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Vilseck, Germany, holds a special place in my heart. I didn't know at the time what it would mean to me in later years and what fond memories it would hold.
At the time, we all complained that we were in the boonies, and perhaps we were. But we were also only three hours from the Alps, and our surroundings were of beautiful sprawling fields that changed dramatically with each season and softly rolling hills from which you could see forever.
In retrospect, we had it pretty darn good.
Vilseck is located northeast of Nuremberg in Bavaria.
my home for five years
A stork's nest is said to bring good luck to the town. The towns provide a metal basket on top of a tower, but must leave the decision to build or not to build up to the bird.
The town of Vilseck gets its name from the Vils River that runs through it.
Castle Dagestein in Vilseck lies in the oldest part of the town. The fortress was built in the 10th century and today is open for sightseeing.
For three of the five years I lived in Vilseck, I was in an apartment that had a very large plate-glass window that offered a wonderful view. I watched the seasons pass from that window, and took more than a few pictures. Here are a very few of them.
This one was taken from my kitchen window, which was also a very pleasant view.
The views weren't always pleasing, as the day this funeral procession passed. Notice the men in dark color at the front and the women in more colorful clothing in the back. In the photo below, you can see on the left a glimpse of the small village to where they were walking.
The remaining pictures are of Vilseck's surroundings: other villages and the beautiful countryside that lies between them.
Above: A winter sunset in the Bavarian National Forest
Left above: A snow-lined road leading out of Vilseck
Left below: Snow-covered trees at Gross Arber, our closest skiing area
A city park in Amberg, south of Vilseck
A very narrow back road leading to Amberg was one of my favorite drives. But then, I had SO MANY favorite drives.
Above: the church on the hill in the small village of Edelsfeld
Below: the water tower on Grafenwöhr's U.S. army training base
Above and below center: the village of Hahnbach, south of Vilseck
Below right: the Rathaus (city hall) of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, also south of Vilseck and one of the larger cities in the area
Right: Rapeseed fields are seen throughout Germany in the spring. Among the many uses of rapeseed are Canola and other vegetable oils, animal feed and biodiesel.
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