Franconia on a Summer Day

I left Franconia (Franken in northern Bavaria) almost 40 years ago. My four siblings still live there, so I have plenty of reason to go back. It’s not just for family, but also for the local food, which is a big highlight for me. Tasting certain food brings back some good memories.

Here we stopped in Volkach, a little town by the Main River. I was surprised to see so many folks enjoying a glass of wine, sitting in cafés at noon, and it seemed like a regular thing to do. You’d have to be either a tourist or a retiree to have that freedom.

Volkach

There are quite a few nice shops along the main road. Here we stopped at the shop named “Werry Frängisch”, and the shop keeper, being a Franconian herself, actually chased us out of the shop. Werry Frängisch indeed. 🙂 Franconians have the reputation to be very direct.

We had planned to stop by the wine fest in Nordheim, and were disappointed to realize it would not start until 3pm that Saturday. The following day, Sunday, would start with the Frühschoppen (German for morning pint in Hesse, but morning wine in Franconia) at 11am.

Nordheimer Weinfest

We walked down to the ferry port, where a passenger ride still costs only 70 cents.

Main River ferry

Next stop was the abbey in Münsterschwarzach. Across the street, we had a very good lunch at “Zum Benediktiner”.

I opted for the Fränkische Hochzeitsessen, which means Franconian Wedding Food. It consists of fine cuts of beef in a horseradish gravy. I occasionally make it at home, but to have it in a restaurant, you need to order it from a menu in Franconia.

Germany Battles Rising Rivers and Toxic Tanker

Continuous rain and melting snow are playing havoc on Germany’s rivers. Ice breakers go back and forth on the Elbe river, landmarks such as the  famous Deutschland Eck (Germany corner) monument to German Emporer Wilhelm 1,  are flooded, and river towns are in constant battle with the mighty flow of water.

In spite of  the article Flooding in Germany (with photo gallery) having been posted on Monday, 10 January, the situation remains the same.

Some experts predict the worst is yet to come by this weekend.

…which could have easily happened this morning as a sulfuric acid tanker capsized on the Rhine, but fortunately, there are no indications that the ship is leaking. The accident happened near the picturesque Lorelei rock, which sits on the eastern bank of the Rhine river.  The narrow bend in the river near the Lorelei rock is notorious for its strong currents and rocky bottom.

Lorelei, the mythical mermaid,  lured fishermen to their deaths by singing the most beautiful song ever heard and causing them to crash on the rocks in the riverbed.

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