Wandering Lindau, Bavaria

Last May, my Italian relatives and I decided on a day trip to Lindau on Lake Constance, Bodensee in German. Ever allergic to highways, I took the pastoral route. Although 45 minutes longer, the scenery was well worth the detour. Peaceful meadows, valleys and zig-zagging roads showed off their colourful palette. The landscape was dotted […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part 3

In a previous post we left off at St. Anna’s Church – where one of the key documents of the Reformation came to be: the Augsburg Confession, presented to the Holy Roman Emperor at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530. It consisted of 28 articles of faith, which became the foundational document of […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part Two

As mentioned in my previous post, Augsburg’s population is 259,196 and is renowned as a centre for gold and silver. After exploring the Fuggerei and its bunker, Jackson and I wandered back to the centre to visit Town Hall. The Renaissance-style Town Hall was built in the 1600s, its showpiece, the magnificent Goldene Saal, is […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part One

City of Fugger, and of Gold- and Silversmiths – the lasting influence of one family. Here I thought that Augsburg was going to be just another boring city…. Wrong! When Jackson, my friend and fellow seminary-graduate came to visit from Hong-Kong, sightseeing Augsburg was one of the requests.  I don’t regret having gone there. There […]

Visiting Canada – Family and Friends

Freising, Bavaria When our noon flight from Munich to Toronto was delayed to 9: pm – due to an otherwise illegal crew rest – I took the bus to the nearby town of Freising in Bavaria. Freising dates from 4200 BC, when the first settlers arrived. In 996 AD, Emperor Otto granted Market rights which […]

Wandering Bavaria

Bavaria 70,549.44 km2 (approx. 27,239 sq. mi.) – Population 12.6 million (December 2011) Bavaria is the largest (and  independent) state in Germany – officially named  Free-state of Bavaria;  takes up  20% land surface. Its size is equivalent to the Province of Ontario. As mentioned in previous posts, I’m only a hop from the Bavarian border and […]

A Look into the Past–the Other Perspective

Having related all that is wonderful and good in Germany, I cannot overlook the unpleasant past and pretend it didn’t happen. This has probably been the hardest post to write.  How can I attempt to relate neutrally some of the darkest events in Germany’s and the world’s history?  Yet, to my surprise, when mentioning Flossenburg, […]

Of Maypoles, Trees, and Holy Traditions

SPRING….. at last! Or so we thought.  On an exuberant first of May, we were caressed by the sun and enjoyed open air celebrations with traditional food and hoempapa  music.  The rest of the month the sun played games of hide and seek. Unrelenting rain tempests and laden skies dampened our spirits and tried our […]