German Word of the Day: die Pflastersteine

In a conversation about last week’s Hof Flohmarkt (courtyard flea market), when most of Oberursel’s Altstadt (old part of the town) opened its courtyard gates to many visitors, I also mentioned to wear good shoes around the area as high heels make walking difficult.

The conversation turned then to farm house courtyards, and their original purpose. There is also a difference between the original cobble stones and the new ones to fit the Altstadt flair.

This is a sample of the old Pflastersteine (cobble stones), which are a significant part of Oberursel’s Altstadt.

Old cobble stones 13th century

These cobble stones look like they date from a more recent era.

This is another alley near St. Ursula Church, where only cobble stones are found.

Oberursel Hof Flohmarkt 2021

Around the Altstadt, even the stairways are made from cobble stones.

Stairway to St. Ursula Church, Oberursel

der Pflasterstein (Singular), die Pflastersteine (Plural)

But das Pflaster by itself is a band-aid.

Expecting Traffic Disruptions due to Motorcade in Oberursel on 28 February 2021

This coming Sunday, 28 February, a parade of vehicles will be coming through Oberursel North, Oberursel City, and Bommersheim. This motorcade, organized by the ‘Querdenker‘ movement, is in line with the Freedom of Assembly according to Article 8 of the German Constitution.

Several protests have been held in Germany against German governmental COVID-19 measures.

The parade in Oberursel is from 14:00-16:00 on Sunday. Also, between 13:30 and 18:00, you can expect loudspeaker announcements throughout that time.

German Word of the Day: der Querdenker

Querdenker (lit: lateral thinkers) are in opposition to the German government COVID-19 measures. They protest and organize motorcades, and refuse social distancing as well.

On its local Querdenker Facebook group, I have seen only four people have signed up to join this event so far (seen 26 Feb at 19:30). We shall see.

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