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Random Memories of Germany-Aerobics Part 2

16 Jan

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

When either Joanne or I went on a vacation, the other partner took over all the classes. I remember one day I instructed and danced four classes – I usually only danced two classes per day!  After the third class, I wasn’t sure I had the energy left to do one more class – but I must have gotten a second wind, and flew through it!

At one point Joanne told me that her students didn’t like me – the way I did the routines.  Joanne and I had a very different way of instructing the dances.  As it turned out, my students didn’t like Joanne, either!  So the next time I taught one of her classes, I told them that, because Joanne and I were so different – I asked her students to “listen with your good ear, and I’ll try to be clearer with my instructions.”  By the end of the time I  filled in for Joanne, we were all okay with each other.

I remember one of Joanne’s students – who was a friend of mine from our church – dancing with a cast on her foot!  She’d had bone spur on her heel and had surgery to remove it.  She said the cast just gave her extra weight to pull around, and she thought it just gave her more intense exercise!  Never saw anything like it!  She was able to keep up with the class, too.

In this particular type of aerobic dancing, we always started the routine on the right foot.  I didn’t find anything unusual about that.  However, there was one student of mine who just really had a hard time with the steps.  I couldn’t figure out what the problem was, nor how to help her…until she approached me one time with “were you ever in the marching band?”  That solved the problem – marching bands always start on the left foot.  You know…”left…left…left right left…”

There was one time when I was holding a class in the gym – and the power went out.  I had my boom box plugged into the wall unit, so that was a problem.  However, There was a door from the gym into a small “store” within the same building.  So I just yelled for the ladies to keep either jogging in place or doing some of the steps, and I ran to the store and purchased some batteries for my box.  I was able to get them into the box and start up the routine essentially where I left off.

And along that vein – Joanne taught one of her classes in a small gym in another part of the base.  She said she thought the gym manager didn’t want her classes held there, so she was convinced he turned off the power every single class.  So when I filled in for her there, I was ready!  I had the batteries in my boom box, and when the power went off, I just unplugged the power cord from the box and continued on with the batteries.  I don’t think the manager was very happy with me!

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Aerobics Part 1

9 Jan

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

In thinking back to our times in Germany, I am reminded of the years that I taught aerobic dancing.  I have written about this previously, but there are some small details that I didn’t mention.

For instance, we had not been in Heidelberg for very long, when we attended a party for the Weather Wing (my husband Fred, was a meteorologist), and we were introduced to the men and women Fred would be working with there.  One of the wives mentioned that she was going to be attending a new aerobic class in her housing building the next week.  Well, always being interested in exercise, that peaked my interest.  When I asked if there was room for “one more” in the class, she said, “come on!”

I had heard of the Jackie Sorensen® program of exercise – aerobic dancing – literally days before we left the States for Europe.  So when I went to the first class, that was the aerobic dancing program Joanne was teaching.  I had never done any dancing in my life, but was intrigued by the concept of “dancing” as a form of exercise.  I fell in love with the class!  I am a fairly coordinated person, so I took to the steps right away.

After dancing with the group for a few months, Joanne said she needed a partner, as she couldn’t handle all the classes that people wanted.  She chose me to be her partner.  

And so, we set out to make our program as good as possible, naming it “Heidelberg Aerobic Dancing.”  This was our color and logo.

The classes were held either on the military base itself, or in the space above some of the housing units.  For example, we lived on the third floor, and the “space” above our apartment was just empty space.  At one time, I held a small group of classes in that space.  Since it was above our unit, we were disturbing no one else in the building.  I usually held my classes either in the gym, or in the ballroom of what they called “the Casino”…essentially the Officer’s Club on the base.  That particular class had about 50 women in it – we danced most of the dances in a double circle.  It was an evening class, and I actually think I enjoyed that class the most – the women had to face each other and get acquainted.  And usually the women who attend this class were those who worked during the day, and this was their way to get some exercise as well as let off some stress.  It was loads of fun. 

