Oberammergau 2020

Oberammergau’s Passion Play theatre, photo by Robin Zebrowski cc-by-nc 2.0

The World Famous Oberammergau Passion Play is next performing in 2020. This play, performed every 10 years, is fulfilling the village’s promise to God made in 1634.

Many of my friends are asking if I plan to take any tours to see the play. Currently I have 2 tours planned:

May 21-31, 2020: Explore the Alps Tour: Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany including Oberammergau

My friend Lorne Smith will be joining me and serving as storyteller on this tour. The focus will be on history and culture. Some of the experiences on this tour include:

  • the fantastic scenery of the Swiss Alps as we travel the Cable car at Erlenbach, Switzerland
  • visit South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to visit Otzi the Ice Man in Italy
  • an evening Tyrolean Folk Cultural show in Innsbruck, Austria
  • visit Sound of Music country and the church in Mondsee, Austria where the wedding scene was filmed

September 15-28: Holy Land Tour including Oberammergau

My friend Pastor Henry Detweiler will be joining me in tour leadership. The first two days of the tour will be spent in Oberammergau. Can you imagine how meaningful the tour will be after experiencing Jesus’ story so vividly? We will experience the Passion Play and then travel to the Holy Land where we will walk the Jesus Trail in Galilee, visit the Mount of the Beautitudes, as well as visit other cities central to Jesus’s life (Nazareth, Caesarea, Bethlehem and Jerusalem).

Our home away from home in Oberammergau, Hotel Turmwirt

Both tours include two nights at beautiful Hotel Turmwirt where we will be hosted by the Glas Family as we deepen our faith by observing the Passion Play.

For more information and tour details, including pricing, please write to wilmerraymartin-(at)-outlook.com  A $500 deposit per person will reserve your place on a tour.  Make your check/cheque payable to W.J.Martin Developments Inc. and mail to 1501-144 Park St. Waterloo, Ont N2L 0B6

I hope you are able to join me one of these exciting tours.

~ Wilmer

Alzey, Germany

Katharina Luther
As a widow Katharina Luther was forced to flee Wittenberg to Torgau because of the outbreak of the Plague. Near the city gate her cart was involved in an accident in which she was injured and then died. Her grave is in St. Mary’s Church.

 

Carol & Lorne Smith‎, along with Nancy & Bob Kelly, inside the baroque cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Dresden.
Carol & Lorne Smith‎, along with Nancy & Bob Kelly, inside the baroque cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Dresden.

 

Philipp I of Hessen, in order to promote Protestant unity, invited Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, along with other reformers to a colloquy at Marburg Castle. Luther and Zwingli are depicted in the center; Zwingli is holding his finger up to Luther.
Philipp I of Hessen, in order to promote Protestant unity, invited Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, along with other reformers to a colloquy at Marburg Castle. Luther and Zwingli are depicted in the center; Zwingli is holding his finger up to Luther.

 

The Taylor family in Koblenz at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers.
The Taylor family in Koblenz at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers.

 

Concert held by the 120 voice St. Alban Singers in St. Martin's Cathedral, Mainz.
Concert held by the 120 voice St. Alban Singers in St. Martin’s Cathedral, Mainz.

 

Judy Wilson and Wilmer stand by a segment of the Berlin Wall in a park in Mainz.
Judy Wilson and Wilmer stand by a segment of the Berlin Wall in a park in Mainz.

Read the blog on Tourmagination’s website.

Leipzig, Germany

Martin Luther spent 6 Months in the Coburg Castle in 1530. He took refuge here during the Diet of Augsburg.
Martin Luther spent 6 Months in the Coburg Castle in 1530. He took refuge here during the Diet of Augsburg.

 

Hans &Katharine at Wartburg Castle
Hans &Katharine at Wartburg Castle. Martin Luther was held as prisoner here at Wartburg Castle for 6 Months when the authorities because authorities wanted to kill him. During his time here, he translated the New Testament from Latin to the German Language. ‎This changed the course of Christianity as people now could understand the Bible in their own language.

 

Fields of Rape (Canola)
Fields of Rape (Canola)

 

Wittenberg Town Church square
Wittenberg Town Church square

 

Wittenburg Church Door, where Martin Luther tacked his 95 thesis
Wittenburg Church Door, where Martin Luther tacked his 95 thesis

 

Group in front of a Linden tree, planted here in Luther Park by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Waterloo, Ontario).
Group in front of a Linden tree, planted here in Luther Park by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Waterloo, Ontario).

Read the blog on Tourmagination’s website.

