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Gelnhausen shim John & Kristie

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travel :: Monday, August 24, 2009
EUROPEAN VACATION DAY 12 :: GELNHAUSEN, GERMANY :: From Kraków, we boarded an early morning flight to Frankfurt. After picking up our car from the airport, we experienced our first drive on Germany's famous autobahns. The dash on the Benz displayed 155 kph (about 96 mph), but we were still being passed. Fahrvergnügen!

Our first stop was in the charming medieval town of Gelnhausen, where I lived between the ages of four through seven, some of the most formative years of my life. My dad was stationed here between 1980-1983, serving in the Army's 3rd Armored Division as an M1 Abrams tank mechanic.

We lived in Coleman Village, an American family housing area about a mile from the town. My first childhood memories are from Gelnhausen. I remember my first bike, snowball, bee-sting, school, sister, beer and kiss, along with many, many days of happiness and wonder. I had been yearning to revisit Gelnhausen for most of the 26 years I had been away.

As a toddler, I used to walk with my mom to and from the center of town on a scenic path along a tree-lined river. Downtown Gelnhausen is filled with narrow, cobblestoned streets and colorful timbered buildings, much as I remember it. Every corner is still worthy of a postcard. Flowers in the windows invited us into little shops filled with handcrafted toys, fresh bread and ice cream. I had an incredible time retracing the footsteps of my cherished childhood, and sharing that experience with Kristie.

Next stop: The Rhine!

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on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Lovely pictures again John and a fun read.

on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Love the pictures. My husband and I were stationed in Gelnhausen 1971-1973. We lived off base-downtown near the Church. I would love to go back and visit as you did. Thanks for sharing your pictures, it was just like a mini vacation.

on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Happened upon your post by accident. What a surpise! I also attended Gelnhausend American School at about the same age as yourself. Although at an earlier time. Of course my father was in the American Army but is German as well, so we lived in the farming village of Vonhausen between G'hausen and Budingen. Thanks for the pics. They have brought back memories. John/

on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

These are beautiful pictures which brought back really good memories. I worked at the dispensary on base in Gelnhausen from about 1982 to 1983 (somewhere around there). My husband was in the 3/12th in Budigen where we also lived. I really would like to go back and visit! Thanks for the pictures.

on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I lived their also in military housing near the gas station. it is such a beautiful city .I was their in 1986_ 1989

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