A short, partly nostalgic trip last week to the Ruhrgebiet / Niederrhein, where I spent happy days as a subaltern in the heyday of the Cold War.
. . . would municipal allotments be turned over mostly to growing flowers in ornate little patches like this
. . . would an electricity pylon be placed in the grounds of a Wasserschloss
. . . would a little town like Zons (pop. 5,405) have a museum with a world-class collection of Art Nouveau glassware
. . . would the same little town host 8 marching bands and a dozen uniformed civilian ‘hunting’ societies (ahem), parading with swords, axes, rifles and cannon !
. . . and would a riverside dyke be called a Hochwassershutzanlage . . .
Photos © Nick Drew 2008; and, not for the first time, German spelling corrections courtesy of M.Wadsworth