Deutschland Deutschland! How beautiful you are and how good it is the be back. As I mentioned in a previous post my Canadian Godmother is visiting us so we are taking her around the usual tourist sights which include several churches and the town's beautiful library. Our town isn't very beautiful as it was very badly destroyed in a bombing that occurred three months before the end of the Second World War. 90% of the town was destroyed and architecturally it's never recovered. I am always in awe of the parts of the town that have lovingly been restored. The resilience of the German people after the war really is inspiring.
We of course had to treat our guest to the real German experience, which meant being overwhelmed in one of Würzburg's oldest family run cafés (est. 1911) where the choice of cakes, sandwiches and strudel are enough to send even the most stoic person into a frenzy. My mother used to go to this café when she skipped school as a little girl. A lot of the decor is from the 20's and you can sit down to enjoy the atmosphere with a generous slice of strudel and a wonderfully tacky gossip magazine that keeps you up to date with all the royal pregnancies in Europe. What more could you want? Those of you in the area, a visit is highly recommended: Caféhaus Michel, Marktplatz 11, 97070 Würzburg.
Being in Germany does give me a little fuzzy feeling, despite the fact that my German is very rusty and I often make mistakes (I speak German the way I would English which means my sentence structures are way off) but Germany is my home and my heritage. I like out little town, how colourful and lively it is and how it does give me a sense of calm and pride. I've already decided that if I ever get married to a non German I'm keeping my German surname. Being German is very important to me. I really hope that my German posts over the next couple of days will make you consider taking a little trip to Germany sometime. Leave your stereotyping and preconceptions at home, you will have an amazing time here!