Funny Franconian Hats and German Culture

This video clip shows the annual country fair (German style) in a small village in Lower Franconia. Traditionally, the two neighboring protestant villages of Sennfeld and Gochsheim have a proud display of local costumes.

This one is from Gochsheim, a village just about 12 km from my catholic hometown village of Hambach. After all these years of living somewhere else, I get to see the much talked about celebration on YouTube.

I enjoyed listening to the brass brand, but what got most of my interest are the unusual hats the guys are wearing. Those guys come into the clip at about 1:30.

The participants are wearing the Volkstracht (national costume; national representing Franconia in this case) and the significance of the hats is: rigid top hat with many colored bands, a.k.a. love bands or rosemary sticks, representing fertility and loyalty.

A bit more about their costumes in German at the Gochsheimer Plantracht.

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List of Christmas Markets 2011 in Germany

Most Christmas markets start on the First Advent, 27 November 2011.

The big town markets run for four weeks all the way up to Christmas Eve, whereas the small towns usually have it for a few days only (Thu – Sun) only.  Our local town of Oberursel/Taunus has its market running from 24 – 27 November 2011.

Plan your Christmas market hopping with the help of this excellent website List of German Christmas Markets 2011.

If you are not in Germany, then enjoy this armchair travel to the Frankfurt Christmas market.

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Glühwein – Lebkuchen – Schnee – Lichter – Tannenbaum …

Time Lapse Frankfurt on Youtube

Sixteen years ago, I moved to the Frankfurt area and back then it felt like moving close to any big city. But Frankfurt is different.

Frankfurt is the new home for many of us. Next to the locals, there are also many expats, migrants, re-pats, and commuters. For its fairly small number in population (679,664 on 31 December 2010), it has the busyness of most cosmopolitan cities, but also carries local flair.

I love Frankfurt.

Bryan Adams in Oberursel 2011

What a night to remember! Most of the day, concert goers had been wondering about whether it would be a rained-out concert like it had been the night before with the Scorpions performance. I was told it started raining when the band came out to play and it stopped raining right when the concert ended.

Fortunately, we were blessed with dry skies, good music, a wonderful atmosphere around the arena, and a top performance by Bryan Adams and his group.

Setting for Bryan Adam in concert Oberursel 2011

While waiting, we could read the twitter feed for our entertainment. This new form of entertainment at a concert was new to me. Goes to show how long I had not been to a concert.

Twitter feed at the Bryan Adam's concert in Oberursel

And here is my favorite picture of “A Night to Remember” with the monitor showing Bryan Adams facing the crowd.

Bryan Adams in concert Oberursel Hessentag 2011

Bryan really hasn’t changed much from the time I saw him in concert in Würzburg in 1988. I have though – I jumped a bit less and applauded without getting bloody palms.

Bryan Adams in Oberursel Hessentag 2011

Our son asked whether Bryan stopped in mid-song to have the audience complete the lines, and yes, he had and most of us remembered enough to sing along, more or less.

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Another highlight was the spontaneous performance by a young lady out of the audience. Tina, a student from Frankfurt International School, joined Bryan in a song onstage and also added a little dance performance. Saw Tina at the U-Bahn station later on and her reaction to my statement Hi Tina, great performance! showed she had become an instant celebrity already. This is definitely a night for her to remember as well, especially since she got to hug Bryan a few times.

Faroe Islands

Right after I booked the trip to the Faroes, my next search took me to youtube.
If you would like to see some grand photos about the Faroes, accompanied by some local music, then watch this:

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