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Long, Long Ago

Today brings us to contest entry Question #2 of Carrie's most amazing trip give-away at The Slow-Dripped Life.  She asks "What was one of you most cherished travel memories/trips?"
 
Me enjoying bratwurst and beer in Germany

Way back in 1977, as a young woman just twenty three years old,  my two year old daughter and I flew to what was then West Germany, where I was to spend the next two and a half years of my life as a "military dependent", an Army wife, living in an all-German apartment building in the community of Ay just South Of Ulm, in the state of Bavaria in Southern Germany.  Living there was an education by immersion into the history, language and culture of my heritage.  My son was born in Augsburg and was strolled along the banks of the Danube River as an infant.  It goes without saying that living in Germany was an experience I will never forget.  Here are just a few of the places we visited while we were there...

 Neuschwanstein Castle


The Medieval City of Rothenburg

The Muenster Cathedral in Ulm
where I attended a beautiful midnight Christmas Eve Service


Dachau Concentration Camp:
The Crematorium

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10 comments:

  1. I loved my Europe trip for the sights I saw so yours reminded me of my good journey there. The castle are fairy tale like but there really was no place like home. have a blessed week Josie :))

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    1. That is so true! I am so grateful for the country I live in; cheers erupted from the military passengers and their families when our plane landed back in the USA after living abroad for so long! There is no place like home! :-)

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  2. I had left Germany by the time you got there, but it was amazing to live there that's for sure! And your photos are all of places I've been too!

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    1. It was an amazing experience Louise, beautiful country! I also gained a much greater appreciation for my own country and a better understanding of why my parents were as they were.

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  3. Well that was cool. I had friends from my ROTC days stationed over there in Germany. They traveled around Europe like it was a day trip. The only castle I ever saw was at Disney World in 1975. I'm good with that. ;)

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    1. It was a fun little trip down memory lane, McGuffy Ann. It was truly a beautiful place. Rained every day for about 15 minutes. We left our bedroom windows open year around, even in cold winter, but slept under heavy down comforters, very healthy and I loved it! The castle was amazing, home of King Ludwig II, but they later deposed him for being thought crazy. Maybe he was, or maybe politics, who knows!

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  4. I am JUST NOW getting around to the rest of the posts for Question #2 and all the entries/comments, etc. It is a pleasantly peaceful morning sitting amidst the chatter of a coffee shop commenting and reading everyone's posts.

    I LOVED this post, Josie! What an experience you had - I hope to get to live in another country somewhere someday and take in another culture.

    I can NOT imagine visiting some of the concentration camps...I know I would be so immersed in emotion. Wow...

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    1. It was an incredible experience, Carrie, the opportunity of a lifetime! Living in a German apartment building in a tiny town rather than on the military base with other Americans, taught us so much more about the culture of my ancestors. It was a beautiful place and I have many wonderful memories. A visit to at least one concentration camp is a must, it is a sobering lesson that one never forgets, ever.

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  5. I have always wanted to attend a midnight Christmas mass in Europe. Maybe sometime....

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    1. It was cold and snowing softly,candlelight and that big pipe organ playing Christmas hymns... magnificent, Maria!

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