Rothenburg on der Tauber, Germany

 

Bob Kelly sharing with the Group in Worms at Luther momument
Bob Kelly lecturing at Reformers Monument

 

Visiting the section of the Heidleberg Castle destroyed by the French during the occupation
Janet Walther, Carol and Lorne Smith visiting the Heidleberg Castle

 

Nancy & Robert Mann ; Judy & Bruce Wilson inside the Walled City- Rothenburg
Nancy & Robert Mann ; Judy & Bruce Wilson inside the Walled City- Rothenburg

 

Lorne & Carol Smith in Rothenburg
Lorne & Carol Smith in Rothenburg

 

Group at the Steinsfurt cellar
Group at the Steinsfurt cellar

 

Wilmer and driver JP Weber
Wilmer and driver JP Weber

 

William Berczy Historic plaque, Wallerstein, Germany
William Berczy Historic plaque, Wallerstein, Germany

Prior to the tour group members arriving, Lorne and Carol Smith and I were able to fit a visit in a with our long-time friend and historian Aksel Rink, who recently celebrated his 96th birthday.  We had a wonderful visit with him in his gardens, as you can see from the photo at the top of the post.

Meeting in Nordlingen, Germany with Mayor Herman and Peter, Staff and Historian Aksel Rink
Meeting in Nordlingen, Germany with Mayor Herman and Peter, Staff and Historian Aksel Rink

Read the blog on Tourmagination’s website.

~ Wilmer Martin

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Beautiful happy couple from Trai Mat Village
Beautiful happy couple from Trai Mat Village
Ruth Martin talking to 83 year old at Cao Dai Temple
Ruth Martin talking to 83 year old at Cao Dai Temple
Women gardening in Da Lat
Women gardening in Da Lat
Beautiful garden city of Da Lat
Sue Miller and Mary Elaine Byler in the beautiful garden city of Da Lat
Sue and Mary Elaine with a family of fabric vendors at the Chicken Village
Sue and Mary Elaine with a family of fabric vendors at the Chicken Village
Taking bananas to market
Taking bananas to market
Transporting Rice Husk on the Mekong River
Transporting rice husk on the Mekong River. Do you see the eyes?
Choir at the quadrennial conference of the Vietnam Mennonite Church
Choir at the quadrennial conference of the Vietnam Mennonite Church
Wonderful art at a workshop employing handicapped indivdiuals
Wonderful art at a workshop employing handicapped individuals
Learning from workers at the rubber plantation
Learning from workers at the rubber plantation

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Wilmer on cyclo tour of the Old Quarters
Wilmer on cyclo tour of the Old Quarters
Congested traffic in Hanoi
Despite the incredible traffic, there is no shouting, just calm determination to get to your destination.
Tour group at Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum
Tour group at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum
Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace
Wilmer and Ms. Quyen with Albert & Mary Hildebrand in front of Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House
Wilmer and guide Ms. Quyen with Albert & Mary Hildebrand in front of Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
MCC Vietnam Staff and their families at Thanksgiving Dinner
MCC Vietnam Staff and their families at Thanksgiving Dinner
Vietnamese musicians who entertained the group at Thanksgiving dinner
Vietnamese musicians who entertained the group at Thanksgiving dinner
Cruising on Ha Long Bay
Cruising on Ha Long Bay

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Photo Blog: London, England

Porta Nigra (Black Gate) in Trier, Germany
Porta Nigra (Black Gate) in Trier, Germany
John Ruth was all smiles as JP reunited him with his camera
John was all smiles as JP reunited him with his camera
Lion Mound, Waterloo, Belgium
Lion Mound, Waterloo, Belgium
Quaker Meetinghouse at Old Jordans
Quaker Meetinghouse at Old Jordans
Old Jordans Cemetery where William Penn is buried
Old Jordans Cemetery where William Penn is buried
Windsor Castle rose garden
Windsor Castle rose garden
Caleb Miller in conversation with Wilmer at Stonehenge
Caleb Miller in conversation with Wilmer at Stonehenge
Queen Mary 2 in Port Southampton
Queen Mary 2 in Port Southampton

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Photo blog: Our final days

Our home away from home, Hotel Turmwirt
Our home away from home, Hotel Turmwirt
The house in Augsburg, Germany where 88 persons were arrested on Easter morning in 1528.
The house in Augsburg, Germany where 88 persons were arrested on Easter morning in 1528.
Memorial to those who suffered and died in Dachau concentration camp.
Memorial to those who suffered and died in Dachau concentration camp.
Tour Group worships at monument of 12 stones. In Memory of Jacob Hutter and 11 other Anabaptist martyrs.
Tour Group worships at monument of 12 stones, erected in Memory of Jacob Hutter and 11 other Anabaptist martyrs.
Saying goodbye at Hotel Turmwirt
Saying goodbye at Hotel Turmwirt.

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