The classes I held in the gym were three days each week.  The man who managed the gym reserved that time for us, and would sit and watch us dance.  He said it was amazing to watch the new-comers learn the steps and eventually we were all doing the same steps at the same time.  The classes in the Casino were only two nights each week.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Wood Inlay

21 Nov

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I am re-blogging this piece, as it is a wonderful memory we have of Germany.

…I’ve never thought I would be particularly interested in wood, types of wood, or just about anything related to wood.  I guess the first time I really became interested was when I was graduating from high school and a local furniture store gave a Hope Chest to every graduating girl in my class.  Now, I must say that the chests were VERY MINIATURE!!  More like a keepsake box.  But they were made of cedar, as a real hope chest would be, and finished beautifully.  After all these 50+ years since that time, my miniature hope chest still smells wonderfully fragrant.  That’s probably why I love the fresh smell of cedar so much.

Inside with all my treasures – including the gavel I used as Worthy Advisor in Rainbow Girls

Lane Cedar Chests from American Furniture Company gave the boxes

When we were stationed in Germany in the late 1960’s, we came across some wood inlay pictures that really caught our eye.  The intricate “jigsaw puzzle” work of the artist…and the different color of the woods used…were fascinating.  We purchased just one picture, thinking that was all we could afford.  And while we cherished that picture, we couldn’t help but wish we had purchased more.

Marienplatz – Garmisch/Partinkirken

Back to Germany we went in the early 1980’s – and we began our search for more of those wood inlay pictures, and especially by the same artist.  And we found them!  We snapped up two more.  All of the scenes are of places in Germany that were important to us and our memories.  We treasure them.  And we learned that this particular artist had cut enough puzzle pieces for his apprentices to make pictures for up to five years after his death!  Amazing. 

Neuschwanstein Castle
Konigsee

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany, Let’s Eat Part 2

17 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I guess what I’m about to write about includes food, so the “Let’s Eat” is still a good title.  You see, I didn’t grow up drinking wine or beer or any hard alcoholic drinks, even with my meals.  So I have never “acquired” the taste for any of it.

And, as a matter of fact, when I was teaching aerobics, I was appalled at the horrible sweat odor oozing from the pours of women who had been drinking beer.  Blech!  That would NOT have encouraged me to drink beer in any form!  So I haven’t.

I must admit, that I have tried – many times – to accompany my evening meal with a glass of wine.  And I just can’t do it.  The taste turns me off.  When I have mentioned this to friends, the usual response is “oh, you just haven’t found the right wine yet!”  And so, when we were in Heidelberg, by invitation I went to a “wine tasting party” in an apartment near where we lived.  After sampling several different wines, I finally found a wine that I thought I could enjoy, and so purchased a bottle to take home with me.  Days later, when I opened the bottle to enjoy with my meal – I found that, once again, it turned me off.  So that bottle of wine was used later in my cooking.

Credit Pixabay

And that brings me to another topic of wine.  Many years ago I was given the recipe for making French Onion Soup.  A friend had made it for a meal, and I was quite taken with it.  Her husband had been a soldier in Vietnam, and had eaten French Onion Soup in a restaurant in Saigon.  He told her it was the best French Onion Soup he had even eaten!  And he had her try every recipe for it that she could find, and then tweak it until it tasted like what he had tasted in Saigon.  This was the recipe I was given.

Credit Google Search and Sharon Uzell-Meek

Well, that recipe called for “cooking sherry.”  Being a good non-drinking Baptist girl, I thought that I should use the “cooking sherry” instead of regular sherry.  When I tried it, I found it to be quite distasteful!  And as someone once told me – “If it isn’t good enough to drink, it isn’t good enough to cook with!”  And I have to agree. 

So from that point on, I have been cooking with regular wine.  The alcohol is burned off by the heat, and the flavor is left in the food.  I find it enhances the flavor of the food deliciously. 

