… I was pleased to see this expression of civic pride from the village whose name we all know so well….
I do like the way that some of our local farmers fill in any spare scraps of land with flowers or odd rows of beans and courgettes. It makes a much prettier view than just one solid single crop. I imagine it also attracts more bees and butterflies.
… Yes, late Summer. When the Christmas stuff starts appearing in the German supermarkets.
They’ve still got all the Oktoberfest produce in too.
I only popped in for a carton of milk!
I was in the German town of Brüggen this morning when I spotted a couple of hair and beauty salons.
Their names definitely did not tempt me to go in….
With the Oktoberfest coming up, strange and unfamiliar products have been appearing in almost every aisle of the supermarkets up here in Northrhine Westphalia. Everything from Weisswurst to Lederhosen to funny little handbags with Edelweiss embroidered on them.
But yesterday I spotted a new line in the ladies’ underwear section. The Dirndl Bra.
This is clearly the secret weapon used by German women to turn their otherwise normal looking bust into that impressive ship’s prow which juts out of every Dirndl-blouse. Not so much a push-up bra as a piece of lace-edged scaffolding. Even the size of the box is scary!
German ladies… we know your secret!
Today I was visiting Emmerich am Rhein – a town on the border between Germany and the Netherlands.
While I was walking through the town centre, I came across a group of brass Stolpersteine – small plaques in the pavement reminding passers-by that holocaust victims had once lived in the house they are passing. Stolpern means to stumble – so these are literally stones that you stumble across.
This set remembers a family of three from Emmerich who fled the national socialist regime and escaped to America.
This was the first time I’ve seen Stolpersteine remembering people who actually survived the war – most of them record death in one of the concentration camps. I hope the Gompertz family settled in America and had a long and happy life after the war.