Germany – fast and slow

Germany – fast and slow

 

Germany - K-town possiblyThinking back on our trip to Germany, what comes to mind is the piece, comfort and beauty of the accompanying towns compared to the frenzy and speed of the Autobahn.

Traffic in Landstuhl was steady and sometimes backed up slightly at the traffic signals.  It was sufficient to slow you down to absorb some of the local architecture and flavor though.

While traveling around the countryside you get the feeling of closeness in the communities, like Steinwenden, and the pride in maintaining their homes and towns in pristine condition, reflecting on the the country’s beauty and history.IMG_4790

We had an nice ride throughout Kaiserslautern and ventured toward the east, moving enjoyably through each town.IMG_5001

 

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Frankenstein caught our attention and we just had to take a couple of photos.    Frankenstein Castle (German: Burg Frankenstein) is a hilltop castle in the Odenwald overlooking the city of Darmstadt in Germany. It is alleged that this castle may have been an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote her 1818 Gothic novel Frankenstein. (Wikipedia)

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What a contrast from the Autobahn to the slow, easing-going lifestyle  surrounding the fast pace of life.

I feel like I step back in time along the winding roads and wonder what life was like during the days of the world wars.  I think it’s important to reflect on the citizenry of nations, such as Germany, where the ravages of war made their profound impact on life.  There were some gave markers near the castle that bring to memory some of the past.

Do you sometimes get caught up in your travels, reflecting on what was -compared to what is?

After leaving the Frankenstein area we were longing now for a boat tour along the Rhine.  That will have to be in another blog.

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Countryside scenic photos just west of Frankenstein, Germany.