We spent Thursday morning shopping. We were invited to lunch by Katrin and Ottmar Deppisch in Obernau, a small village near Aschaffenburg. The extended Deppisch family owns a wine making business. They supply our house-wine for the whole year, which our poor car must carry.
In the afternoon Veronika showed us around the new Stiftsmuseum. The current mayor is determined to raise the cultural level of the town and to open the town’s rich historical and cultural heritage to the world. The Stiftsmuseum is one of the fruits of his efforts. We were astounded by the scope, richness and style of presentation of the museum’s contents.
In the evening we went to the Zehs for our annual get-together of old friends from PSI, the firm where I used to work. After the greetings and exchange of presents we sat down to a delicious traditional meal of Chinese soup prepared by our hostess followed by Rote Grütze, Erika’s speciality, to enjoy the drinks selected by our host, and, of course, to have a good chinwag.
The pedestrian entry to the City Galerie: a shopping centre like Bluewater but smaller
Ottmar and Katrin Deppish with yours truly
Cheers! Alas, poor Ottmar, he had to drive
After visiting the Stiftsmuseum we went to visit other places in the 'Stift' complex. The Cloister
The 'House of the Rose': the Rector’s house
Statue of St. Martin, patron saint of Aschaffenburg
In the garden of the Rector’s house.
This time Ann has caught me and Veronika in the Rector’s garden.
When you look down from the Rector’s garden you see the house we lived for some ten years: from the second door to the right. Our garden at the back was on the level of the third floor. There is a river still flowing under the street.
Saying goodbye to Veronika
Jo, our party hostess, inviting the ladies of the party to enjoy their aperitif in the garden
The ladies: Renate, Barbara, Jo, Elfie, Erika (and Ann, the photographer)
Erika and Elfie in the garden, with the house behind. On the left is a sculpture by Jo’s daughter, Helena (Papantonioy).
The Zehs are great cat lovers. Renate is trying to make friends with one of them.
Hans is already looking forward to the delicacies Jo has prepared.
The first course: Chinese soup, a tradition of our annual get-together
Poor Jo and Renate are doing all the work while the others are just enjoying themselves!
Now we can continue with the serious business of eating.
Horst and Elfie are now satisfied.
Jo with another of her cats
Schmusekatze! Like her pussycats!
Erika is starting to serve the pudding.
Horst wants some cholesterol with his pudding.
The two ‘Kläuser’, worse for wear
Barbara and Horst recommend Klaus to change to water.
Barbara, being a medical doctor, explains her husband the benefits of the water.
Let this picture from Jo represent all the nice presents we received at the party. We thank everyone. Special thanks go to Horst and Jo for arranging the party and bringing old friends together.