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Photos: Gottingen, Eisenach and Arnstadt

Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery


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A late late flight to Heathrow

Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | Views [136]

Our plane was due to leave at 9pm so we caught a train and arrived early to have dinner at the airport. We were surprised to find a pot of herbs on every table and a thick paper parcel of chunky slices of very fresh German bread. Our meals were ... Read more >


A hairy escapade

Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | Views [154] | Comments [1]

After Eisenach we drove back to Goettingen for one night to see Cathy before catching a train to Hannover prior to our late flight to London Heathrow. We returned the hire car without incident, and to our surprise they provided us with a taxi ... Read more >


Return to Hotel Hainstein, Stephan Blezinger visit

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | Views [282] | Comments [1]

On Thursday, Richard had a 2pm appointment to meet Stephan Blezinger, an excellent recorder maker in Eisenach, to arrange for some repairs. Richard is the lucky owner of one of his intruments. We took the opportunity to revisit Haus Hainstein for ... Read more >


Bach family graveyard Arnstadt

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Views [160]

We have journeyed in Bach's footsteps only as far as his first marriage on this trip, but we did help mark the anniversary of his death on our first evening in Eisenach at the wonderful Baroque concert in the Nikolikirche. What's more, every day when ... Read more >


Bach's wedding at Dornheim

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Views [256] | Comments [1]

In 1707 aged 22 Bach married Maria Barbara at the tiny village of Dornheim, in the church of St Bartholomew where his friend was the pastor. The couple walked the 4 kilometres from Arnstadt at the head of a happy procession, recently re-enacted by the ... Read more >


Liebfrauenkirche Arnstadt

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Views [147]

This is a memorable church with an unusual interior. According to the brochure it was built over a period of 100 years from 1200, and reflects a convergence of earth-bound belief and ecstatic expectation of heavenly salvation (according to the leaflet).... Read more >


Bach Haus Arnstadt

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Views [148]

While working as organist at the new church in Arnstadt Bach lived with his widowed aunt and his 3 cousins in a modest little house at Kohlgasse 7, whose timbers date from 1582. The Bach family owned this house for 45 years, and it was used as a meeting ... Read more >


Bach Kirche, Arnstadt

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Views [165]

On Tuesday we had to drag ourselves away from the Haus Hainstein to drive to Arnstadt. There the Hotel Krone beside the railway station had to be a come down, but actually it served us well for our stay of two nights. First we visited the Bach Kirche ... Read more >


Bachhaus Museum Eisenach

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Views [162]

This museum is set up in the house where Bach lived until he was 10 when his parents died in quick succession, and he went to live with his father's identical twin brother's family in Ohrdruf. We saw the tiny rooms and kitchen with furniture from the ... Read more >


The Wartburg, Eisenach

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Views [159]

Built in 1067 high in the wooded mountains of the Thuringian forest this fortress was the seat of counts. A mecca for poets and minnesingers, it became the setting for the life and work of St Elizabeth with the poor and sick, then sheltered Martin ... Read more >


Was it a dream?

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Views [143]

A secluded attic suite in the Hotel Haus Hainstein had greeted our amazed gaze when we arrived, and from all 3 windows, high above mountain forests, we looked across the valley and up to the Medieval fortress palace of the ... Read more >


Eisenach, 264th Anniversary of Bach's Death

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Views [229]

This is the day we commenced our Bach pilgramage, in Eisenach the place of his birth, but on the anniversary of his death! There are many Bach concerts programmed for the year but only one on a Monday night, our only night there. It took place in the ... Read more >


The hire car mix up

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Views [128]

Early on Monday morning Richard went off to pick up the hirecar from the centre around the corner from the hotel. However on presentation of his booking the staff denied any knowledge of it! After some negotiation and checking of emails, it was revealed ... Read more >


Museum of Musical Instruments Göttingen

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Views [138]

Viewable only on a Sunday, (which was timely and highly convenient for us) this exhibition has the oldest recorder in the world, dug out of a cesspit under the Rathaus. THe wood has been dated from c1400. Thsi is a really eclectic collection ... Read more >


Bach on the organ at St Jacobi Göttingen

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Views [184]

From the notices we expected the choir to sing in the 10 am service but we were told afterwards on enquiring of the organist Stephan Kordes, that out of 35 singers 15 were away or sick, forcing him to cancel their performance of parts ... Read more >


Honeymoon remembered in Germany 45 yrs later

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | Views [139]

It is wonderful to be back in Germany and refresh my vocabulary! After a cool walk in the Botanical Gardens and forests of Gottingen with our friend Cathy, to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary we found a traditional German restaurant very close ... Read more >


Is this Frankfurt Airport?

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | Views [161]

Miraculously we arrived at the gate with a couple of minutes to spare, even though we had allowed heaps of extra time for dropping off the car, bus to airport etc. Only to find the flight delayed because of the atrocious weather. We arrived in ... Read more >

 

 

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