It is no big surprise if you know me that Würzburg, Germany should be my “W” destination for this A to Z Challenge today.
Several of you have also lived in (or near) this beautiful city, so walk with me down Memory Lane! The US Army shut down its post in Würzburg years ago, so I am extra thankful for God’s timing that we were able to be stationed here from January 1996 to January 1999 before the opportunity was over.
Living in Würzburg was such a neat experience for me because I was most familiar with the Frankfurt area, which is in the German state of Hessen. Würzburg – though not far from Frankfurt at all and on the same river (Main) that also runs through Frankfurt – is in Northern Bavaria. The local people speak a dialect called Fränkisch (Franconian), which took me some getting used to!
The below picture is our first walk into the city of Würzburg on a cold day in early January 1996. We walked down from the post with another officer who had arrived at our guesthouse the same day as us, and we eventually lived in the same apartment building and became very close friends with him and his family!
We lived in off-post (called “on the economy”) in a little village named Estenfeld. Our apartment was the entire top floor of the building below. It was brand new construction and really very nice (our bathroom & living room tile floors were heated!), and despite having no children, we were given a 3 bedroom place, which came in very handy for all the visitors we had over the next 3 years. (That’s Daniel standing by our 15 year old “hooptie” Mercedes that we purchased from the “Lemon Lot” for $800 … that car sure could keep up on the Autobahn!!).
Our village was a farming community, and we were surrounded by fields which bloomed in sunflowers or yellow Raps (rapeseed) … and smelled very much like a barnyard when the farmers spread their Jauche (liquefied manure!) over the fields seasonally.
Würzburg is a “city of churches” with many church spires in its panorama. It also has a fortress (Marienberg) on the hill across the Main River.
The Prince-Bishop’s Residenz is also a famous site in Würzburg.
In March of 2012, I was able to take my son Drew (who was born in Würzburg’s Army Hospital) to Germany for 10 days. I think the day we spent in Würzburg was one of my favorite times on the trip! Below is him at the hospital where he was born; it has now been converted into apartments/condominiums.
There is so, so, so much more I could say about our time in Würzburg – how we loved to walk and shop downtown, all the restaurants we tried, and just the little treasures we found in the city and in our little village … but it is now time for me to go run some errands (and look at the rental house!).
MiMi and my inlaws are coming this afternoon. I can’t wait to get my baby back!! 🙂