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The German Iron Cross of Roswell

Iron Cross at Spring River
~ North bank, Spring River, Roswell, New Mexico ~

Embedded in the North bank of the Spring River by the Roswell Spring Hill Zoo is a heritage landmark that was created by German prisoners of War who were working on a flood control project that was part of their incarceration. It was in 1943 that a 50 man detail rip-rapped rocks on the Spring River banks. It was on the north bank between Pennsylvania and Kentucky Avenue that they made an “Iron Cross” on the bank. These men were prisoners of war imprisoned during World War II in a camp near Orchard Park. The camp housed more than 4800 German prisoners of war from the Afrikacorps Rommel’s men of the 8th army from 1942-1946. There were numerous residents in Roswell who were angered at this work and retaliated by pouring five yards of concrete over their landmark. The concrete over time washed away and it is said to be visible again.

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Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=18471). Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 22, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Leavenworth, Washington

Leavensworth, Washington

This remarkable little alpine tourist trap resides in the mountains of Chelan County Washington boasting a residential population of just over 2,000 residents. The architecture, flavor, and culture is reminescent of atypical Bavarian village. The town was incorporated on September 5, 1906 as a small timber community centered around the Great North Railroad that was completed here in 1893. It was founded by two brothers – Lafayette and Chauncery Lamb who moved hre from Iowa to build the second largest saw mill in Washington State in 1903. By the 1920’s the railway relocated to Wenatchee throwing Leavenworth into remission. In 1962, a committee called LIFE (Leavenworth Improvement for Everyone) was established and partnered with the University of Washington in hopes of breathing life back into this failing small town. Ted Price and Bob Rodgers, two businessmen from Seattle, bought a failing cafe off of Highway 2 in 1960 and came up with a plan with LIFE borrowing ideas from the Danish themed town of Solvang California for inspiration. Beginning with the Chikamin Hotel, they duo remodeled the town in Bavarian style. Leavenworth boasts a good tourist crowd from Seattle and outlying areas that come for the cultural portal it establishes. It is also popular for its Nutcracker Museum that opened in 1995 and the Oktoberfest celebration it hosts each year. The area also boasts a continental Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summer days and cold, snowy winter nights. Rainfall is limited by the Cascade rain shadow as well as by the anticyclone.

Leavenworth, Washington (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=18471). Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 22, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Leavenworth, Washington (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=18471). Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 22, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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Paul Koudounaris’ lecture on Heavenly Bodies : Spectacular Jeweled Skeletons

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Paul Koudounaris: Heavenly Bodies
* Lecture, Slide Show, and Book Signing * The Strange Factory * Albuquerque, New Mexico * Friday, November 22, 2013 *

A race from Taos to Albuquerque to visit a friend’s lecture on his amazing discoveries about decorative skeletons was a whirlwind by itself, but would up to be an incredible night of magic, gold, jewels, and folklore. We wandered into the Strange Factory a little late as a snow storm slowed our travels on site, but were warmed with awe as we saw some of the works that Paul Koudounaris exhibited in his presentation. A astute author and photographer from Los Angeles, California; Paul K was presenting at the oddities shop called “the Strange Factory” in the University district of Albuquerque. Paul K’s charnel house and ossuary research has broken research milestones in folklore, oddities, and macabre art. This evenings lecture covered those of human skeletons found in Catholic churches adorned with gold and gemstones. He is a leading expert on bone-decorated shrines and religious structures.
Paul Koudounaris, PhD in Art History (UCLA 2004) is an author and photographer from Los Angeles that specializes in Baroque-era Northern European Art. His charnel house and ossuary research and photos have made him a well-known figure in the field of macabre art, and he is a leading expert in the history of bone-decorated shrines, human remains, religious art, and religious structures.He obtained a PhD in Art History from UCLA in 2004, with a specialty in Baroque-era Northern European Art. He began his research in 2006 studying the use of human remains in religious ritual and as a decorative element in sacred spaces, especially within the context of the Catholic Church. He began researching the existence of these pieces, photographing them, writing about them, and publishing the results in the Prague Post, Fortean Times, and other such publications. He compiled a premiere work on bone-decorated religious structures taking field trips to over 70 sites along four continents, many of which had never been seen or photographed. He released this book as “Heavenly Bodies” in 2013 through Thames and Hudson. This story told the tale of a group of skeletons removed from the Roman catacombs during the 17th century decorated with jewels by various nuns. These bones were at first mistakenly identified as Christian martyrs and shipped to Germanic churches, decorated, and placed in the altars. Through time, most of these were removed, disposed of or thrown into storage during the Enlightenment. He tracked down the corpses’ locations, documented them, and photographed them for for book. This book followed his successful masterpiece “The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses” in 2011. The presentation was well spoken and masterfully done to a full house in attendance.

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Pretty Vacant Club, Dusseldorf, Germany


The Pretty Vacant


The Pretty Vacant Club * Mertensgasse 8 * D-40213 Düsseldorf * Open 8 til late (5 am) * http://www.prettyvacant.de/
Saturday nights: The Sound’s of Swingin’ London.

A great little hole-in-the-wall club and bar in the heart of the old town district of Dusseldorf. Around 10 pm, this little bar becomes infested with the Brit-pop crowd of Dusseldorf piling down into the bricked basement for a crunchy sardine-packed dance night to some of the cities best post-punk, brit pop, UK indie, and electropop. Fabulous time. The music was great and the drinks were good. Service was great as well. Spinning great tunes by the DJ’s: 1. sa: POPMISSILE F1-11; 2. sa: POP GOES MY LOVE; 3-4. sa: FISH’N’CHIPS. For any Brit Pop / Post Punk junkie … this is the place to be in Dusseldorf. Excellent! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Kas Bah, Dusseldorf, Germany


Kas Bah


Kas Bah * Rheinort 2 * 40213 Düsseldorf, DE * Telefon: 0211 / 8693888 * .Öffnungszeiten: Mo – Do, 12:00 – 01:00 Uhr; Fr – Sa, 12:00 – open end; So, 12:00 – 01:00 Uhr; .Happy Hour: Mo – So: 17:00 – 20:00 Uhr *

http://www.bartime.de/location.kasbah.9.456.html

A great little Morroccon cafe in the heart of old town Dusseldorf. My visit to this decent-sized place was with some local friends I was visited as we were looking for a quiet place to chat and catch up before making a night out on the town. Some of the cities finest cocktails, desserts, and bar-time snacks can be found here. An incredible ambience, hospitable staff, and a great place to hang out while visiting this famous city. A must visit location. While I can’t comment on the food as the only item I personally ordered was the hot chocolate with a shot a bailey’s Irish cream, I’ve been told the menu items here are fabulous. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aldi Grocery Stores

Aldi Grocery Stores (North and South)
~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

Aldi Grocery Store
* http://www.aldi.com/ *

One of my favorite affordable international grocery stores. I was first introduced to them in their home country of Germany by my good friend Vanessa and have been hooked on them through my international travels ever since. Affordable, simple, and economic. I’ve continued to enjoy them through my travels in Australia, Europe, England, and Ireland. Aldi is a chain made up of two groups – the “Aldi North” (Aldi Markt) that has its headquarters in Essen and “Aldi Sud” headquartered in Malheim an der Ruhr. They were started by Germany’s richest man, Karl Albrecht with his brother Theo (Germany’s 2nd richest man). They now have over 2,500 stores in western, northern, and eastern Germany, and Aldi Sud’s with 1,600 stores in western and southern Germany. Internationally, they can be found in Denmark, France, the Benelux countries, the Iberian peninsula and Poland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and Australia. In the United States; Aldi Nord is the parent company of Trader Joes. Trader Joe’s is simply the Americanized version of Aldi Nord. Aldi was started in 1913 as a small store in Essen by Karl and Theo’s mother. The sons apprenticed in the shop and took over a food shop formerly ran as the “cheapest food source”. After World War II, the brothers took their mother’s business and opened another retail outlet nearby and by 1950 had over 13 stores. Their idea was to subtract the legal maximum rebate of 3% before sale to give customers additional discount. They split the company into the North and South by 1960 when they disputed over the sale of cigarettes at the till. By 1962 they came up with the Aldi name and became separate legal entities in 1966. They expanded internationally in the 1970s. The brothers retired in 1993 and gave most of their wealth away to foundations. To cut costs, they are “no frills” and expect customers to be orderly, bring their own bags, and until recently only accepted cash. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan.

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Keinohrhasen (The Rabbit without Ears) (R: 2007)

Keinohrhasen (English: “Rabbit without Ears”)

Germany:12 (re-rating) | Germany:6 (original rating) | Singapore:M18 | Taiwan:R-12 / Filmed in Berlin, Germany

Director: Til Schweiger. Starring: Til Schweiger … Ludo Dekker, Jürgen Vogel … Himself – famous movie star, Matthias Schweighöfer … Photograph Moritz, Nora Tschirner … Anna, Rick Kavanian … Chefredakteur, Stephan Luca … Arzt, Armin Rohde … Bello, Yvonne Catterfeld … Herself – Celebrity-Braut, Florentine Lahme … Sissi, and many more.
An incredible foreign film produced out of Berlin, Germany about a love story, a rabbit without ears, a Papparazzi journalist, and a kindergarten teacher. The story follows the life of Rainbow press reporter Ludo who is constantly sleeping around and a player who just can’t find love and settle down, regardless of how much his sister attempts to get him to do so. He gets himself in trouble while trying to catch a papparazzi picture of a celebrity and is sentenced to 8 months community service as his fine. His probation requires him to work 300 hours for a local daycare center and meets Anna who has unfinished business with him from childhood. They become the best-of-friends constantly helping each other on their dating woes but little do they realize how madly in love they are with one another. Its a tale of the dynamic of the laws of attraction and connection between those who define themselves as “just friends” but actually are in reality “soul mates”. Very inspiring and thought provoking. It’s a definite must see for any fans of love stories and dramas. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 13, Part A (4/7) – Duesseldorf, Planning, the Key, Keinohrhasen, The Secret

Part A


Various Roman and Medieval keys at Xanten, Germany

Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Duesseldorf, Germany

This particular morning Sir Leaf McGowan, Explorer and Adventurer from Colorado, awoke with visions. Clarity to the understanding of what exactly it is this key that the adventuring party seeks. Even though many keys had presented itself during the expedition – Xanten, Worms, Nuerenberg, Wurzburg, Cologne …. Sir Thomas Leaf is starting to realize that which he seeks is not the physical “key” that one would expect. But rather a “energy form” or “universal law” that is this “key of life; key of untapped raw wild energy that brings bliss”. As an archaeologist, he had been searching the crypts, the catacombs, the cathedrals, castles, museums, and archaeological sites for a sacred physical artifact that would unlock the secrets of youth and vitality of life. How to ressurect the child within. How to escape the coma he’s been in. But is realizing now it is something different. Its obvious now to the explorer that “the key” is something similar to the concept of “The Secret“. For those who haven’t watched this inspiring piece, “The Secret” is the “key” to “prosperity, health, relationships and happiness.” So “The Sacred Key of Life” being delved for is the key to keeping your “inner child alive” and staying “youthful”, “vivrant”, “exciting”, and “full of passion” about life. Not just in action, but in appeance, because they are quite connected. As the quest began with Sir Thomas Leaf feeling like his life has been stagnating in the last couple of years and that he had lost his way to the power that he had tapped into for most of his life 1990 until about 2007. Then he somehow lost it. In order to open this energy gate again, he realized he needs the key to unlock the lock. His first conclusion of course was a physical key. Now he knows this is far from the truth.


The city key in Worms, Germany in the zodiac wheel fountain clueing us to follow the dragon slayer in his tale for answers

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Fortress Marienberg (Wurzburg, Germany)


Castle Marionburg, Germany

Fortress Marienberg / Castle Marionburg
http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/objects/wu_fest.htm
* Festung Marienberg * Nr. 239 * 97082 Würzburg * Telephone (09 31) 3 55 17-50 *
Festung Marienberg is a humongous fortress along the Main river in Wurzburg, Germany. A fort since ancient times, it is one of the most prominent landmarks along the Main. Originally a Celtic settlement and shelter, the Marienkirche was built in 704 AD and by the 13th century was surrounded by its first fortifications. By 1492 the main castle was encircled by a medieval ring wall with the Scherenberg gate. In May of 1525 the Peasant’s War attempted unsuccessfully to sieze the castle – with 15,000 men failing. Their leader Florian Geyer went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in early June to procure the heavy guns needed to breach these walls while the leaderless peasant army camped around the castle and thereby outflaked by the bishop’s professional army. More than 8,000 were slaughtered or blinded. In 1600 Julius Echter rebuilt the fortress into a Renaissance palace. Continue reading Fortress Marienberg (Wurzburg, Germany)

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Wurzburg, Germany


Entering Wurzburg

Wurzburg, Germany
Wurzburg is a Franconia city in the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the Main River approximately 120 kms from Frankfurt and Nuremberg by road and it is a center for culture, exports, trade, and commerce. It is the capital of the Regierungsbezirk Unterfranken. It is a German speaking city with the regional dialect as Franconian. The city itself is not included in the district of Wurzburg but is its administrative seat and holds a population of roughly 131,320 (2006 census). Wurzburg started as a Celtic fortification in 1000 BC where the Castle Marienberg now stands. As it was Christianized in 686 by Kilian, Colman, and Totnan; a group of Irish missionaries wanting to convert the area. First called Vurteburch in 704, the first diocese was founded by Saint Boniface in 742 who appointed Saint Burkhard as the first bishop of Wurzburg. The bishops created a duchy in the center of the city which extended throughout the 12th century to Eastern Franconia. Wurzburg became the seat of several Imperial diets, including the one of 1180, in which Henry the Lion was banned from the Empire and his duchy was handed over to Otto of Wittelsbach. [wikipedia] In 788, the first church was built and became the present Würzburg Cathedral and was later consecrated that same year by Charlemagne. It was converted to Romanesque style from 1040 to 1225. Wurzburg is also home to the infamous University: The University of Würzburg, which was founded in 1402 and re-founded in 1582.

