Val and I took a quick jaunt over to Mannheim on Saturday. Yowza! That was quite a drive! We left Garmisch-Partenkirchen at 0900 and arrived in Brühl at about 1400. Then we spent about eight hours with our friends, Ulrike and Christian, at their home and touring the city a bit. It was so great to see them again and to experience their kind and generous hospitality. And it was also very nice to be able to see my old German "home" in Mannheim. We stopped by Turley Barracks, where I used to work, and saw that it is essentially abandoned, boarded up, and awaiting disposition - probably a decision to be made by the German government and American authorities. I'll post some pics of what we saw yesterday.
We left Mannheim at 2200 and drove a little over four hours to get back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen at a little after 0200. Made for a long, but very enjoyable day. Thanks so very much to Christian and Ulrike!
Here are some of the pictures. First of all, the four of us in Mannheim:
And our hosts, Christian and Ulrike, in their kitchen:
The famous "Wasserturm" (water tower) of Mannheim:
"Der Rosengarten" (kind of a concert hall) in Mannheim:
"Das Mannheimer Schloss" (the Mannheim castle):
And, finally, my old soldierin' home, Turley Barracks: