As I told you in September, I was planning to do some novel writing. In the interests of home safety, I did not mention that I had reserved a vacation apartment in the city of Saarburg Germany as a wonderful way to inspire chapters for my novel. A wise woman once told me that to improve my inspiration, I should go to my home villages, sit on the ground, and listen while they talked to me. I'm a bit too old and my back is too touchy to do that literally, but I found that once I was in Saarburg, ideas for chapters came into my mind very easily - unlike the puzzlement I was experiencing at home.
What I hadn't reckoned with was the number of friends and acquaintances I have made in my past trips to Kreis Saarburg. There was German hospitality being offered to me from the moment I arrived until the day before I left for home. I had pictured myself busily writing most of my days in the city. Instead, I was often having coffee and Kuchen.
On a sunny Sunday, I had a very special tour with a very special tour guide, Ewald Meyer, author of a published history of Irsch and Beurig. He has been helping me ever since the first day I met him in 2002. He was also the person who urged me to come back to Germany, offering to again help me with any local research trips I might want to make.
|Ewald Meyer, Tour Guide|
|A forester's grave monument|
|Today's Hotel Keller in Beurig on the Saar|
|Historic Side Altar|
|Choir view of newly remodeled church|
|Coffee and Kuchen with the Meyers|
Conversation with Ewald Meyer and information from his books, Irsch/Saar: Geschichte eines Dorfes, and Beuriger Lese - und Bilderbuch, co-authored by Bernd Gehlen