Europa Urlaub von Marvin und Lois Kelm Oktober 2010

Europe Vacation of Marvin Kelm – a former Soldier from Nellingen Barracks 1955 – 1956

 

Esslingen am Neckar Castle / Burg

Esslingen am Neckar Market Square / Marktplatz

Esslingen am Neckar

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   Marvin & Lois Kelm     

                                                                

Original Comment on End of this Page.

 

Letzten Oktober im Jahr 2010 besuchte mich mein guter Freund Marvin Kelm mit seiner Frau Lois. Marvin war früher in den Jahren 1955 - 1956 Soldat in den Nellingen Barracks. Zuerst diente er im 354. Pionier Battalion, später dann noch im 94. Pionier Battalion. Beide hatten ein Hotel in Esslingen gebucht, dem EcoInn.

 

Nach meinem Feierabend und während meiner Freizeit trafen wir uns einige Male und erzählten uns viel zum Thema Nellingen Barracks bzw. Familie und Hobbys.

Unser erstes Treffen war sehr freudig und harmonisch, da wir uns seit Jahren nur per Email Kontakt kannten. Wir besuchten das Gelände der ehemaligen Kaserne,

bummelten durch Nellingen und besuchten das Stadtarchiv Ostfildern. Einmal reservierten wir uns einen Tisch mittags bei meinem Kumpel Remy Butterlin, der

ein klasse Gasthaus in Nellingen hat. Marvin und Lois besuchten auch meine Mutter im Scharnhauser Park und verbrachten dort den ganzen Nachmittag.

 

Samstags gleicher Woche, luden wir beide zu uns nachhause zum Essen ein. Meine Frau bereitete einen tollen schwäbischen Braten vor mit viel Soße, Bratkartoffeln.

Das war ein tolles Erlebnis. Wir haben uns dann herzlich von den beiden verabschiedet und ich  brachte sie in ihr Hotel nach Esslingen zurück.

Marvin und Lois sind dann Montags darauf noch für ein paar Tage in die Schweiz gefahren. Sie residierten im schönen Ort Klosters.

Die Kelm´s leben in Bloomer im U.S. Bundesstaat Wisconsin.

 

Vielen Dank für euren Besuch und viele Grüße von Billy und Familie 2011.

 

Marvin in Esslingen

Altes Rathaus Esslingen / Old Town Hall (1494)

Das Hotel von Marvin und Lois in Esslingen Kanalstrasse

The Kelm´s Hotel in Esslingen

Spaziergang durch Esslingens Altstadt

Walk through the old Town scenery of Esslingen

 

Esslingens Altstadt - Stadtkirche am Marktplatz

Walk through the old Town scenery of Esslingen

 

Alle bei uns zuhause im Klosterhof Nellingen zum schwäbischen Abendessen. Von links nach rechts: Marvin, Billy, meine Mutter Christel, meine Frau Michaela und mein Sohn Anthony.

Dinner at Billy´s House with great Food October 2010

Das ehemalige Gebäude der US-Army, es diente früher als Erholungsort, Soldatenclub, Kantine

The former Service Club of Nellingen Barracks in 2010.

Das ehemalige Gebäude der US-Army, es diente früher als Erholungsort, Soldatenclub, Kantine

The former Service Club of Nellingen Barracks in 2010

Billy

Spaziergang durch Nellingens Altstadt

Walk through the old Town scenery of Nellingen

Bei uns zuhause, Marvin, Billy und Anthony.

In Billy´s House, Marvin, Billy and Anthony

Innenaufnahme vom Gasthaus meines Freundes Remy Butterlin Nellingen Moltkestrasse. Interior Picture of the Guesthouse of my Friend Remy in Nellingen Moltkestrasse.

Spaziergang durch Nellingens Altstadt

Walk through the old Town scenery of Nellingen

Spaziergang durch Nellingens Altstadt

Walk through the old Town scenery of Nellingen

Spaziergang durch Esslingens Altstadt

Walk through the old Town scenery of Esslingen

Spaziergang durch Esslingens Altstadt

Walk through the old Town scenery of Esslingen

Spaziergang durch Esslingens Altstadt

Walk through the old Town scenery of Esslingen

 

 

Original Comment of Marvin Kelm:

 

January 3 2011

Recap of Lois and Marv Kelm trip to Nellingen/Esslingen Germany 2010.

