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My school friend Klaus took me back to Freiburg where we went to school and he showed me an area I had not seen before-Krautsand.
Like in most places in the world, authorities or business have put up information signs, this one is about Krautsand.
Close-up of one of those information sections on the last image.
Just like in Holland, the lowland has to be protected by dikes.
Dikes here are very serious business. In 1962 they had a catastrophic flood here.
No, this is not the ocean, it is Krautsand along the Elbe.
The river Elbe at Krautsand
An old house in Freiburg, from 1880 or so, donated to the town by the family of an old Buergermeister.
The Elementary school in Freiburg where my friend Klaus and I went to school, I from 1952 to 1956.
The Freiburg Rathaus (City Hall).
My family lived in this house, 2nd floor, for a few years, there was a business downstairs then.
A picture from the 1950s of that house.
In that house, in that apartment at Christmas 1955, notice those real candles. My mother and my two sisters.
Our house was on the main street not to far from church and school. Business were then and are now across the street.
That street name ‘Flutstrasse’ (Flood Street) is where my best friend Klaus lived on.
And here is the ‘Haus’ (house) of my friend, it is sold now and he lives in Stade now.
Only on this visit did I learn what this was for. Ocean/river water flowed thru this gate into a large pawn. At low tide it could be opened and so kept the harbor channel clear. And I swam here like crazy as a kid.
The Freiburg harbor, it is almost low tide and that ship is already sitting on the bottom.
From the harbor to the Elbe River is maybe a good km and here are some walkways indicated for both the summer and the winter.
The dike runs along the harbor channel and then here along the Elbe.
Many people liked to walk to the mighty river, here are us three children in 1957. Hey, I already got a Navy pea coat on or is it the Navy that copied it from me?
My mother and I at the river in the 50s. I got on the regulation ‘Lederhose’ (leather pants).
Now along the walk there were many information displays about nature and the land, here is one.
The river and the other side, I think that is a nuclear power plant.
Just one of many on-stage performances and I shot only very few. 2014-02-08 VFW 11447 22nd Annual Beach Bash in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City.
Rene, my Swiss friend and very active Subic Bay Hash House Harrier. 2014-02-08 VFW 11447 22nd Annual Beach Bash in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City.
My friend Tom and his spouse. 2014-02-08 VFW 11447 22nd Annual Beach Bash in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City.
VFW HQ of the Beach Bash and Dennis our previous VFW 11447 Commander. 2014-02-08 VFW 11447 22nd Annual Beach Bash in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City.