Thursday, June 18, 2009

Impressions Of Germany

Modern Germany is very clean. 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.


Anonymous said...

Hi Pam,
Please take some pictures and show us the Black Forest! For those who have never seen it, it's beautiful. We have family that lives near Karlsruhe, Germany.Enjoy the rest of your trip!!

CC Tillett said...

Dear Senator Roach,

I will never forget my Aunt Francis and Uncle Howard. They traveled much and their descripitve epatats were backed up by many pictures. We always looked forward to Uncle Howard setting up the slide projector. We could sit and listen for hours as they described their journey's.

Those were the good old days and I miss them terribly.

You bring back the memories.

Thank you!

infinite freedom said...

Thank you so much for that very eloquent description. My first husband was 100% German, and my second is 50%. I don't know what draws me to them, I am Italian! So, I have 2 sons, & now the three men in my life are predominantly German.

Well, I love them all very dearly and miss my two sons' father of course.

I often day dream about taking them to Germany.

Funny how in America, the first thing we did was kill the native people. I still have hopes that mankind can overcome it's penchant for feeding off of others' pain.

Perhaps we could start with giving the children back to their families...

I'm sorry dear Senator, thank you for sharing. And please forgive me if I speak too much of the truth.