Brandenburg Gate was closed when the Wall went up.
Our Days On A Military Base.
ONCE A BRAT ALWAYS A BRAT.
I am a military brat. We lived in many different places but Karlsruhe was my favorite place. I loved Karlsruhe lived there when I was a teen. Germany has very pretty cities with many castles. The Black Forest in Germany is beautiful and worth visiting. I have not been back but would someday love to return and visit Paul Revere Village again. It doesn't belong to the military now, but it is still called by its old name.
We stayed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn before getting on our ship. We also stayed there when we came back from Germany. All military families stayed there at the time. We entered Germany at Bremerhaven and then took the train to Karlsruhe.
The ship shown in the picture below is the Patch we went to Germany on it. We came back on the Darby.
The ships were fun to be on. I never got seasick, but many did. From the ship, we took Germany's fast train. We sleep in the sleeper compartments.
The military had a base in Karlsruhe. We were sent there to be with my Dad who was in the Army. We lived on Paul Revere Village on the military bases. We were on the third floor of our building. I could look out my bedroom window and see the baseball field and the school. My Mom never knew we often took the screen off and hung out the window yelling to kids we knew walking by on the sidewalk below.
We were there when the Berlin Wall went up in August 1961. It was scary, family back in the states wanted us to return to the states. There was a talk of war at the time. We stayed and things calmed down.
The military base had a bowling alley, snack bar, and PX, Commissary and movie theater. We were kids; we ran all over the base and went just about anywhere we could go.
We went off base to get our hair done and to buy bird food for our parakeet and often took a taxi downtown to shop. The taxi ride was cheap.
The Carnival came every year and there was a big beer tent at the carnival. We spent a lot of time at the carnival. My brothers and sister sing in the talent shows there. I wouldn't sing, you would never catch me singing, no one would want to listen
If my mother knew some of the things I did she would have a fit. She's 90 and I still haven't told her about the places we went.
She often thought I was staying at a friend's house, safe and sound with the parents there. We walked off the base in the middle of the night, past the French compound. No one ever walked past the French compound, we were told, but we did. We would go to my friend's house she lived off base and we would have to climb up on her balcony to get in the house, she never had her key. Her parents were never home. All we did was have a slumber party we never had boys over. Her parents would eventually get home and poke their heads in the door to say good night to us.
Please be sure to check the 2012 pictures of Paul Revere below.
November 11 was the start of Faching and goes on for three months. What a party it was.
We would go into town and join in the fun.
Germans love to dance and have fun. I know we weren't supposed to be there.