Carnival time in Germany...
Carnival time in Germany !
That's me and two of my friends on our way to celebrate Altweibernacht. This is part of Germany's carnival tradition. On the Thursday night before Ash Wednesday, women dress up as an old crone, wearing witches masks and clubs. It's the evening of the old women, Altweibernacht, and they are in charge, hitting the men over the head with their clubs. It's kind of ladies night, only the women can invite to dance. The men are supposed to guess the true identity of the old hag they are dancing with.
If a man goes to work on this Thursday, he will wear an old tie, or no tie at all, because the women are allowed to cut it off (symbolic for ?). They are carried as trophies! Even policemen are not safe for this practice, I assume they keep an old cut-off tie in their wardrobe that they use again every year when the women are on the loose with their scissors and clubs!.
Impressions of My Home Town Krefeld
"The world's 2nd Biggest Plant of BAYER"
chemical and pharmaceutical industries is in Krefeld. Part of this giant plant is shown in this picture. The company stretches over several kilometers along the shores of the Rhine river.
"Just another angle ..."
and a different season (February 2005)
"Carrying goods from the North Sea ...."
to places in Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.
The river Rhine is one of the most busiest water ways in Europe.
"Rhine Bridge at Sunset"
"The Kaufhof along "Ostwall""
Enjoy Shopping of international top brands and huge assortments of all fashion items. The sales team excels with friendliness, they are helpfull and competent .
"Let us Meet at the Clock"
On Ostwall/Rheinstrasse was already the meeting place when we went to school. "At the Clock" was understood by everyone and it is still like decades ago.
"One of the many Chruches in Krefeld"
Krefeld being predominantely of catholic population has quite a lot of churches. St. Stephan is one of the well known landmarks along a side road of the Ostwall