Day 11, May 14 (Leipzig–Ruhetag)

Saw and heard so, so much–an amazing city. Picked only three themes: first, one of the many “Passagen” that were used to let the carriages into the court to avoid people getting rained on (nowadays the passages in Europe are filled with shops!)–this one (Mädlerpassage) has Auerbachs Keller in it where Göthe composed Faust–this one is for you, Ruta–it’ll bring back memories of your thesis!!!!

The second one is the Historical Events Forum that chronicled the years between 1949 (start of the DDR) and  1989 (the peaceful revolution). It was so well documented with pictures, sounds, clips, etc.
And last but perhaps most importantly the churches, Nikolai and Thomas. Bach was music director for both and peaceful processions were conducted between the two. Then on Oct 9, 89, it all crumbled–that day alone will move you! Nicolas is on top in the quad shot and Thomas on bottom where I heard a recital practice, that added to the emotion.

Back on the road tomorrow!



  1. Joyce Summers — 05-14-2015 at 11:11 am

    Looks like spending the extra day was perfect. Thanks for sharing history, politics, and culture along the way.

  2. john and ruta — 05-14-2015 at 2:21 pm

    Lieber Pilger!
    “Fantastisch”! You created a wonderful stroll down memory lane to UNL.
    Auerbachs was the first place Mephisto took Faust.
    Kurt, did you exit Auerbachs astride the wine barrel like Dr. Faust??!!
    Love & huge hugs!

    • kurt — 05-16-2015 at 9:11 am

      No. The minister told me to ask them to take me to see the wine barrel, but I never got that far. NEXT TIME! XO