace means a quiet and relaxing time for us.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

When all fails, because the Corona pandemic still has a grip on us, then I can rely on my adult children to become the only Beer Balcony visitors during that time. Son Thomas from London visited us during the winter 2020/2021.

Now it is our daughter’s turn to come and visit from Florida after a two-year absence.

Here we enjoyed a Radler (a mix of lemonade and beer) during halftime of the European Cup.

Margo from Tallahassee, FL

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