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“While it’s a little cold outside, I had to get out of the house today. I’ve been doing a little work on my ‘walls’ project and thought I’d take you along on a walk around the neighborhood in part of a town where I live in Rothenburg, Germany.”

Photographs by James Derheim

James Derheim, European Focus Private Tours, shared this message and the first of many Rothenburg ob der Tauber walkabout videos with us beginning on March 31, 2020. As “safe at home” initiatives were put into place for the world and life outside our front door seemed to come to a halt, James’ videos were messages of hope, of beauty, of peace, of engagement—a gentle reminder of the life that continues to happen right before our eyes.

As restrictions lessen and countries, states and communities begin to tread a careful step toward opening and resuming “normal” life again, it seemed appropriate to ask James’ to share Rothenburg’s awakening with us. As you are about to see, he readily agreed and we are delighted to share these images of Rothenburg, a walled, medieval town in the Franconia region of Bavaria. “These tall walls studded with more than 40 strong towers were constructed in the 1300s and 1400s to keep jealous neighbors at bay. These walls hemmed me in…yet now my town begins to awaken.” shares James Derheim.

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