By Land

Vogelsburg

When I told Siegi that I wanted to do some cycling, he recommended villages along the Main river. Today, we checked into a hotel called Vogelsburg, near Volkach. You’ll probably have to look for it on a map. but that’s a good thing. Vogelsburg has an excellent restaurant, cycles for rent and produces their own …

Tempelhof

Bzzzzzzt! We’re back in Berlin (not really, but for purposes of this narrative). Specifically in the former American sector of West Berlin at one of the largest buildings in the world: Tempelhof Airport. If really big empty buildings are your thing, you are going to love these photos. The airport was constructed by the Nazis, …

The Naumburg Treasures

After we left the cathedral, we walked to the other side of the cloister to have a look at the so-called treasures held by the cathedral. And who would not call them treasures after seeing these exquisite paintings and carvings? Consider the centuries that have passed since these objects were created. The fact that they …

A Difference of Opinion

When my grandfather returned to Kentucky after living in France for two years, friends asked his impressions of life abroad. His reply, “If you’ve seen one cathedral, you’ve seen them all.” There are days when I would agree with him, but today was not one of those days. I’m going to skip ahead a bit …

Karwe at last

Late in the day, our meandering course took us to Karwe, a village on the banks of the Ruppiner See. Once again, we find ourselves at a former large farm. Same story. Post-GDR the property is restored to a buyer with sufficient funds. Maybe the family of the pre-GDR owner, maybe not. In the case …

A Journey… (cont.)

Let’s have a look at another way that private property was reused by the GDR. The village oh Rheinsberg is best known for Rheinsberg Palace and it’s surrounding park. Like many palaces, this one has housed a lot of privileged people. The ones that most interest us are Prussian Crown Prince Frederick, later King Frederick …