Set 01 of Renate's Pictures From Germany

Bob Jensen at Trinity University


In this picture set I feature some photographs sent to me by Renate who lives not far from Kempten in Germany
We used to visit Erika's older brother who lived with his family in Kepmten
Rudi is now deceased, but Erika is still close with his widow and grown children
We met Renate on one of her many visits to Sugar Hill
Renate and Rudi never met





The following message and some pictures were forwarded by our friend who lives with her husband in a mountain chalet in Germany not far from Kepmten
Although Renate is a retired veterinarian, she's not what I call old --- born after WW II
Interestingly she spent many of her childhood summers in Sugar Hill, NH less than a mile from where I now live
She visits Sugar Hill quite often in her retirement
Renate has great compassion for both the animals and the poor and oppressed people of the world

"Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth."

I am forwarding this to those on my Senior 's email list because it is so well written. Please send back. (I did) It's neat. Don't delete this one, you'll laugh when you see the return message. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon?  will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50s, 60s & 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will. I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten.

And, eventually, I remember the important things. Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think.I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become.

I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).



Many of the pictures below were taken by Renate on a recent visit along the the Rhine














Renate did not send the following pictures but they show two of the popular tourist sites near Kempten
Kempten is the oldest town in Germany

Not far from Kempten in the mountains is Neuschwanstein (Schloss) Castle that inspired the Magic Kingdom of Disneyworld



There's both a board game and an app about the Castles of Mad King Ludwig


Historians do not all agree on the degree of craziness of King Ludwig
The Castles of Mad King Ludwig ---


Near Kepten is also King Ludwig's childhood home of Hohenschwangau Castle
I prefer Neuschwanstein Castle on the outside but on the inside I found Hohenschwangau Castle more interesting to visit




Bob Jensen's Mountain Pictures

Set 1 ---   

Set 2 ---     
              This set includes White Mountain hiking trail photographs

Photographs of the Summit of Mt Washington

Some of Wes Lavin's June 2016 Photographs 

Cannon Mountain Photographs --- 

Photographs of the Mittersill Alpine Resort, New Hampshire ---

Bob Jensen's photographs from the tram and along the rim trail atop Cannon Mountain

Bob Jensen's Favorite Pictures of Mt. Lafayette 10 Miles Distant
With nine pages quoted from Bill Bryson's traumatic climb up Mt. Lafayette
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Anchor Books, 2007)

Set 4 of My Sunrise and Sunset Favorites from the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---     

Bob Jensen's Photographs of Sunrises and Sunsets on Mt. Garfield 

Photographs of the Scenic Mountain Village of Jackson, New Hampshire ---

History of The White Mountains --- Set 01

History of The White Mountains --- Set 02

History of The White Mountains --- Set 03 (Franconia Notch)

History of The White Mountains --- Set 04 (Crawford Notch) 

History of The White Mountains --- Set 05 (Pinkham Notch)

History of The White Mountains --- Set 06 (Kinsman Notch)


More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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