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

Lufthansa Possibly on Strike November 2019

If you are affected by the possible Lufthansa strike on 7 and 8 November 2019, or any future strikes, please refer to this website with your booking code.

https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/flight-information

Tank Trail next to Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany

We spent the past couple of days, Good Friday and Good Saturday, in the Schweinfurt area, and arrived at Ledward Barracks on our way to the village of Hambach. We turned into tank tail road heading to ‘Yorktown’, but had forgotten the road is sealed off for regular traffic. Which wasn’t always the case 30+ years ago…

This corner of Ledward Barracks still looks untouched.

Heading towards Kessler Field. It was a gorgeous day to be out and about.

In the late 1980s, the building on the right was part of an infantry battalion.

Soon after this part of Ledward, we had to turn around to get back onto Niederwerrner Straße. These buildings appear to have been part of the motor pool.

This is an update on the current works at Ledward Barracks. This part hasn’t changed much, as far as I can see. But in my next post, I will take you around the other side of Ledward Barracks.

I hope you’re buckled in for this ride.

Balcony Harvest in September

We have someone in the family who likes to have a daily dose of fruit salad. While I was making it, I  remembered having seen one of the last ripe strawberries on the hanging planter on the balcony. We are heading towards late September by now.

I managed to pick one for the center topping, before I got sidetracked by another little plant.

fruit salad

This is what one of the strawberry planters looks like in June.

balcony strawberries

While picking the strawberry, I found this baby pine tree within the leaves of the strawberry plants. September is the time to repot trees (by now I’m an expert on baby trees), so I started digging for soil in one of the floor planters.

My, my, what a surprise. I had a potato plant earlier in the summer, raised from an old wrinkled potato. When it was time for harvest  I must have overlooked these two. Are they edible? Of course, they are.

balcony potatoes

My balcony life never seizes to amaze me. Of course, it is not all my doing, but nature itself. I feed the birds on a regular basis, not with store-bought seeds, but with old bread. They in turn bless my planters and soil with seeds from their other end. 🙂 The perfect cycle of life.

A Good Reason to Travel

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

— William Least Heat Noon —

Sketched by Momoko Fujita

Sketched by Momoko Fujita

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