|Snow White or the Queen?|
|House on the left is original house from 1795 (renovated, of course)|
|Even the sign is a piece of woodcarving craftsmanship|
|The big pieces were way out of our price range, but beautiful|
|Love how Joseph is portrayed as protector -- this is a single piece|
|Janet was in heaven - we should have taken a few more pictures. There was one room of just nativity scenes of all sorts.|
We took a few pictures through the windshield on the drive to Lohr. This area is called Spessart and is a range of low wooded mountains in Bavaria and Hesse. The pictures here don't do what we saw justice. Wish we had better shots.
|Fall has arrived in the forest|
|Small villages and farms amidst wooded hillsides|
We met the other senior couples and found an old inn where we had an authentic German lunch. Janet has smoked trout, and Jeff had Schweinebraten (pork roast) with Spätzle (a sort of dumpling) with lots of dark brown bread. It was delicious, and the inn was completely charming. The wait staff was incredibly gracious.
We sat with Mike and Reneé Hart, Brad and Shirley's good friends from Clovis, California, and we enjoyed visiting with them. They arrived to find their apartment a real mess -- Elder Hart shared pictures before and after renovation. There was damaged flooring, mold, and assorted other damage, and the apartment was completely renovated over several months -- while they lived in it. We were amazed at their cheerfulness and aplomb in the face of that kind of situation. They are working with Young Single Adults in Nürnberg and helping in other ways there. All of these couples are really inspiring. Their attitudes are positive and their love for the Savior and the restored gospel are apparent. We want to be like them.
|Rathaus (City Hall)|
|No one was sitting outdoors at the ice cream shop|
|We love how everyone's balcony is decorated with flowers|
|Elder Jarrard trying to dodge the crazy driver (Jeff)|
|A plaza in the old village surrounded by these ancient houses -- they look great, but most of them are at least 500 years old|
|Couldn't resist capturing this art in a park - is that Happy?|
|Wienhaus Mehling -- our inn for lunch|
|Studying the menu and enjoying the company|
|She looks a little sleepy|
|The Harts sharing pictures of their apartment renovation|
|Schweinebraten and Spätzle|
There is a castle in the village that contains a very nice museum, so we all went there for a short visit -- it was scheduled to close at 4pm and we got there at about 3:30, but the museum manager allowed us to linger for a while and he took his time closing up. The museum, we realized after the fact, contained exhibits that were about Lohr and the Spessart, but they were also all generally connected to the Snow White story. Snow White was a real person born in 1725 in the castle below. Her mother died, and her father remarried. You know the rest of the story, although there were no real dwarfs. There is a brochure published by the city for tourists (it contains the actual Grimm brothers story, and the ending is pretty grim -- stepmother is forced to put on a pair of red-hot iron slippers at the wedding of Snow White and the prince and dance until she drops dead - yikes!).
We wish we had had a little more time to visit, but we were just too late in the day.
|Schloss Lohr - Snow White's Castle|
|On the moat wall surrounding the castle|
|Down to the cellar where Snow White was forced by her step-mother to work|
|Lots of ceramics were made in the area|
|These were very old wood carvings in the museum.|
|Wood carving of the flight into Egypt|
|Home life including Jesus working with Joseph as a carpenter|
|One of the hunters who was supposed to kill Snow White. Looks like he ate well.|
|Glass and mirror work from Spessart|
|Janet is definitely the fairest in the land|
|The brochure describes the mirror in detail. Beautiful for something that was made more than 200 years ago|