A trip to Germany, 2022, Part 11

A word or two about the Erzgebirge dialect. Not only do all corners of Germany have different accents, corners of corners even have different words, or pronounce words so differently that they sound like different words. I said before how Friedrichsgrün becomes da...

A trip to Germany, 2022, Part 10

In the David Suchet Poirot series, in the movie Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the detective orders Brown Windsor Soup, not knowing what it is, on the train to the country. When the plain bowl arrives, he pushes his spoon through it sadly, and questions the...

A trip to Germany, 2022, Part 9

I hope I am not given to sweeping statements, but traveling has enlightened me to genuine differences between America and Germany. This photo highlights one. America expects drivers to be inattentive, and installs signs everywhere, which are ignored. Germany trusts...

A trip to Germany, 2022, Part 8

Happy Birthday to my dear Jacqueline Smith! We won’t have time for a birthday dinner tonight, since we have men’s choir rehearsal, so here’s a photo from after our recent dinner in Reinsdorf, Saxony, from the parking lot next to the Hirschgasthof,...

A trip to Germany, 2022, Part 7

Leaving the Autobahn church in Gelmeroda, we entered Weimar, and after the St. Peter & Paul Kirche (called the Herderkirche after the Sturm & Drang philosopher & theologian Johann Gottfried Herder who was Herr Pastor there for a time) and outside it, the...

A trip to Germany, 2022, Part 6

Just once more to Gelmeroda. The entire church, with mason; just about all of the nave; looking back to the loft with organ; the Lyonel Feininger prints, to appreciate his style & artistry, and his love for this place; information on the man himself—didn’t...

A trip to Germany, 2022, Part 5

The church in Gelmeroda, on the outskirts of Weimar. It’s called the Autobahnkirche; you can see the steeple from No. 4; there are signs on the highway for it. Whether travelers routinely visit it or not, what a lovely idea it is to have it pointed out for you....