And I still don’t like the taste of wine!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany, Trips to Italy-Part 6

26 Sep

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

For the last of my memories of trips to Italy, I would like to tell you about when we stopped at Trieste.

Trieste is located in the northern part of Italy that has been dominated by many different nations throughout its history:  Austria/Hungary, Italian (Roman), France (three times during the Napoleonic Wars), Germany (with Mussolini as head) during WW2, Yugoslavia.  It was finally officially annexed to Italy in 1954.  The border questions with Yugoslavia and the status of the ethnic minorities (Slovenes in Italy and Italians in Yugoslavia)  were settled definitely in 1975 with the treaty of Osimo.  (Please see Wikipedia for more information)

Trieste is a natural port on the Adriatic, and is nearly surrounded by Slovenia.  Here is a picture that Fred’s father took while stationed in Trieste following WW2.  Don’t know the name of the Navy Cruiser, but it is a U.S. ship, and it is in the port of Trieste. 

 Another picture says it was possibly bringing Omar Bradley to visit.  Sorry, no picture of Bradley.

Fred’s parents lived for a while in this building in Trieste following WW2, 

on what he calls the “mezzanine” – it was the level under the “arches” – but not the ground level.  Between the ground floor and the second floor.  And here is our picture of that same building.

Here is a picture that Fred’s dad took of the living room of the apartment in the mezzanine, in July 1948. 

 And also in 1948 is a picture of Fred, his sister Emily, and their mother in front of the Fontana dei Tritoni in Trieste. 

One of Fred’s fondest memories of Trieste (and why he wanted to show it to me) was the Miramare Castle.  The Castle was used by the U.S. military as an Officer’s Club following WW2 (the British assigned to Trieste could use the O’Club as well).  Fred says they would attend church on Sundays, then go to Miramare Castle for lunch.  That was not the case when we visited in 1970 – we didn’t enter the Castle, as I remember.  But we toured the gardens, and they were beautiful.

1948

1970

1970 – some of the gardens, Miramare Castle – Judy by statue

Fred said he would take a G.I. bus to Miramare Castle and essentially spent all day swimming.  Here is a picture of his family – probably him and his siblings and parents – in the water. 

And here is a picture of that same spot that we took on our 1970 trip.

He said the beach was pretty rocky, so some sand was brought in to make a sandy beach. 

Another view of the beach

 Also, a “platform” or float was built on top of some large empty drums, where one could sit and sun, or dive off into the water.

Fred remembers walking to the docks when he lived in Trieste – it was only a few blocks to the docks from where they lived.  He would go there and watch the ships come and go. 

It was a lovely time of remembrance for Fred as we toured that city.  And an interesting city, as well.

