From the Black Forest to Mainz -part 3

We loved our time in Ettlingen, Germany during my exhibit at Nadelweldt.

Each morning and evening, we walked through this lovely village, passing by the stream, and across a park to get the bus to Karlsruhe where the convention was held.

Every afternoon we saw people sitting at the cafe next to the park eating ice cream, so of course we had to stop and try the spaghetti ice cream. 
It’s not actually made of pasta, it just looks like it is.

Each night we would walk into the village to find a cafe for dinner and when we walked back to our hotel we often saw people sitting on the wall overlooking the stream (seen in the photo below) outside the door of the pub, drinking beer, chatting and laughing with friends. Life seems very good for people in this lovely place.


After the convention was over we left Ettlingen and drove north about 2 hours to Mainz, where we stayed at an airbnb near the university with a couple students. It was a some what noisy, but perfect location in the middle of the city, within easy walking distance of many historic buildings like the 1000 year old Mainz cathedral below.

One thing to keep in mind in Germany, much of the country was decimated during the war and many of the buildings that were bombed were painstakingly rebuilt to look exactly as they had before the war.

This carved pillar in front of the cathedral was amazing with all its detail.

This statue of Saint Bonifatius also stood outside the cathedral.

We were lucky to be staying over in Mainz on the right day to visit the morning market that filled the square outside the cathedral.

Since it was late spring, the market was filled erdberries (strawberries) and white spargle (asparagus).

Across from the cathedral was the Gutenberg museum which was very exciting for me to visit. As a graphic design student we studied the history of graphic design which included Johannes Gutenberg, who brought printing to Europe in the early 1400’s.



I loved seeing these original magazines and books that I remember seeing from slides in class from the Dada period and designed in the Russian constructivist style.


The older parts of cities in Germany seem to be car free and mainly for pedestrians. It’s great to see so many people out walking everywhere. We averaged 5-7 miles everyday, which allowed for lots of indulging in foods I don’t typically eat.

There were so many buildings that were ornately decorated with painting, ironwork and carving. Eye candy every where you look!


I’m not sure I’d ever tire of seeing all the varied churches, the architecture is just amazing. I guess when you consider historically the churches had all the money it makes sense that they would be so beautiful and be built to stand hundreds of years.

St Christoph’s is another fascinating church that was built between 1240 and 1330 and is known as the parish church and baptistry of Joahnnes Gutenberg.

It was burned down in 1942 and bombed in 1945 and now it stands as a memorial to the victims of World War ll.


When I read there was a church with stained glass windows by Marc Chagall I knew we had to see it.

St. Stephan’s church sits on the highest hill in Mainz and was originally built in 990, the current church building dates to 1267. A large explosion from a nearby gunpowder magazine damaged part of the building in 1857 and then it was hit again during the heavy bombing of Mainz in World War ll.

The Jewish artist Marc Chagall, who fled France under Nazi occupation, created the luminous blue windows between 1978 and 1985. The designs are based on scenes from the old testament, showing the similarities between Christian and Jewish traditions. He wanted the work to be a contribution to Jewish-German reconciliation.

The windows bathe the interior in the most beautiful soft blue light.



This wheel design on the man hole cover is referred to as the Wheel of Mainz and is depicted on the wood sculpture in front of the cathedral and on flags around town. Its precise history is unknown but there are many theories dating back to the first bishop in 975.

There were some wonderful modern architectural buildings in Mainz as well.

I will end this post with the most wonderful fountain I have ever seen.

The Fastnachtsbrunnen or Carnival fountain (1967) contains 200 figures from carnival and mythology and the water sprays in every direction.

I think I could have looked at it for hours.

Keep creating,


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IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.


6 Responses to “From the Black Forest to Mainz -part 3”

  1. Leona L Sutton says:

    Fantastic post! Eye candy, indeed! Gifted artist that you are, I’ll bet your creative mind is in high gear! Looking forward to future posts and how you interpret your wonderful journey.

  2. Kris Sazaki says:

    My old stomping grounds! Thanks for the trip back to Mainz. I need to go back!

  3. Wonderful photography from your Germany trip! I am seeing lots of fiber arts possibilities here!

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