Friday, May 16, 2014



St. Augustine's Church and Monastery, Erfurt

Tour Guide

St. Augustine's Monastery, Erfurt

St. Augustine's Monastery


Erfurt, Germany



   Erfurt, Germany



Central European Time (CET) in Erfurt, Germany




Domplatz, Erfurt

Erfurt Cathedral


Window Dressing


As seen along the road from Eisenach to Erfurt.

Bach at Work


Bachhaus museum, Eisenach


Bachhaus, Eisenach

Bachhaus Garden


Bach House garden, Eisenach



18th century Thuringian birdcage
Bach House Museum, Eisenach



Bach House, Eisenach

Eisenach Garden

Bach House garden, Eisenach


J. S. Bach


I can't even begin to estimate how many of Bach's compositions I've sung, played, and heard over the years. 



Leaving Wartburg Castle



Wartburg Castle, Eisenach


Wartburg Castle, Eisenach

Banquet Hall


Wartburg Castle Banquet Hall, Eisenach

Luther's Study


Martin Luther's study in Wartburg Castle . . .

where he translated the Bible into German.



Wartburg Castle chapel, Eisenach

Saint Elisabeth of Hungary


Wartburg Castle, Eisenach

Chapel Font


Wartburg Castle chapel, Eisenach

Louis the Leaper


Stone relief of Ludwig der Springer in the Wartburg Castle chapel in Eisenach.

"Louis the Springer (German: Ludwig der Springer), sometimes called Louis the Jumper or Louis the Leaper (died 8 May 1123), was a German nobleman and count in Thuringia from 1080 until his death. Little is known about him, although he is mentioned in many legends. He was a prominent opponent of the Salian emperors Henry IV and Henry V during the Investiture Controversy." -- Wikipedia


Wartburg Castle, Eisenach

Wartburg Castle Tower


Wartburg Castle, Eisenach


Wartburg Castle, Eisenach



Wartburg Castle, Eisenach

Climbing Vine


Wartburg Castle, Eisenach


Wartburg Castle, Eisenach

"An oriel window is a form of bay window which protrudes from the main wall of a building but does not reach to the ground. Supported by corbels, brackets, or similar cantilevers, an oriel window is most commonly found projecting from an upper floor but is also sometimes used on the ground floor. Oriel windows are seen in Arab architecture in the form of mashrabiya and in Turkish are known as şahnişin or cumba. In Islamic culture, these windows and balconies project from the street-front of a house, providing an area in which women could peer out and see the activities below while remaining invisible." -- Wikipedia

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sunset over Erfurt


Martin Luther's birth house in Eisleben



One of the guides at Martin Luther's birth house (geburtshaus) standing in front of a model of Eisleben and pointing out the places that figured so prominently in the reformer's early life.