A Long Weekend in Aschaffenburg, 27th to 31st May 2011

Day 1: Outward Journey, Aschaffenburg

On looking to see what was on in Aschaffenburg when we visit in July, I was surprised to see that an exhibition, Open Systems – Installations, Objects and Drawings was opening on 29th May. The work was by someone I knew from my youth, Prof. Dorothea Reese-Heim. She had stayed with my family as a 17-year old and I went the next year to stay with her family in Sindelfingen, Germany. I decided to go to the opening on 27th May in the Jesuiten Kirche. We met there and had a chat about past times. I was also able to meet some of my friends whilst there: Renate, Horst, Veronika and Friedl were at the exhibition and we went for a glass of wine afterwards.

Day 2: Aschaffenburg, Alzenau

The next morning I went with Rosemarie to the town for a ‘Stadtbummel’. Our first stop was the Saturday market in the market place in front of the Stadthalle. We then went to have a look at the exhibition, as it had been too crowded the evening before. It was then on to see the new railway station and the new bus station before having a look around the shops.

In the evening I was invited by Elfi and Horst for a meal in Alzenau at Zur Schönen Aussicht. The view from the terrace was spectacular and it was possible to see as far as Frankfurt.

Day 3: Kleinostheim, Mainaschaff, Aschaffenburg, Nilkheim

The following morning, Sunday, I went for a walk with Rosemarie to the local forest to see two special sites. The first was the Teschenhöhle, a cave in the remains of a basalt quarry. We then passed a tulip tree, which can reach a height of 40 metres.

I had an invitation from Jo and Horst to join them for lunch in Mainaschaff. I did not know beforehand that it was their 35th wedding anniversary. After the meal we went back to their house and had a look at their garden as well as some of the new pictures from Jo. From there we went in search of some of Helena’s work. First stop was Nilkheim, where she had been commissioned to produce a monument to Hans and Sophie Scholl, students at the University of Munich and members of ‘The White Rose’ a resistance group. The Nazis sentenced them to death in 1943. Helena has just won a commission for a fountain and we went to look at work in progress.

On looking to see what was on in Aschaffenburg when we visit in July, I was surprised to see that an exhibition, Open Systems – Installations, Objects and Drawings was opening on 29th May. The work was by someone I knew from my youth, Prof. Dorothea Reese-Heim. She had stayed with my family as a 17-year old and I went the next year to stay with her family in Sindelfingen, Germany. I decided to go to the opening on 27th May in the Jesuiten Kirche. We met there and had a chat about past times. I was also able to meet some of my friends whilst there: Renate, Horst, Veronika and Friedl were at the exhibition and we went for a glass of wine afterwards.

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