I have been there several times and the surroundings of Teschendorf are always worth a hike. Horses, cows, vast green landscapes with slight hills (very tiny Brandenburg-like hills, of course) and light forests build a great shire atmosphere which invites you to to immerse in nature.
Having friends in the house with food and activities – what can be better?
Because of covid my Mom wasn’t able to have a party for her 70th birthday last year. So we had her party at our family gathering in August.
When my Grandma died some years ago, I looked at all the old family pictures from the 50s and younger and with those pictures in mind I wrote in her obituary: “For me she was the calming role model and responsible for a lively and cheerful big family in which there were as good as no quarrels – without any psychology books.”
When I look at the pictures of this event, I know that she did very well and still effects us all today, seven years after she went away forever.
My Moms neighbor has an absolutely overflowing flower garden. Even more beautiful after the rain.
Next to La Wantzenau, which is a very picturesque village North of Strasbourg, we made a walk trough a forest with a small animal enclosure. We saw some interesting beasts but were also eaten by them: mosquitos everywhere! I was very happy to have spray with me.
But the best part was when we found out we were directly next to two rivers: The small river Ill and the huge river Rhine. we just had to climb some stairs to see it. How strange that a river is upstairs.
Pavlov was very jumpy that day :-).
We have been to Strasbourg before: My brother was just born and I myself have been 4 years old. My Mum at the time bought a leather handbag from a street vendor which was very smelly. We called it “the dog” and it had its place on the balcony for many years to come.
At the bottom of this post you will find some old pictures from Strasbourg my Dad made more than 40 yrs. ago.
At the time we went onto the roof of the famous cathedral but this time (Corona and I don’t know) the cathedral was closed over noon and we haven’t had the chance to see it again from the inside. But we went into another, very beautiful church – Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune-protestant – which is really a gem and worth to go.
Eglise Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune protestant
A little throwback to the past
The last picture I remembered to have seen in our family album. I made my mum repeat the pose from memory. Not too bad! And she doesn’t look at all like she is more than 40 yrs older than on the first picture!
Mum, Pavlov and I have been to Alsace for some days and we saw a lot of timbered houses and bought and ate many different cheeses. On our first day we took a trip to some smaller but very picturesque towns. The weather was very variable and we had to pull out our raincoats several times.
We made a stop in Langenlonsheim near Mainz to visit a friend of my Mum. We stayed for a night and had a very good time there. In the morning I had a long walk with Pavlov to the near Hermitage cut into rocks in the middle ages. The last hermit lived there until 1827. He died after 52 years of service.
Mum, Auntie, Pavlov and me had a very flowery hike downhill from Walldürn to Beuchertsmühle. In Walldürn the city decided to have flower fields instead of lawn to feed the bees. It’s not only good for the bees but it’s also extremely beautiful. At Beuchertsmühle Pavlov finally had the opportunity to jump into the water. Of course this was his favorite part of the hike. Except of seeing a deer perhaps.
We had a hot sunny day near to Oder River in Stolpe and Stolzenhagen. Pavlov saw and played with dogs and learned, how to jump into the water from above. At first he was kind of reserved, but once he got it, he was unstoppable.