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

Oberursel Street Life in May 2021

With restrictions still in place for regular shops (shopping only by click-and-collect), we took advantage of a partly cloudy day to get out and buy some street food in downtown Oberursel about two weeks ago. The month of May was full of rainy days.

During some sunny and dry moments, I took these photos in the Strackgasse near the Marktplatz. This Pig Master with its mask on is keeping guard at the door as only three customers can be present in the shop at any time.

Metzgerei Brinkmann

Further up the Strackgasse – what I thought to be a toad in stone actually looked like more like a drunk man heading home on all fours upon closer inspection. I had to get down on my knees as well. Interesting door step decoration.

St. Ursula Church, Oberursel

We enjoyed our snack sitting by the fountain facing the church. Halfway through though, the heavens opened their gates.

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