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 12, Part B (4/6) – Wurzburg and Castle Marionburg, Return to Dusseldorf

Part B


View of Castle Marionburg from the bridge in Wurzburg

Monday, 6 April 2009
Wurzburg, Germany

The adventurers made it to Wurzburg. Wandering around the streets and exploring the artistic architecture, statues, and sights. The adventurers were in awe of what a beautiful city Wurzburg is. Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Vanssa, and Princess Brea crossed the bridge with all the statues to see how far a walk it would be to make it to the Castle on foot. Deciding against it, they opted for a scenic walk along the waterfront and over to the Tourist Information center. Soon thereafter, Lord Christian picked the group up in his motor-carriage and drove them up to the Castle. There they explored the still used interiors, walls, towers, and well. A key was held in the hand of a Saint and the other who may have held one, was missing the arm that would of held the missing key. Could this be the heavily sought after “Key?” to “Life”? Was the key in the hands of this other statue and cut off by someone who wanted “the sacred key of life”? Bedazzled and confused, the adventurers continued on as Sir Thomas Leaf believed a mighty Troll may have taken the Key to Belgium. Omens and prophecies said the key would be there. Being a reknown diviner – faith was planted to follow his intuition. After the castle, it was a couple hour drive to Dusseldorf. The party dropped by Sir Ingo the Great’s for some tea and cake, then Lady Vanessa lured Princess Breanna and Sir Thomas Leaf off for some Lebanese fast food. That evening they took it easy and settled down to a movie satisfied with their adventure.

 
The statues at Castle Marionburg, one holding a key, the other perhaps had the missing key

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Frog Fences and Frog Crossings ….


Frog fence along the highway between Ansbach and Wurzburg, Germany

Frog Fences
Germany is one of the few countries in the world that has become pro-active in protecting its frog populations. In areas heavily populated by frogs, fences are set up along the roads to prevent the little hoppers from getting flattened by cars. They are either re-directed to go through a tunnel underneath the roadway or are caught in the fences where it is rumored volunteers go collect them and move them across the roadway (I couldn’t find proof to that statement). There are even frog crossing warning signs in Bavaria. Apparently Vermont, in the United States also Incorporates Frog Fences along their highways. But not all of Bavaria is pro-active. A Bus driver is suspended for saving two toads crossing the road. Now I see where the video game “Frogger” comes from. Here’s a cute independent film called Frog Crossing (if embedding below doesn’t work).

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Kaspar Hauser

The Story of Kaspar Hauser
(April 30, 1812 – December 17, 1833)
Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany
In the 19th century, around the streets of Nuremberg, Germany there appeared a small teenage boy with no family, little ability for speech, and no caretaker. From what could be determined was this poor child had grown up in the isolation of a darkened cell, and that he could quite possibly be a lost prince child of the House of Baden. It was on May 26 of 1828 that this foundling was discovered on the streets with a letter addressed to the 60th cavalry regiment 4th squadron Captain von Wessenig dated “From the Bavarian border / The place is not named [sic] / 1828”. The letter told that the boy was given into custody on the 7th October 1812 as an infant with instructions to teach him the Christian religion, reading, and writing; but with explicit orders for him never to “take a single step out of my house”. The letter stated the boy was to become a cavalryman – to enlist him or to hang him. Continue reading Kaspar Hauser

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 12, Part A (4/6) – Lord Christian’s Farm, Leaving Ansbach

Part A


Leaving Christian’s Family’s Farm

Monday, 6 April 2009
Ansbach, Germany

Rustled up by Lord Christian the explorers got their gear together and departed the farm. Today was the road trip to Wurzburg and the Castle Marionburg to accomplish the quest for the sacred key. Sir Thomas Leaf having some revelations overnight is realizing insight about the key and to stop looking for it buried in crypts, tombs, dungeons, and ancient ruins. But that it may exist in more ethereal form in the beauty of aspirations of life. So the quest begins to change as they begin the search for the key above ground to discover the mystery it beholds. Perhaps there is a gatekeeper to a secret world where this mystery lieth.

