On the German portion of our trip to Europe this summer, we stayed with our friends Albert and Eva Warmuth in the Bavarian village of Wargolshausen (it’s near Junkershausen, if that’s any help).
David Chelsea is listening to
“Groovy Kind Of Love”
by Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders
Albert is a farmer (he was harvesting basil just as we arrived) and Eva is a sculptor who specializes in church installations and public monuments, including this one in Bad Neustadt. They live in Germany’s first straw bale house, which they built themselves.
I filled pages of my sketchbook with drawings of the flock of geese which roam the fields surrounding the house- all of them destined to be Christmas dinner.
We avoided the big cities, but on day trips we did go to picturesque local spots, such as castles in Holmburg and Coburg, and the Jewish cemetery outside Kleinbarsdorf (note the “Live Long And Prosper” sign on one of the headstones, a Jewish custom that actor Leonard Nimoy transplanted to the planet Vulcan when he played Spock on “Star Trek”).