A street in Trieste-1948

~~~~~~~~~~And so ends our trips to Italy~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Trips to Italy Part 5

5 Sep

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Another Italian city where we stopped was Pisa.  I’ve written about Pisa in previous musings, but I want to talk about just Pisa today – not as part of other trips.

I think the most renown aspect of Pisa is the “Leaning Tower.”  However, I was reading about Pisa in Wikipedia, and found that it has some very interesting facts that I didn’t know.  For instance, Pisa was a major city by the sea.  According to Wikipedia:

The maritime role of Pisa should have been already prominent if the ancient authorities ascribed to it the invention of the naval ram.  It was the only port along the western coast between Genoa and Ostia (Rome).  Also according to Wikipedia: The power of Pisa as a maritime nation began to grow and reached its apex in the 11th century, when it acquired traditional fame as one of the four main historical maritime republics of Italy.  The Arno River played an important part in that.

The University of Pisa is located in Pisa, and, according to Wikipedia:  is one of the oldest universities in Italy. It was formally founded on September 3, 1343 by an edict of Pope Clement VI, and The University has Europe’s oldest academic botanical garden… founded in 1544.

There are many churches and museums in Pisa.  I guess we just didn’t know or realize all that when we visited, because we didn’t go to any.  Our main emphasis was on the church (the Piazza del Miracoli) and the Leaning Tower – which is the bell tower of the city’s cathedral.

Photo by Fred Wills

The Cathedral with the Leaning Tower (bell tower)

I’ve mentioned previously that we stopped in a shop in Pisa that specialized in marble, alabaster, and “composition” figurines.  Here are pictures from a brochure from that very shop.

Last week I presented pictures of the marble lampstands we purchased, as well as the 

composition tumbling angels, and the composition figures of Moses and the discus thrower.  Here is a picture of some alabaster “fruit” they had. 

We have enjoyed all these things, ever since 1968.

~~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Trips to Italy Part 2

8 Aug

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

In 1970, Fred and I were able to take in the Oberammergau Passion Play (please see my previous posts – Oberammergau – November 25, 2012, Wiesbaden – Part 3 – February 7, 2021, and Wiesbaden – Part 4 – Italy)   According to my pictures, we did not go to Pompeii on that trip.  However, we did take a bus trip from Heidelberg in 1982 to Italy with our girls, and we did make it to Pompeii then.  Here are some pictures from that time in Pompeii.  Mt. Vesuvius is quite present in some of the pictures.

Karen and Janet, ruins of Pompeii, with Mt. Vesuvius in the background

Pompeii – ruins of the Forum

More ruins of Pompeii

And more ruins of Pompeii

And, of course, we spent time in Rome.  WOW!!  What a place!  I believe we were told that a lot of Rome had been covered over with centuries of dirt, and was not discovered until someone began digging for a foundation for a new building.  What to their surprise did they find….RUINS!  That stopped the building, and the excavation began.

Seems like I remember we didn’t take the car on our trip in 1968, so we got around Rome with either a bus or train in the city.  I remember a bus tour that took us to the Roman Forum ruins.

The Roman Forum

But I remember just walking around the city, as well.  Perhaps it was an on-and-off tour.  In any case, I remember when we found the Trevi Fountain, we were a bit disappointed that it was literally surrounded by buildings!  In order for Fred to get this picture, he had to stand in a shop doorway across the street in order to try to get the entire fountain in – and even that wasn’t too successful!  Remember the old movie, Three Coins in a Fountain in 1954?  I fell in love with that movie, and so insisted that we find that fountain!

The Trevi Fountain – from a store’s doorway across the street

While in Rome, we found the obelisk by St. Mary Major Church,

The Obelisk by St. Mary Major Church

we saw the Pantheon, 

we saw St. Paul Outside the Wall church, 

St. Paul Outside the Wall

we saw St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, 

and we saw the Victor Emmanuel Monument, that we were told the Roman’s call “The Wedding Cake” which amused us.

Victor Emmanuel Monument

When we made our Thanksgiving bus trip to Italy in 1982 with our girls, we covered Rome in more detail than Fred and I had done earlier.  We not only took in St. Peter’s Square, but we actually sat in on an “audience” with the Pope.  The Roman people loved him so much – I remember so many of them standing and shouting “Papa!!” just trying to get his attention.  That is nearly impossible, as there were thousands in attendance in the room.  We were waaayyy back , and this is the best picture we could get of that event.

Our “audience” with the Pope

Here’s a picture of the Swiss Guards that guard St. Peter’s and the Pope.

