Stark contrasts

This week we travelled from Paris to Berlin and finally to the little slice of heaven, Altenbeichlingen, Germany.

While in Berlin, we visited the Berlin Wall and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp—a painful reminder of a sordid past. A welcome blessing after those visits, however, was driving several hours through the glorious German countryside to a rural paradise beyond words.

 

 

 The largest remaining remnant of the Berlin Wall.  

The largest remaining remnant of the Berlin Wall.  

 In addition to barbed wire, this sharp grillwork was laid continuously between walls of the east and west to deter possible passage. 

In addition to barbed wire, this sharp grillwork was laid continuously between walls of the east and west to deter possible passage. 

“Work sets you free”

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A grim reminder of the atrocities committed against minorities at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. The ominous quiet here was almost unbearable.

 

 And the heaven one needs for restoration and rejuvenation after such a visit-Altenbeichlingen.

 The owner of this windmill, an architect, bought it with two other friends while still in high school. He then later bought their share and renovated the windmill as a weekend home for his family as well constructing historically accurate 19th-century cottages on the remaining land, one of which is my home base for the next month.

The owner of this windmill, an architect, bought it with two other friends while still in high school. He then later bought their share and renovated the windmill as a weekend home for his family as well constructing historically accurate 19th-century cottages on the remaining land, one of which is my home base for the next month.

 The real quest begins here in Eisenach, Germany, the birthplace of the great J. S. Bach, and this is the house where he was born. What an emotional experience for me to be at this house!

The real quest begins here in Eisenach, Germany, the birthplace of the great J. S. Bach, and this is the house where he was born. What an emotional experience for me to be at this house!

 Chancel Choir members might remember our poster several years ago using this statue for the Bach  Magnificat.  It stands next to the great St. Thomas Kirche in Leipzig where Bach served from 1723 until his death in 1750. On Saturday afternoon we heard a fabulous choral concert of the Berlin Humbolt-Universitat singing anthems by composers from Palestrina to Bach and the contemporary Gjeilo!  

Chancel Choir members might remember our poster several years ago using this statue for the Bach Magnificat. It stands next to the great St. Thomas Kirche in Leipzig where Bach served from 1723 until his death in 1750. On Saturday afternoon we heard a fabulous choral concert of the Berlin Humbolt-Universitat singing anthems by composers from Palestrina to Bach and the contemporary Gjeilo!  

We will be posting videos from these and other locations very soon.

 

Blessings and love,

Suzanne

Suzanne Riehl