A side trip to Bremen, Germany

After a couple of blocks the square opened up and I saw the full magnificence of the plaza. Not only was the big church here, the Rathaus (town hall), parliament building, and several other large buildings framed the square. At this point, I realized I had somehow stumbled into a UNESCO World Heritage Site – namely “Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen.” Continue reading A side trip to Bremen, Germany

In Search of Wieses: Fehmarn, Germany

The first place we visited was the island of Fehmarn, the ancestral home of the Wieses (my maternal grandfather’s family).

Fehmarn is an island located just off the northeastern coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea. This island is a popular summer destination, and its claim to fame is that it was the site of Jimi Hendrix’s last concert. Looking through the available information on both our family history and the island in general, we decided to stay in Burg auf Fehmarn. Continue reading In Search of Wieses: Fehmarn, Germany