Somehow later than planned...but finally!
The Black Forest - my longtime love
Following this track...
...it brings back so many good memories of my childhood.....
...when I was wandering endlessly through valleys and across the fields...
.....roaming through forests...
...discovering wild flowers like these forest anemones
...climbing hills to stroll around old castles and ruins.
This time I discovered the old "Gasthaus Loewen"
It is said that it is the oldest one in Germany!
established in 1231
"Old things" dotting around in the court yard
..... more memories of the time when I was growing up in this country side
Everything looked so familiar and inviting...
"lets have lunch"...
A traditional "Vesper"....
with home made sausages, Black Forest smoked ham, Cheese, fresh bread and.....
On the way back...
...one of the numerous small chapels....
...and another breathtaking moment!
When the shepherds saw us they greeted us, calling...
"YO-HAY - YO-HO" - wonderful sound filling the whole valley!
It felt like time stood still....
and the world is still "in order" here.
A few kilometres further....
just at the foot of the Black Forest
St. Landelin and the healing spring
A large pilgrims church stands on the spot where
the Irish-Scottish hermit and missionary Landelin settled in the 7th Century.
Bishop Eddo of Strasbourg established a monastery at Ettenheim in the 8th Century
The pilgrimage church of the monastery Ettenheimmuensterbuilt in 1687 - 1699
The Abbey prospered through the baroque period
before succumbing to the wave of secularisation in 1803.
Fresco's by Anton Morath, Sculptures by Paul Schramm (1741)
Altar by Egidi Butsch (1725-85)
Silbermann-Organ (Gottfried Silbermann 1683 - 1753)
The silver bust of St Landelin from 1506
According to the legend ferocious hunting dogs became docile in the presence of Landelin,
and were henceforth unable to hunt.
One of the huntsmen murdered Landelin to free themselves of his magic.
Out of the blood soaked ground sprang forth five springs whose water worked wonders.
Shortly after his martyrdom people started venerating the holy man.
The spring by the church is still central to the pilgrimage
and many take its waters home with them.
The Village Ettenheim
Fastnacht - Mardi Gras - Carneval
South-West Germany, Schwaben - Baden-Wuerttemberg
One old custom in these regions are
mask processions in every villages on Sunday and "Fasnet-Dienschtig"
(Shrove or Fat Tuesday)
"Haes" is an old word for Maske und Gewand - mask and robe/gown
The custom dates back to the 15th Century,
originally with fancy dressed from the several guilds, only by men!
Nowadays mainly as witches to sweep out and get rid of bad winter ghosts.
But still - only by men!
But still - only by men!
The masks are in carved wood, rather heavy!
...a few "Lady's"...
with a lot of "Humba-Humba-Tatera"....
So, now off to the next village..
again...everybody is on their feet
And I wonder what "He" thinks about all this madness ???
to be continued....
An old farm..
The Minster of the University town Freiburg i. Breisgau...
Saturday farmers market
Home made products