What a weekend! As the title suggests, we had a bit of a night and day kind of experience for the weekend taken as a whole. We had fantastic weather and beautiful fall vistas, as well as deeply felt disgust (and sadness, and an overwhelming sense of exhaustion just contemplating the conditions the prisoners there endured; not to mention the horror just in the fact of a human being doing any such thing to another, regardless of race, creed, or faith) when we visited Buchenwald, one of the largest concentration camps within Germany. We saw the stained glass windows of St. Stephan’s (Chagall’s work), and we saw pretty much all manner of graffiti.
It was a lot, and I’m not even going to try to cover it all here. I’m just giving you a few of the pictorial *highlights* of the weekend.
Can you believe this color and this light?! Pretty, right? It was right in front of the gate to the inmates’ camp at Buchenwald concentration camp. I thought it was a good metaphor… Or irony… Or maybe an ironic metaphor?
This is how they do fire hydrants in Wiesbaden, AKA the capital of Hesse (even though Frankfurt is bigger); AKA the command of the US Army Europe Command and Battle Center. I haven’t found an official reference for my next AKA, so I’m going to reference myself, and call it “The Paris of Germany.”
While visiting a beautiful church in Wiesbaden, Mike saw a replica of one of the bells in the carillon that had been serenading us. Yes, he rang the bell. Anyone surprised?
St. Stephan’s, in Mainz. Marc Chagall and one of his students have done the windows for this truly gorgeous church. A-mazing…
The World’s Largest Coo-koo Clock. Strangely, I was disappointed that it wasn’t bigger…
with some scaffolding as part of a preservation effort, this is the front side of the guard house / gate house at Buchenwald. The clock is set permanently to 3:15pm, the time of liberation on April 11, 1945.
I will do a more thorough accounting of these adventures in the next little bit, but I wanted to share a taste of what our weekend held! Guten Tag, y’all!