March 22, 2013
Rhineland: Kandel, Germany.
Unspectacular, hardworking and quiet, Kandel, in the Rhineland-Palatinate's Germersheim district, is just northwest of Karlsruhe and about 10 miles north of the French border, and in the Black Forest. About 8000 people. Established light manufacturing firms (mainly electronics), shops for the locals, one main drag built for small cars and bicycles, and wonderfully un-touristed. Last time I was here (4 years ago): no Starbucks, no English-speaking news, no CNN. But it's changing. Yet some townspeople still hear English speakers as maybe Brits, maybe Canadians, maybe Americans. Authentic. Uncontaminated.
Posted by JD Hull at March 22, 2013 11:59 PM