Day 2: Aschaffenburg
We spent the day leisurely, strolling in the town, shopping, sightseeing and meeting friends.
In the afternoon Veronika, who is a town guide, showed us around the garden of the Capuchin monastery, which she was privileged to enter with personal guests. Founded in 1528 the Capuchin Order is a branch of the Order of St. Francis. She also took us to see the new flats behind the Rathaus and Dalbergstraße. The flats are modern, well designed and landscaped. There were small statues scattered around on the streets. With their inner courts and all the greenery one felt more in Italy than Germany.
We met Claudia, our ex-neighbour, in an Italian café for a quiet chat.
Before starting out on our sightseeing tour Veronika offered us coffee and a scrumptious cherry cake - Ann now has the recipe!
Myself with Veronika in front of an old well in the monastery garden.
This time I took the photograph.
The arms of Mainz and the date on the side of the well.
An ancient statue of Saint Cosmos, patron saint of doctors and pharmacists, in the monastery garden
An earlier photo of Pompejanum, built by Ludwig I after the Castor & Pollux villa in Pompei. Below the terrace are the town's vinyards.
a view of the castle from the Pompejanum terrace.
Another view of the castle from the edge of the terrace. You can just about see a girl sunbathing on a bench behind the flowers.
The bronze Statue
Reflection in the founain pool of the Pompejanum garden. It is the work of Ursula Ullrich-Jacobi.
Sculpture by Helena Papantonioy displayed in the Pompejanum garden
The curve of the Main with the island from the Pompejanum terrace
Entrance to Pfaffengasse from the castle leading to the old town.
Further in Pfaffengasse. Left is the Jesuitenkirche, which is used nowadays as an art gallery.
The Stiftskirche, the church of Peter & Alexander. The current building is from around 1200 but its roots probably go back about another 400 years. It contains many of the cultural treasures of Aschaffenburg. 'Stift' is a religious foundation or institute.
Löwenapotheke, Glöcknerhaus and the Stiftskapitelhaus. The Löwenapotheke has been completely reconstructed recently. The Glöcknerhaus used to be the sexton's house and the Stiftskapitelhaus is now the Stiftsmuseum.
A closer view of the Löwenapotheke and the Glöcknerhaus
A nazi emblem on the side of the Stiftskirche. Someone has tried to hack out the Swastika, thereby hoping to delete history.
One of the several small fountain statues,
The Youth and the Owl, one finds among the new flats behind the Rathaus.
Another small statue,
Janus Fountain, among the new flats. Both statues are the work of Helmut Massenkeil.
In the evening we met Veronika's husband, Friedl for dinner in an Italian trattoria. From the flags it is apparent that Germany was still in the Football World Cup.
After dinner one could relax among friends with a glass of drink. The conversation lasted well into late evening. I just managed to get the last picture of the day.