I am in Franconia this weekend, an area that as far as I know Paddy has not visited. It is however typical of the type of country that Paddy would have walked in 1934. The unsploit city of Bamberg, 80 km east of Wurzburg, is preserved almost as Paddy would have found any German city prior to the war.

8 thoughts on “Bamberg

  1. John Kimon

    Hello Tom. I hope you don’t mind if I butt in and ask a question. I was trying to find out a little more about PLF’s views on the Cyprus uprising in the 1950s and came across a piece on your blog regarding a letter he wrote to the Times in 1956 –

    Is the actual text of the letter available or do we have any sources that mention PLF’s interpretation of what was going on in Cyprus? I’ve read in Roderick Beaton’s biography of the Greek poet George Seferis that his friendship with PLF was strained by the Cyprus crisis, and it’s well known that another PLF associate, Lawrence Durrell, was essentially ostracised by his Greek friends, who regarded him as a parasite and hypocrite for the role he assumed as a colonial administrator on Cyprus that involved him making the case against the union of the island with the rest of Greece.

    1. proverbs6to10 Post author

      John – I am sure that you could find a copy of the letter (library archives, micro-fische etc) but I doubt very much it is on-line. The Times on-line now charegs a fee so even if in softcopy you would have to pay. As far as I recall from ‘In Tearing Haste’ Paddy never mentioend the subject; finding anything more about his views on thsi subject may be difficult.

  2. Ryan Eyre

    In In Tearing Haste PLF writes the Duchess of Devonshire about a trip he made around Germany and Austria in 1985 with his wife and the Fieldings. He mentions “scouring the Rhineland, Wurttemburg, Swabia, Franconia, Bavaria and Saxony for these extraordinary churches…The trompe l’oeil ceiling paintings are perfectly summed up by a pre-war French song (Quand notre coeur fait boum!)”.

    Going from one or two of your photographs of tromp l’oeil paintings in Bamberg and Wurzburg you very well may be in the footsteps of PLF.

    1. proverbs6to10 Post author

      Ryan – I recalled something like that, but only looked for Wurzburg in the index so did not follow it through. You are correct.

  3. Barbara Boling

    I lived in Wurzburg for three years back in the late sixties. You are probably enjoying the white asparagas dishes so popular there in late April and early May. I’m sure you have visited the Residenz and other areas in this beautiful city. This is also the home base for the manufacture of the wonderful Kniepp products. Wurzburg was almost obliterated in the bombings of WWII.

    So glad you are keeping this blog about matters regarding Paddy. (I trust that at his remarkable age of 96 he doesn’t mind strangers calling him Paddy.)

    I am taking my granddaughter to Provence, Paris and Brittany all next month. Traveling has been a big part of my life since childhood.

    Safe and happy travels to you,
    Barbara Boling

    1. proverbs6to10 Post author

      Barbara – enjoy your travels. I have just returned from sitting in the warm sun, drinking wine on the old bridge after visiting the Residenz. It was the most amazing building. A must see, and for me much more impressive than Versailles.


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