I just spent a few days in Frankfurt am Main, which is not the self-evident holiday destination, but a good friend of mine has moved there and as well I needed a change of air. I did work a bit whereever I could find Wifi, but also took some time to see the town and have a look in the house of its most famous son: Goethe. Wow. He's THE MAN. All German agree (and Goethe himself for sure doesn't disagree either!) Can someone find me a similar statue of a woman who is NOT an allegory for something abstract? : ) Well, I won't deny that he was a great genious and poet. And he was even a kind of rock star at the end of the 18th century. Das Leiden der jungen Werther even found its way into the pocket of Napoleon. Goethe - the founder of the first world wide youth movement. Interesting guy, but somehow everything about him is so heavy.
Yesterday my friend and I went down to the Rhine and saw Schoss Eberbach - where the interiors of the film The Name of the Rose were filmed. Nice place!
And at last some photos from downtown Frankfurt. The town of contrasts! Something like Manhattan mixed with a German small town. Interesting atmosphere!
PS: By the way, did you know that the fortune of the family of Goethe was made by his grandfather who worked with women's wear (and called himself Göthé)? Well, look at what the Goethestrasse in Frankfurt looks like:
...it's all Dior, Gauthier, Cartier and Louis Vuitton! The circle is closed. Dixi.
I'm going with a very dear friend of mine to Sweden this Summer and we are going to walk on the St Olav trail which in its whole goes from Selånger to Trondheim. But we're going to do only a tiny bit of it, from Åre to Medstugan and back again. It's a long story why we don't cross the Norweigan border as originally planned, but we'd like to play safe and not go to far but accept our limitations and keep the holiday a holiday. Even so, we decided we needed some exercice and so we went to the Ardennes last Wednesday for a lovely walk as you can see! The temperature was very cooperative, just above 20°C and with a slight rain refreshing us. Aren't we gorgeous?
Other things I've been up to lately: a BABY SHOWER...
... which is an American tradition which as you see includes measuring the circuit of the mother in spe! A great fun girl's activity which was new to me. And also I've got a splendid view of Brussels through the eyes of friends who come from there!
As you see it was a little bit wet! But it could have been worse, because our guide (to the left, with the umbrella, as all guides) taught us this street (the Anspachlaan) used to be a river! But long ago they did away with the river and turned it into asphalt for the cars to drive. And very recently they banned the cars and turned the whole street into a big walking street/playground. Lovely. I'm glad for the people of Brussels.
Well, and if we now go back in time to April this is what happened then:
I attained the respectable age of 40 and for the occasion invited some very dear friends of mine for a little concert in my flat (many are missing on the photos I'm afraid!). Lovely and heart-warming! A memory to cherish very dearly. So, that's my little catch-up with you for now.