Saturday, 27 August 2016
Final and farewell trip
Thirty years ago, our family began an almost annual pilgrimage to Southern Germany, we enjoyed a three week exchange of homes with a family in Bamberg and this year we repeated the experience but for the final time. Next year, we will be retired and 'La Belle France' beckons will all its coquettish charm.
One of two stand out memories remain but the biggest change in those thirty years is the almost complete eradication of the traditional local model railway store, Bamberg once offered five excellent examples and now there are none. The same pattern is repeated almost everywhere, Lichtenfels had a seriously good store but this fell to the wayside many years ago and even once familiar red and white Marklin sign is almost gone from most cities, let alone towns.