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Club-Mate (Germany)



Club Mate
While in Ansbach had the privelege to try a friend’s favorite beverage called “Club Mate”. I don’t think its available in my part of the United States yet, but I look forward to its arrival. Club-Mate is a caffeinated carbonated Mate-extract beverage made by the Loscher Brewery near Münchsteinach, Germany and is apparently extremely popular in Germany-speaking Europe’s Hacker scene because of its high caffeine content. First well known in the Berlin club scene during the 90s as an alternative to the more expensive energy drinks like Red Bull. They made special drinks at the Clubs in Berlin called Vodka-Mate and Chunk (combination of Rum and Club-Mate). It was originally formulated by Geola beverages of Dietenhofen, Germany and marketed Club-Mate under the name Sekt-Bronte. High in Caffeine (20 mg per 100 ml) and low in sugar content compared to other beverages of the energy drink persuasion. It’s available in 0.33 and 0.5 liter bottles. As a special holiday brew called “Winter Edition” in December 2007, they made a limited-edition of the original formula mixed with cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, and citrus extract which was very popular. Due to is astringent flavor, low sugar content, high Catechin and Flavonoid contents it has an unusual acquired taste that the manufacturer won’t deny, in fact they made the drink motto: “Man gewöhnt sich daran” translates roughly as “One gets used to it!”. Club-Mate contains: Water, Inverted sugar syrup, Sugar, Mate Tea Extract, Citric Acid, Caffeine, Natural Flavors, Caramel Color, Carbonic Acid. Club-Mate is available throughout Germany and is growing in popularity and availability in Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, and the Netherlands. Recently (2008) Club-Mate made a USA site called club-mate.us and was recently registered with announcements of its initial US availability at 2600 magazine’s The Last Hope conference in New York. [ more information: Wikipedia ].

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Ansbacher Markgrafengruft (Ansbach, Germany)


Cathedral, Ansbach, Germany

Ansbacher Markgrafengruft
Ansbach, Germany

Underneath the Gumbertuskirche is a crypt called the Grablege der Markgrafen or Ansbacher Markgrafengruft. Here some very important people are buried, with their caskets/coffins available for you to view during set hours with a custodian present to tell you the histories. The Solms-Laubach: Sophie (1594-1651) – spouse of Joachim Ernst (1583-1625) of Brandenburg-Ansbach; Sophia Margaretha (1634-1664) Oettingen – the 2nd spouse of Albrecht V [7]; Henriette Louise (1623-1650) – Württemberg, 1st spouse of Albrecht V [7]; The following of the Brandenburg-Ansbach: Albertina Louise (1646-1670), Sophia Elisabeth (1643-1643), Friedrich August (1685-1685), Charlotte Sophie (1679-1680), Albrecht Ernst (1659-1674), Johann Friedrich (1654-1686), Leopold Friedrich (1674-1676), Friedrich Karl (1715-1716), Eleonore Wilhelmine Charlotte (1714-1714), Carl Wilhelm Friedrich (1712-1757), Carl Friedrich August (1733-1737), Carl Albrecht (1675-1692), Wilhelm Friedrich (1686-1723), Sophia Amalia (1649-1649), Georg Friedrich (1678-1703), Louise Sophie (1652-1668), Albrecht V (1620-1667); The Baden Durlach Family: Johanna Elisabeth (1651-1680) – 1e spouse of Johann Friedrich [14]; The Wurrtemberg Dukes Family: Maximilian Emanuel (heart) (1694-1729), Christiane Charlotte (1694-1729) – spouse of Wilhelm Friedrich [4], ; The Kings of Prussia: Friederike Luise (1714-1784), ; The Saxe-Coburg-Gothal Family: Friederike Caroline (1735-1791). They ask for a Euro donation for the opening viewing, students are free. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Ansbach, Germany


Ansbach, Germany

Ansbach, Germany
www.ansbach.de
Ansbach or Anspach is a town of roughly 40,512 people in the Bavarian state of Germany (census 2004). It was originally called Onolzbach. It serves as the capital of the administrative region of Middle Franconia. 25 miles southwest of Nuremberg and 90 miles north of Munich, Ansbach has been an important center for Franconia and Bavaria. It resides on the Frankische Rezat, a tributary of the Main river. Ansbach started out as a Benedictine monastery in 748 by Gumbertus (a Franconian noble) who was later canonized. Centuries later, the monastery and its adjoining village called Onolzbach populated into the town that is now “Ansbach” (1221 AD). The counts of Oettigen ruled there until the Hohenzollern burgraves of Nuremberg took over in 1331 making the seat of their dynasty there until they acquired the Margraviate of Brandenburg in 1415. With the death of Frederick I (Elector of Brandenburg) in 1440, the Franconian cadet branch of the family was not politically united with the main Brandenburg line remaining independent as “Brandenburg-Ansbach”. Continue reading Ansbach, Germany

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The Ansbach Residence (Ansbach, Germany)


