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Beautiful Germany 美しいドイツ



2024 年 5 月 26 日



Look at number 55.........

55番を見てください……



Rauschpfeife.......What a funny name for an organ stop. At first sight I thought it was something to do with a smoking pipe, but the truth is more mundane. It is an old German reed instrument. Would have liked to have heard it though. We had wandered into the Kursaal - the concert hall next to the casino in Wiesbaden. They had been showing off the new console for the organ there......all in tasteful red.....

ヴィースバーデンのコンサートホール。 新しいオルガンコンソール



I suppose it's rather like playing a red `cello.....you get used to it. Hmmm. Well, It's not the only example of dubious taste here. Have a look at the bar in the Wiesbaden opera house.......

ヴィースバーデン歌劇場のバー。



The beer was all right though. The opera was Verdi's Falstaff. One big rollicking laugh from beginning to end. Once you had found the 1st Circle, that is.......

席を見つけるのが難しかった



The curtain call.......videos and photos still banned during the performance thank goodness. Although I have heard that the English National Opera actually encourage it......

ヴェルディのオペラ「ファルスタッフ」




 

There is nothing quite like having a visitor from the other side of the globe to remind you that, yes, Nigel, you actually live in a lovely area of Germany. Even Frankfurt airport has something about it at 6am when you are awaiting the flight from Hanoi.....

地球の反対側から訪問者が来ると、自分がドイツの素晴らしい地域に住んでいることがわかります



A sort of calm efficiency......

朝6時は静かです!



Now if you pick up a "Guide to Germany" in Tokyo, it shouts out at you to visit Rüdesheim....

リューデスハイムを訪れなければなりません



Rüdesheim? Oh no.......it's full of tourists isn't it? Well, actually it isn't. At least not on a weekday in May. And it is, actually, a very nice place. Getting off the train you are right at the river's edge.....

リューデスハイムの駅は川のすぐ近くにあります


and what a strong powerful river.....the boats going downstream to Cologne have it easy......

そしてなんと力強い川なのでしょう





Of course the famous have been here before us. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ruminated here.......

ゲーテはここで詩を書きました



....and William Turner no doubt boarded a sailing boat, sketch book in hand.........

ウィリアム・ターナーがこれを描きました。



Whether the animal park was there in his time is a hotly debated topic for scholars......



...but of the Romanesque church there is no question......

ルードスハイム教会



This is western culture par excellence. No Buddhas here....this is Mary and baby Jesus territory......

マリアとイエス



Now whoever though up the idea of a chairlift to swish you up over the vineyards was a genius......

ブドウ畑を越えるチェアリフト




But of course the idea is that you then land at the monstrous monument at the top. The Niederwalddenkmal. I didn't take a picture of it, well, because it is so gross. But my guest had no qualms....so here it is....

The figure of Germania ( looks a bit like Britannia) raises a triumphant flame to show the French that they have been defeated by the Prussian army. Apparently, when the Kaiser was making his speech at the opening ceremony, all the boats on the river fired off their cannons at the wrong moment, drowning out his words. Must have been a bad internet connection......

ニーダーヴァルトデンクマルの像



photo 友子

about a century and a half later an Engländer poses for a photo......

これは誰ですか



But there is more fun to come. After a pleasant walk through the woods....passing many a foxglove......

この花は狐の手袋と呼ばれています。



.....and a mollusc having a meal.....yummy!😋

「花は美味しい」




...we reached the chairlift that takes you down to Assmanhausen......it's actually a sort of modified ski lift.......




.......and the views are great.......

ここはアスマンスハウゼン



Yes, I've been accused of being a hardened cynic by some. Indeed, I was dubious about this place. But it is ideal for a day out from Frankfurt.......


 


Sometimes the charm is literally at your doorstep. A flock of sheep at Egelsbach......

時々家の近くに素敵なものがあります



The lake near Egelsbach airport......





 



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  "....美しいドイツ.... " を読んでくれてありがとう



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