Lichterserenade

Currently we’re drowning in packing boxes, much like when we moved overseas a year ago. However, we are trying to take breaks from all the madness whenever possible to enjoy our last days in Bavaria.

Last night we were able to attend the Lichterserenade (Serenade of Lights) on the Danube. After learning that the event happens at nightfall, we assumed our kids would never make it. But it was too hot to sleep in our sweltering apartment, so we decided to give it a go and joined the masses of people collecting along the riverbanks.

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It was exciting to see the lit riverboats begin to approach.

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Each of these traditional Ulm vessels was loaded with people traveling upstream. Unfortunately, after that it was a looooong wait for darkness to come. Sam and I found a seat atop a wall near the river path. But, despite Lucy’s late nap that day, she was unable to sit still and demanded that Joe walk her up and down the trail to look at all of the activity. At about 10:30, we finally were rewarded for our patience with some fireworks.

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The fireworks show lasted a couple of minutes, before the barge traveled further down the river and performed again downstream. So we were able to see the show twice as it happened on either side of where we sat.

At the same time, small red and orange lanterns began floating towards us. They were very pretty, but hard to photograph due to their dimness.

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That was the best I could manage. We didn’t last much longer before the kids were too hungry and tired to stay out anymore. But we were grateful to have been able to witness this beautiful ceremony before we travel back home next week.

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7 thoughts on “Lichterserenade

  1. Yay Betsy & Joe! You did it! Well done-living daily life plus a bit of exploring all while growing a couple of small people. You made a plan and saw it through. Your summer evening reminded me so much of our July 3rd festivities combined with the Christmas boats in Poulsbo when my family was young-minus the floating lanterns. Your last line about coming home makes me happy. I wish you an easy journey (as easy as possible…)

  2. Congrats on finding a new home here. Beautiful pictures.

    Linda

    From: Danube Waltz Reply-To: Danube Waltz Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:01 AM To: LINDA HAHN Subject: [New post] Lichterserenade

    WordPress.com betsyconnors posted: “Currently we’re drowning in packing boxes, much like when we moved overseas a year ago. However, we are trying to take breaks from all the madness whenever possible to enjoy our last days in Bavaria. Last night we were able to attend the Lichterserenad”

  3. I always enjoy your updates Betsy, and it’s hard to believe that a year has gone by! Safe and sane travels home, I look forward to seeing you…

    Mary S-G

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