Our most famous street & its strange nick name
My grandparents (and for many years I did as well) live in one of the most central & calmest streets, the "Untere Muehlstrasse"= the "lower Mill Street".
This street runs from the church, past the mill (obviously) and all the way to the end of the village.
Locals call this street the "Kuhschwanz" = "Cow's Tail".
For many years it was unclear why on earth everyone calls this street Cow's Tail... most believed that it was because of the street's long & widing appearance.
But last year my grandfather bumped into the new priest whilst out for a walk and the priest told him that his hobby is to search through old records, documents, books and diaries to gain information about a town's historical backgrounds. He seems to have found an explanation:
At the beginning of the 19th century Muehlhausen started expanding, with many farmers moving into the area around the mill by the creek. Almost the entire "Untere Muehlstrasse" was inhabited by farmers' houses on the side of the road that meets the sloping vineyards. Their livestock (cows) were brought out of their barns during the day to enjoy the sunlight & be fed in the fresh air. The cows were positioned so they faced towards the vineyard hill, with their rear ends to the street in order for their "waste" to flow-down the sewage ducts.
So, whenever one would walk along this street, all you could see were cow's tails!
This looks like the most plausible & accurate explanation that has been found to date, and I love it! Finally, after so many years I have a story to go with my street's strange name :-)
As this street is so well-known by locals and also residents of the surrounding villages, the mayor decided in 2004 to honour our little street with a fountain/well. Its handle looks like the animals tail and one can pump drinking water. At night it is nicely light in golden light & in the summer months you can see numerous local children running around barefoot in the cool water.
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The most popular man of summer
Most cities and villages in Germany, including Muehlhausen, have a true Italian family running a true Italian icecream ("gelati") shop or even restaurant. In Muehlhausen it's "Giovanni", in Schatthausen (where my aunt lives) it's "Nico".
In the summertime (from June to August) they fill-up their specially equipped van and head out to various stops around the village.
Nearing their destinations, the driver rings a bell which immediately results in children running barefoot towards them, with huge smiles on their faces, clutching some pocket money for the icy treat: ice cream!
Forget what you thought you knew about Baskin Robbins or Haagen Dazs... this is the REAL stuff made with fresh cream, eggs, fruit, etc. The flavours are devine!
(Prices vary, but a scoop costs approximately 0.60 Euro cents.)
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