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85276 Pfaffenhofen/Ilm in Germany, that is


Current Pabuca topic. Hmm, I’ve shown several photos containing Pfaffenhofen’s history in one kind or another before. So what should I take this time?

I decided I get something from the archive: from last year’s celebration of the 575th anniversary of when Pfaffenhofen was first mentioned as town (the place itself existed before: first mentioned in 1140, “market” in 1197, “oppidum” in 1318).

Bouncing town halls – that is, bouncing castles looking like the town hall – probably aren’t that old:


But documents may be so old:

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And a genuine photo from the city’s marching band back then: ;)

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Everything stays the same: a new Pabuca topic called “New”.

Around here, the streets are being renovated – but before everything new is finished, there are intermediate stages. But it’s supposed to be completed in the next few days.


Something new for the “old ones” – new building for the old people’s home:


The old ones make space for the new – on the bargain table of a bookstore with a former stationery department:


But even these typewriters once were novelties!


And another Pabuca topic…

The old slaughterhouse – for quite some time just a parking lot decoration:


Beer is often called a staple food here in Bavaria:


On a yet dull and chilly late Sunday morning, it was still quite empty here:


On the beautiful afternoon, it might have been hard to find an empty seat…

Movie Titles

Current Pabuca topic, of course.

Cold as Ice. Early March, the sun finally dares to show up again, temperatures almost reach two-digit values (Celsius) – lots to do for ice cream parlors…


Dunno if there’s a Christiane F. among these children, and the station isn’t the Zoo station in Berlin, but anyway…


Pandora’s Box (multiple movies; in German, Pandora had a “Büchse” (Bavarian dialect: “Bixn”) = can). Hope there’s no such dangerous can among these direction signs of which several can be found around town from time to time.


But hardly because there are so many manufacturers of round tin containers – instead it shows that (another) baby girl was born. Traditionally, it’s a name for a family with only daughters…

Delayed Tradition

A little late due to my little holiday, here are my photos for the Pabuca topic “Tradition”, and they are all about Pfaffenhofen’s Volksfest…

Tradition is that during Volksfest times, public and a few (more or less) private buildings are decorated. Like this one, the former mayor’s print shop. Some of the flags apparently have seen quite some tradition…

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Tradition is also this greeting (used like “good day” in southern Germany and Austria, roughly translates to “God bless you”) – not just on the Volksfest. The effects of including imaginary sky friends into greetings are most likely just as small as the actions of these sky friends themselves.

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Some rides like bumper cars also have lots of tradition – just like roof decorations that aren’t necessary for functionality.

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