The State of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, in May 2017

When I first saw these photos in its current state, I was a bit shocked. Not surprisingly though, reconstruction is underway, and my initial response in seeing this stripped and gutted was a bit of melancholy.

We used to party around that area in the late 1980s. Those were the glory days for us. 🙂

These photos were taken by Marion Zürl, and with her friendly permission, I get to share them here with you.

Happy New Year Greeting from Germany

We do not say Happy New Year! before the actual new year has started. Instead, we say:
– Einen guten Beschluss! (Happy ‘Closure’)
– Einen guten Rutsch! (Happy ‘Sliding’)
Right after midnight, we say ‘Prost Neujahr!’ (Cheers to the New Year!)
The following days, we wish ‘Alles Gute im neuen Jahr!’ (Happy New Year!)

In case, you’re wondering about all these chimney sweeps you see on display in German supermarkets. These inexpensive trinkets we buy as a thank-you present for our neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family. This one contains most of the good-luck charms: chimney sweep, four-leave clover, ladybug, and toadstool (this one is missing a piglet).

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Our visitors are just about to board the InterCity back to Paris after having spent three days with us in Oberursel.

Yes, this is 30 December and we were on the balcony, dressed in sweaters only. This winter has been very mild so far. The only slightly wintry thing you see on my balcony are the dead strawberry plants in the planter.

Richard from Paris and Sherry from Maryland, U.S.A.

Photo Tour of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany in August 2016

A week ago in late August 2016, we passed by Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt once again. This is a selection of the photos I took at the time.

Ledward Barracks has been closed since September 2014.

 Kasernenweg

Side gate Ledward Barracks

Side gate Ledward Barracks

Coming down the Kasernenweg towards Niederwerrner Strasse.

Ledward Barracks

Construction outside Ledward

Zur Heeresstrasse:Kasernenweg

The Main Gate with its name is still there.

Main Gate Ledward Barracks

Driving down Niederwerrner Strasse.

Niederwerrner Strasse in SW

Intersection Ledward Barracks Schweinfurt

Between 11 April 1945 and 19 September 2014, 100.000 U.S. soldiers and their 300.000 dependents came through Schweinfurt.

 

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Yesterday evening, I had one of my closest friends over. Come to think of it, this was only her second time to visit us. We usually go out together and rarely meet on home ground. Some working women like us are just not into entertaining at home.

Rhiannon did point out though that the wooden sign ‘Maria’s Beer Balcony’ needs a make over, because the beer glass is painted in black and hardly visible on the dark blue background. We looked at the ‘white foam’ floating downwards, which resembles more a tooth or a dripping cloud.

beer balcony

Rhiannon, originally from Wales

Yes, we had wine to toast to the arrival of a new baby in the family.