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Villa Wahnfried is the name of German composer Richard
Wagner's estate in Bayreuth. Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
was the German composer who was inseparably linked with
Bayreuth where he enjoyed his greatest artistic triumphs.
From 1872, Wagner lived in Bayreuth, where Festspielhaus
(the place where the annual Wagner festival is held)
was built specifically for the operas. Wagner with his wife
was buried in Villa Wahnfried.
Eating out in a perfect weather. Tried to figure out what food on
the menu in German is. We ended up by pointing at pictures
on the menu to make orders.
After WWII, the East-West border ran straight through one little
village. There were several villages affected but our travel
guide chose Modlareuth. The pond is on the Eastern side.
The border was decided by more than two hundred years ago.
The old border markers decided the county lines. In that village
there was a wall with but no check-point. There was a prohibited
zone on one side of the wall. East Germans were even
prohibited to wave across.
At either abandoned watch tower, some of the East
soldiers were nearly frozen to death because of no heat.
Some East Germans would invent ways to escape
to the West. Here is an example of a special shoe
with spike to be used to climb over the fence.
Sara on the Eastern or Western side? Obviously, on the Eastern
side because on the Western side, there was nothing to show
except some barracks. West Germans would not dare going over
to the Eastern side.
Mack tried on the East German helmet.
Mack on the old Russian tank giving directions