Street Art by Markus Janista in Oberursel

It is always fun to discover another street art project by Markus Janista.

This one is in the Feldbergstraße in front of the Taunus Sparkasse.

Mohnblume by Markus Janista

die Mohnblume: poppy flower

For more about Street Art around the world by Lonely Planet, visit: https://amzn.to/3nYEcWe

Colonel Charles B. King Memorial at Camp King Oberursel

Just last year, I had taken a photo of the flowers left on 8 May in memory of Colonel Charles B. King.

King Memorial at Camp King
8 May 2020 Camp King Oberursel

More here: https://www.pension-sprachschule.de/camp-king-oberursel/honoring-colonel-charles-b-king-at-camp-king-oberursel-on-v-e-day-2020/

Now this year, I’ve noticed the plaque in front is gone. I will notify the office in charge of this.

Memorial for Colonel King, Oberursel, 2021

History of Names for the Adenauerallee in Oberursel

In 1724, the street had been referred to as Allee (tree lined promenade), but its official name was Frankfurter Straße. The locals also liked to call it the Frankfurter Chausee (Frankfurt’s country road).

In 1933, the road was named Adolf-Hitler-Anlage.

Adolf-Hitler-Anlage in Oberursel

In 1945, his name was dropped and it became just the Allee again.

“Kastanienallee” in Oberursel

In 1967, the street became the Adenauerallee and it was named after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 – 1963.

The Adenauerallee connects the main shopping area with the train station. It is also our Flohmarktstraße (flea market road), and under normal circumstances, the flea market is held there every third Saturday of the month.

Reflections of my Service at U.S. Air Force Radio Relay Site on the Feldberg, Germany

It is always a pleasure to share photos and information with like-minded readers. One of them, Larry Tisch, contributed the following photos and some bits about his life near the Tech Control Center at the Feldberg, Taunus Mountains, in Germany.

“The first photo shows the entrance of the Tech Control Center, and the second one was taken inside. I was stationed there from February, 1969 through May, 1972.”

Tech Control Center Feldberg Germany
Men at Work at the Tech Control Center

“I loved it and had a great time. I also made many German friends.  They have been here to visit us, and we have been there to visit them several times.
When I first arrived I stayed at the Forsthaus Cafe until I found an apartment, which was on the upper floor of a private home in Arnoldshain. In 1969, the Mark was a quarter  ($1.00 = 4.06 DM) and a Bier was 50 Pfennig.”

Thanks, Larry!

Film Setting For ‘Spencer’ at Schlosshotel Kronberg, Germany

The Schlosshotel Kronberg will provide the setting for an American production of ‘Spencer’, a drama featuring Lady Di’s life.

The Schlosshotel has been chosen to represent Lady Di’s real birthplace, the country estate of Sandringham in Norfolk, where she was born on 1 July 1961. Princess Di herself reputedly has never been to the Schlosshotel herself.

Some historical facts about the hotel:

German Empress Victoria (German title: Victoria Kaiserin Friedrich), a daughter of the English Queen Victoria, purchased the Villa Schönbusch from a business man named Jacques Reiss in 1888. This was also the year her husband, Emporer Friedrich III, died.

She then had Friedrichshof Castle built in its place, and she used it as her summer residence from 1894 until her death in 1901.

Schloss Friedrichshof in Cronberg i. Taunus

Note the spelling of Cronberg in the left-hand corner of the postcard. This was the official spelling before it became Kronberg in November 1929.

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After her death, the castle went to her youngest daughter, Margaret of Prussia (German title: Prinzessin Margarethe von Preußen).

After WWII, the castle was confiscated by U.S. occupation forces, and used as Officers’ Club.

In 1954, the castle became a luxury hotel, convention center, and a special place to receive and host VIPs, such as the Dalai Lama in 2017.

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Princess Di is played by the actress Kristen Stewart. The Hessian Film Funding Group will support the movie making with €250,000.

The movie’s release is planned for early 2022.

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