Modern Germany is very clean. Honestly...you can drive for miles and not see a single piece of litter.
There are many HUGE wind turbines that generate energy. They have three blades and remind me of a country wide Mercedes advertisement. (What a great ad campaign that would be!)
The population is decreasing. It is "very expensive to have children."
The high steeple churches in the small towns are all hundreds of years old. I wonder what someone would have seen from each of the belfries during WWII. What happened in that very field behind the house? Everyone is quiet on the subject and no one asks.
The round-about is big here and so are the sausages.
Steeped in history the story line goes back to the Holy Roman Empire. There are ancient ruins dating back 2,000 years. There are cathedrals, castles, and monuments from many wars....There is Legoland and many hiking trails. There is the Black Forest and familiar folk tales.
It is the land of Wagner. And, now Rod Stewart posters are all over...he will be here in September.
It is one of the "states" in the European Union. The Americans are loved.
I was buying gas (about $10 USD per gallon) and bought a piece of apple strudel from the restaurant next door. (Had to try it out!) The waiter asked, "Are you English?" I answered , "No. American." He put an extra piece in the box and marked it as one piece.
I will be here again to visit my family. They are here for several years. The thing I will miss most in Germany is my son and his family.