Saturday, April 1, 2017

Paris to Swiss Alps: Speyer on Our Own after Lunch (4/1/2017)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (continued)
After lunch we headed back into Speyer.
Gate (1889) to the St Magdalena Kloster/Convent
(established in Speyer in 1228), where Edith Stein
taught in the school from 1923-1931
Edith Stein was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism in 1922, and was sent to teach in Speyer. She joined the Carmelite order in 1933 and took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. To avoid the Nazi threat, Stein moved to The Netherlands and continued teaching. She understood she was not safe from the Nazis, and prepared herself to live in a concentration camp. She was arrested in 1942 when all Jewish converts were rounded up, and sent to Auschwitz where she died. Stein was beatified as a martyr in 1987, and canonized as a saint in 1998.
Church (18C) of St Magdalena
Edith Stein/Teresa Benedicta Stele
St Magdalena school buildings
A well in Hasenpfuhlstrasse
Modernized half-timbered house
Where Woogbach meets Speyerbach
The former Fischmarkt/Fish Market
Easter-themed chalk drawings
The fountain (1982 by Stefan Forler) in the Fish Market
Modern apartments with bushy plants
in the flower boxes (KSS)
Alte Münze/Old Mint (rebuilt after 1689 in Baroque style) and
the Georgbrunnen/St George Fountain (1930 as WWI Memorial)
Organ grinder with a Blue-and-yellow Macaw
Easter chocolates
Easter Rice-Krispies-like treats
Giant pretzels at an all-weather stall
A painter at work
Altpörtel/Old City Gate (1230, roof 1708); the
1761 clock shows hours and quarter hours
on separate dials
Inside the Old City Gate is an iron bracket
standard measure for one foot/28 cm
The former Reichspost/Post Office (1900, by Wilhelm Walter
in Neo-Baroque style), now a shopping center...
which meant we had to mail our postcards in a mail box
St Josefkirche/Church of St Joseph (1912-1914)
St Joseph's Neo-Gothic nave and apse (KSS)
The Crucifixion Altar by George Busch
The Stations of the Cross were also by George Busch
Right side altar painting by Ronge
Statue of St Joseph by George Busch (KSS)
High altar with the Holy Trinity grouping by
Thomas Buscher of Munich (KSS)
Altar paintings (1917) by Ronge using paintings by
Rogier van der Weyden in the Old Pinakothek in Munich as his model
Left side altar painting by Ronge
St Aloysius by George Busch
A Mea culpa bell! 
The Piéta by Thomas Buscher in the
Ägidien Chapel which was converted in 1925 into
aa chapel commemorating soldiers killed in action
A cigarette machine on Gilgenstrasse
requires inserting an ID card for proof of age
Gedächtniskirche/Memorial Church (1893-1904),
site of the 1529 protest of anti-Lutheran edict issued by
the Diet of Speyer, leading to the term "Protestant" (KSS)
A stone scroll signifying
"the word of God remains forever" (KSS) 
A statue of Martin Luther in the Memorial Hall,
a gift of German-American Lutherans
Stained glass (KSS)
From the art exhibit called "I see"
Memorial Church apse and choir; the stained glass
windows were donated by Emperor William II
and his wife Auguste Viktoria (KSS)
Schritttempo/Walking speed
The towers of St Joseph's Church (KSS)
Einhornbrunnen/Unicorn Fountain by Gernot Rumpf,
in Schulplätzel (KSS)
Easter cookies
Easter greenery
Domhof Hausbrauerei/Cathedral Court Brewhouse
(established 1990 in 1821 building)
Domhof Biergarten
Inside the Domhof
50cc "light" beer and pretzels
The Domhof was a favorite place of Helmut Kohl,
who would order the sausage and French fries
We walked back to the Viking Hild, then beyond it along the Rhine.
Rheinstrand Speyer/Rhine Beach of Speyer
Tonight was the Captain's Cocktail Party, and the Farewell Dinner with a starter of Yellow Bellpepper Soup with chicken dumpling and crayfish tails, followed by Pumpkin Mousse Ravioli with Lamb Loin and sweet chili sauce. Our entrée was Surf and Turf with a steak and lobster tail, vegetable julienne, truffled potato mash, and red wine sauce. We finished with a Crisp Dark Valrhona Chocolate Tart with mango salad.
Crisp Dark Valrhona Chocolate Tart
Next: Strasbourg.

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