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May 10, 2021

Germany: Hildesheim

Church of St. Michael in Hildesheim

The devastation of World War II left an indelible mark on much of Germany.  The Allies, particularly towards the end of the war, bombed Germany’s larger, strategic, and more industrial cities.  This left many populated areas as piles of rubble.


Germany: Fagus Factory in Alfeld

Fagus Werk

“Are you architects?”


May 9, 2021

Germany: Golsar, the Mines of Rammelsberg

The Rammelsberg mine

On the southern outskirts of Goslar Germany is the Rammelsberg mine.  Until the ore was depleted and the mine closed in 1988, Rammelsberg had been in operation for more than a thousand years.  Since the Middle Ages ores containing zinc, lead, copper, and smaller amounts of gold and silver, all deposited by an undersea smoker approximately 390 million years ago, had been pulled from the tunnels under the mountain.  At the time of its closure Rammelsberg held the distinction of being the oldest continuously active mine in the world.


Germany:  Golsar

Church towers in Goslar

Goslar Germany’s appeal came as a surprise.  We had chosen to stop in this former Hanseatic League commune in part because it is a UNESCO World Heritage site status and in part because it fit our trip itinerary.  Not atypically for long road trips we had not given much thought to what we would see before we arrived.  The pictures we saw of Goslar looked nice at the time we booked the room.  But Tourist office pictures often present idealized views of towns and we don’t put too much stock in them.  But in this case the pictures didn’t lie.  Goslar is beautiful.


Germany: Höxter, Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey

Civitas Corvey

Detouring on the way from Kassel to Goslar Germany allowed a stop to see the Abbey of Corvey near the town of Höxter.  It promised to be a quiet visit to a sleepy remote UNESCO World Heritage site.  In reality there were far more people visiting than we expected.  There was a long line of cars waiting to be directed to distant parking places.  Who knew that this remote abbey was the Disneyland of UNESCO sites?   


May 8, 2021

Germany: Kassel, the Orangerie

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The Orangerie in Kassel Germany

Orangerie’s are garden buildings typically associated with stately homes.  Their purpose, as the name implies, is to house orange trees.  Most operate with the orange trees planted in large planter boxes.  These boxed trees can be moved outside to a sunny patio when the weather is favorable and then back inside to protect against the cold.  The arrangement allows oranges to be raised in climates where it would otherwise be impossible 


May 7, 2021

Germany: Kassel, the Vertical Earth Kilometer

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The “Vertical Earth Kilometer” in Kassel Germany

In Kassel’s Friedrichsplatz Park is what appears to be a disk of brass inconspicuously mounted in the concrete pavement.  The “disk” is actually the top of the “Vertical Earth Kilometer,” a brass rod extends a kilometer beneath the surface of the earth.  Created by Walter De Maria the art installation is claimed to be tallest art exhibit on earth


Germany: Kassel, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

Tourists watch Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe waterworks in action.

Though we reached speeds exceeding 110 mph it took us close to three hours to cover the 160 miles of road between Worms and Kassel Germany. Our road speed was legal, well mostly legal. We were driving on stretches of the German autobahn where there is no speed limit. At midday the traffic was light enough to take advantage of the absence of a speed limit, at least in stretches. But legal or not, exceeding 110 mph in a rental Peugeot 2008 is not entirely comfortable. And though we went fast on the autobahn the necessary slow local roads brought down our average speed.


Germany: Worms

Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch

It is a relatively short 150-kilometer drive from Genenbach to our next stop in Worms.  The short distance gave us time to deviate to see two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch and the Maulbronn Monastery Complex.  In the end it made for a longish, though informative, day.


Germany: Gengenbach

Stadtkirche Sankt Marien

In the summer of 2019 France was in the midst of a serious drought. The lack of water cut short our usual summer of cruising France’s inland waterways aboard our barge Wanderlust. It follows from a basic rule of boating: If there isn’t enough water to float your boat you aren’t going to go anywhere. And so it was this summer.

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