Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Germany Part I

Typical Army quarters, we had a 2 bedroom apartment.


As I mentioned yesterday we lived in Germany when Mac was in the Army.  Our first assignment was to Bad Kreuznach, a beautiful little town on the Nahe River.  It was a small town west of Frankfurt.   It's roots were deep, there was a Celtish settlement there as early as the 500's.  It became a walled city as early as the 13th century.  We thought it was beautiful
We were so young, I was just 21 and about 2 months pregnant with our daughter.  I had never flown before, had never been out of the country and spoke not a word of German. But the people were friendly, many spoke excellent English and most were kind about our poor Deutsch.   Our next door neighbor was a German (Friede) married to an American.  She had a daughter about 2 years younger than me and a son.  She took me in hand and saw to it that I didn't miss my Mother too much.
We spent 3 happy years there traveling to many parts of Europe --France, Paris, Nancy, Spain, Holland, Luxembourg.
It was the experience of a life time.  We fell in love with Germany and with Europe.  They played a big part in why Mac stayed in the Army, we loved living in Europe.
Alte Brücke, the Old Bridge House on the Nahe River, the houses dating from the 1400's.

17 comments:

  1. Just loved Germany when we were there. Kevin learned to speak German while he studied there and his parents lived there before kids, teaching kids in the army.

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    1. Where were they teachers in Germany?

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    2. Just asked Kevin. He thinks at a base in Dortmund? Does that sound right. Then they whizzed around Europe in a scooter.

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    3. If they were military, it was most probably not Dortmund as that was the British zones and Americans had no bases there. Not wanting to add that as a little help.

      Marianne from
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  2. I think it sounds really wonderful to be able to live in different parts of the world. I know military life is not always easy, but I'm glad you have had good experiences.

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  3. So lovely to read about your time living in Germany! I have only been there once for a very short time so it is interesting to read about it here!

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  4. What an experience and I'm glad it was a good time for you Janet. Central Europe is a good base to travel from, you can tick off a number of countries in one day :-)

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  5. So nice to read about your time in Germany - what an experience.
    I do like the photo you've shown on your post, I clicked on it to enlarge - it looks absolutely stunning.

    All the best Jan

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  6. Such a beautiful part of the World, we have fond memories of our time there and have been back a few times for the Christmas Markets, we particularly like the one at Frankfurt.

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  7. I always think about the negatives of having to live away from home when in the army but as you demonstrate here, there's lots of positives too. It sounds like you've seen a lot of the world whilst moving about with the army.

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  8. I am happy that you enjoyed staying in my country and that you find so many kind words. Thank you very much, Janet.

    Marianne from
    Let's Read

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  9. Germany always looks such a beautiful country but I've never visited. I loved reading your memories of being stationed there and how you settled in and began to love Germany and Europe:)

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  10. My daughter Andee and her husband and daughter spent three years in Germany and they loved living there. Todd has now retired from the Air Force. Andee says one of the things that impressed her, besides how beautiful Germany is, was how clean everything is kept. Then to come back here in the south where trash is thrown out up and down the highways.

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  11. My son lives in Germany with his German wife in a very beautiful town.
    xx

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  12. it looks so lovely. you both were so lucky to get such a good assignment.

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  13. I am just a teeny bit envious. :)

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  14. That final photo is beautiful - reminds me of Bamberg which we visited last year. Such gorgeous buildings.

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