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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy. I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Taking Mom & Dad to Bremen Cathedral in Germany where Dad sang with his Choir

Campbell Soup kind of forced us to move to Pennsylvania, from Georgia/USA...
Packing up and preparing for the big move, I also did fly to Düsseldorf, Germany on American Airlines, for only $ 195.00 and 30,000 frequent flyer miles.
This to transport some of our plants and other valuable things on October 9, 1988.
So I boarded American Airlines' 767 Luxury Liner in Atlanta, after saying goodbye to my Pieter who himself had a later flight for Campbell Soup to Denver, Colorado...
I'd told Mom & Dad that I would be wearing my black leather jacket and black beret, so they would spot me from a distance at the German airport.
Mom & Dad had been stuck in heavy traffic, thus I stood for an hour outside but they soon found me on October 10, 1988.
Above photo got taken later in May of1993 but still the same outfit and it's ME!
Still have all pieces but it's rather hot for wearing it now in Georgia...
On October 12, I took Mom & Dad along on my trip to Visbek, Germany.
Delivering the brass mushrooms for Pilzland where I'd done consulting before, and they wanted to purchase my own design Lacquered Brass Window Decorations with their business logo.
We ate our own lunch at the home of Jan Koopmans, the manager, and Pieter's former student.
Next I drove in about 1 hour, to Bremen and its City Center where Dad did perform with the Horster Mannenkoor in 1981 and Mom could not join at that time.
So now she got to walk in Dad's footsteps as well!
This is the famous Sankt Petri Dom, or St. Peter's Cathedral in Bremen (just click the link) where Dad sang with his choir.
Bremen Cathedral is a medieval building.
We enjoyed the Bremen City Hall (click link) also located at the Market Square.
Bremen's Marktplatz (Market Square) just click link.
Of course, we also did see the famous
Bremer Stadtmusikanten or in English Town Musicians of Bremen (click on link) from the well known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
Mom was delighted for finally, after 7 years, having been there herself and it made me of course very happy!
St. Petri Dom Bremen, Tower Topped Romanesque Cathedral from above, with Market Square and top left are the Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Town Musicians of Bremen) all very close together!
Upon returning home I continued with my stops:
Visiting my aunt Mia in Venlo, Dad's eldest sister to whom I have been very close, my Mother-in-law, Pieter's brother Thé and his wife and also my brother Martin and wife. Did not get to see sister Diny and brother Piet during this short 3-night visit!
Next day I flew back to the USA, after Dad did drop me off at the Düsseldorf/Germany airport.  Mom  could not join us, she had to sing with her choir.
Got delayed in Chicago by 3 hours and poor Pieter waited in vain for me in Atlanta. We got home by 2:30 AM and I called Mom to let her know that I'd arrived safely home.

Short and intens trip but with very fond memories!
Thanks for reading my stories and for your comment.

Related posts:
{My Own Design of Brass Mushrooms} | previous post by me
Mom & Dad's FIRST Flight EVER - Part in KLM's Business Class | previous post by me with more links below post

20 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette, It is amazing that these magnificent buildings can still be standing and safe after all these centuries, and their original design and decoration is also very remarkable. Where I live in Ohio it is impressive if fixtures are still in place after 50 years! If I ever get to visit the European places you and Pieter have, I will have to adjust my conceptions of antiquity!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      You are absolutely right about that but I also guess that a certain pride is involved in preservation of monumental buildings. Also Faith as often the most stunning buildings still standing 'tall' are the Churches and Cathedrals all over Europe. That is the soul of its people. Once that is gone, that line of respect and not dare to remove fixtures or whatever is lost. A sad downfall of many things...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Beautiful buildings. Do you have great singing voice?

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Oh, those buildings in Bremen are fairy tale like and that from medieval times!
      My Dad had a great 1st Tenor voice and my Mom was a 1st Soprano and so am I. Have been active in a local women's choir but because I fell off the risers during rehearsal at the theater my big toe got hooked behind the metal from such riser and is still healing. Will take one more year. The director has removed me from the group... A mean act but that's her problem!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Of course I LOVE you in the black leather ~~ stunning! What did I do to deserve the thoughtful and full of insightful comments you leave on my blog? I am so grateful.
    Happy weekend,
    XXOO

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you for your compliment.
      As for my comments, you provoke my inner most thoughts as you are an excellent writer and I'm a 'reader' too.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Mighty sporting in the black leather and beret, love it! Beautiful buildings and a fairytale like they are.

