#13 Prague, Bonn, Wicklow, the Loire

October 25, 2017

Originally intended as a small book, “Glimpses: In which a Casual Traveler Ruminates on Passing Scenes—1989-2011″, I should like to share it with my readers in a more informal manner as a series of Blogs. 

Czech Republic: Prague: While wandering this beautiful city — called by many the “City of Spires” — we came upon the Jewish quarter and its cemetery. Talking about it with Jacky and Jörg later in the day over coffee, both Cornelia and Jacky shared sad memories of lost relatives. It was here that we learned of Jacky’s father, a Czech, killed by his townspeople because they believed he had supported the Nazis. We are never very far from deeply hidden poignant memories.

Germany (Musicians): Visited Beethoven’s home in Bonn (his ear trumpet a persistent memory); Mendelssohn’s home in Leipzig (his watercolors, lovely, sensitive, a surprise!) and a nearby church where Bach once taught; Mozart’s home in Salzburg and his father’s, Leopold, in Augsburg. Always an aura seems to hover in and around the places where genius once resided — a similar feeling while visiting the tavern near Leipzig’s rathaus square where Goethe wrote.

Ireland: Wicklow: Found a lovely waterfall (Powerscourt) on our way through Wicklow (south of Dublin)…had paints with me but had already run out of canvases capturing hills and hedgerows along our way…soooo, used my palette (which is now hanging in my study) and painted waterfall! Nice souvenir from our trip with a rented car through Ireland.

France: Loire Valley: Visited a stone-age tomb that, for the size of its stone slabs alone, boggles the mind as to how these primitives built it. Stepped inside the room-size space; cool, dampish. Cornelia had strong sense of not “belonging” there, could not wait to get outside its stony embrace. (Odd, that she did not have the same sensation when we visited Newgrange in Ireland, another ancient tomb).

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