Ansbach Residence, Ansbach, Germany

Ansbach Residence, Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany
* Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Ansbach * Promenade 27 · 91522 Ansbach * Tel. (09 81) 95 38 39 -0 · Fax (09 81) 95 38 39 -40 * sgvansbach@bsv.bayern.de *
RESIDENCE AND COURT GARDEN OF THE MARGRAVES OF ANSBACH
OPENING TIMES OF THE RESIDENCE: April – September: 9am – 6pm; October – March: 10am – 4pm; Closed Mondays. The palace can only be visited by participating in a guided tour. Tours (ca. 50 minutes) take place every hour until 5pm in the summer and until 3pm in the winter.
The Residence of the Margraves of Ansbach were under reconstruction and revitalization while we visited, so unfortunately couldn’t take a very good look at the exterior of this palace since the scaffolding was blocking the view. We did however take the 50-minute guided tour into the interior, no photographs were permitted, and the guided tour was in German. Luckily I had the pleasure of a best friend accompanying me and giving me the translations, as well as a english guide i could read while touring. Great history and phenomenal art within. I was quite impressed. According to the brochure: “The Residence of Ansbach originated as a medieval complex. The large Gothic Hall with its ribbed vault, in which the largest collection of faience and porcelain from the former Ansbach Manufactory is now on display, was built in around 1400. The medieval complex was redesigned as a modern residence between 1705 and 1730.
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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 11, Part C (4/5) – Lord Christian’s Farm, Ansbach, the Palace …

Part C


Keys in the mural decoration

Sunday, 5 April 2009
Ansbach, Germany

From the Veste Lichtenau, the weary travellers headed over to Ansbach. It was quickly discovered that “Sir Christian” was indeed not just a knightly “Sir” but rather a “Lord” as we soon met his family and their estate. A new family member recently born joined the clan … the cutest ever four-ling. After greetings and a little nap … the travellers headed to the legendary roaming grounds of Kaspar Hauser. Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Vanessa parted from exhausted Princess Brea and Lord Christian after a nice tea-cap at Lord Christians’ favorite cafe to have a uniquely German drink called club-Mate that is popular amongst German hackers; and went to the Palace for a tour of the royal interior and furnishings. Afterwards, a tour of dead in the basement of the local cathedral, in search for the sacred key. More clues were revealed, in the epitaphs/seals/ and murals revealing directions to the key they seek.


Emblem seal with keys

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Veste Lichtenau (Castle Lichtenau)

Veste Lichtenau (Castle Lichtenau)
Staatsarchiv Nürnberg * Von-Heydeck-Strasse 3 * 91586 Lichtenau * Tel. 09827/92790
Along the Castle road, down in Bavaria, lies an impressive fortress that now holds the state archives of Nurnberg. This is “Veste Lichtenau”. Massive walls with formidable towers, this fortress served as the model for the Nuremberg Castle and reminds us that times were not peaceful in this area of old. This fortress existed between 1406-1806 (four hundred years of operation) protecting the small market towns that were owned by the free imperial city of Nuremberg. Afterwards, it held the cities history to this day. The feuds between the margraves of Ansbach and the Town Council of the free imperial city of Nuremberg were abundant, and eventually destroyed this fortress and market in 1229 and 1552. Afterwards it was rebuilt. The complex was built from 1558 to 1630 and was not substantially changed in the following years and the moat and enclosing walls are prominent and well preserved to this day. The bastions project outwards and are located at the corners of the polygon: the bear, the stag, the virgin battery, the dragon battery and the bell battery. A branch office of the State Archive of Nuremberg has been housed in Lichtenau Fortress for over 20 years. Because of this, it is only possible to view the castle complex by prior arrangement with the State Archive of Nuremberg, branch office Lichtenau. The exterior of the castle is fully accessible during the day. The “Castle Festival” takes place on the first weekend in July each year.


Veste Lichtenau, Germany

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Palmbosch’n’



