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August 27, 2004: A visit with relatives in Kettwig
August 30, 2004: Stadtmitte fountain, John gets on a TV show.
Kettwig. We had a logistical challenge getting everyone to Kettwig to meet with family
members for the first time in about 16 years. Ondine, Bill, Roy, and Leo took the Weisse
Flotte; John shuttled them to the Mülheim Wasserbahnhof, then picked up Barbara
at the flat and drove to Kettwig. Here
are (from left to right) Ursula (Ullun - Opas sister, Barbaras Aunt),
Konrad (Konni) und Ullun, Barbara (Ullun und Konnis daughter, who was named after
Barbara) with a photo of her husband Eberhart, Christoph (Ullun and Opas
first cousin - Opas mother and Christophs mother were sisters), and Christoph und
And here is the wonderful meal we enjoyed:
Click here to see a long video clip of the folks around the table. Itll almost be like youre sharing a table with us. Seated from the cameras position going counter-clockwise (like the first and last pans) were Marianne, Christoph, Ondine, Barbara, Bill, Roy and Leo in various positions, Barbara, Ullun, and Konni. (5.9 MB)
John, Bill, Roy, and Leo returned to
the flat by car, while Barbara and Ondine went by bus to Christoph und Mariannes
house, where they visited with Christoph, Marianne,
Barbara, Ursula, und Konni . They returned later by
bus. The first three shots show Christoph und Mariannes lovely home in
More matsch-spielplatz! Barbara und Bill came over, and after some rain, went out with Ondine, Roy, and Leo to the
matsch! The first two shots show Bill and Leo and Barbara and Roy; the third shot shows dinner at the flat; the last one shows John, Ondine, Roy, and Leo on the balcony here at the flat.
Roy does Heino. Paul und Erika gave John a Heino Gold CD for his birthday,
much to everyone elses consternation, and the kids just took to it. You have to admit, these
patriotic songs are catchy.
Click here to see Roy sing along with Heino in the hit song Blau blüht der Enzian. (2.23 MB)
More Stadtmitte. We went to the Stadtmitte and walked around with the boys. We ate a bit of lunch at this fountain, in front of the Postal Museum (which was, unfortunately,
closed) in Viktoriaplatz.
Click here to see Roy and Leo playing in the fountain. (2.68 MB)
Friends take John to WDR to join the studio audience of Sport im Westen, a live sports news program. Dax und
Jürgens friend Peter had gotten tickets, and invited John to join him, Horst, und
Klaus. John had a great time. The studio was in Köln (Cologne), and the four had dinner before going to the show.
The first photo shows Horst, Klaus, and Peter at the restaurant in Köln. The
second shows Johns meal (lecker!). The third is a view to the top of St. Martins
kirche. The fourth is a view along one bank of the Rhine River. The last photo
shows Peter, Klaus, and Horst at the studio entrance (the actual soundstage was
four floors down from ground level). Ondine watched the show at home, and
spotted them in the audience!
Click here to join Horst, Klaus und Peter at the table. If you listen to Peter at the end, you can hear him telling the others that John is taking a video. (980 KB)
Click here to see the above video clip as a full-screen .avi (3.11 MB)
Click here to see the neon lights of the WDR studio in Köln. (1.67 MB)
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