We also joined a group that toured the Vatican – the parts we were allowed to see.  We saw some gardens, and some of the inside.

The Vatican Gardens

This sign was before we went inside, and unfortunately, I don’t remember what it was of – whether it was some ceilings or something else of importance to the Vatican.  And, I don’t speak or read Italian, so am not sure just what it tells.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-A Visit to Greece

18 Jul

SUNDAY MEMORIES

We so loved living in Germany – the housing, the stores, the antiquities, being close to so many other countries of Europe – the food…just about anything and everything we could think of….is a great memory for us.

One of those memories is the time we were able to visit Greece.  WOW!  What an experience that was!  I never, in any imagination, did I think I would ever be able to visit that beautiful country!

It was in March of 1969 that Fred and I made the trip.  We left two-year-old Karen with some good church friends, and we left for a two-week trip to Greece.  I guess the main place we wanted to visit was Athens, and we did just that.  I’m not too sure just how much wandering around the town on our own we did.

We did do some of that wandering, because we came upon the Panatheniac Stadium for the “new” Olympics (the first modern Olympic Games, 1896, the only stadium built completely out of marble), and the plaque with the Olympic symbols.

We found a Greek War Memorial.  According to Google Search and Alamy photos, it is: dh Old town South NICOSIA CYPRUS Eleftheria Freedom monument liberty Lefkosia Podocataro

We found the St. Luke’s Byzantine Monastery.

We found the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter.

We found Hadrian’s Arch – and here is a picture of the Acropolis through the arch.

I know we did ramble through a lot of the ruins and the acropolis in Athens.  I believe we stayed most of one entire day on the acropolis, just being amazed that we were standing on those wonderful ruins that had been in existence for thousands of years.  I remember Fred sitting on a broken pillar, and stating “I never thought I would get here!”  Here is a picture of me inside the Parthenon and other pictures.  

I was fascinated by the ruins of Dionysus Amphitheater along one side of the Acropolis.

And here’s a picture of Fred sitting on one of the priest’s seats in that amphitheater.  Those marble seats must have been really hard for long-term sitting through the Greek plays performed there!

For some reason, I was especially taken with the Erectheoin.  Something about all those Greek women carved into the pillars just fascinated me. 

There is a legend about the olive tree planted alongside the Erectheoin.  From Google search and Culture Trip:

Legend has it that when it came to determining which god would be the patron deity of Athens, both Athena and Poseidon responded as wanting the position. The contest took place in the Acropolis, where both gods were asked to present their gifts to the city. Poseidon went first and raised his trident, smashing it on a rock of the Acropolis, thus, producing salt water. Athena went second and offered an olive tree, a gift the citizens of Athens deemed useful and beautiful; therefore, she became the patron of the city, which was named after her.

Credit Google search and Erick Drost/Flickr

And here’s a picture of that olive tree in 1969 – with Judy in the red dress.

I think I enjoyed the countryside of Greece as much as anything.  With the olive trees and the landscape – the countryside reminded me a lot of New Mexico.  Thoughts of “home” came to mind seeing that.

We did made one side-trip up to Delphi.  It was a bus trip that allowed us to see a lot of the Greek countryside along the way.  I especially wanted to get to Delphi, as I had read in one of my favorite books, that there is a stadium at the top of the amphitheater.  So Fred and I began the climb from Apollo’s Temple, up to the top of the amphitheater.  

Apollo’s Temple and amphitheater from top of the amphitheater

When we stopped to catch our breath, we saw the bus tour group heading down from the Temple back to the bus.  So we made a hurried trip down – never quite reaching the very top to see the stadium.  Shucks! 

But we were able to walk along the Sacred Way, and saw one remnant of an Oracle.  It was still a wonderful trip, and we are so glad we were able to make it.

Along the Sacred Way
The Oracle-along the Sacred Way

NOTE:  All pictures were by Fred and Judy Wills, except the one noted.

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany

14 Feb

Wiesbaden-Part 4

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy WILLS

ITALY

Last time I wrote about our trip in 1970 to the Oberammergau Passion Play.  That trip has remained in our memory with great fondness.

Here are a few more pictures of Oberammergau that we took.  We really loved that town.  This one fascinated me, because the balcony on this house had “cut-outs” of a design.  Never got close enough to really see what they were, but I liked it.  It was a bit of whimsy in my imagination.

And this is the church we saw from our B&B room.  I love those onion-top spires!

