Used to describe the warmth of the sun in winter, a light shining through the darkness, the word “Apricity” (pronounced a-PRIS-i-tee) is a special English noun that I am smitten with. On our Viking River Cruise this Fall, I stumbled on many layers of it’s real-world essence in Regensburg, Germany.
We entered Regensburg on a cold and cloudy day, where reminders of the cruelties of The Holocaust and Nazi era remain written in stone around every corner, buried in the ground, carved in the ceilings, and trapped in the air. As the history there soaked deep in to our hearts, rays of sun began to penetrate the darkness and we could begin to see the warmth of light shine through. We paused to honor those who risked their own lives to save their Jewish friends and neighbors at the home of Oskar Schindler.
We admired the memorial bricks dedicated to many who died in The Holocaust found everywhere in Regensburg. During this part of the tour, my heart was heavy and I did not capture pictures of the memorial bronze bricks. However, I did photograph the cobblestone streets. As you can imagine, the memorial stones inlayed within these streets are a beautiful way to remember special lives.
We were also encouraged by news that a larger synagogue is being built to support the growing Jewish community in Regensburg. For several minutes, we stood and admired the Holocaust memorial dedicated as a community meeting place for all of humanity.
Perhaps the brightest ray of light was that we learned German elementary students are now required to visit one of the concentration camps as part of their studies. As difficult as it may be, there is a strong current in the air aimed at the new generation to learn about this time in history and to ensure nothing like this could happen again. Let’s hope our young people hear the message, because we were told there are still a few who have not learned their lesson. I have to thank our Viking Cruises guide for leading us delicately through this disheartening time in history, and for showing us the promising rebirth of a beautiful medieval City that was somehow spared from the devastating bombing during WWII.
On to lighter subjects. How do you think the people from Regensburg keep out the cold? Extraordinary hats and delicious dumplings!
One of the benefits of taking a Viking River Cruise is the included excursions. I do not think it is an accident that the Viking guides all seem to be in love with their own cities, and well-versed on what to do there. I especially tip my hat to the ones that shared their favorite hidden gems with us which included something scrumptious! Dumplings anyone?
Despite tasting surprisingly light, not the same as a cinnamon roll at all, here is a glimpse of what Mona Lisa might have looked like after consuming too many… lol.
It should also be noted that we enjoyed our dumplings with coffee, but the locals paired with a beer. We couldn’t quite get there, but if you want to try that combination, you just have to find the green door!
More photos of this pretty surprising town.
I have to tell you, everyone I met in Regensburg was absolutely lovely, and this includes the pups. Just look at the sweet face on this one!
This blog post covered a lot of our morning in Regensburg, but there are more photos and memories to share so we are not leaving Germany just yet.
Oh one more thing… Regensburg has “smiling angels.” If that isn’t meant to be a sign of Apricity, I surely don’t know what is.
Hope this Sunday finds you smiling too.