 

We traveled to Germany in the end of October, the dates are not important, this is a synopsis of our trip and stay , our opinion and suggestions for those who may want to

make a similar trip. It is meant to encourage others to visit this area if you are making a trip to Germany or this area of Europe. Esslingen is a great city to stay if,

in this part of Europe, it is a good location to make day trips from if you wish not to pick up and relocate often. We arrived at the Stuttgart Airport, an easy airport to get around in,

and the staff there were very helpful. We got good information from the tourism dept at the airport. Much information was received via internet before leaving home.

Sorry to say the Information we wanted,

was not furnished by the Esslingen tourism. It was almost non existant, and uncooperative. Anyway , we received good information at the Airport for the bus to Esslingen.

We suggest not to change more money than needed at the Airport, (Much better rates in town). The bus is just a short ride to Esslingen and passed through some familiar villages ,

even after 50 some years. The hotel we stayed at EcoInn am Campus was just a short walk from our bus stop, even with our luggage. It was a bit difficult to find the first time ,

because the locals seem not to know the Hotel, as it is a low profile hotel. (We liked that). We found the EcoInn to be everything we expected.

 

A few of the things that we liked. ; Great breakfast, staff was very helpful they spoke plenty of English,, The manager was very nice and held some great conversations.

The room was not large, but nice plenty of quiet, the stream/river running under and past it was very interesting. The price was right. They were very accommodating in

arranging breakfast for us at odd hours on occasion. If you are driving, parking could be a problem.

 

The location of the hotel was very conducive to our many walks down town. Most of our spare time was spent walking around Esslingen.

 

To our benefit, Billy volunteered to pick us up at the Hotel the second day. He showed us the area to Nellingen and of course Nellingen itself. We met his family and got acquainted, which is not difficult with Billy. Billy is very enthusiastic without being pushy. He ,his wife and mother also speak English. (But don’t talk so fast) (you should try to roll your r’s too).

Just kidding you Billy ‘’. Nellingen is not real familiar to me because when I was at the Kaserne we usually just

passed through on the strassenbahn. The area from the village to the Kaserne area are very familiar and nostalgic.

I, My wife, and family have visited the area several times since 1956

 

Billy made our day, on another occasion when he picked us up again and we toured the Kaserne area. Of course the Kaserne situation is described on his website.

We visited the remaining building, which was the service club and Billys mothers place which is in what was dependents quarters in 1956,

To make the day very memorable Billy took us out to lunch at a local restaurant , and treated us to a German Lunch. UM UM… Ate too much. While Billy was working,

Lois and I took the S bahn to Stuttgart for a short visit.

 

We all remember Stuttgart well, yes? Hey there are no more 5 mark weekends,, beer costs more now Of course it is only 54 years later. The trip to Stuttgart is not a lot different, more modern train (hey they were modern then too, right). I can recall the conductor calling out the stops now it is electronic. I was also introduced to Jochen Bender the history curator for the village. I must give him thanks for giving me much interesting history about the area. After some time at the city archives, Billy picked me up and we went to his soccer game.

The sports hall is in Kemnat a small village nearby. I am familiar with Kemnat ,as that is where my dads cousin lived in the 1950’s and till in the 80’s. I visited there many times, so I could walk around the village and recognize many places.

 

While I was doing this Billy was getting ready and starting his indoor soccer game. I got back to the sports hall in time to see Billy make a couple saves, (he is the goalie)

He is a pretty fair player (for his age) in fact really very fit. I think it was after the soccer game we were treated by Billy and his wife to a home cooked dinner. Their house was very welcoming as was the conversations we had. His mother is a very interesting person, and has some great experiences  she does not hesitate to share. What a great time.

In conclusion I must mention, I am forever grateful to Billy for his website and for refreshing many memories. I also must thank him for the encouragement for us to visit Nellingen again. It brought back memories of some significant years in my life. It was especially fun to recall some of the same experiences as Billy (A generation younger than me) as I, throughout my life have been in the building, maintainence of buildings and Schools. Billy , as we know is a Hausmeister.

It is with a warm feeling we have made a new friend via Email, a phone call, and finally a visit to his home.

If a Europe trip is in your plans, Nellingen/Esslingen should be a destination.

Not to make Billy more work, but if you are in the area, you should surely make contact with him.

And yes, get him some more information about the Kaserne, I wanna see it too.

 

Marvin Kelm, Bloomer

Wi, USA 94th Engr Bn (const) 1955 , 1956.

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