And here is the Hansl and Gretl house.  The fresco on the house tells the story.

And here is the Red Riding Hood house.

Since our Karen was only two years old, we left her in Wiesbaden with a couple from our church.  They had a small boy, and the children got along famously.  The husband of the couple was an enlisted military person, and we knew they were struggling a bit with finances.  Therefore, we paid them to care for Karen.  She would need diapers and food, if nothing else.  They initially said they wouldn’t take any money from us, but we told them we would get someone else to watch Karen if we couldn’t pay them for her care.  They finally agreed.  We sighed a big relief, because we knew she would be in good hands with them.

And so, Fred and I were released to travel and see and do things that we would not have been able to do with a small child with us.  Because of that, we had planned our trip to include the Passion Play, and then on into Italy.

One thing that I remember specifically, is that, since we were traveling by car, we had a case of soda in cans in the trunk of the car.  I don’t know whether that trunk had really good insulation or what, but those cans of soda were still COLD by the end of our trip!!  WOW!!

Photo Credit Pixabay

Since this series is about “Random Memories…” I want to tell of a memory of a trip we made to Italy, but not in 1970 (before I forget to mention it again!).  Fred and I made a trip to Italy in 1968 and while on a bus in Rome, the bus had stopped by the American Express office for those of us Americans who needed cash could get what we needed there.  The bus stopped, and our guide stepped out of the bus to handle traffic while we exited the bus ourselves and crossed the street.  Remember now…this was a VERY busy street in Rome, Italy.  All she did was look at the oncoming cars, stepped into the street and point her index finger at them…and they all just…stopped!  I was dumbstruck!  We all made it across the street safely.  WOW!

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany

7 Feb

Wiesbaden-Part 3

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Shortly before we left Germany to return Stateside, Fred and I (without Karen who was only two years old at that time) went to Oberammergau to see the Passion Play that was being presented that year (1970).  It is only presented once every 10 years.  (Please see my post of November 12, 2012, titled Oberammergau)  We stayed in a B&B in a packaged deal – breakfast and a bed.  The other two meals of the day were in a hotel restaurant.  It wasn’t a terribly large house, and we stayed in the “attic” room – bathroom down the hall, and a balcony outside our room.  But it was comfortable.  

The B&B where we stayed – top with the balcony

We thought it was funny that we stayed in one part of the house – and there was a partition to the house that separated the “house” from the “barn.”  In other words – the cattle were on the other side of that partition!

One of the fun things that happened (we called it a God-thing), was that there were other Americans staying in the house with us.  As we gathered for breakfast that first morning, we discovered that the other Americans were the pastor of the Faith Baptist Church in Kaiserslautern (K-town) and some of his church members!! WOW!  How did THAT happen?

Faith Baptist Church – Kaiserslautern, Germany

We also had assigned seats for the Passion Play, and they were seated beside us.  As I recall, I had made some cookies to take with us on our trip (probably chocolate chip), and the final evening of our stay, we all gathered in the kitchen of the house – along with our host and his family – and shared the cookies and coffee and conversation!  So much fun!

We discovered, in that conversation, that the man of the house had played the part of Jesus in the Passion Play in 1960!  All the actors were from the town of Oberammergau and none were from outside the town.

Purchased slide – 1970 Passion Play

To read the reason for the Passion Play, please Google “Oberammergau Passion Play” and click on the site for the History of the Passion Play.  It is quite interesting.

We realized that much of Oberammergau with its stores and all were geared for all the tourists that came through, whether for the Play or just to visit, but we learned to really love that town.

One of the “famous” stores in Oberammergau, with fresco

I believe they’ve built a new theater for the Play from the one where we saw it.  If we ever get back to Germany, perhaps we can go and take a look at it.  Perhaps the new one is relatively enclosed, as the one where we attended had the stage and the first 10 rows of audience in open air…and it SNOWED during our May 22 performance!!  But not one of the actors – even the children – moved a muscle during the snowfall!  And that was during a tableau scene – so everyone was standing stone-still! 

Purchased slide – 1970 Passion Play

So we hope the new theater is enclosed!

More on that trip next time….

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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