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.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Restaurants in Germany

In general, restaurants which have added take-out and/or delivery to their services, have been able to hold on in this latest lock-down. Restaurants, pubs, etc. have been closed since mid-November 2020.

Government support for this industry in need is coming at a slow pace, I’ve heard.

One restaurant (which also is a guesthouse and brewery) in the small town of Breitengüßbach in Upper Franconia (north of Bamberg), has to close its doors. The remarkable thing though is that it has been in the same family for 380 years and will be missed by its town’s 4.600 residents.

The interior has already been auctioned off. As of October, the estate will be turned into a day care facility for senior citizens. The restaurant owner, Thomas Hümmer, said he will have to find himself a new job.

You can read more about this here in German: https://www.infranken.de/lk/bamberg/breitenguessbach-brauerei-gasthof-schliesst-nach-380-jahren-wegen-corona-art-5200765?fbclid=IwAR3bJg9AZ7nJI7gJrNrS7A5dDNXeB-kiTsIYp3LDjy9tykiBPdzyKmgeSes

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