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    1. Dearest Betsy,
      Well, I've always loved black and still have the boots, beret and jacket. Silk rib pants also but they're not as pitch black anymore...
      Oh, Bremen is a dream and it made Mom so happy and Dad too for being back and now without the pressure of having to perform!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Una buona serata e felice inizio settimana

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  6. Nu eens een heel andere stijl van kleding...en dit staat je ook fantastisch. En dat je alles nog hebt...je moet toch wel een grote kledinkast hebben?
    Als je jong bent kun je 'alles aan he' op 3 nachten op en neer vliegen, familie bezoeken, een citytrip, lunchen bij een 'klant' een mooi logo afleveren.
    Ook Bremen is prachtig zie ik wel...is dus niet zo heel ver rijden.

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    1. Beste Marian,
      Ja dank je en ik kan inderdaad een heel scala van verschillende stijlen dragen.
      Dat ik het nog heb is te danken aan goeie genen omdat ik sinds ik 15 was eigenlijk nauwelijks veranderd ben qua maat. Dus waarom weggooien?!
      Wat kledingkasten betreft zijn we hier gezegend in de USA waar ze royale muurkasten inbouwen en die hebben we dus maar liefst vier! Inclusief die in de Rose Suite en daarnaast nog mijn 4-deurs Oisterwijk kast waarvan maar 1 deur voor linnengoed is en de rest ook nog hangkast voor kleding...
      Ja, zulke 'korte' trips zo ver weg zou ik nu niet graag meer doen! Ja, we hadden onze broodjes mee en met een koffie erbij ging dat lekker vlug. Toen nog maar een uurtje en parkeren en daar waren we. Was er zelf ook nog nooit geweest. Bremen is een geweldige stad en zo kon Moeke ook nog eens genieten van een stad waar Papa was voor zijn optreden met koor.
      Het was een heel fijne dag!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  7. The old buildings in your photos are preserved very well. Citizens are proud of them.

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    1. Dearest RTC.,
      Well, it is a fact that Germans are very precise and they are excellent in maintaining things.
      Now the population is a lot more mixed so I don't know if they manage to keep it up at that level!
      It always is a pleasure to visit medieval city squares that are in excellent shape and for that you can visit Europe in general.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. The brass mushrooms are very pretty! Beautiful photos from Bremen. I love those old buildings. Various colors seen on buildings in Market Square are very lovely! And I adore the statue of Town Musicians of Bremen! I want to visit there just to see those cute animals :-)
    It's very tiring to get delayed in the last leg of the trip, but glad you got home safely.

    Have a wonderful new week, Mariette! xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you and my brass mushrooms have been bought by the thousands.
      Just made the design in one evening and there it was. Adding a personal business logo made them great.
      Bremen was a lovely city to visit, for me as well as that was my first time also.
      Oh, having to wait for three hours is hard and no Internet at that time, otherwise you could check your mail or do something.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Dearest Mariette, How fabulous you look in the picture of you with black leather jacket and black beret; of course, now and then♡♡♡
    Wow, beautiful the city Bremen is with the gorgeous European atmosphere♬ Yes, how wonderful to see the statue of "Town Musicians of Bremen"♬ As it must be great time with your parents (sometimes I wish I could see my late parents p-;) Happy for you to be able to see your and relatives as well.
    Wishing you will have a great rest of the September♫♫♫
    Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Yes, it is great for seeing our Parents in pictures and even better on video. Hearing their voice and seeing their smile.
      Bremen was such a lovely medieval city to visit, my very first time also, like for Mom.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Fun sites in charming towns! How chic you look in your black boots and attire, Mariette!

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    1. Dearest Debbie,
      Yes, Bremen is a most charming medieval city! Wish I could go back again...
      Always have had a love for black, it is timeless.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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