Lichtenau, Germany

‘Palmbosch’n’
On Palm Sunday, April 5th, while walking through the village of Lichtenau and the city of Ansbach, we noticed spread across the threshholds to a cafe/restaurant (Lichtenau) and a dining hall of a Protestant parish courtyard (Ansbach) (both primarily Protestant communities) from afar looked like fresh cut flower greens (not the flower heads/petals) or fern branches, but a closer inspection hints more as fresh tree sapling sprouts or branches, some evergreen; making a pathway into the establishment. Google searches provided no suggestions. Communitie discussion on networks and folklore boards came up with the following: (1) The Troll: foliage representing palm fronds for “Palm Sunday” (Catholic tradition on this April 5th; possibly Byzantine roots before spread to Catholicism in 5th century); (2) The Troll: (alternate) if Willow branches: Russian Orthodox, Polish and Bavarian Roman Catholics, and various other East European peoples carry pussy willows on Palm Sunday instead of palm branches (which do not grow that far north). This custom has continued to this day among Romanian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Polish Catholic, and Ukrainian Catholic emigrees in North America. (3) Bonefinder: Palmbosch’n’ – the Berchtesgadeners still believe in the ‘magic powers’ of the Palmbosch’n (literally ‘palm bushes’): According to the web site, there is no farm in the area that isn’t decorated each spring with so-called palm bushes that ornament the entire house from bedrooms to stables; they are not palm leaves (too hard to come by in the areas) but rather most often tree branches such as the willow branch (most measuring between 60 and 140 cm (two to five feet) in length). A ritual is conducted before they are used, as they have the uppermost twigs of the willow branch slit open with a small switch of beech or cedar inserted to bring blessings upon the house. The Palmbosch’n are also decorated with ‘Gschabertbandl’. These multicolored ribbon ornaments are made from long wood shavings that have been dyed and ironed. A final touch is given to the ‘willow palms’: two tiny slits are cut into the stem under the bark. This is said to ‘release the witches and druids’ who are believed to hibernate in there. Continue reading Palmbosch’n’

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Lichtenau, Germany


Lichtenau, Germany

Lichtenau, Bavaria, Germany
A small village/town of roughly 3,780 population just off the infamous “Castle Road” theme route of Southern Germany. Its a small market town in the district of Ansbach, Mittelfranken, Bavaria, Germany. 390 meters above Sea Level with an Area of 41.39 km² (16 sq mi). Very traditional little town, it is also home to the “Veste Lichtenau” (castle) which now houses the Nuremberg Archives.
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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 11, Part B (4/5) – ‘Palmbosch’n’, Lichtenau and Castles

Part B

Sunday, 5 April 2009
Nürnberg, Germany

The adventurers had a chance to sleep in a little bit … up and out by 11:00 am. The crew met with the gamer group out on the back patio and it was decided that before parting ways, breakfast at a local cafe waa in order. Packing up their luggage and a short drive into town, hanging out at a cafe for chocolate croissants and breakfast goodies. After social calls, the parties went their separate ways … Sir Thomas Leaf, Sir Christian, Lady Vanessa of the Rhine, and Princess Brea headed off to Christian’s hometown of Ansbach. It was a few hour drive … but allowed for a quick road stop at a Castle along the way. Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Vanessa took a walk around the castle to bask in its glory. No signs of keys, though. Home of the Nuremberg Archives.

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Jugend-Hotel Nurnberg

Jugend-Hotel Nurnberg
* Rathsbergstr. 300 * 90411 Nürnberg, Germany * +49 911 5216092 * www.jugendhotel-nuernberg.de
A bit far off the beaten path lies this charming hostel with decent sized rooms, beds, and tiny bathrooms. They have over 120 rooms. Set in the woods by the airport, its like an old-fashioned adventurers hostel with nice natural scenic beauty around the grounds. The hostel is pretty spacious with lots of land for outdoor activities such as frisbee, barbeques, and sunbathing. Inside is a big lobby with a tv-lounge, internet room, and a dining hall. If you don’t have your own car, public transportation or cabs are a must in order to get into town due to the remote location. Reception desk hours are sporadic but the clerk is not too hard to find. Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5. Continue reading Jugend-Hotel Nurnberg

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The Druid (Nuremberg, Germany)



The Druid
* Weißgerbergasse 18 * 90403 Nürnberg, Germany * +49 911 2059072 * www.thedruidpub.com

A great little Irish/English pub in the heart of the Nurnberg Old Town. It’s an authentic traditional Irish pub located on one of the most beautiful medieval streets in the city; housed in a four story 12th century building, next to Club Sixteen; it encompassed the first two floors and basement. Decorated with old timber, uneven stairs, and rough stone walls – it brings the charm of Ireland into Germany. Great whiskey and cottage pie. I’ve heard good things about the fish n’ chips and the beer as well. Staff was great. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Hallertor (Nurnberg, Germany)



The Hallertor
* Weißgerbergasse 25 * 90403 Nürnberg, Germany * +49 911 2406611 * www.hallertor.de

A pretty happening bar in the old town district where cocktail specials are abundant during their late happy hour and some quite tasty concoctions. My favorite was “the swimming pool”. The waittresses were charming and very helpful, friendly, and good service. Around 10 or 11 they start Karaoke in the back which got quite crowded, and I’m not sure it was just our gang. Good times. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Landbierparadies (Nurnberg, Germany)



