Tag Archives: Staufen

Another Anniversary

Every so often my wife and I walk over the hills to the Black Forest town of Staufen. There’s a cafe there she likes, and the five kilometre walk is a healthy one. Whenever we walk down the main street I see signs commemorating the date Allied forces bombed Staufen during World War II and […]

More of a Gray Friday

America is renowned for its cultural exports, whether they be Hollywood films, rock and roll or noir detwective novels. If it is popular in the US, it seems inevitable that it will reach the rest of the  world, sooner or later. That goes for the bad as well as the good. Like Black Friday. The […]

Which Direction Will You Choose?

It’s a new year. I could wax philosophical, but I’ll save that for another day perhaps. But I have been thinking about choices. We make them all the time, usually without thinking about it. For example, each morning I choose to put on a pair of socks. There are other options – I could go […]

Downtown Staufen

Sunday afternoon nothing is open in Germany, at least not where we live. And December 24 not many people were out window shopping – everyone was already home with family. We took the opportunity to visit Staufen, which is about five kilometres from home. I had been through the castle on my first visit to […]

Staufen Revisited II

A couple of years ago I visited the ruins of the castle in Staufen in the Black Forest area of Germany. I had just gotten off the plane and was considerably jet-lagged and probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have. Times change. Last week some friends sent us a real estate listing […]

Staufen Revisted I

A couple of years ago I visited the ruins of the castle in Staufen in the Black Forest area of Germany. I had just gotten off the plane and was considerably jet-lagged and probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have. Times change. Last week some friends sent us a real estate listing […]

Truth and Fiction

It’s a little unsettling when you discover you are looking at the house where a fictional character died. Fictional characters aren’t supposed to have lived, let alone died. Especially not gruesome deaths and a whispered deal with the Devil. In the German town of Staufen, at the edge of the Black Forest, not far from […]