My parents visited when we lived in Germany. I drove them to see Munich, Garmisch, Berchtesgaden and then onto Salzburg, Austria. It was a Bavarian Alps Road Trip. Here they are posing for me with their grandchildren Mark, Matthew and Laura. It was a happy time together.
Guest Contributions to Today’s Souvenir Gallery.
A follow-on post from Tuesday’s Post- Souvenir
Sometimes you purchase the souvenir yourself, and sometimes a souvenir is brought to you as a gift from a traveling friend.
________________________________Souvenirs from Mary
____________________________________Souvenirs from Joanne
_______________________________Souvenirs from Vincie-
______________Terry’s souvenir mug from Norway, just over a month in her possession
____________________________Yvette’s Souvenir Refrigerator Magnets
Postcard from London from my sister Mary. I found it on my fridge today.
To remember. Read their names.
As I was photographing one of these brass Stolpersteine, an elderly man came up to us and said in German “it’s important to remember the bad things that happen.”
Artist Gunter Demnig creates the Stoplersteines and personally places them in the sidewalks, using a small trowel, in front of the residences where individuals and families were taken by the Nazis. They all say “here lived_______” , their name and their dates and the location where they were murdered.
Writer Megan King says in her article https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/the-deeper-meaning-behind-berlins-brass-cobblestones/ “These cobblestone plaques that bear a tragic chapter of German history are the open-ended project first initiated in 1996 by the German artist Gunter Demnig. Not only is their message one of remembrance and of personalising the victims by honouring their names, but their purpose is also thought-provoking, aiming to initiate discussion and stimulate thought.”
(Link to another post about the Stolpersteine remembrance project)
The last photo taken at night illustrating how the light catches the brass plaques. Here are a few of the thousands of stolpersteines placed in Berlin but the project has expanded to other countries as well.
Along the Spree River, in a building covered in vines, you can find Guitar Doc. Here’s Anthony working on his 100th guitar. His father being a handyman was always working with his hands so when Anthony was small, he’d look over his shoulder and watch and learn.
There’s a Vintage Guitar Lounge where you can take an instrument from the wall display and test it as you sit and play. Listen to the tone, feel the heft of the polished wood, strum and pick the strings.
A good day for an addition to the People at Work series.
https://www.guitardoc.de/ along the Spree River
A piece of the Berlin Wall
Childhood friends as mothers.
The girls, born in Germany in 1983 and 1984, were friends as babies and toddlers and young girls
Laura at bottom. Anna at top.
Here they are as Mothers,
in 2018 with their own children
Anna with Elio. Laura with Charlie
Michelle Weber challenges bloggers to show a photo of something unexpected this week- the word is unlikely
Wasn’t expecting a rabbit carrying a “baby” –
but it was Easter time.
Window display showing baby carriers for sale in Berlin.
Awakening 2. Signs of Spring in Berlin. Real time.
Yesterday’s post was of Grandson Charlie when he was brand new, just opening his eyes- from the 2015 archives. I caused a bit of confusion as he’ll celebrate his 3rd birthday in June.
Molecule Man Sculpture on River Spree, Berlin-by American artist Jonathan Borofsky