Landbierparadies
* Sterzinger Str. 4, Nürnberg – +49 911 4334722 * www.landbierparadies.com *
A decent sized pub with a backroom that can scrunch in over 30 (tightly) that has affordable prices, good beer, good food, and decent service. Of course we were a larger group, so I’m sure the service was difficult and I think the waiter did a wonderful job attending to us. They are open late serving beer and snacks. They also have a beer garden. The pub is known for its showcase beer from the small breweries in Franconia, especially those around Nuremburg, Bamburg, and Bayreuth. They also have some souvenir krugs for sale of which my daughter purchased – quality made and a good gift. I can’t comment on the beer as I don’t drink beer, but I’ve heard good things from the friends in our company and they seem to have enjoyed it enough to drink up a storm. Some of the favorites mentioned were Schluekla (smoked beer from Brauerei Saurer in Gunzendorf), Dunkles Vollbier from Brauerei Drummer in Leutenbach, and the Dunkles Vollbier from Brauerei Penning in Hetzelsdorf. The food itself was very good … I had a schnitzel, as my German is poor, and I couldn’t figure what else familiar to order. 🙁 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Nuremberg Johannisfriedhof Cemetery


Nuremberg Cemetery

Nuremberg Johannisfriedhof Cemetery
St. John’s Cemetery (Johannisfriedhof)is situated to the West of the Neutor and is the last resting place of many important citizens of Nuremberg and the surrounding area. Amongst the greats buried here are Albrecht Dürer (painter), Veit Stoß (craftsman) and Willibald Pirckheimer (humanist). The cemetery is composed of many sacrophagos-like tombstones that are decorated by bronze tablets with many interesting epitaphs engraved on them as well as depictions of coats of arms that give the professions of the dead. It is told that in the winter of 1993/94 antique-theives stole many of the bronze plates for their value on the black market. Established in the 13th century, it was not until after 1518 that people from the parish of St. Seebald were buried here, outside the city walls. There is a picturesque church within the cemetery that was built in the 14th century and was the only historic church in Nuremberg to escape the bombing raids. Continue reading Nuremberg Johannisfriedhof Cemetery

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Nürnberg, Germany

Nuremberg is located on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. It is in the heart of the Franconia / Bavaria state of Germany. It is Franconia’s largest city and is located 170 km’s north of Munich. In 2006, it’s population was 500,132. It is located 302 meters above sea level. Nuremberg saw great expansion from 1050-1571 because it was located on one of the key trade routes for the region and thereby was referred to as the “unofficial capital” of the Holy Roman Emperor as often royal meetings took place at the Nuremberg Castle. In 1219 it became a Imperial Free City under Emperor Frederick II and was popular as one of the two great trade centers on the route from Italy to Northern Europe. 1298 saw a horrible massacre (one of several in the Rintfleisch Massacres) of the Jewish population as they were accused of having desecrated the host with a hidden agenda to combine the northern and southern parts of the city which were divided by the Pegnitz River – and since the Jews settled there, this was one of the means the city had of getting rid of them. The area is now the City Market, Frauenkirche, and the City Hall (Rathaus). From the 15th-16th centuries, the German Renaissance flowered in this center. Then in 1525, the Protestant Reformation took influence in the area, and in 1532 the religious Peace of Nuremberg was signed here. The Thirty Year’s War did its damage in 1632 and declined thereafter until recovery in the 19th century as it grew into an industrial center. Because of the bankruptcy after the war, Nuremberg was given to Bavaria who took over the debts and guaranteed amortization. Eventually Nazi Germany landed here. Because of its former relevance to the Holy Roman Empire, the Nazi Party chose the city to be the location for the huge Nazi Party conventions – the Nuremberg Rallies that were held from 1927-1938. When Hitler rose to power in 1933, the rallies became huge state propaganda events and Nuremberg became a center of Nazi ideals. It was here that Hitler ordered the Reichstag to convene at Nuremberg to pass anti-Semitic Law to revoke German citizenship for all Jews. Today there still remains many examples of Nazi architecture. With WWII, Nuremberg became the headquarters of Wehrkreis (military district) XIII and an important site for the production of airplanes, submarines, and tanks. Continue reading Nürnberg, Germany

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 10, Part B – Nürnberg: Graveyards, Gamers, and Drinking

Part B

Saturday, 4 April 2009
Nürnberg, Germany

From the Nibulengenmuseum, a brief hike back to Lady Vanessa’s motor-carriage, with a pit stop at at the fish stop and bakery for some travel munchies, the adventurers were on their way to Nürnberg to meet up with Lady Vanessa’s and Sir Christian’s gathering of friends who periodically meet up in a regional city to network on a online RPG game in German they all play together. A few hours later and the delvers arrived in Nürnberg ….

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